Lenovo-owned Motorola has launched a three new Moto 360 series smartwatch at IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) 2015.
In 2014, Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch turned many eyes with its traditional circular design, garnering praises from both critics and fans. It succeeded in reinvigorating Google's new Android wear OS, which other brands failed to do.
Now, the company has taken upped the ante with the new Moto 360 series, boasting sleeker design and a host of new value added features. It comes in three variants: for men, women and a sports edition.
" Taking further inspiration from the traditional watch world, Moto 360's case design now features lugs specifically tailored for men and women, and polished bezels in new styles. With new quick-release bands, you can easily swap between leather and metal bands in seconds to match your look for the day," said the company on the official blog.
Second generation Moto 360 (Men) comes in two sub-variants in terms of size: one with 46mm similar to the 2014 model and the other slimmer 42mm-based model. The women's model comes in 42mm size too.
Under the hood, they both house 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC (System on chip), Adreno 305 graphics engine, 512MB RAM, 4GB inbuilt storage capacity, heart-rate monitor and slew of health related apps via Moto body app. The interesting thing to note is that the new Moto 360 models come pre-compatible to iPhone devices as well. The company is also evaluating options to sync the device to Apple Health kit app well.
Motorola has confirmed that both Moto 360 models can be customised via company's Moto Maker options in select markets.
New Moto 360 Sport:
The new edition smartwatch boasts pretty much the same hardware as the original model, but comes with some exclusive features such as built-in GPS modem to track speed, distance and pace. And, it also boasts strong silicone construction with special UV coating to wear-off moisture and help prevent staining and colour fading (comes in black, white and orange options).
Another key attribute of Moto 360 Sport is the 'AnyLight' screen, touted to be world's hybrid display that can automatically adapt to the level of natural light around the user.
People can enjoy a traditional LCD screen for maximum readability. Then when you are out for a run, natural light is reflected to improve readability, especially in bright or sunny conditions, claims Motorola.
2nd Gen Moto 360 and new Moto 360 Sport price and availability details:
Moto 360 will be made available in select markets of North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Starting Wednesday (2 September) in the US, the buyers can pre-order Moto 360 on Motorola.com, Google Play and BestBuy.com.
It will be available, starting late September, at Nordstrom, Best Buy and Verizon. Availability and shipping times vary by variants.
The prices of the Moto 360 models will vary by design and cost, anywhere between $299.99 (€267/Rs 19,900) and $429.99 (€383/Rs 28,500).
Key features of 2nd Gen Moto 360 (Men & Women) & Moto 360 Sport:
|Models||2nd Gen Moto 360 (Men & Women) and 360 Sport|
Both the models come with Gorilla Glass 3 shield, where as the 360 Sports boasts special UV coating
|Processor||1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (APQ 8026) quad-core CPU|
|GPU||450MHz Adreno 305|
|Compatibility||Android devices and iPhone|
(also comes with wireless charging dock)
|Add-ons||Moto Body apps, Optical hear-rate monitor (PPG), IP67 dust-and –water certifications, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), Ambient light sensor, Bluetooth v4.0, Dual digital mics, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine, Moto Maker options, built-in GPS (only in Moto 360 Sport)|
|Price||Will cost between $299.99 (€267/Rs 19,900) and $429.99 (€383/Rs 28,500).|