Samsung, LG announce new smartwatches, LG announce new smartwatches

Samsung and LG aren’t getting out of the way. On Wednesday night both South Korean companies unveiled two new wearables, the Samsung Gear S and LG G Watch R, respectively.

For Samsung the new the new Gear S however, is arguably the company’s most fashionable device yet, featuring a large, curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display.

The watch, which runs the company’s Tizen operating system and not Google’s Android Wear, also features a heart rate sensor to work with Samsung’s S Health app.

Similar to Samsung’s earlier wearables, the Gear S uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone, but the device also features Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity to allow you to respond to messages or forward calls to your wrist for the times when your phone is not with you.

For LG, the G Watch R is the company’s second smartwatch following up on this summer’s launch of the original G Watch.

While the company, along with Samsung, was among the first to release an Android Wear device, the G Watch’s blocky design was rather uninspiring when compared to other Android Wear devices like the Moto 360.

The new display allows the G Watch R to look more like a traditional watch, with LG claiming the display will be viewable in sunlight, a problem that has plagued earlier smartwatches including the original G Watch.

The G Watch R also adds a heart-rate monitor and power button, two things the G Watch lacked, but otherwise offers many of the same features of the original including being waterproof in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

Source: USA Today

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