Alongside the V40 ThinQ Android smartphone, LG has also announced its latest smartwatch today, the Watch W7. This wrist-wearable phone is the company’s most unique smartwatch yet because of its hybrid design, a mix of ambition and compromise. The W7 has mechanical hands in front of its round, 1.2-inch touch display running Wear OS.
You can have either a feature-packed digital smartwatch or the classic beauty of an analog watch. But the LG Watch W7 aims to offer the best of both worlds. The Watch W7 feels like a pricey experiment, although has something in the mix to look forward.
On paper, LG’s Watch W7 should provide the first-class Wear OS experience and the longevity of a regular analog watch. In other words, the best of all wearable worlds. First of all, the basics. The W7 has a handsome stainless body that, looked relatively nice strapped to anyone’s wrist.
The Watch W7 runs the latest version of Google’s Wear OS, has the improved notifications view and a smarter take on Google Assistant make the Watch W7 feel plenty valuable.
The LG’s new W7 smartwatch blends a touch display with mechanical hands. It’ll tell time for up to 100 days even after the battery dies. Android Wear is a big overhaul which now it needs some fancy new hardware to run on. It’s a fully fledged Wear OS watch with a 1.2” LCD touchscreen (360 x 360px). The W7’s mechanical hands give the watch more flexibility than a lot of its current rivals. And the hands of a watch mechanism that was developed in collaboration with Swiss watchmaker Soprod SA.
The smart side of things is handled by the fairly old Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip. It’s paired with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. If you disable those smart features, the 240mAh battery can run the analog watch for 100 days.
Speaking of, there’s a dual time feature implemented in a way that perfectly describes the watch – one half is digital, the other half is analog. The Watch W7 is IP68 rated and features a suite of Master Tools for those who like an adventure. They include a compass, altimeter and barometer.
Unfortunately, there is no GPS, but the watch W7 uses standard 22mm bands, so you can change those at will. LG itself offers a very wide selection ranging from the elegant leather or metal to sportier NATO bands.
The Watch W7 goes on sale on October 14th, it’ll set you back at $449 cost via Best Buy. Pre-orders start October 7 or you can wait until 14th to check out the watch in stores.