Google showed off two smart watches running Android Wear at its developer’s conference in June. However, both LG G Watch and Samsung’s Gear Live are not scheduled to ship until later this month.
Luckily folks over at ARM Holdings managed to get hold of both these devices, which means we have an initial review of the smart watches. By the way, in case you are wondering, they are the same guys who make CPU design for our smartphones and smart watches.
The folks over at ARM Holdings took these devices apart and were kind enough to send high resolution pictures to AnandTech. So, now we have an idea as to how the device fares when it comes to build quality and reparability.
First let’s look at the LG G Watch. Like its exterior, LG’s first smart watch also boasts of very simple interiors, which means it’s easier to repair as compared to Samsung’s Gear Live. The back cover is bolted with the help of four standard Torx 5 screws which was quite easy to take off according to the ARM. The same back cover also contains the 3.8V 400 mAh battery which powers the device along with a rubber coating along the perimeter to keep water and dust off the internals.
Once the back cover is off, there’ll be two more screws to remove after which you’ll see the ARM Cortex A7 Snapdragon 400 processor along with Synaptics Touch Controller, which the source adds is the same one used in Moto X.
Coming to Gear Live, the device has slightly complicated internals as compared to G Watch. You’ll have to go through 4 screws to remove the back cover. Like the G Watch, the back covers houses the battery, which is a smaller 3.8V 300 mAh one. Naturally, Gear Live will have a shorter battery life than G Watch. There’s also a heart rate sensor on the cover alongside the battery.
Inside, there’s the same Cortex A7 ARM CPU which we saw on the G watch along with Samsung DRAM. The PCB looks quite complex, but the company has somehow managed to make it quite compact, which is something that has to be noted.
Overall, both the devices look good, at least internally. However, the actual performance and durability of the device will only be known after it ships worldwide. So, till then, we’ll have to satisfy ourselves with such initial tear down and reviews.
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