LG Urbane smartwatch headed to MWC next month

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Oddly enough, there are only a couple of “rumored” smartwatches in the works at the moment and Apple seemingly has the spotlight all to itself as we get closer to the Apple Watch release. Well, that may have changed somewhat as last night LG announced a new wearable called the LG Urbane smartwatch. Ready to throw some money at the screen?

The LG G Watch wasn’t much to look at, but the LG G Watch R gave us a look at what a round smartwatch could look like with a “flat tire” like the Moto X. Some people were turned off by the big ring, but LG has slimmed things down with the LG Watch Urbane. As you can see from the photos, it’s a looker and screams luxury whereas the G Watch R was sporty.

In terms of features, the LG Urbane seems to have all the same bells & whistles as the G Watch R. The design is what makes it different, and there will be two finishes to choose from with Silver and Gold. That big bezel has slimmed down a bit as well, and the leather band compliments the metal casing perfectly. The band can be swapped out on a whim, but we’re unsure what kind of watch faces the Urbane smartwatch will ship with at the moment.

The LG Watch Urban specs unfortunately don’t seem to change, so you’ll still find a Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage under the hood. The display, sensors, battery and IP67 rating are all the same as well, so the only difference will be in the overall dimensions and design. That may sound like a downer, but could be a blessing in disguise as it may allow LG to keep the price reasonable.

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Apple’s new wearable will set the bar high when it comes to smartwatch pricing, but the LG Urbane watch may not be far behind. The G Watch R will set you back $299, so we could see the Urban go for between $350-$400 depending on how the company thinks it will do against the Apple Watch. There’s also a classy looking Asus ZenWatch 2 reportedly in the works as well, so we’re interested to see which company will win the smartwatch battle of 2015.

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