Motorola plans to launch the Moto 360, the latest and best contender in Android Wear’s army of smartwatches, at a September 4 press event in Chicago. But now we know most of the important details, thanks to Best Buy.
The retailer briefly posted a Moto 360 product page this weekend. Spotted by Droid Life, the listing—which was unceremoniously yanked from the website shortly thereafter—offered several details about the watch, including its $249.99 price and numerous specs.
You can click here to trawl through Google’s cache of the page—or you could just scroll down for a few of the highlights:
• Compatible with most devices running Android 4.3 or later
• Bluetooth 4.0 technology
• Voice activated
• Vibration alert
• 1.5″ backlit LCD touch screen, with 320 x 290 resolution and 205 ppi
• Corning Gorilla Glass 3 construction
• Built-in optical heart rate monitor (PPG)
• Built-in pedometer
• Digital watch interface
• Waterproof up to 3.3′ for up to 30 minutes
• Stainless-steel case and plastic case back
• Adjustable-length Horween leather band and metal buckle
• Built-in lithium-ion battery pack
• Includes dock and charger
• Texas Instruments processor
The Moto 360 product page may have vanished, but a standalone specifications page is still live as of Monday morning. Since we don’t know how long it’ll stick around, we’ve captured it and pasted it below for your viewing pleasure.
That page offers further details, including the smartwatch’s dimensions (1.8 x 1.8 x 0.4 inches), weight (2.1 ounces), The width of its watchband (0.9 inch), its internal memory (512MB), connectivity (Wireless N and Bluetooth) and fabrication (stainless steel and plastic).
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Not all smartwatches feature an Internet connection. Most, in fact, don’t; instead, they rely on Bluetooth pairing to run apps or go online via a nearby smartphone. This is true for the Pebble smartwatch as well as the other two Android Wear devices, the Samsung Gear Live and LG G.
The inclusion of Wi-Fi on the Moto 360 suggests that it may offer current or future functions that won’t require a paired Android phone or tablet at all. If that’s true, we can’t wait to see what developers might do when they are no longer handcuffed to companion smartphone apps.
On the other hand, the extra wireless radio could hit battery life hard. Unfortunately, the specs page doesn’t list the battery capacity. So for now, we have no idea how well the gadget will fare with the extra connectivity.
The other key piece of information that’s still missing? Shipping date. Even if Motorola unveils it on September 4, it’s still not clear whether it will be available immediately or not. However, if these details appeal to you and that $249 price doesn’t feel too steep—with the LG G’s $229 and the Samsung Gear Live’s $200 prices, it’s the most expensive Android Wear watch to date—fans may want to get their wallets prepped and ready for announcement day.
All images/screenshots by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite