LG has released Watch Urbane, a luxury smartwatch packed with the latest version of Android Wear. LG unveiled the smartwatch in February that features a metal body with a less geeky look, and takes some inspiration from the existing G Watch R.
Urbane, priced at $349, is the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch, and is a successor to LG G Watch R. The wearable features a 1.3-inch OLED 320×320 circular screen, and is powered by 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. The smartwatch includes accelerometer, barometer, compass, gyroscope, heart-rate sensor and Wifi. A magnetic-clinging dock powers the 410 mAh battery via Micro USB.
The device weighs at 2.3 ounces, slightly heavier than the G Watch R, and a size of 1.8 x 2.1 x 0.4. LG has done away with the chronograph markings around the bezel and has maintained a simple design with gloss metal casing. They are available in silver and rose gold finishes. The smartwatch features a thicker design that can dwarf an average sized wrist.
LG has gone in for an impressive leather design, similar to the one in the back of LG G4. The 22mm strap can be swapped with a different style, if you are not a fan of constant stitching. Urbane is IP67 certified water-resistant for about 30 minutes, though the leather strap isn’t designed to get wet. The device packs the latest Android 5.1.1 that brings in a range of features. The voice command “Ok Google” can be used to search, dictate messages, summon apps and more.
Google has brought in flick gestures to Android Wear, for one-hand use, and has the ability to wake up when the watch is tilted for viewing the time. LG has brought in a range of watch faces, though it lacks the customizations that Apple Watch offer. The company is also offering low-power watch faces, and the smartwatch always remains on in a dimmed brightness to display the time.
Though the wearable features a OLED screen which displays rich blacks, it lack an ambient sensor. Users will have to modify the brightness manually. Urbane has the ability to connect to Android phone or Wifi networks. Urbane requires a companion app for call though you cannot talk into the smartwatch as in the case of Apple Watch. Android 5.1 features sketching for scribbling a pictorial reply though it does not match the digital touch feature in Apple Watch.