Moto 360 specs, price and release date announced, Moto Hint introduced
Motorola announced us yesterday that they will be unveiling their product line at the closed-doors Chicago event and at their IFA Berlin exhibition. We’ve been expecting arrivals like the Moto X, Moto G and Moto 360, but Motorola has surprised us with a new gadget: the Moto Hint.
The company has announced the Moto X and Moto G and the smartphones do promise a lot, with high build quality and great specs, but what we’ve been looking forward to the most is actually the Moto 360 smartwatch, which lived up to expectations at the trade show today. The newly introduced Moto Hint on the other hand, might just become the star of the show.
The Moto 360 has been finally shown off and it looks as great as we expected, with the added feature of black titanium and stainless steel bands that you will be able to purchase for $80 later on. For now, the Moto 360 comes with the standard leather band, but that’s not in any way a downside. The timepiece’s specs put it right next to popular smartwatches like the Sony Smartwatch 3, LG G Watch R and Samsung Galaxy Gear’s previous editions (not the Gear S).
The Moto 360 does in fact look better than all the smartwatches we’ve seen introduced lately, thanks to its really thin bezels and beautifully round watch face. The LG G Watch R has a round design, too, but it showed up with overly thick bezels that hurt the overall appearance of the smartwatch and the Moto 360, in my opinion, looks better. Even though the black bar housing hardware on the bottom of the screen hurts the aesthetics of the timepiece, I’d still prefer it over the G Watch R’s thick bezels.
The build materials of the Moto 360 include aircraft-grade stainless steel, but we’re disappointed to notice that no sapphire display has been built into the watch. Nonetheless, the 1.5 inch display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the watch has an IP67 certification, which make up for the lack of a sapphire screen. The display has an acceptable 320*290 resolution, an asymmetrical count brought on by the little black bar I was talking about earlier.
The Moto 360 weighs 49 grams, has 46mm in diameter and an 11mm height, making it a pretty comfortable watch to wear on your wrist, not too small and too bulky. Its selling features, besides Android Wear, are the pedometer, heart rate monitor and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy. The timepiece is powered by a TI OMAP 3 CPU with 512 MG RAM and 4 GB internal storage. The processor choice has been justified by Motorola as a factor that will allow the Moto 360’s battery to last for more than a day, which would be a really nice feature since most watches introduced at IFA these days didn’t make it past the afternoon. The Moto 360 is available starting today in the US for $249 and from October across Europe and the UK.
Now, for the Moto Hint, the newest arrival from Motorola. This little gadget is actually a Bluetooth earpiece the size of a dime. The Moto Hint sits in your ear and provides you with voice activation, which is a rather cool feature since it allows you to interact with Google Now to answer and place calls and receive navigation instruction without having to pull your phone out of your pocket. The battery life of this little gadget will supposedly go up to 10 hours and you’ll be able to get it for $149 sometime this Fall. No further details have been given by the company about the Moto Hint, but we would really like to know whether the earpiece will sit in your ear even when doing physical activities and the like and whether the Hint will be compatible with all Android devices or just a select few.
With the release of the Moto X, Moto G, Moto 360 and Moto Hint, Motorola has secured its place in the mobile technology and wearable technology markets at least for some time, and since Lenovo has not yet finalized the purchase of the company, it should probably buckle up and hurry to do so, because Motorola’s stock prices are rising and the company is slowly getting back on its feet.
- HTC is out, but Huawei is in the smartwatch business
- Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi is a direct competitor to the Surface Pro 3
- OnePlus One is preparing to launch in India and Malaysia
- Sony Xperia Z4 chassis leaked, apparently not waterproof
- Windows 9 will feature a notification center similar to the one on Windows Phone