Motorola expanded its smartwatch series by introducing the Moto 360 2nd Gen and the Moto 360 Sport. While the Moto 360 is a more fashionable fully customizable watch offering almost 300 different combination of size, style and color, the Moto 360 Sport is a fitness-focused wearable with a water- and dust-resistant unibody and an innovative AnyLight display.
Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport smartwatches have just got official
To begin with the Moto 360 2nd Gen, in terms of overall design the smartwatch is just a slightly redesigned version of its predecessor, which means that the dead screen space at the bottom of the watch’s semi-circular face is still present. Although Motorola claims that it was possible to get rid of the dead space, they eventually didn’t do so because it would result in bigger size-factor which could turn out to be a serious trade-off.
If you decide to buy the Moto 360 2nd Gen you can choose between three different sizes: a 46mm men’s large model, a 42mm men’s small variant or a women’s model measuring 42mm. Additionally, while using Moto Maker you can also pick among a variety of colors and styles of cases and bezels and combine them with interchangeable types of bands available in multiplicity of colors and materials. To make the customization process even more comfortable, the manufacturer equipped the watch in a new lug design, which allows for easier switching between different straps and bracelets without the need for using any tools. A difference may be also noticed in the crow button location that this time was moved up in order to reduce the number of accidental pressings on it.
Looking almost identical to its older sibling from the last year the Moto 360 2nd Gen comes with few solid hardware improvements, including sharper display and stronger battery. Different face sizes means different display’s parameters, the smaller 42mm variant is equipped with a 1.37-inch screen with 360x325p resolution, whereas the bigger option features a 1.56-inch display with 360x330p of resolution. Both models come powered by Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. Lights are kept on by a 300mAh battery in the case of a smaller option or a 400mAh battery in the case of the bigger 46mm variant. Both types of batteries are said to deliver up to 2,5 days of use.
Moving on to the Moto 360 Sport, the watch sports a package of sensors, which makes it a perfect gadget for all those loving fitness or any other form of outdoor activity. Equipped with a built-in GPS the watch controls your speed, distance and pace, while a heart rate monitor tracks the work of your heart during your exercise.
The watch will also store music files and play them straight through your Bluetooth earphones without the need of using a phone. What’s more the Moto 360 Sport’s display will employ a reflecting light AnyLight technology, which will enhance viewing in a direct sunlight while simultaneously helping save energy.
Closed in a water- and dust-resistant unibody that wicks your sweat away the wearable (we still don’t know whether it will be certified with IPX 67 or IPX 68 tag) will be available in three color options: black, white and orange.
In the field of optics, the Android Wear the new Moto 360 operates on doesn’t surprise us much. Although, the OS offers several extra apps like Moto Body for tracking our workout, it still pretty much the old pure Android Wear.
Starting today US customers are able to pre-order the Moto 360 2nd Gen via Motorola’s online store, BestBuy or Google Play Store. At the end of September the device is said to join Verizon and Nordstrom offer as well. When it comes to pricing it will differ depending on the style you will choose and range from $299.99 to $429.99.
At this point, the Moto 360 Sport pricing and availability details still require the manufacturer’s official confirmation.