Moto 360 UK release date set for October, new Moto X and Moto G coming this month
Motorola’s classically designed Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch has finally been launched, and is set to arrive in the UK next month. The company has also announced new generations of its Moto X and Moto G smartphones at the IFA event.
First unveiled back in June at Google I/O, the Moto 360 has been one of the most talked about Motorola device in the past few months being the first smartwatch designed with a stylish round watch face. “We think the key to getting people to buy smartwatches is to build a watch first, a smartwatch second,” Christoph Jeneba, Motorola’s head of product for Europe, Middle East and Africa, told the Guardian. “That’s why we’ve built a time piece, and it had to be round because 85% of normal watches are round.”
We finally have more information regarding specifications of the device, which will sport a 1.50inch 320x290p curved Gorilla Glass 3 screen sitting within an aircraft grade stainless steel case. The reason for the asymmetrical resolution is of course due to the loss of around 30 pixels to the ambient light sensor integrated at the bottom of the watch face.
The device will come with a choice of leather or metal straps, and runs, as mentioned before, Google’s Android Wear. The OS is about to receive some impressive updates in the months coming with the search giant anticipating and gearing up for Apple’s iWatch.
Also equipped is a heart rate monitor and pedometer for fitness tracking, dual microphones for voice commands, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, a TI OMAP 3 processor and its IP67 water resistance. However, the battery is slightly disappointment, only lasting one day per charge.
The Moto 360 will hit UK markets early October priced at £199.99. It is already available in the U.S. from $249.99, where a $299.9 all-metal version will become available this autumn.
New generation of Moto G and Moto X
Along with its smartwatch, Motorola also announced new generations of its popular Moto G and Moto X smartphones.
The new Moto G remains a budget smartphone, which the company claims is its best-selling handset to date. “We sold 1m in the first 5 months and it drove us from selling our phones in 10 countries to 50,” Charlie Tritcher, Motorola Senior Vice President of Products, told Forbes.
Considering it is priced at £145, only £10 higher than the original, it comes packed with some impressive updates, which include a larger 5-inch 720p screen, microSD card integration, dual-SIM functionality, an 8MP main shooter and 2MP selfie camera, and it runs Google’s latest Android 4.4 KitKat.
The device is equipped with the same quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU and Adreno 305 GUP as the original, but sadly it will not feature 4G. The device is now shipping, with custom back covers becoming available in October.
The Moto X also gets a bump in screen size from 4.7-inch to a 5.2-inch AMOLED 1080p display. Inside, it comes packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU and an Adreno 330 GPU running at 578MHz, 2GB RAM, a 13MP rear-camera with dual flash and 3K video recording and a 2MP front-facing camera.
The handset has also received an upgrade in voice integration software compared to its predecessor, now allowing users to control apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook and YouTube. It will retail for £419.99 and will be available from the end of the month.
The company promises that both handsets will definitely be receiving the Android L update within 30 days of its arrival, with thanks to Motorolas implementation of almost stock Android, making it much easier to update.
“We like to start from a base of pure Android,” explains Magnus Ahlqvist, Motorola Corporate Vice President of EMEA and APAC. “The foundation for us is to provide choice and pure Android gives us performance and layer interface benefits. [Customers] then have the option to download what they want. It also gives us the benefit of fast updates. With Android 4.4 we beat some Google GOOGL +0.64% Play devices to the upgrade.”