LG hasn’t had much luck in the wearable game, but the company isn’t finished just yet. Today, alongside the V40 ThinQ, LG is announced its new LG Watch W7. It’s a mechanical watch blended with a smartwatch that costs $450. Why $450? I really don’t know.
See, the W7 has mechanical hands which is cool and adds a touch of class. But it also runs Wear OS which just got a huge update that makes everything from telling time to controlling your smart home easier and more fluid. Therefore, there isn’t much reason to have mechanical hands with your smartwatch other than for stylistic purposes. And in turn, it just drives up the cost. I’m sure some people will find the watch to be perfect for their tastes and worth $450, but I’ll be on the fence until I get my hands on a review unit.
The problems with the W7’s price don’t stop there, though. The watch, which costs almost $500, can’t even replace your current smartwatch. There’s no GPS, LTE, heart rate monitor, NFC chip – almost nothing that makes a smartwatch smart. There’s a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor inside, but that chip is two years old at this point and has been succeeded. It does come with a 240mAh battery which is probably more than enough for a full day’s worth of charge, plus there’s IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. But other than that, there isn’t much to get excited over. Even the band looks pretty bad.
Still, if you think the LG Watch W7 looks like something you’d be into, it’ll launch at Best Buy on October 14th. It’ll go up for preorder this Sunday, October 7th.