[Update] LG to build Google’s smartwatches; launching February 8th

Update 2/5: Released moved up one day to February 8th.

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Veteran leaker Evan Blass put out a detailed article about Google’s smartwatches, which are now expected to launch February 9th. This launch date also coincides with the previously leaked Wear 2.0 launch date.

Strangely enough, Google’s smartwatches have no hint of “Google branding” in their names: these new ones will be named the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style respectively. Clearly, LG still doesn’t know how to name products well, as the names don’t exactly roll off the tongue smoothly.

The Sport will boast a 1.38″ display with 768MB of RAM, LTE, a heart-rate sensor, NFC, and GPS functionality. It also has a 430 mAH battery, as opposed to a 240 mAH one on the Style. The Style will have a 1.2″ display with 512MB of RAM and none of the bells and whistles of the Sport. Both will rock 4GB of storage and a plastic OLED display.

These watches will also be the first to have a rotating “digital crown” for physical UI navigation—think Apple Watch style.

The report didn’t announce pricing, but we can expect they won’t be anywhere near cheap. My guess is around the $300+ range as that’s what the competing Apple Watch Series 2 is priced at.

Source: VentureBeat, Android Police