LG's new Watch Urbane 2 is a stylish Apple Watch smartwatch rival that doesn't depend on an Android smartphone. Here's what we know about the LG Watch Urbane 2 UK release date, price and specs.. You can also read our LG Watch Urbane review.

LG has announced its new flagship smartwatch, the successor to the Urbane. 

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LG Watch Urbane 2 UK price and release date: How much will the LG Watch Urbane Cost?

LG offered only a sneak peek at it's New York launch event and has said it will announce a release date and local pricing "at a later date". This means any prices you see are pure speculation at this stage. We expect it to be more expensive than the first Urbane, which currently costs around £175. 

Android Wear watches are - if anything - increasing in price, with the Huawei Watch costing between £300 and a whopping £600.

The Urbane 2 will go on sale first in the US and Korea, with Europe - and the UK - later.

LG Watch Urbane 2 release date price specs

LG Watch Urbane 2 specs: What to expect from the LG Watch Urbane

You’d be forgiven for being confused by LG’s expansive smartwatch range, which includes the G Watch R, the Urbane and the Urbane LTE (the latter is very hard to find in the UK).

The latest watch is called the Urbane 2nd Edition and is an entirely new product. It’s not the Urbane LTE (which doesn’t run Android Wear) and it’s not simply an Urbane with an added SIM slot.

No, the Urbane 2nd Edition is brand new and has a bigger P-OLED screen at 1.38in compared to 1.3in for the Urbane. The resolution is increased from 320x320 to 480x480 giving a decent 348ppi. That’s the highest resolution of any current smartwatch.

The watch’s 44.5mm diameter is quite large, but dimensions are smaller than the original Urbane (see below). This allows a bigger capacity battery at 570mAh. This is necessary to cope with the increased power demands of cellular connectivity: the Urbane 2 has a SIM and can use 4G, 3G or Wi-Fi or to connect directly to the internet which frees you from needing to carry your phone everywhere to get notifications and to use apps.

However, it's less than the 700mAh battery that LG used in the Urbane LTE, so we'll have to wait and see whether 570 is enough to power the Urbane 2 through an entire day.

There's another battery-sapping component, too: GPS. The original Urbane didn't have GPS, and it's one reason the new model will be more appealing, especially to runners, even if the design isn't at all sporty (unless you opt for the 'durable hypoallergenic TPSiV elastomer' band. LG says the Urbane 2 is aimed at "active individuals who want to stay connected to the world, whether they’re at work, at home or on the tennis court."

There are now three buttons on the right hand side instead of just one at the 3 o’clock position. They provide quick access to apps, contacts and LG Health. The crown button can be used to enable or disable ambient mode and there’s a power saving mode to help the watch last all day.

As with all Wear watches, there are apps for Android and iOS, but beware that functionality is severely limited in iOS, so it's far better to pair it with an Android phone, or use the watch's LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Keyspecs are below, provided by LG:

LG Watch Urbane 2 specs::

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Operating System: Android Wear (Cell-connected Version)
  • Display: 1.38-inch P-OLED Display (480 x 480 / 348ppi)
  • Size: 44.5 x 14.2mm
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3
  • Battery: 570mAh
  • Network: Bluetooth 4.1 / Wi-Fi / LTE / 3G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer / Gyro / Compass / Barometer / PPG / GPS
  • Colour: Space Black / Opal Blue / Luxe White / Signature Brown
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67)

And just so you can compare it to its predecessor...

LG Watch Urbane specs:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Operating System: Android Wear
  • Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320 / 245ppi)
  • Size: 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB LPDDR2
  • Battery: 410mAh
  • Network: Bluetooth 4.1 / Wi-Fi / LTE / 3G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer / Gyro / Compass / Barometer / PPG (heart-rate sensor)
  • Colour: Gold / Silver
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67)