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LG Watch Urbane with LTE drops Android Wear

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After announcing its new Watch Urbane ten days ago, LG today introduced a second model with built-in 4G LTE connectivity. It looks a little different to the original, and it drops Android Wear in favor of LG’s own “wearable platform.”

The new watch is confusingly called the Watch Urbane LTE, and it appears to be slightly thicker than the original model, with three times as many physical buttons. It also has a speaker on its top edge, and a microphone on its bottom.

The internal components remain identical; the Watch Urbane LTE has the same 1.3-inch OLED display with a 320×320 resolution at 245 pixels-per-inch, a quad-core Snapdragon processor, and 4GB of storage. It also has a heart rate monitor, and it’s water-resistant.

But the new model has twice as much RAM (1GB) as the original Watch Urbane, NFC, and a larger 700mAh battery. Thanks to that 4G LTE radio, however, the bigger battery isn’t likely going to provide much more use in between charges.

One of the Watch Urbane LTE’s biggest selling points is its “Push To Talk” technology, which lets you use it like a walkie talkie to send voice messages to your friends. LG is also touting its ability to be used for mobile payments, thanks to its NFC connectivity.

For now, the Watch Urbane LTE is exclusive to South Korea, and LG hasn’t announced any launch plans for other markets. That could change at Mobile World Congress next week, but we suspect LG will test the waters on its home turf for a few months before deciding whether or not to launch the device elsewhere.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...