LG’s first smartwatch in over a year is expected to launch very soon – everything we know so far, including UK price and release date
LG’s next watch is on the way sometime soon, and there’s a surprise in store – it’s analogue. Not entirely, of course, but still LG intends to be the only major brand to fuse digital and analogue technologies in a smartwatch.
So you’ll be getting all the functionality of a smartwatch, but can still use it to tell the time if the battery dies.
There aren’t a ton of rumours around, but we’ve compiled everything we’ve heard about the LG Watch Timepiece in one handy article. Below you’ll find out everything you need to know about the upcoming wearable, including UK price, release date, specs and looks.
LG Watch Timepiece: Everything you need to know
LG Watch Timepiece release date: When is it coming out?
LG’s last smartwatches – the Watch Style and Watch Sport – were released over a year ago, back in February 2017. That means we’re overdue a new offering from the South Korean company.
There were some rumours about an LG smartwatch launch this spring, but obviously, those never came to pass. More recently, mid-June saw an LG watch model listed on the FCC (the US Federal Communications Commission).
Going by the model number LM-W319, the wearable listed runs Wear OS and features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. Devices don’t usually pass through the FCC until they’re close to launching, so we could be seeing this mystery smartwatch quite soon – though we can’t be more specific than that.
Another LG smartwatch with the model number LM-W315 passed through the FCC in May, but we have yet to hear anything about that, which could signal a bit of a wait for the LM-W319.
LG Watch Timepiece price: How much will it cost?
This is also unclear, but we can look to past LG smartwatches for some idea of how much their next wearable will cost. For example, the Watch Style cost £229.99 on release, while the LG Watch Urbane went for £259.99.
Going by that, we can expect the LG Watch Timepiece to come in at a higher price, perhaps ranging from £270 to £300.
LG Watch Timepiece specs and features: What does it do?
One major leak has shed light on many of the Watch Timepiece’s features, with AndroidHeadlines reporting comprehensively on the wearable.
The headline feature on LG’s next smartwatch is the mixture of analogue and digital capabilities. There’s the familiar Wear OS touchscreen that can run native apps and has Android and iOS compatibility.
Then there are the mechanical hands, which allow users to keep track of the time even after the battery dies. This analogue mode, when the 240mAh battery is fully charged, is said to last up to 100 days.
The same AndroidHeadlines report claims that the smartwatch will come equipped with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Meanwhile, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset will feature – somewhat disappointing given it has been powering Wear OS wearables since 2016.
Elsewhere, GPS and NFC – which were both included in the LG Watch Style – aren’t expected to be featured, meaning any fitness tracking or contactless payments will have to come via your phone.
Spec-wise, the watch sounds quite similar to the Watch Style, only without GPS and NFC, but with more RAM, a thicker build and, of course, the mechanical hands.
LG Watch Timepiece design: What will it look like?
Looks-wise, we don’t have a lot to go on, save for a few details. The above AndroidHeadlines report details an expected 360 x 360-pixel circular screen, coming in at a size of 1.2in.
The actual size of the watch face is said to be 45.5 x 45.4mm with a thickness of 12.9mm – thick, but not the thickest smartwatch around. Colour-wise, expect two versions of the smartwatch – one in aurora black and another in cloud silver.
Note – the images in this article are of the LG Watch Style, not the LG Watch Timepiece. We will update this piece as we learn more about LG’s upcoming smartwatch plans.