An upcoming LG Smartwatch, recently found in an FCC file, has a hybrid design that places conventional clock hands on a 1.2-inch LCD screen. It's possible that the device will be featured at the Google I / O Developer Conference. Pau Barrena | AFP / Getty Images )
It appears that LG is preparing to release a new smartwatch, as suggested by a new FCC filing. Rumors that came out last month suggested that LG's new Wear OS-powered device would feature a hybrid analog design.
The submission adds credibility to this speculation and suggests that the watch receives a redesigned interface to account for the unique form factor. Screenshots of the FCC ID E label on the device confirm that "ZNFW31
LG Smartwatch will have a hybrid design
The shape of the screen informs the interface. Rather than overriding apps in list form, the submission shows that LG has arranged app icons in a semicircle, with a snippet at the top that captures the name of the selected app. This change may be due to the rumored hybrid design, as first reported by Android Headlines. In addition to a typical 1.2-inch LCD display, the watch also has analog hands as with conventional timepieces. Allegedly, this hybrid factor will save battery life and address different types of consumers.
Specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of local storage. The model discovered in the file has no LTE capabilities, only Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, though there is LG, could later also release a 4G-enabled variant. It also raises the question of whether the smartwatch supports local music storage because there is 4GB of free space available.
Not much is known about the device except the details listed above. Pricing, release date and even the name have yet to be set. More than anything else, it's nice to know that LG has not given up on smartwatches yet.
I / O Developer Conference Revelation?
Perhaps Google will make an official announcement during its upcoming I / O Developer Conference or very soon make the least on this unique hybrid form factor. Google recently rolled out a number of Assistant features on Wear OS, and a new smartwatch might be the best way to showcase these improvements.
Thoughts on LG rumored smartwatch? Does the hybrid design sound appealing? Do you think that smartwatches are still something these days? As always, if you have something to share feel free to say in the comments below!
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