It’s not exactly a secret that the Moto 360 smartwatch will soon have a successor, or to be more exact – successors. Upcoming IFA in Berlin would be a great opportunity to make the watches official, but it appears that Motorola is not going to show up at the trade show, at least not with the Moto 360 2. It doesn’t mean, though, that the announcement of the devices was postponed. Actually, “It’s time” for it right now. Motorola’s Chinese parent company, Lenovo, will unveil the next generation Moto 360 smartwatches on September 8th in Shanghai.
Moto 360S, Moto 360L and more rugged Sport version on the way…
The date comes from a teaser posted by Lenovo on Weibo. The teaser is labeled with the tag line “It’s time” below which is the upper part of what looks like the new Moto 360. The watch’s body is shown in previously unseen shade of gold with a matching gold strap. The picture also confirms earlier rumors which suggested that the physical button would be moved to 2 o’clock.
The Moto 360 2 will be launched in two variants – Moto 360S and 360L. The letter “S” apparently stands for small and the “L” for larger, since the 360S is believed to feature a 1.37-inch display, 42mm body and 20mm band and the 360L is said to come with a 1.55-inch display, 46mm body and 22mm strap. The more compact model will also offer a 270mAh battery while the bigger variant will pack a 375mAh unit.
The Moto 360 2 is also expected to come in a more rugged Sport version. This one will allegedly be equipped with a hybrid display optimized for outdoor use, GPS, barometer and 3ATM water resistance. Don’t get too excited about the last feature, though. 3ATM resistance means that the device will survive rain and splashes and not full immersion.
According to rumors, the watches should cost about $327 and $393 for the smaller and larger model, respectively. However, pricing predictions are based on unconfirmed reports, so the devices may end up with different price tags. We won’t know for sure until the official announcement which, let us remind you, is next week on September 8th. The Moto 360S and 360L should go on sale later this month, while the Sport version could arrive in stores in November.