LG on Wednesday evening announced the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, the first Android Wear smartwatch that will have its own nanoSIM for full cellular support. Yep, that means you can make and receive phone calls right on your wrist when it launches, and don’t need to be in range of your smartphone.
The cellular antennas (2G, 3G and LTE), in addition to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, are in the band, which means you probably won’t be swapping it out for third party bands anytime soon. Additional features include a 1.38-inch 348ppi 480 x 480-pixel P-OLED display, a Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a stainless steel housing, a 570mAh battery that should get power users through a full day, or more casual users between 1.5 days and 2 days of battery life, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and an IP67 water-resistant rating. There are also three buttons on the device that can easily access contacts or LG Health, and a user can tap the crown to turn ambient mode on and off.
LG will load the device with 16 LG watch faces and its LG Health application, which serves as a personal coach telling you to speed up or slow down during workouts.
The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition supports iOS and Android, though some functions may be limited to Android, as is the case with other cross-platform Android Wear devices.
Look for the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition first in Korea and the United States, followed by launches in Europe, CIS, Asia and the Middle East. Specific pricing and release details have not yet been announced.