LG’s New Urbane Smartwatch Available for a Pricey Pre-Order
A few days ago, LG announced its intention to release yet another Android Wear smartwatch: the Urbane, an all-metal, round-faced watch that marks its third device to run Google’s wearable-optimized operating system. Styled very similarly to last year’s G Watch R, the Urbane comes in silver or gold colors, and pre-orders for the device have gone live starting today – though the price listed for the device might not be wholly accurate at the moment.
According to LG, the Urbane sports the same 1.3-inch P-OLED display as the G Watch R, and also boasts the same 4 GB of internal storage and 512 MB of RAM. The main difference in its body, besides its all-metal construction, is that it’ll have a thinner bezel than that of its predecessor, making it a potential choice for both men and women. Its gold and silver colors, likewise, seem to be attempts on LG’s part to compete with the high-end look of the upcoming Apple Watch.
And while we’re on the subject of “high end,” it seems that one retailer has decided to take a stab at how much the LG Urbane will cost. Today, Expansys put up pre-order pages for the gold and silver versions of the Urbane, priced at £299.99 each. That translates to roughly $460, and if that price is accurate, that would make the Urbane the most expensive Android Wear device to come out yet. LG already holds that title with the aforementioned G Watch R, which currently costs $299.99. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the all-metal construction of the Urbane is worth a $160 price jump considering it features almost all of the exact same specifications.
More than likely, the final price will be closer to around $350, or maybe lower. After all, if the device is truly meant to compete with the Apple Watch, it ought not to cost more than that device. We’ll know more soon enough, as LG is slated to officially unveil the Urbane at MWC next month.