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Samsung and LG unveil the Gear S and G Watch R

Samsung and LG are at it again. Two months on from Google’s IO conference where both mobile powerhouses unveiled their Android Wear-based Smartwatches to the world; namely the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live respectively, they are at it again. Samsung introduce their Tizen-OS based Gear S product and LG go retro with their G Watch R. Let’s take a look!

Smartwatches are here to stay it seems. Today saw the unveiling of new offerings from both Samsung and LG, no doubt with the express design of trumping Motorola’s forthcoming Moto 360 revelation, slated at IFA 2014 in the next few weeks.

Samsung have seemingly abandoned the Android Wear operating system of it’s predecessor, the Gear Live, and instead have opted for utilising their own in house OS, Tizen as a platform. Sporting colour options of Black and White, and with a 2″ curved display, it certainly catches the eye. LG on the other hand have stayed true to the Android Wear OS of the original G Watch, and have instead opted to change the shape of it’s clock face, sporting a Moto 360’esque, round display and a rather retro look.

The two offerings differ in the specifications department too, with battery life on the LG device trumping that of the Samsung device, only with Samsung’s Gear S to one-up the connectivity stakes with the device sporting a 3G radio allowing, presumably, standalone operation. Both carry matching memory and storage options of 512MB RAM with 4GB storage.

Further specifications are shown below:~

Samsung Gear S specifications:
Processor: Dual core 1.0 GHz
Display: 2-inch Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
Memory: RAM: 512MB
Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
Battery: 300mAh Li-ion
Operating System: Tizen

LG G Watch R specifications:
Processor: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 400
Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
Battery: 410mAh
Operating System: Android Wear

With IFA just around the corner and Motorola set to finally unveil their Moto 360 product, the Smartwatch space just got a whole lot more choice! What do you think of the designs? Are you throwing your money at the screen yet, and if so, how much would you be willing to part with for these products? Perhaps you are waiting to see what other OEMs come up with, as both Apple and HTC, to name just two, are yet to tip their hand.

Let us know in the comments below.

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