Although Motorola abandoned the smartwatch market a few years ago, the original Moto 360 smartwatch has nonetheless received a makeover and will be relaunching as a third-generation product—only this time it’s not made by Motorola.
Instead, an independent consumer electronics company known as “eBuyNow” has found itself in charge of the task. The company’s business model appears to be finding niche gaps in the consumer electronics market and at least in this case, licensing the rights to build and market the product.
Due to ship in December, the third-generation Moto 360 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, as well as sensors including a heart rate monitor, GPS, and NFC for mobile payments.
The face of the watch has a circular, 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels. The color display can be set to always-on while the 355mAh battery can be charged to full in only one hour when placed on the bundled charging cradle. All-day battery life is touted, but maybe more impressive is the claim that a battery saver mode lets the third-gen Moto 360 continue displaying the time for three days even when the battery is critical.
There are two buttons on the side of the watch: the top one rotates and scrolls through the watch’s software interface, while the bottom button can be set to launch a custom app. The device runs Wear OS, the Android-based operating system Google developed for wearables. It features Google Assistant, Google Pay, and Google Fit. The Moto 360’s software supports Android 5.0 and iOS 10.0 or higher.
Color options include a black watch face with a black band, a gold face with a white band, and silver with brown. The strap measures 20mm wide and is made of leather or fluoro rubber. Each order includes a silicone strap for aquatic endeavors and it’s noted that the Moto 360 can be worn while swimming for up to 10,000 strokes. Is there an app to track that?
Pricing is set at $350 or £340 and pre-orders are expected to begin at Moto360.com in the middle of November for folks who live in the US, UK, and Canada. Availability through select major retailers is slated for the following month in December.