Google is finally planning to drop the much-awaited Android Wear 2.0 update in the coming weeks. But that’s not it. The said release is also expected to be coupled with the debut of a couple new flagship smartwatches. Google and LG are partnering to develop these smartwatches and this could be our very first look at the upcoming devices. These new smartwatches, with the updated OS, are expected to be released on February 9.
Today, TechnoBuffalo has published a set of low-resolution images of what they believe are Google’s flagship smartwatches. The images have been provided by an anonymous source, who has scaled up a smaller high-res image to provide this update. But, don’t mind the grainy image as long as we’re getting a look at the hardware features of the duo of smartwatches.
These smartwatches are the result of a collaboration between LG and Google. The two are already long-time partners who’ve worked on the Nexus lineup back in the day. As for today’s leak, it corroborates the design aesthetics that were cited by Evan Blass in his initial speculation spurt. The watches feature a circular design and a circular crown on the middle-right to navigate through menu options. You’ll no longer be required to touch the small screen everytime you want to access an application.
Further, we’ve already got a complete specification sheet for the two smartwatches namely, Watch Sport and Watch Style. There is a minor specification difference between the two, with the Sport being way better than Style.
The Watch Sport has face dimensions of 1.38 inches coupled with a 480 x 480 screen resolution. It packs 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and a fairly large 430 mAh battery pack. All these components will be packed within a sturdy frame with thick rubber straps, making the watch shown on the left in the image attached above. It will use the same number as your phone, using untethered telephony
The Watch Style, on the other hand, compromises heavily on the spec sheet. The face dimensions are 1.2 inches with a 360 x 360 resolution. It will pack 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. The battery will be almost half of the aforementioned model — 240 mAh. It is the one on the right, the golden colored one in the image attached above.
Both the devices will support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, but only the Watch Sport will offer 3G or LTE connectivity options as well. It sports GPS and NFC radios, making it standalone and capable of supporting Android Pay as well. Both the devices will be completely dust and water resistant. The Watch Style, however, wouldn’t include most of these features.
We’ll get a better look at the software feature of Android Wear 2.0 and the two LG-built smartwatches at an event on February 9.