LG looks all set to unveil a new hybrid smartwatch this week, or if rumours are anything to be believed, we could see it as soon as today. According to AndroidHeadlines, the LG Watch Timepiece will be LG’s take on a hybrid smartwatch that runs on Wear OS out of the box and will bring the best of both worlds; analogue and digital.
From what we’ve come to know, the Watch Timepiece will sport a 1.2-inch 360 x 360 pixels circular LCD panel with an analogue watch hands installed on top of the screen and will be the first device to feature such a setup. The Wear OS capability means the hybrid smartwatch will be able to run apps natively on the watch itself and could also be made to connect to Android and iOS devices.
The new approach towards adapting mechanical clock hands means the watch will save a lot on batteries and might not be charged as often as other smartwatches in the market. The 240mAh battery is expected to allow you 100 hours of usage on a single charge when running solely on Wear OS. With the same battery capacity, the Watch Timepiece will be able to last for up to 100 days when running in Watch Mode, which will strip it down to its basic state.
Though LG’s hybrid smartwatch could be on the thick side of the wearable spectrum, the device will surely not be the thickest and its thickness will be due to the fact that it carries the Snapdragon Wear 2100 with 768MB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. Contactless payments or fitness tracking won’t quite be possible since the watch neither equips NFC nor GPS, but that’s where your smartphone will come in handy.
Users will be able to connect their smartphone to the wearable using Bluetooth v4.2 though other connectivities do include USB Type-C version 2.0 port and WiFi. Similar to the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, the Watch Timepiece will come with IP68 water and dust resistance. LG is expected to announce the Watch Timepiece today and will come in two variants; Cloud Silver and Aurora Black though it might only hit the shelves by June this year.