Moto 360 third-gen with Snapdragon Wear 3100 and WearOS Announced
The third-generation Moto 360 smartwatch has now been announced. To give you some background, the Moto 360 already had two models, announced back in the years 2014 and 2015. But since then, for a period as long as five years (and until today), the company did not have a refresh cycle slated for the same. Interestingly, Moto has lent the brand name to a company called eBuyNow which is making the new Moto 360. This is similar to Motorola TV where Lenovo lent the Moto brand name to the Indian e-commerce company, Flipkart.
The third-gen Moto 360 features a 1.2-inch (390×390 pixels) circular AMOLED full-color display with a 327PPI pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. It comes in three color options: Steel Grey, Rose Gold, and Phantom Black, and has an ‘always on’ (Ambient Mode) display to allow users to have a quick peek at what’s important, without having to press a button. Towards the back, the encasing is made out of stainless steel and has a curved design, and also houses a rotating crown and a customizable action button on its side. The watch also comes with water-resistant up to 3ATM, which is claimed to offer casual swimming and water activity up to 10,000 strokes.
At its core, the watch is powered by a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It runs on Google’s WearOS platform and includes a 355mAh battery with quick charge support, which, according to the company can charge from 0 to 100% in 60 minutes. The battery also has a ‘Battery Saver Mode’ option that automatically activates when the battery life is critical and continues to display time for up to three days. Furthermore, the watch includes Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, HRM, and Ambient Light sensors, and uses Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and NFC for connectivity.
As already mentioned, the watch runs on WearOS, which offers its own perks. For instance, the platform includes template WearOS functionalities like Google Assistant, Google Pay, and Google Fit, which are normally found on WearOS smartwatches.
Moto 360 third-gen: Pricing and Availability
The all-new third-gen Moto 360 is priced at $349.99 in the US. It will go on pre-orders starting mid-November and will be available across selected retailers in the US, Canada, and the UK starting December this year.