R for round? LG plans to unveil its second Android Wear smartwatch in only 6 months after taking the wraps off its first. This second iteration, the LG G Watch R, features a full circle design for its 1.3-inch display.

First, the specs: the LG G Watch R employs plastic OLED technology for its screen, which sports a 320-by-320 resolution. With a Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage onboard, this smartwatch is powered by Android Wear and compatible with any smartphones running Android 4.3 or later. The G Watch R also has 9-axis motion sensing, barometer, heart rate monitor, and IP67 certification for dust and water resistance. Available in black, the smartwatch comes equipped with a 410mAh battery for an expected one day of battery life on a single charge. All in all, the hardware hasn’t improved much over the original’s.

Considering the number of smartwatches already available in the market (with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear having undergone several follow-ups since the first one launched in September 2013 and Apple rumored to announce its own wearable device alongside its next-gen iPhone), the LG G Watch R no doubt faces tough competition. But like the Moto 360 smartwatch by Motorola, it hopes to turn a few heads in its direction with its circular design.

Expected release date for the LG G Watch R is sometime in Q4 2014 for “key markets”, with pricing information to be announced during local launches. Like the G3 Stylus smartphone, LG also plans to showcase its new smartwatch at IFA Berlin from September 5-10.

[Source: LG]

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