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LG is about to release the priciest Android Wear watch on the planet

LG G Watch R Price

The first-generation Android Wear smartwatches have hardly made their way out the door, but LG is already preparing for round two. The original G Watch launched in June for $229, featuring a square display similar to Samsung’s Gear Live, which released on the same day. The G Watch received fair to partly cloudy reviews, but it was clear that potential smartwatch adopters were waiting to see how the round-faced Moto 360 would shape up before making a decision.

Not to be outdone, LG almost immediately began sharing plans for its own smartwatch with a round display, the G Watch R. On Monday, LG revealed that the upgraded and redesigned smartwatch would be available on October 14th in South Korea, but here’s the kicker: it’s going to cost 352,000 won. That converts to roughly $327 USD, which would make the G Watch R the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch to date.

As The Verge notes, this conversion is for the tax-inclusive price, which would put the actual listed price closer to $290. To put that into perspective, the first-gen G Watch now costs just $180 on Amazon, the Gear Live is priced at $200 and even the Moto 360 comes in at $250. In fact, the only smartwatch with a higher price tag is the Apple Watch, which is going to launch at $350.

There’s no question that the G Watch R is a massive improvement over its predecessor, but is it enough to make anyone give up on the Apple Watch?

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.