Where most companies developing smartwatches are going for a very modern, hi-tech look, LG’s new “Urbane” Android Wear smartwatch is going for sophistication above all and, for what it’s worth, it looks pretty dang good.

LG considers the watch to the be the first “all-metal luxury Android Wear device,” and I think luxury is as good a word as any to describe it. The LG Watch Urbane is a variant of the G Watch R and features an OLED display, a Snapdragon 400 chip, 512MB RAM, a 410mAh battery, and a heart rate sensor. The body is stainless steel and comes in gold or silver, and the leather strap can be replaced with a metal one.

Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona on March 2nd and you expect to hear more about the watch then. In an increasingly-crowded market where many of the competing products offer the same features, aesthetics play a big part, and LG’s new watch certainly looks great. Check out the press release below to get all the nitty gritty.

via Mobile Syrup

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Elegant, Full Metal Smartwatch from LG Coming to MWC 2015

SEOUL,Feb. 16, 2015 LG Electronics (LG) will unveil its first all-metal luxury Android Wear device, LG Watch Urbane, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. As its name suggests, the smartwatch is designed for a sophisticated and cosmopolitan wearer that delivers unparalleled technology and performance. LG Watch Urbane is the perfect device for wearers looking to add both style and high-tech flare to their everyday lives.

The LG Watch Urbane follows closely in the footsteps of the LG Watch R, the first smartwatch with a full circular Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, which LG launched in October 2014. While the LG Watch R was designed with the active user in mind, the LG Watch Urbane is more formal with a thinner profile making it perfect for either men or women. Resembling a luxury timepiece, LG combined a classic design and innovative features to add style and convenience to everyday life while raising the already high standards set by its predecessor.
The LG Watch Urbane is crafted around the same 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display as the LG Watch R but features a narrower bezel that gives it sleeker lines. The LG Watch Urbane has all of the hallmarks of a fine watch, making it the perfect fashion accessory. Its stainless steel body is available in polished silver and gold finish and is complemented by a beautifully stitched natural leather strap for a more classic look. The strap can be replaced with any 22mm wide band to suit the occasion or the wearers mood. Powering all of this is an intuitive touch-based user interface that makes the LG Watch Urbane compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above.

Like the G Watch R, LGs latest Android Wear device includes a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor that can measure a wearers heart rate and average pulse during exercise. Always-On ambient mode shows the time on the display at all times in dimmed mode, saving battery life.

The LG Watch Urbanes classic design and smart features make it the perfect smartwatch to complement our G Watch and G Watch R, which were designed as more casual and active devices, said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. LG Watch Urbane is an important part of our strategy to develop wearable devices that are worn and viewed as everyday accessories, not electronic gadgets.

Additional details including price will be announced in local markets at the time of availability.

Key Specifications:

Chipset: 1.2GHz QualcommSnapdragon 400
Operating System: Android Wear
Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320, 245ppi)
Size: 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm
Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB LPDDR2
Battery: 410mAh
Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass) / Barometer /PPG (Heart Rate Sensor)
Colors: Gold / Silver
Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)


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