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LG G Watch R teaser trailer hints at IFA reveal for LG's first circular smartwatch

Tom Morgan
26 Aug 2014
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G Watch successor, possibly called the G Watch R, looks set to arrive at IFA with a circular display

LG has teased its first circular smartwatch ahead of the IFA show in Berlin next week, teasing an unannounced wearable that looks set to succeed the recently launched G Watch as a high-end alterntative that could also take some of the limelight away from Motorola's imminent Moto 360.

The thirty second teaser trailer, posted to LG's official Mobile Global YouTube channel, shows what is clearly a smartwatch with a circular display, flashing through many different watch faces in quick succession and giving a glimpse of the surrounding bezel in a range of illuminated colours.

In a not so subtle nod to the Moto 360 and its small black bar that prevents the screen from appearing perfectly circular, the trailer says "feel the gap" for "the perfect circle" - suggesting LG has found a way to move the display driver and ambient light sensor away from the display. If this proves accurate, it would indeed give LG a much-needed edge in the style stakes - especially after the lukewarm reception received by the chunky square G Watch.

Little else is known about the watch, including whether it will use an LCD screen like the G Watch or switch to AMOLED technology in an effort to reduce battery consumpton when showing black pixels. It is expected to use Android Wear, google's smartwatch-specific version of Android designed with notifications in mind, and according to the latest rumours it might arrive as the G Watch R, but these are merely rumours until LG confirms otherwise.

LG looks set to reveal the new wearable at IFA in Berlin, which is just a week away - meaning we won't have long to wait to find out how it stacks up against the Moto 360.

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