Monday , August 21 2017

Motorola officially announce the second generation Moto 360 Collection

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Motorola announced not two not three but four new Moto 360 Android Wear Smartwatchs today. The new Moto 360 Collection will feature three Moto 360 2nd Gen devices which include a 46mm and two smaller 42mm designs as well as a Moto 360 Sports, confused yet? Let us explain.

Moto 360 2nd Gen

The Moto 360 2nd gen will be released in two sizes a 46mm (22mm band) and a 42mm. Within the 42mm size model, there will be two different band size options, 20mm and 16mm. Rightly or wrongly the two larger band variants – 22m and 20mm – are being listed as ‘mens’ devices whilst the smaller 42mm watch with the 16mm bands is being listed as a ‘womens’ watch. We’ll let the internet make of that what they will.

Overall the new Moto 360 maintains a strong familiar resemblance to its predecessor with a few key design changes. The button has been moved to the 2 o’clock position – which many argue make it easier to use, and less prone to accidental touches – and the band attachment lugs have been externalised which should eliminate the issues that the original 360 had with cracked backs and make swapping bands a simpler procedure. The polarising issue of the ‘flat tire’ at the base of the display design returns, with the black area at the bottom of the watch face housing the ambient light sensor and allows Motorola to reduce the size of their bezels. Overall the design of the Moto 360 2nd Gen looks fantastic, and in my opinion make it look more like a regular watch than the original.

Moto 360 46mm Moto 360 42mm – Mens Moto 360 42mm – Womens
Dimensions

46mm D x 11.4mm H

42mm D x 11.4mm H
Screen size 1.56″ (40mm)

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

1.37″ (35mm)

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Resolution 360 x 330 233 ppi

Backlit LCD

360 x 325 263 ppi

Backlit LCD

Band size 22 mm 20 mm 16 mm
Battery 400 mAh 300mAh
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU (APQ 8026)
Memory 4GB internal and 512 MB RAM
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Fitness Heart rate monitor
Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Vibration/Haptics engine
Weather intrusion
IP67 dust and water resistant
Charging Wireless – dock included

The new Moto 360 comes in a range of Case, Bezel and Band colours and options.

Case and Bezel:

  • Silver
  • Black – Mens 42 & 46mmm only
  • Gold
  • Rose – women’s 42mm only

Bands

  • Leather (various)
  • Metal (to match case colours)

Moto Maker

The elusive – at least in Australia – Motomaker has continued support for the Moto 360 2nd Gen with the new inclusion of being able to mix and match both the bezel and case colours as well as the choice of two styles of bezel, polished and “micro cut”.

The options on Motomaker have certainly been increased, we were able to configure watches from anywhere between $299.99 – $499.99 USD. Unfortunately, unless something has changed since the Australian launch of the Moto X 2015 line, Motomaker will not be making its way to Australian shores officially. However, for those wanting make the perfect Moto 360 for themselves there are ways to get the devices. Head on over to Motomaker and have a look at the options.

Moto 360 Sport

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The last device is the previously rumored Moto 360 Sports. Not a lot of details have been announced for the 360 Sport as yet. The Sport will include:

  • Silicon bands
  • Built in GPS
  • Hybrid “AnyLight display”

The Motorola AnyLight display seems to be using a mix of a backlit LCD display for indoors/ low light viewing and a reflective layer that will reflect ‘natural’ light for improved viewability in direct light conditions. No specifics is yet available, but it sounds like a “one way mirror” style set up that allow the backlight through be reflected natural light where it’s available. We will be asking Moto if they have anything to share when Dan and Jason meet up with them at IFA 2015 in Berlin.

Software

Being an Android Wear device the main software experience is controlled by Google. However even in the more rigid Android Wear ecosystem OEMs have found minor ways to differentiate themselves with apps and watch faces. While the new Moto 360 doesn’t seem to include more apps than its predecessor – which is a good thing considering the state of software blot on other devices – they have developed a new “Live dials” watch face that takes advantage of the recently introduced interactive watch faces API. There has been no announcement if the Live dials will come to existing Moto 360 devices, but as of 0900 today it wasn’t available via the Moto connect app. Moto provided a brief video demoing the new watch face.

Availability

Motorola have only announced availability for “various countries across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia”. Australia and or the Pacific region are defiantly missing from that list. We have reached out to Motorola Australia and will let you know if we hear anything.

How have Motorola done with their 2nd generation Moto 360? Have they done enough to make the Moto 360 something you are going to purchase? Let us know in the comments

 

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

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16 Comments on "Motorola officially announce the second generation Moto 360 Collection"

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Boulton
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Boulton

There’s more ’round’ choice this time. I’m not sure if they’ll get away with the flat tire design this time. Huawei is looking like the better call this year IMHO.

Member

Development of a more efficient SoC doesn’t seem to be moving much. 12 months later and the Snapdragon 400 is still the “go to” for just about every Android Wear watch.

Duncan_J
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Duncan_J

I was thinking the same thing. I wonder if it’s a volume thing? We don’t know actual numbers be the estimations of all AW shipments isn’t that high.

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Yeah, low volumes would be part of it. And the SD 400 would be cheap. But I don’t accept that excuse. To gain greater adoption they have to innovate. People take interest if a product is improved.

David
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David

If the sport version is Waterproof(30m+) then I might sell my pebble time and upgrade

Andrew
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I’m a bit disappointed. Was hoping for… more. Not sure if it’s worth ‘upgrading’ from my LG G. Especially for $399 USD (so about $600 AUD) to get the black 46mm with metal band.

Will Dutton
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Will Dutton

I really like it but I reckon dollar for dollar I’ll go with the og 360 to replace my lg g watch

Andrew
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I’m just thinking of sticking with the LG G. Same CPU, RAM and storage. 360 does have wifi and heart rate monitor, but not worth the price to get those.

Will Dutton
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Will Dutton

any idea what the lcd screen is like? the OG 360 was amoled wasn’t it?

Avon Perera
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Avon Perera

Regular LCD on both counts. I owned one before i got a G Watch R

Will Dutton
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Will Dutton

Cool, well i reckon I’ll get an OG 360 then, they’ll be a lot cheaper and I like the screen/bezel ratio much better than my lg g watch

Avon Perera
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Avon Perera

I loved my 360, but the battery life, always on screen and more rugged build of the g watch r meant that I barely wore my 360, so I sold it.

Will Dutton
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Will Dutton

Fair enough, how much did you get for it if you dont mind me asking and where did you sell it, they don’t seem to come up on ebay all that often

Avon Perera
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Avon Perera

I sold mine on Gumtree, but I only got like $220 for mine. Then again I sold it months ago

Mojo
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Mojo

Lets just hope they don’t take so long to release it here or I may be importing again

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