The keynote speech at Google I/O has come and gone, and with it we’ve seen the reveal of a new Android Wear smartwatch from Samsung. Along with that reveal, LG has posted the official specifications for its own Android Wear device, the G Watch, confirming much of what we’ve heard in the weeks leading up to today.
The G Watch offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz. It’s also packing 512 MB of RAM with 4 GB of internal storage. In all, those are identical internal specs to that of the Samsung Gear Live – the only internal aspect where the two devices differ are in their batteries. The Gear Live has a 300 mAh Li-ion battery, while the one powering the G Watch is 400 mAh.
On the outside, however, the two smartwatches differ a bit more, despite the fact that they’re both rectangular in shape. Both are 37.9 millimeters wide, but the G Watch is a little less than 10 millimeters shorter than the Gear Live. Interestingly, the G Watch has a bigger screen, measuring 1.65 inches to the Gear Live’s 1.63.
While these differences in these dimensions may seem insignificant, especially when dealing with such small devices, it will be interesting to see what differences, if any, arise in apps running on each device. Matters will be further complicated when Motorola’s Moto 360 debuts later this summer, since that device will be the first smartwatch to offer a circular watch face.
The G Watch is compatible with any Android 4.3 device or later. The price of the G Watch is still unknown at the time of this writing (Update: here it is on the Play Store), but a post on TechCrunch reports that LG has confirmed a price of
$299 $229 and a ship date of July 7. That’s the same price as a Gear 2 from Samsung.
We know now for sure that the G Watch is priced only $30 more than the Gear Live, which sits pretty at $199. How much will the Moto 360 cost when it comes out later this summer? Can we expect most Android Wear devices to hover around the $200 mark?
This post has been edited and updated to reflect pricing and availability announcements.