Motorola unveils Moto 360, a circular smartwatch

moto-360Motorola has unveiled their second smartwatch earlier in the week, named the Moto 360. Unlike other smartwatches, the Moto 360 will use a circular display. Motorola’s Jim Wicks, Head of Consumer Experience Design said in a Hangout yesterday that the fundamental idea of Moto 360 was making a watch you want to wear.

Compared to the Galaxy Gear and Pebble, the Moto 360 is a lot more original, with a circular brushed stainless steel watch-face with only one steel button for turning the smartwatch on and off. Motorola will have metal and leather straps for the Moto 360 and Wicks did say more will be coming.

Motorola is looking to make the Moto 360 water resistant and dust proof, not sure to what standard but we can assume it will be IP57 or IP58. The Moto 360 will also charge through a new method Motorola are not disclosing at the moment, our best guess is some sort of wireless charging.

On the topic of charging, Wicks said one of the key features Motorola has been working on with the Moto 360 is power management and battery life, learning from their previous smartwatch, the Moto Active. The company says they are sure to offer some high quality battery life on the smartwatch.

All of this is possible due to the Android Wear SDK unveiled by Google a few days ago, allowing manufacturers to test out the circular interface on a watch and see what concepts they can come up with that look like a real watch.

Motorola is out of the gate first and has offered an incredibly appealing first look at the Moto 360. The Pebble may have been a nice watch for the battery life, but the Moto 360 is just a huge step up from what the Pebble Steel achieved in terms of design and functionality.

We still have no news on price and the release date is currently set to summer 2014, not giving us much to go on.

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