Motorola has confirmed the original Moto 360 smartwatch’s brand new up-to-date model.
The Moto 360 was the original smartwatch for the Wear OS, of course, and has helped to define the smartwatch space powered by Android since 2015. Motorola has now announced that with revised internals, but a familiar look and feel, a big refresh of the original will come later this year.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100, 1 GB RAM (a wise choice) and 8 GB of internal storage will power the sleek smartwatch. The new Moto 360 also comes with an always-on display and Motorola says the 355mAh battery can be updated in just one hour from zero to 100 percent using the fast charger in the box.
Also included is NFC, which means you can make mobile payments on your phone with Google Pay. Although there are some other options to further help extend the battery life. When the battery is low, the’ Time Only Mode’ will automatically activate to give three days of lifespan but at the cost of some functionality. You simply get the time on the display instead.
You can see that the current Moto 360 has an odd resemblance to the original, but it’s a sleek smartwatch with a classic appeal. Three distinct finishes will allow you to pick it up: rose gold, steel gray, and phantom black. Both colors come with a leather strap that can be replaced.
The display comes in at 1.2-inch and this time around is a full panel— no randomly sliced edge. The OLED display should also reflect the bump over the original at 390x 390 pixels. It comes with water resistance up to 3ATM if you are worried that the watch will get wet. It was even checked according to marketing material for up to 10,000 swim strokes.
The crown includes customizable action buttons that also imitate traditional timepiece haptics. One button is rotating, and the other is static. It is worth noting that the revised Moto 360 is not actually produced by Motorola. The timepieces will be made by a company called eBuyNow.
At the beginning of December, you can pick up the new Moto 360 for $349.99 from selected retailers. Pre-orders on Moto360.com will be available from mid-November.