On the heels of Google and LG announcing two new smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0, Verizon is getting in on the action as well. The cellular provider announced it will be selling its own, network-exclusive wearable, the $300 Wear24 smartwatch alongside the $330 LG Sport Watch. While wireless carriers have sold wearables before, this is the first time Verizon has made its own device to entice new and existing customers.
Like the LG Sport Watch, a major selling point of the Wear24 is LTE data. Users can make and receive calls and texts without their smartphone nearby. It’ll be attached to your phone number, so all your usual notifications will come to your wrist even if you left your smartphone at home.
At first glance, the Wear24 appears thinner than LG’s Sport Watch but will offer many of the general features found in the Sport. According to other reports, it will have a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, an IP67 water resistance rating (so it can withstand being submerged in three feet of water for 30 minutes), and a 450mAh battery, which is slightly larger than than 430mAh batter in the LG’s Sport.
Aside from LTE data, the Wear24 appears to have basic hardware features, making it much like $250 LG Style Watch.There’s no word on if the Wear24 will have extra features like a heart rate monitor or GPS, but Verizon should offer more details closer to the release date. However, it may be the better option than the LG Sport for those who want an LTE-capable Android Wear device simply because of its bigger battery. In our testing of the LG Sport, it lasted about 16 hours of light use, so it’s very possible that Verizon’s wearable will be better equipped to handle a few more calls and texts throughout the day.
The Wear24 smartwatch comes out next month, although Verizon hasn’t provided an exact date for its release. It’ll cost $300 with a new two-year activation, or you can add it on to your existing Verizon plan for $5 extra per month.