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Google smartwatch supposedly packs a “Digital Crown,” launches February Nine

Evan Blass has the lot of smartwatch news: flagship LG hardware with LTE, GPS, and NFC.

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Prolific leaker Evan Blass published earlier today that Android Wear 2.0 is due out February nine, and now, over at VentureBeat, Blass assertions Google’s smartwatch will launch on the similar date.

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Google confirmed past that it would launch a duo of “flagship” smartwatches as soon as, and it stated that while they weren’t going to be “Pixel” branded, the equipment would be a Nexus-style association. Blass states that those watches are prepared by LG and are called the “LG Watch Style” and “LG Watch Sport.”

Android Police has been tracing a Google smartwatch from  July of the previous year, and Blass states that report—containing a mockup formed by Android Police, pictured above—is still spot on. Blass states the bigger “Sport” watch is 14.2mm thick and has a 1.38-inch, 480×480 circular P-OLED display, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 420mAh battery, an IP68 ingress rating, and a heart rate sensor. There’s also tons of connectivity; besides the standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it has 3G and LTE data, NFC and GPS, presumably for Android Pay compatibility.

The minor “Style” is definitely not as flagshippy, with a 10.8mm thick body and a 1.2-inch 360×360 circular P-OLED display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and a 240mAh battery. It has a worse IP67 ingress rating, and it deceptively lacks the cellular, NFC, GPS, and heart rate monitor of the larger version. It’s apparently foregoing so much in order to be svelte, but we’ll have to see it in person to know for sure. The devices’ SoCs aren’t mentioned in the report, but given Qualcomm’s domination in the Android space, the Snapdragon Wear 2100 or 1100 is both good possibilities.

Both watches deceptively have a “digital crown” button that “serves to simplify navigation,” identical to the Apple Watch. Steering has been a sore subject on Android Wear 2.0 lately. Google’s original 2.0 developer performance changed the back button from a swipe sign to a press of the crown button, and, after a user revolt, Google returned it back to the original style.

Hopefully, we’ll get from Google about a genuine event on the ninth February soon.

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