LG has announced today that it will be unveiling the world’s first LTE-enabled smartwatch to Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week in Barcelona, Spain. The LG Watch Urbane LTE, a next-generation wearable watch, will also include NFC and a host of other features that have never been offered before on a smart device for the wrist. The LG Urbane smartwatch is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above.
According to LG, their Urbane LTE packs all the communication capabilities of a smartphone in a polished, metal wristwatch. Like any 4G phone, it can make and answer calls as well as send and receive text messages. With carrier support, the smartwatch offers push-to-talk (PTT) capability with other devices on the same cellular network so customers can use their LG Watch Urbane LTE as a walkie-talkie with unlimited range to talk to multiple parties at the same time.
The LG Watch Urbane LTE run on the new LG Wearable Platform operating system, developed specifically for the company’s proprietary wearable products. This smartwatch carries over most of the features of the acclaimed LG G Watch R, including a display with always-on ambient mode.
The LG Watch Urbane LTE has three physical buttons on the right side that allows for easy access to a number of functions without having to swipe through multiple menu screens. The top button accesses the Quick Setting menu where the user can check and adjust battery usage, brightness, volume and connection settings. The main center button switches between the watchface and list of installed apps. The bottom button acts as the “Back” function when depressed quickly but becomes a safety beacon when long-pressed, automatically dialing any preset phone number as well as sending the location coordinates of the wearer.
The LG Watch Urbane LTE comes with NFC technology, which means wearers will have a virtual wallet on their wrist at all times. Users can make payments for meals, movie tickets and even transit fares faster and easier with their LG Watch Urbane LTE without ever taking out their wallets.
The LG Watch Urbane LTE comes with built-in heart rate monitor and advanced motion sensors, which make tracking fitness goals easier than with a smartphone. In addition to the standard fitness coach, the LG Watch Urbane LTE also includes specialized features for golfers, cyclists and hikers. This device has IP67 dust and waterproofing certification, which means the watch can be submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, making it safe for showers and exposure to perspiration.
- Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- Operating System: LG Wearable Platform
- Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED (320 x 320 / 245ppi)
- Network: LTE
- Memory: 4GB eMMC / 1GB LPDDR3
- Battery: 700mAh
- Sensors: 9 Axis / Barometer / PPG / GPS
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.0LE / NFC
- Color: Silver