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LG dishes estimated pricing, release for Android-powered G Watch

The coming of spring means we're inching ever closer to the upcoming Android Wear invasion, which gets a wee bit closer today thanks to a few additional launch details from manufacturer LG.

Pocket-Lint was on hand earlier today in the Weybridge suburb of London to catch an up close and personal look at a final prototype for LG's forthcoming G Watch, powered by Google's Android Wear software.

Although the device wasn't actually operational, LG did manage to confirm the G Watch would be available in the UK "before July," where it will sell for somewhere in the neighborhood of £180 (about US$301, AU$322).

That may sound a bit on the pricy side considering many of us pay less for a more powerful smartphone (with a two-year contract, that is), but the report claims the device "certainly felt premium," which sounds like it may be worth the wait.

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The non-functioning LG G Watch prototype is completely buttonless, which many observers noted after seeing mockup pictures at the Android Wear launch, but is described as otherwise having "a solid, seamless build."

Like the latest Pebble Steel, G Watch owners will also be able to swap out the included strap for another more to their liking, and LG plans to follow up the squarish design with something more round further down the road.

Judging from the hands-on photos, the LG G Watch is only a hair larger than the new Samsung Gear 2, which completely turned its back on the Android platform in favor of a wearables variant of the Korean manufacturer's own Tizen OS.

Assuming the rough July timeframe pans out, LG has less than 90 days to nail down the details and whip the G Watch software into shape prior to release.

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