Thursday, December 26, 2013

LG’s first wearables will debut alongside LG G3 at MWC 2014

LG will unveil two wearable devices along with the quad-HD screen toting LG G3 at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

LG’s first wearable offerings will be a smartwatch called G Arch and a fitness tracker called G Health. The G Arch will offer similar functionality as other smartwatches that are out in the market, like Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Sony’s Smartwatch 2. It will sync with a mobile device and allow users to check notifications, messages and call logs directly from the watch.

The G Health will be a fitness tracker that is more akin to Nike’s FuelBand series. LG demoed a similar tracker at CES earlier this year, but the device was not launched. It has been indicated that LG will debut the G Health along with the G Arch at next year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Along with a slew of wearable devices, LG is also looking to launch the successor to the LG G2. Hardware details of the LG G3 have leaked online, and the device is said to feature a quad-HD (2K) resolution screen, 16MP camera along with an octa-core processor that will be manufactured in-house at LG. The LG G3 is said to be available in the second half of 2014.

Samsung already manufactures SoCs for use in its mobiles, and it looks like LG will get in on the act starting next year. The processors are allegedly code-named Odin, and LG is said to be working on a quad-core version along with an octa-core version. LG signed a licencing deal with ARM for the 64-bit Cortex-A50 processors, so it is likely that LG will use this core in its processors.

Source: Korea Herald , ZDNet Korea

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