Everyone had been eagerly anticipating the launch details of the Moto 360, expected to be known when Motorola hosts press at a September 4 event in Chicago, but thanks to Best Buy, we now have a lot of time to decide if the specifications are to our liking. According to a listing on Best Buy’s site for the Moto 360, it will cost US$249 (S$311).
It seems that the Moto 360 will be as powerful as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2. It packs a 320 x 290 pixels, 1.5 inch LCD screen (205 ppi), and Gorilla Glass 3 on the display end. Rumours of the 360 having a heart rate monitor, water resistance (up to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes), and an ambient light sensor also seem to be true. On a specs tab, the listing suggests that there is 512 MB of RAM, Wireless N connectivity, and a Texas Instruments processor inside.
Comparatively, the Galaxy Gear 2 has a 1.6 inch, 320 x 320 pixels Super AMOLED display, 512 MB of RAM and an Exynos 1 GHz dual-core processor. One leg up the Galaxy Gear seems to have over the Moto 360 is the presence of a 2 MP camera capable of 720p video recording, however most will agree that the latter has a much more classy design.
The size of the watch is 1.8×1.8×0.4-inches and it weighs 2.1oz. The device itself is a combination of stainless steel and plastic, just like the Gear 2 and will run Android Wear unlike Samsung’s Tizen OS on their smartwatch. Aside from that, the listing only mentions that the device is “coming soon.” It falls under SKU 8307143 and model number 00419NARTL.
Best Buy has since pulled the page down, but the folks over at Droid Life were able to get a screenshot (text transcription below):
Here’s the list of features on Best Buy’s website:
- Compatible with most devices with an Android 4.3 or later operating system
For wide-ranging use.
- Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Enables wireless syncing to select devices for hassle-free connectivity.
- Voice activated
Allows you to use spoken commands to operate the smart watch via the built-in microphone.
- Vibration alert
Discreetly notifies you of important events.
- 1.5″ backlit LCD touch screen
With 320 x 290 resolution and 205 ppi makes it easy to navigate features and provides easy-to-read visuals. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 construction offers durability, and the adjustable brightness allows custom use.
- Built-in optical heart rate monitor (PPG)
Helps you achieve or stay within your ideal heart rate range.
- Built-in pedometer
Measures the number of steps taken, so you can easily monitor your fitness progress throughout the day.
- Digital watch interface
Provides crisp, clear readouts of the time and date. Built-in alarm and calendar features help you stay on schedule.
- Waterproof up to 3.3′ for up to 30 minutes
So you can safely wear the watch while swimming or engaging in other aquatic activities.
- Stainless-steel case and plastic case back
Offer durability. The adjustable-length Horween leather band and metal buckle closure deliver a secure, comfortable fit.
- Built-in lithium-ion battery pack
Provides long-lasting operation. The battery-strength indicator lets you know when the battery needs to be powered via the included dock and charger.
- Texas Instruments processor
Helps ensure fast, efficient performance.
What do you think? While it is inevitable the price will probably see a hike, it should cost around the same as the Gear 2, that is S$398. Which smartwatch would you pick? Go ahead and answer our poll below!