The LG Watch W7 is the company’s first wearable to run the new Wear OS by Google platform. LG says, the smartwatch is aimed at users who want “the look of a traditional analogue timepiece but desire the convenient functionalities of a connected smartwatch.” It has been developed in partnership with Soprod SA of Switzerland. It is claimed to feature ‘high-precision quartz movement’ and physical watch hands packed in a stainless steel body. Notably, the smartwatch is compatible with all standard 22mm watch bands. As a secondary announcement to the unveiling of the V40 Thinq smartphone, LG presented the Watch W7. With a traditional analog dial accompanied by a digital display, this smartwatch is the first wearable device by LG to run Wear OS, a version of the Google Android operating system modified for wearable tech like a smartwatch.
If you push the top right button, the LG Watch W7 mechanical hands move out of the way so you can read your notifications. It sort of works. pic.twitter.com/YmuPrAQDEz
— Avi Greengart (@greengart) October 3, 2018
The watch has completely real hands, lit up for night viewing. But that also means part of the display’s obscured. The hands can move aside temporarily when showing notifications, but it seems like it could get weird at times, too. See here: the physical hands actually lie over the display. The hands can move to different positions to “get out of the way” and show information, but in the end those hands are still sprouting from the middle.
The hands move when the top button is pressed, and the display shifts up a bit for better visibility. It’s an odd solution that seems like it could be problem for a bunch of Wear OS apps.
Battery life goes long, but only in non-smartwatch mode
The analog watch part of the LG Watch W7, made by Swiss watch component manufacturer Soprod SA, works independently from Wear OS and basically lets the watch last for 100 days in a basic time-telling mode.
With the OLED display and Wear OS connected, the LG Watch W7 lasts two days, similar to many other smartwatches.
Another odd thing about the Watch W7 is that, despite aiming for better battery life, it does not use Qualcomm’s next-gen, which aims to offer longer-life standard watch modes that last up to 30 days. Instead, the W7 runs off the older Wear 2100 chip platform, and the 240-mAh battery isn’t particularly large by smartwatch standards.
Most other recent Wear OS watches have focused on adding heart rate, NFC payments, GPS and water resistance to catch up with the Apple Watch. The LG Watch W7 doesn’t have heart rate or GPS, although it has an altimeter/barometer. And it only has IP68 water resistance, which is rated for 30 minutes of water immersion, but not swimming. And there isn’t any NFC, and there’s no onboard LTE, but LG’s considering it in a future watch (LG was an early adopter of cellular-equipped smartwatches via Android Wear).
LG Watch W7 specs:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
- 1.2-inch LCD, 360×360 pixels, 300 ppi
- 768MB RAM
- 4GB storage
- 240-mAh battery
- 1.75 by 0.51 by 1.79 inches (44 by 13 by 45 mm)
- 2.8 ounces (79 grams)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.2
- IP68 water and dust resistant
- Accelerometer, gyro, magnetic, pressure, compass, altimeter, barometer
Price & Availability:
The LG Watch W7 price has been set as $449.99 (about Rs. 33,200) for the US market, and will be available via Best Buy. Pre-orders are slated to begin on October 7 and release date is October 14. The launch dates and price for the other markets will be announced locally at the time of availability.