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LG G Watch 2 could be set for IFA reveal

LG G Watch group shot

A new, sleeker smartwatch could be on the way from LG at IFA, just as Motorola prepares to launch the Moto 360

With the gorgeous Moto 360 expected to get an official release date as early as the 4th of September, and Apple’s iWatch wearable rumoured to launch later this Autumn, it should come as no surprise that other manufacturers are looking to launch competing smartwatches as soon as they can, but the latest rumour comes as something as a surprise: LG is apparently preparing a successor to the recently launched G Watch for a reveal at IFA next month.

Despite having only gone on sale two months ago, a new report from the Korea Times suggests LG has taken criticisms on the G Watch to heart and is already preparing to reveal a more stylish replacement. The report indicates that the watch will again use a Qualcomm processor, and has been in development for some time.

Although it seems unlikely the company would launch a successor so soon, the Korea Times apparently received confirmation directly from an LG spokesperson, saying that it had been in discussion with “leading watchmakers” – potentially meaning the G Watch 2 could be a more premium device.

The original G Watch gave us our first look at Android Wear, but we weren’t blown away by the basic, plastic design, poor battery life and LCD display. A successor would likely switch to a metal body, with possible OLED screen for improved battery life, and wireless charging. Although LG doesn’t use OLED screens in its smartphone handsets, it has a factory dedicated to making OLED panels for its big-screen TVs, meaning OLED isn’t out of the question.

According to the report, LG has yet to decide whether the watch will be on public display at IFA, or whether it will be shown to clients behind closed doors. If the watch exists at all, we won’t have long to wait to find out if the rumours are true; IFA is set to kick off on the first week of September in Berlin. We’ll be there, so make sure to check back for the latest updates straight from the show floor, including any news of a new G Watch.

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