Alongside the V40 ThinQ, LG has also announced its latest smartwatch. The Watch W7 is easily the company’s most unique wearable yet because of its hybrid design. The W7 has mechanical hands in front of its round, 1.2-inch touch display running Wear OS. It will sell for $450 at Best Buy beginning on October 14th; preorders will be available from today.
The W7 is big. This is not a timepiece for folks with small wrists. Since mechanical watches are a little outside its wheelhouse, LG worked with a company called Soprod in designing the watch’s mechanical functions and movements. “In addition to keeping accurate time, the mechanical hands also display additional information such as altimeter, barometer, stopwatch, timer and compass directions,” LG says.
The Watch W7 runs Google’s Wear OS. An LCD panel, minute and hour hands, and then a layer of glass make up the face. Holding all of that together is a stainless steel frame that comes in cloud silver. It has a round 1.2-inch LCD 360 x 360 display with a hole in the center so the two hands can pass through.
The Watch W7 has WiFi and Bluetooth onboard. It will need a direct connection with a smartphone that supports Wear OS for it to fully work. Water and dust resistance means you can bring the W7 with you on various adventures. There are a bunch of other sensors on the inside, including an accelerometer, barometer, altimeter, and gyroscope.