Verizon announced today that its $350 Wear24 smartwatch will be available online and in stores on May 11th. The Android Wear 2.0-based device will have 4G LTE connectivity on Verizon’s network and will come in three colors: stainless steel, gunmetal black, and rose gold. It also includes NFC for Android Pay. Verizon is positioning the Watch24 as a competitor to LG’s big, bulky Watch Sport and the Huawei Watch 2.
- And it’s got the specs to match those devices — at least on paper:
1.39-inch AMOLED display with 480 x 480 resolution
- 450mAh battery with wireless charging
- 768MB RAM
- 4GB storage
- Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
- NFC, LTE, and Wi-Fi
- Water resistant
The main difference between the Wear24 and the LG Watch Sport is the battery size. The Watch Sport has a 430mAh battery as compared to the Wear24’s 450mAh. Still, even with a (slightly) bigger battery, the Wear24 is minimally thinner than LG’s wearable, which many people find uncomfortable. The Wear24 is 0.53 inches deep, whereas the Watch Sport is 0.6 inches. But this is a smartwatch with Verizon’s branding. An expensive smartwatch with Verizon’s branding. How it will perform and stack up to similar devices is a big unknown, but we’re looking forward to trying it out.
Correction 4/17, 1:11 PM ET: A previous version of this article stated that the Wear24 includes a heart rate sensor. It does not. We regret the error.