LG reportedly has its next-gen Android Wear smartwatch in the works, which could transform the wearable market.
How? The alleged smartwatch apparently boasts a high screen resolution of 480 x 480 pixels, which is currently unheard of for smartwatches.
Presently, the maximum resolution touted by a smartwatch's screen is 320 x 320 pixels and 319 x 390 pixels for the LG Urbane and the Apple Watch respectively. If the current rumor has any grain of truth in it, then the supposed LG watch that has the codename "Nemo" would be the first to tout a high pixel density for Android Wear-powered smartwatches.
The information comes courtesy of a Phandroid report which lets on that while it does not know the specifications of the impending LG smartwatch it does "know that it will have the highest resolution display any Android Wear watch has ever had. That resolution is 480 x 480."
Currently, the maximum pixel density boasted by an Android Wear smartwatch is 240 ppi (the 1.3-inch LG Urbane), but it seems that the Nemo will pip that by a huge margin and would likely boast a pixel density between 300 to 400 ppi.
Phandroid, however, does not divulge whether the Nemo smartwatch will tout a round or square/rectangular dial. In the event the panel is round, then one can expect a crisper smartwatch that betters LG's own offering, i.e. the LG Urbane.
Traditionally, Google is famous for codenaming its Nexus line-up of devices on a fish-based or nautical theme. The company's impending Nexus 6 smartphone is codenamed "Shamu" whereas the Nexus 5 and Nexus 9 sported the "Flounder" and "Hammerhead" codenames. Interestingly, the LG G Watch had the codename "Dory" and, therefore, with "Nemo" LG could well be taking the same route and inspiration from "Finding Nemo."
If Nemo sees the light of day, the alleged LG smartwatch could unfold a new trend for the market as consumers take to a wearable with a higher resolution display. The 480 x 480 pixels panel would not only offer better visibility in harsher light, but also mean that LG would possibly need to pack in a bigger battery to fuel the device as battery drain would possibly be higher. That is another feature users would welcome.
However, with no details of the hardware emerging, the LG Nemo remains shrouded in mystery.
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