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LG's next smartwatch might put physical hands on top of Wear OS

But can it avoid the pitfalls of the MyKronoz?

The LG Watch Sport is still arguably the king of the Wear OS world, and we've been eagerly anticipating its next flagship wearable. According to Android Headlines, the Korean company is working a hybrid smartwatch called the LG Watch Timepiece.

The Timepiece will run Wear OS but combines an OS-running, app-based smartwatch with the mechanical gears of a traditional watch. It'll boast a stainless steel body, IP68 resistance, quartz movement, and physical watch hands. Behind those hands will lie a 360 x 360 1.2-inch LCD panel.

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The watch hands will also play with the LCD screen to help display information. This 45.5 x 45.4 x 12.9mm watch will reportedly sit in between the LG Watch Sport and Style and not feature either GPS, NFC or cellular. It will, however, run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 with 4GB of storage and 768MB of RAM.

This all sounds very similar to the MyKronoz ZeTime, which also fuses a screen with physical hands, but we'll have to wait and see if LG can solve some of the pitfalls of that device, like its infuriating touchscreen and half-baked OS. Luckily for LG, it can turn to Wear OS to power its new hybrid.

Android Headlines claims it'll be announced on Monday next week in two colors: New Aurora Black and Cloud Silver. It's unknown whether there'll be other wearable devices announced or whether LG will just announce a hybrid. There hasn't been any word of an event or anything like that either, making this potential announcement a surprise.

As for that full LG smartwatch, all we know is that a couple months ago LG filed a trademark for "Iconic", associating it with smartwatches. It also filed a trademark for "Icon", associating that with a smartphone. It's likely some unified branding strategy is coming, though a hybrid called LG Watch Timepiece likely wouldn't fit into that.


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1 comment

  • yogibimbi says:

    Don't care much for the hands. But why can't LG make it better in the waterproofness game? If Apple can do to 50 m, so should LG, or isn't that the logic? There is still no LTE Wear watch (that I am awear, sorry: aware of), that has this kind of protection. And I am seriously considering switching over to the iOS ecosystem because it i p...... me off that the watch I am taking to the pool 4 times a day (a Nixon Mission if you must now) still can't make a phone call. That's not why I signed up for smart watches! Granted, GPS is very nice, and so is having an expandable OS with watch faces and all kinds of apps, but without LTE it is starting to feel hamstrung.

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