LG's latest smartwatches, the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, were all the fireworks this week, but through the smoke, Verizon seemingly joined the smartwatch game. According to 9to5Google, big red will also be pushing out their own Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch called Watch24.
It is not uncommon for Verizon to push out their own hardware. They have their own line of cheap Android tablets and mobile hotspots called Ellipsis. Their tablets are more entry level devices that provide low-end specs and older versions of Android however, it does not look like their watch will follow the same path. It also does not appear to be budget friendly either since big red will offer the device for $299.99 on a two-year contract. This price point is a $30 cheaper alternative to the LG Watch Sport which will be offered for $329.99 on a two-year agreement.
Not much is known at this point about Verizon's upcoming wearable, but it will reportedly have a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, an IP67 water and dust resistant certification, a 450 mAh battery, and will have LTE connectivity which will allow the watch to make and receive calls and texts independently from your phone. Additionally, it will have an NFC chip so that payments can be made via Android Pay and it will run Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
The Watch24 is expected to be released sometime in March. On top of the $299.99 price tag, it will cost just $5 a month on the new Verizon plan.