LG today announced the W7, a unique, hybrid wearable that combines certain aspects of regular watches and smartwatch. LG says the watch was developed with the help of Swiss watchmaker Soprod SA, meaning it has a traditional design with a chrome bezel and support for standard 22mm straps. The W7’s signature feature is a set of physical, moving watch hands so the time always visible on the smartwatch. Despite the gearing necessary for the hands, LG says the watch sips power and can keep the hands moving for 100 days on a single charge, or run the watch for about two days when used with the screen and other features on. Beneath the hands is a standard 1.2-inch OLED touch display that supports all the normal functions of Google’s Wear OS. The watch hands will move out of the way when needed to reveal the information beneath. The W7 includes two physical buttons and a knob for controlling aspects of the user interface. Other features include IP68 protection from water, a compass, stopwatch, timer, barometer, and altimeter. The watch hands can also act like a compass when needed. There is no heart rate monitor and no LTE connectivity, but the W7 does include GPS for tracking workouts. Preorders for the LG Watch W7 begin October 7, with in-store availability at Bvest Buy starting October 14. It costs $450.
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