News: Has LG’s flop given Huawei what it needs to win this Christmas?
LG’s latest smart gadget was not so smart as the manufacturer has recalled the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch just six days after launch.
The luxury watch, priced at $499, saw its global roll out set back as the company’s engineers found a hardware issue that affects the smartwatch’s functionalities.
In a statement, LG told Android Police: "Late in the quality assurance process for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, our engineers were made aware of a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device.
"After further investigation, the decision was made to cancel the rollout of the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE due to the complicated nature of the issue."
LG said that whether the device will be available in the future will be decided at a later time.
The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE boosts a 1.38-inch 348ppi, 480 x 480 resolution P-OLED round display coated in Gorilla Glass 3. Connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth and LTE. It has 4GB of internal storage, a 768MB RAM and it is powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor.
AT&T, one of the first sellers to carry the watch, has reportedly started to notify customers about the "quality issue" and has also notified its stores and customers that it will offer a refund to those who have already purchased the device.
With Christmas four weeks away, rival Huawei has also launched its latest smartwatch two weeks ago and is not holding back on its release. Huawei Device USA is offering limited-time Black Friday savings on its latest devices for U.S. consumers, including the company’s first smartwatch, the Huawei Watch.
Six models with stainless steel, black, and rose gold-plated watch bodies regularly range in price from $349 to $799.