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Teardown: LG G Smart Watch

17 November 2014
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Technology Teardown Services.

IHS estimates that 50 million wearable devices for consumer use were shipped last year, and that the market is taking off, with 45% growth in unit shipments in 2015, after 15% growth this year. Smart watches are expected to have the largest impact on the wearables market, accounting for 33% of total shipments in 2019, compared to just 3% last year. The wearables space comprises more than 160 suppliers and 25 product types.

The LG G watch is the company’s latest entry into this rapidly growing and increasingly competitive market. It is the first LG product running the Android Wear OS, and must be paired with a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.3 or higher. Pairing is done via Bluetooth version 4.0LE.

Summary points:

  • LG G Watch (LG-W100)
  • Requires smartphone or tablet running Android 4.3 or higher
  • Bluetooth connected watch with 4 GB eMMC and 512 MB SDRAM
  • Runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1.2 GHz CPU

Target market: Mass market

Pricing: $160

Availability: Worldwide

Total cost (direct materials and manufacturing): $52.40

Major Components:

- Apps processor, Snapdragon 400, Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 1.2 GHz CPU, Adreno 220 GPU, 28 nm, PoP – MFG: QUALCOMM –MPN: APQ8026 – (Qty: 1)

- MCP, 4GB NAND Flash, 512 MB Mobile DDR2, PoP – MFG: SK HYNIX INC. – MPN: H9TU32A4GDMC-LRKGM – (Qty: 1)

- Display Module, 1.65” Diagonal, 262K Colors TFT (IPS Mode), 280 x 280 Pixels, 240 ppi, 2.6 g – MFG: LG DISPLAY COMPANY – MPN – LH165Q01-SD01 – (Qty: 1)

- Enclosure, main, top, die-cast metal, painted – (Qty:1)

- Display Window/Touchscreen Assembly, 1.65” Diagonal, Capacitive, GFF1 Type, Painted, w/Integral Flex PCB – MFG: LG INNOTEK CO LTD – (Qty: 1)

- Power management IC – MFG: QUALCOMM – MPN: PM8226 – (Qty: 1)

- Magnet, neodymium – (Qty:4)

- Touchscreen controller, Capacitive, MFG: SYNAPTICS – MPN: S3402B – (Qty: 1)

- Bluetooth, single chip, V4.0LE – MFG: BROADCOM CORP – MPN: BCM20712A1KUBXG – (Qty:1)

- 8-layer, FR4, Lead-free – MFG: LG INNOTEK CO LTD – (Qty: 1)


Source: IHS

Main PCB Top

Source: IHS

Main PCB Bottom

Source: IHS

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