LG Watch Urbane LTE launches in South Korea
The LG Watch Urbane LTE smartwatch will be launched tomorrow in South Korea at a price of 650,000 won unlocked. At the current international exchange rates, the price translates into about $590. For South Koreans willing to sign a contract with local carrier LG U+, the smartwatch will be available at a price of 10,000 won, which is the equivalent of $9. At the moment, it's unclear if the Watch Urbane LTE will make it out of the South Korean market, although we wouldn't rule it out just yet.
Although the price may change if the LG Watch Urbane LTE reached the US market, chances are that the differences won't be dramatic. This means that the unlocked version of the LG Watch Urbane LTE could reach the United States at about the same price as a regular Apple Watch. Apple prices the Watch starting at $349 for the 38mm version, or $399 for the 42mm version, but LG's smartwatch has the advantage of being able to place phone calls without the use of a smartphone.
The LG Watch Urbane LTE was unveiled at MWC 2015 as a more powerful alternative to the company's G Watch R and Watch Urbane. Compared to its two cousins, the LG Urbane LTE drops Android Wear as the OS of choice in favor of a customized version of WebOS. To make up for the power consumption of its LTE radio, the Watch Urbane LTE comes with a large 700 mAh battery. The smartwatch is a bit on the thick side as a result.
Other specs include a 1.3-inch P-OLED display with a resolution of 320 by 320 pixels, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of integrated storage space, NFC payment capabilities, WiFi, as well as IP67-certified protection against dust and water.