As we know, Motorola will unveil a host of new devices at this year’s IFA on September 4 and Moto 360 will be a part of that launch. Moto 360 will be the first smartwatch from Motorola which will also run on the newly launched Android Wear platform for smartwatches by Google. The Moto 360 is one the most anticipated smartwatch since it was shown off by Motorola on March 18, 2014. It might also be Google’s best defense against the rumoured iWatch by Apple which will also feature the circular design like the Moto 360.
Design and battery life
The Moto 360 is a stylish stainless steel circular smartwatch which is one of the best looking smartwatches ever in its brief history. The computerized Moto 360 screen is rumoured to be a custom-made OLED display, which would actually make sense given its circular design. Due to the use of OLED display, the Moto 360 should have a better battery life compared to the other Android Wear smartwatches like the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, as OLED displays consume as much as 40% less power when displaying black images vs LCDs because they can turn off individual pixels. It will be very interesting when Motorola announces Moto 360’s battery life at IFA as a its a make or break for a device in the wearable segment as nobody would like to charge their watch every 24 hours.
Motorola has shied away from revealing the official Moto 360 specifications. This isn’t surprising as the internals of a low-powered smartwatch will not come with a large processing power or memory. Instead, Motorola has confirmed that the Moto 360 can be worn on the left or the right hand thanks to its clever orientation-free design. There’s a classic watch button on one side of the face, but it’s a digital watch face, so the UI can be flipped around which will help the knob to always point towards the elbow.
Moto 360 seems to be ready for a workout with an “optical heart rate sensor”. Though it remains to be seen if the Moto 360 has a Sapphire Glass instead of a standard Gorilla Glass. Sapphire Glass has a hardness level which is said to be four times greater than the Gorilla Glass but it will also make the Moto 360’s price more premium, if used.
The Moto 360 doesn’t have a micro USB port for charging because it will charge wirelessly. The company recently confirmed that the Moto 360 will charge wirelessly via magnetic Qi induction. Google’s Nexus series smartphones and its Nexus 7 tablet take full advantage of a magnetic Qi charger, and Motorola was a Google-owned company up until recently so naturally, the Moto 360 ditches traditional wires in favor of the magnetic Qi wireless charger, which could also easily sit on a nightstand before you go to bed.
Motorola has confirmed that the Moto 360 will not only be compatible with its own hardware, it will also be compatible with all Android devices running Android 4.3 JellyBean, Android 4.4 Kitkat and Android L that take advantage of battery-sipping Bluetooth 4.0 technology. The Moto 360 will be an Android-only device as of now so it can’t be used with Apple’s iPhone 5s or iPad Air in spite of having Bluetooth 4.0 technology.
The Moto 360 isn’t waterproof, but it is water-resistant, according to Motorola and Google. Like both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, it carries a IP67 rating that makes it okay to use up to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes.
The Moto 360 will be unveiled on September 4 at IFA by Motorola. Stay tuned to our website for more coverage on the Moto 360 during IFA 2014.