LG prepping 3G-connected smartwatch, leaks indicate

LG could soon join Samsung in offering a smartwatch that does not rely on a smartphone.

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LG's next smartwatch could feature CDMA connectivity. Screenshot by Scott Webster/CNET

Look out, Samsung. LG is set to deliver its own self-contained cellular smartwatch, according to recent reports.

A device known as the LG VC100 has been spotted loitering the halls of the FCC, providing what looks to be the first glimpse of its first 3G-connected smartwatch. Listed as a "Smart Watch with CDMA", it isn't clear whether this would be another member of the G Watch family or the beginning of a new line entirely.

Based on the rudimentary image, we might expect something with a rectangular display. The accompanying dimensions tell us it should be a smidge smaller than its Samsung counterpart, the Gear S .

As to which cellular provider(s) are in line to offer the rumored LG watch, Verizon seems like to be the most likely candidate. According to a source close to mylgphones.com, the watch has been found listed in a database with other Verizon devices. Allegedly, the 3G-capable smartwatch could debut as soon as the fourth quarter of this year.

it's safe to assume that LG will stick with Android Wear to run this 3G-connected phone. I don't know about you, but I like the idea of an all-in-one watch that lets me leave my phone in my pocket when someone calls, or even at home.

Until we hear more about new watches from LG, be sure to check out CNET's coverage of the LG G Watch and its circular sibling, the G Watch R .