LG and Samsung threw down the gauntlet to Apple this week ahead of the predicted launch of the iWatch product, announcing the LG G Watch R and the Samsung Gear S.
Both launches come ahead of Apple’s 9 September announcement where it is thought the manufacturer will unveil the long-awaited iPhone 6 and the Apple iWatch.
LG’s G Watch R comes with a circular 1.3-inch P-OLED display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 4GB of storage. It is also water resistant for 30 minutes to a depth of one metre.
The watch offers a suite of LG health and fitness apps, whilst smart notifications provide users with reminders of missed calls and messages, upcoming meetings, events, and local weather forecasts.
The LG G Watch R certainly looks more like a traditional watch compared with the Samsung Gear S and features a circular, curved watch face, a stainless steel frame and interchangeable calf skin leather straps. The watch will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Jong-Seok Park, LG president and CEO, said smartwatches cannot be compared to smartphones and tablets: ‘Wearables are also accessories and consumers will want more than one to choose from. So we wanted to complement the modern design of the original G Watch with the classic look of the G Watch R. Customers can’t go wrong with either device,’ he said.
The Samsung Gear S has the crucial advantage of offering 3G connectivity, allowing users to make and receive phone calls without a smartphone as well as getting calls forwarded from their mobiles.
Users can get notifications from social networks, calendars and applications, even when nowhere near their phones. Users can also receive and send SMS using the onscreen keyboard or voice recognition software.
The Gear S has a curved two-inch Super AMOLED display, turn-by-turn walking navigation provided by HERE, a fitness tracker and built-in GPS.
Samsung’s watch will be available worldwide from early October, with a gradual launch in different markets. The UK launch date would be released ‘in due course’, Samsung said.