LG didn’t want to wait until next week’s IFA 2014 and they have announced its LG G Watch R, its answer to the Moto 360. The design looks pretty good and it blends in like a normal day to day watch without shouting that its smart. This is their second Android Wear device after its original LG G Watch.
While the Moto 360 is a looker with its thick steel frame and round display, we are not fond of its black band at the bottom of the screen. The folks of LG seems to have a better technical know-how and managed to deliver a full active round display on the G Watch R. It does look premium with a stainless steel frame and has a classy looking bezel.
LG will be taking on the Moto 360 with a round smart watch of their own. To give a peek of its new wearable device, LG has just posted a new teaser image showing off its more traditional watch design.
The new device is said to be called as the LG G Watch R and it is likely to be running on the same Android Wear operating system as its current rectangular G Watch. It will be officially revealed at the upcoming IFA 2014 which is happening next week. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out its earlier video teaser after the break.
The LG G Watch is their first smart wearable device and the South Korean company is not letting the Moto 360 have all the attention. In a world where most smart watches are square in shape, LG has released a teaser indicating that they are introducing a round smart watch of their own at the upcoming IFA 2014 in Berlin.
For the Moto 360, it comes with a solid stainless steel frame that surrounds a circular display. Let’s see if LG can deliver a watch with full rounded display without the black gap at the bottom.
Watch the 30 second teaser after the break.
The LG G Watch is like most other smartwatches in that you can get notifications alerts on messages, phone calls and emails, among other things. Essentially, the G Watch is the Google Now feature on your Android phone installed in a smartwatch but it is pretty basic when you compare it to Samsung’s Gear smartwatch, that you can use to make calls, take pictures and even monitor your heart.
Details on the LG G Watch from DirectD here. Both the stealth black and champagne gold are available.
If you want to find out more about the LG G Watch, check out the hands-on video right after the jump.
If you want to capture moments with greater detail, most new smart phones today lets you record videos at a higher 4K resolution. Not only it takes up bigger file size, taking a video in 4K is more hardware intensive and generates significantly more heat than standard Full HD 1080p formats. To find out which is the coolest, some folks at Btekt had compared the Samsung Galaxy S5 , Samsung Galaxy Note 3 , Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G3 heat generation by applying ice cubes on top.
It is interesting to point out that all smart phones except for the Xperia Z2 have 5 minutes recording limit for 4K mode. So after 5 minutes, they just left the screen on for the remainder of the test while the Xperia Z2 camera continues to roll. Considering the Xperia Z2 is able to take 4K videos without restrictions, storage was the only barrier as the video was uncompressed and it quickly takes up the remaining space on the device.
After the experiment, the LG G3 surprisingly came out on top as the coolest device as it was the last one to melt the ice completely. The Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 tied in the last spot and it is suspected that it could be due to its AMOLED display which could be warmer. Considering both the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 being water resistant devices, it is strange that they need to shrink wrap them for this experiment. Check out the ice melting experiment after the break.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 was just announced a few moments ago and it boast an upmarket design with updated hardware. While it isn’t packing a higher resolution Quad HD display or a newer generation of Snapdragon 805 processors, Xiaomi is calling it the fastest smart phone yet. To see how it compares with the rest of the Android players, we stack up the Mi 4 numbers against the OnePlus One, LG G3, Oppo Find 7, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2.
Internally, the Mi 4 matches up with other flagship models that were launched in the last quarter with the usual 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and comes with a choice of 16GB and 64GB storage capacity. Like its previous Mi 3 smart phone, it still lacks microSD expansion and the only exterior slot is for a micro-SIM card.
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Ever wonder how is it like to pair and use an Android Wear device? LG has just released its official hands-on video of its G Watch that’s running on Google’s Android Wear. The LG G Watch is compatible with any Android device that’s running on a minimum of Android 4.3 Jelly bean and pairing the device appears to be very simple with the Android Wear app.
Navigating around the watch is done using touch gestures which involves swipes from the edges. You can see a couple of functions in action in the hands-on video itself. If you’re interested, some online retailers in Malaysia have started selling the LG G Watch from as low as RM825 while the better spec Gear Live is offered at RM999.
Check out the LG G Watch hands-on demo after the break.
LG G3 has announced its new LG G3 Beat, its mid-tier variant of their current LG G3 flagship. Like most mini offerings in the market, the LG G3 Beat retains the similar floating arc metallic design but gets shrunk with a smaller 5″ display. The specs are a step down with a 5″ IPS display that does HD 720p resolution (294ppi) and it runs on a mid-tier 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage via microSD.
The battery is smaller too at 2,540mAh capacity while the camera gets a step back at 8MP. For taking selfies, the front gets a modest 1.3MP camera. LG hasn’t taken away all of its new tricks as the LG G3 Beat also gets its fast Laser AutoFocus feature and it also supports 4G LTE connectivity. Overall it is 10.3mm thick and weighs 134 grams. It is currently running on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat with LG’s new flat UI design. It is available in South Korea starting tomorrow and it will be rolled out internationally a few weeks later. Outside of Korea, the LG G3 Beat would be called as the LG G3 S.
The Samsung Gear Live which was announced during Google I/O 2014 is now available in Malaysia. Among the 3 smart watches available, the Gear Live stands out as the only Android Wear device with a heart rate sensor underneath. If you want to get one for your wrist, on online retailer TechBug has listed the Gear Live at RM999.
From the appearance, it looks like a Samsung Gear 2 smart watch with the same 1.63″ Super AMOLED display that does 320×320 pixels resolution. Powering the watch is a 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Like the new Gear smart watches, it is also water and dust resistant with IP67 rating.
If you’re looking for something different, they are also selling the LG G Watch as well at RM999. On Lelong, another retailer expansys is selling it slightly cheaper at RM825. In terms display, the Gear Live has an upper hand as the LG G Watch’s 1.65″ display has a lower 280×280 pixels resolution.
The LG G3 is a spec topping smart phone with a high-end Quad HD display coupled with a top of the line processor. With newer smart phones featuring water resistance like the Xperia Z2 and Samsung Galaxy S5, can the LG G3 survive accidental spills and drops into water? The answer appears to be yes, sort of.
LG had never advertised the LG G3 as a water resistant device but someone has tried their luck to see if it survives. After leaving it in a filled sink for close to 2 hours, the LG G3 appears to be working fine without any issues. This is a similar story with the HTC One M8, where it survives being submerged for about 90 minutes despite not claiming to be water resistant.
We don’t recommend trying this yourself as damages by water would definitely void its standard warranty. However it is good to know that LG has secretly added some water protection in case of unforeseen mishaps.
Watch the video of the LG G3 being submerged after the break.