Motorola introduced a follow up to last year's Moto 360 by unveiling the next generation of its round Moto 360 smartwatch line on Wednesday. The company's new Moto 360 smartwatch collection includes three different smartwatches: A men's watch in two sizes (46mm and 42mm), a sport model with GPS called Moto 360 Sport and a women’s collection available just in the 42mm size.
The Moto 360 still features a round display similar to its predecessor. The company offers customization support via Motorola’s Moto Maker design studio. Users can customize their Moto 360 according to their specifications, multiple case sizes, finishes, bezels, and bands by using Moto Maker service, the company blog post says.
Pre-orders begin today for the second-generation Moto 360 with prices ranging from $299.99 to $429.99 depending on the model. It will be available in various countries across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. However, android wear fans will have to wait for the new sport model. The standard 360 will hit stores beginning late September at Nordstrom, BestBuy, and Verizon, Motorola said.
The Moto 360 was announced in Berlin at the IFA electronics conference after a series of detailed leaks that disclosed the 360’s specs and launch plan.
The men's model comes in 42x11.4mm case with Gorilla Glass 3 and a resolution of 263ppi (360 X 325) and the 46x11.4mm comes with Gorilla Glass 3 and a screen resolution of 233ppi (360 X 330). The women’s Moto 360 comes in a 42mm case and requires a 16mm band. The Moto 360 sports a 300mAh battery that can last up to one and half days of mixed use with Ambient light off and up to a full day of mixed use with ambient light on. The men’s 46 mm Moto 360 has a 400 mAh battery which offers two days usage with ambient light off.
The Moto 360 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU (APQ 8026) with Adreno 305 with 450MHz GPU, 4GB of internal storage space with 512MB RAM. The device is IP67 dust and water-resistant, supports Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g. The new Moto 360 models support wireless charging and also features an optical heart-rate monitor and other sensors on the list include Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine.
The Moto 360 (2nd gen) is an android Wear device that will work with all android phones and also with iPhones. It also has a Live Dials feature making it easier for users to open the apps they use the most with shortcuts on the watch face.