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LG G Watch now on pre-order, arriving in UK 4 July

LG has announced that its G Watch pre-orders are now live in the UK (and other key markets such as the US).

The G Watch was shown off during the Google I/O keynote yesterday, and it's been dated and priced up on the Play store.

If you order a G Watch today, it'll be shipped on 4 July, next Friday, and the smartwatch will set you back £159. That's considerably cheaper than the likes of the devices we've already seen such as the Gear 2, but the freshly unveiled Gear Live – also shown off at Google I/O – is also coming in around this price point at £169.

Sadly, the Moto 360 smartwatch, which looks far slicker – and indeed like a normal watch with a round face – won't be out until later this summer.

Anyway, back to the G Watch, which is available in black or white gold. It's IP67 water and dust resistant, and the specs include a 1.65in IPS display with a resolution of 280 x 280 driven by a Snapdragon 400 running at 1.2GHz, with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It runs Android Wear and is compatible with phones running Android 4.3 or better.

Dr Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile, commented: "As one of the first to market with Android Wear, LG wanted to develop a product that functions as an essential companion device but most importantly, was simple to use. We wanted a device that would be simple to learn and so intuitive that users wouldn't even have to think about how to use its features. That's what the LG G Watch is all about."

If you're tempted, you can reserve your G Watch at the Play Store here.