When Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 last year, it was very well received. As the first Android Wear device to sport a round face, many other manufacturers have done a similar design choice ever since. This year in IFA 2015, Motorola has unveiled the second generation Moto 360, and it’s an improvement over last year’s model in almost every way.
For one, the new Moto 360 is powered by a much more modern and faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor; a vast improvement over the TI OMAP 3 chipset used in last year’s model. Unfortunately, the black bar on the bottom of the display is still there, giving it the infamous “flat tyre” appearance.
Other than that, there are also several different models of the new Moto 360: a men’s model in two sizes (46mm and 42mm), a women’s version, and a Sport variant, which is equipped with GPS and a more readable display under bright sunlight.
The women’s version of the Moto 360 is identical to the smaller 42mm men’s variant, but it has a narrower 16mm wrist strap. As for the Sport variant, it’s also based on the 42mm Moto 360, but it has a silicone strap instead. As for the display, the smaller model has a 1.37-inch 360 x 325 resolution LCD display, while the bigger 46mm model has a 1.56-inch 360 x 330 resolution LCD panel.
Rounding out the specifications of the Moto 360 are 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 300mAh or 400mAh battery on the 42mm and 46mm variants respectively, a heart rate sensor, and a new lug design that makes it easier to swap watch bands. Motorola’s band also come with quick release pins to facilitate this process. It seems like the company is aware of how difficult it was to change the band of the previous Moto 360.
The new Motorola Moto 360 will start shipping in a couple of weeks’ time in the West. As for pricing, it ranges from US$299.99 (about RM1,270) to US$429.99 (approximately RM1,820). As usual, there’s no indication of the smartwatch arriving in Malaysia yet.
(Source: Engadget, The Verge)