If you’re a fan of the Wear OS experience but want mechanical hands on your smartwatch, LG’s launched something new this month just for you.
The LG Watch W7 is a touchscreen smartwatch with mechanical hands. It’s got a 1.2-inch LCD 360 x 360 resolution display and a pair of hands that sit on top of it. For many people, that’s the perfect combination but it does come at a cost.
A mix of digital and analogue
Far from being ‘stuck on’ with the mere capability to tell the time, the hands are ‘smart’ with the ability to move out of the way either together or in separate directions to ensure they don’t block the screen. When the hands split up, something special happens too - any text warps around the hands so everything’s readable.
The decision to include mechanical hands means you can run it as a standard watch sans Wear OS. It’ll run for 100 days on a single charge in mechanical mode, four days in analogue mode and two days in smart mode.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, hold your horses for a second. Remember the cost we referred to previously? It might just be a deal breaker.
You see, the W7 lacks many of the features you’ll find in other high-end smartwatches. For instance, there’s no heart-rate monitoring, GPS or NFC. There’s no snazzy bezel like you get with the Galaxy Watch and the screen is LCD, a poorer technology to OLED which you’ll find on the Huawei Watch 2. In addition, the W7 runs Qualcomm’s aging Wear 2100 processor, a now outdated processor since Qualcomm launched the 3100.
Pricing and availability
If you’re dead set on a smartwatch with mechanical hands, the LG W7 is your best option right now, even if it is lacking notable features. It’s available for order now from LG and will cost you around $450 in the States.