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Moto 360 will feature plastic/stainless steel construction and a Horween leather band

The Android Wear-based Moto 360 smartwatch was first announced back in March, and will reportedly launch on September 4. However, Best Buy decided to reveal details of the Moto 360 well ahead of schedule (before later removing the page).
Even though most of the specs have been leaked already, there are a few additional details that were revealed in Best Buy’s [momentary] product page mishap. The device has a 1.5” 320x290 display (205 ppi) that is covered in Gorilla Glass 3, includes an optical heart rate monitor, features a built-in pedometer, and is powered by a Texas Instruments processor (512MB of RAM is included).

The Best Buy product page also tells us that while the outer rim of the Moto 360 is made of stainless steel, the back casing is actually made of plastic. We also now know that the 2.1-ounce Moto 360 is waterproof to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes.
The Best Buy product page lists the Moto 360’s price at $249.99, but we already knew that from the terms and condition of the Moto 360 “Face Off” competition.
With all the information and photo leaks of the Moto 360 [and other electronics devices these days], there won’t be much for Motorola to surprise us with come next month when the smartwatch is officially launched.

Sources: Best Buy, via Droid Life

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I'm not buying specs
By bug77 on 8/18/2014 6:24:15 AM , Rating: 2
What does it do that other smartwatches (that thoroughly underwhelmed) don't?

RE: I'm not buying specs
By Close04 on 8/18/2014 6:28:26 AM , Rating: 4
It might be the fact that doesn't look like a geeky gadget on your hand. And to be honest this may be the best looking smartwatch around...

RE: I'm not buying specs
By hughlle on 8/18/2014 6:39:55 AM , Rating: 1
But the entire sell of a smart watch is it's functionality.

The majority of people are not buying smart watches not because of their shape and design, but because they see absolutely no point in spending that kind of money on something that offers so little.

RE: I'm not buying specs
By retrospooty on 8/18/2014 8:19:36 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly... A smartwatch is running a mobile OS and has some, but not all of the functionality we all have in our phones with a much smaller screen, which has already been proven to not be what most people want.

Other than fitness/exercise applications, I have seen alot of people post that "It can show notifications without having to take my phone out of my pocket.". if you think that is worthwhile, then its worth something. I don't personally think that is worthwhile.

RE: I'm not buying specs
By Labotomizer on 8/18/2014 5:20:38 PM , Rating: 3
If you're the type that likes watches then $249 is pretty cheap for a watch. My daily watch was more than twice that price. This looks good, I'd have to see if it feels good. It's something I'm definitely interested in. But only because it still looks like a watch.

RE: I'm not buying specs
By retrospooty on 8/18/2014 5:47:17 PM , Rating: 2
That's a good point. I am thinking in terms of tech users that may or may not want a watch... Not in terms of a watch wearers that may or may not want a tech watch.

RE: I'm not buying specs
By chizow on 8/18/2014 8:43:36 AM , Rating: 2
That may be true about the current Smart Watch offerings, but I think this is targeting a different market. People who already wear traditional watches as timepieces and style accessories that prefer not to wear the digital-faced smart watches or pedometers for various reasons.

I know I personally have no interest in the previous Smart Watch offerings because:

1) They look tacky.
2) What they offer is redundant and poorly executed compared to my smartphone.
3) They have extremely poor battery life due to poor attempt at redundant smartphone features. I want a smart device, not another high maintenance tech pet.

I think this watch is basically trying to merge pedometer functionality with traditional timepiece looks, and then interfaces your smartphone as its face/head. A $250 price tag for a nice looking watch is actually pretty cheap for most people who still invest in traditional watches, so it may have a niche in the marketplace.

RE: I'm not buying specs
By hughlle on 8/18/2014 8:57:31 AM , Rating: 2
That's the point though. It's only a small niche. Not this new thing everyone will want, as is the desire of manufacturers. and the people who still want good looking watches, be it old fashioned or smart watch, they most likely want watch functionality from their watch. And smart watches can't even do that due to their battery life. A watch that runs out after a couple of days is useless as a watch.

RE: I'm not buying specs
By chizow on 8/18/2014 9:28:40 PM , Rating: 3
Idk, I think you're still underestimating the market for something like this. Just take a cross-section of standard watch wearers who buy $200-$400 watches and $100 pedometers/fitness devices and I think you have a decent market worth addressing.

Agreed current smart watches aren't a viable option due to poor battery life, but I could see something like this only needing to be recharged once every 2 weeks to 1 month.

RE: I'm not buying specs
By Close04 on 8/19/2014 10:52:24 AM , Rating: 2
Just think that the whole point of a classic watch should to tell time and you can do that with a $5 watch or a $30 phone. But the actual value comes when you think of it as a fashion piece.
Yes, it's expensive but so are many phones that don't offer any extra usable functionality vs. the cheaper ones. You will get a watch that looks good, tells the time and (in addition to you classic watch) will also have some extras on it. It does what any run of the mill smart watch does but in a stylish package. The kind of thing you don't want to use in secret for the functionality but you cover up with your sleeve:).

RE: I'm not buying specs
By bug77 on 8/18/2014 7:30:08 AM , Rating: 2
Neah, it's just more hype around something some hope will catch on. Since everything surrounding functionality seems to be a mystery, this is probably the same useless device as other smartwatches, only with better looks (my Seiko still looks better).

RE: I'm not buying specs
By tayb on 8/18/2014 3:50:30 PM , Rating: 2
It looks better. That's about 95% of the point of a watch anyway. Fashion statement.

RE: I'm not buying specs
By Bill S. on 8/19/2014 8:53:24 AM , Rating: 2
Well, let's costs as much as a decent mid-range tablet, with a much smaller screen, lower performance, and fewer things it can accomplish!

But it's MUCH more stylish and portable! Two thumbs up!!

RE: I'm not buying specs
By Close04 on 8/20/2014 3:03:52 AM , Rating: 2
Your argument would make any watch or piece of jewelry useless. Maybe even most of the clothing items.
When you wear a classic watch you don't want it to just tell the time, you can ask someone for the time. You wear the watch just like you wear a bracelet. But with some extra features.

But you're right, they're too expensive for most people's taste.

By CZroe on 8/18/2014 12:02:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'd rather have another Sony Ericsson MBW-150 Executive Edition Bluetooth watch with an OLED sub-display that doesn't fade in a couple months. :(

Sapphire face, analog hands, physical buttons (works with motorcycle gloves on!), and WAY before its time (200; MBW-100 was 2006 or earlier).

RE: MBW-series
By StevoLincolnite on 8/18/2014 5:34:18 AM , Rating: 2
There are touch-screen devices which allow you to use the devices with motocross/motorcycle gloves on, like the Lumia phones (Which I have connected to my handlebars for GPS navigation).
It just seems to be a rare feature with android powered devices right now. :(

RE: MBW-series
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 8/18/2014 10:10:05 AM , Rating: 2
Or, you could stitch some capacitive thread into your fingertips:

By LordSojar on 8/17/2014 9:53:46 PM , Rating: 2
Release it and take my money already.

RE: Please
By Duyvu294 on 8/17/2014 10:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
I've been throwing my credit cards at the screen :'(

Technology change...
By Marty_LK on 8/18/2014 6:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
Not good, Motorola. The anticipation has been high for the 360 with AMOLED and Sapphire Glass. AMOLED will be necessary for blacks dark enough to make the clock face look like a real watch face. LCD can't produce dark enough blacks and this will diminish the value and beauty of the device.

No thanks, Motorola. I'll wait to see what Samsung comes up with in a round smartwatch.

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