Google has confirmed that it’s planning to launch a pair of flagship smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 on board in the early part of 2017. Now, thanks to a report from VentureBeat, several key details regarding the upcoming devices has been revealed.
There will indeed be two smartwatches, and while Google is considering both flagship watches, there’s clearly one that will stand out with higher-end features. (The image at the top of this post contains renders from a previous leak that show what the smartwatches may look like.)
The two wearables are reportedly be called the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. They will be officially announced on February 9, along with another unveiling of Android Wear 2.0, and they will go on sale the following day. LG will be promoting the wearables at its booth at Mobile World Congress when that event kicks off at the end of February.
As far as specifications go, the Watch Sport is believed to be the high-end flagship of the pair. It will reportedly feature a 1.38-inch round plastic OLED display with a resolution of 480×480 with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. It will also offer 3G and 4G connectivity, NFC, and GPS. The NFC support means the Watch Sport will offer Android Pay compatibility. It will also offer IP68 water and dust resistance, and the battery will be measured in at 430mAh. It will offer a heart rate monitor, too.
Meanwhile, the Watch Style will measure in at 10.8 millimeters thick, with a round 1.2-inch plastic OLED display with a resolution of 360×360. It will apparently not have NFC support, nor will it offer any cellular connectivity. It will have 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage, though, and the battery is said to be measured in at 240mAh. It will be IP67-rated for water and dust resistance.
The report also states that both smartwatches will feature a Digital Crown, much in the same way that the Apple Watch does, which will be used for navigation. The plastic OLED touch screens will support handwriting recognition as well.
If February 9 is the big reveal date, we don’t have long to wait. What do you think of the rumored specs for Google’s upcoming smartwatches?