[Update: Pre-order now] A new Moto 360 is finally coming, but it’s not from Motorola
The original Moto 360 smartwatch was launched way back in 2014 and it was one of the very first devices with Android Wear. Of the few options at the time, the Moto 360 was widely considered the most attractive (despite the “flat tire” display). Motorola followed it up with a second-generation in 2015, but since then the company has dropped out of the wearable game. A new Moto 360 is finally coming, but not from where you’d expect.
Completely out of left field, a new Moto 360 has been announced and is launching in December. This device, however, is not being made by Motorola or Lenovo. A company called eBuyNow has licensed the Moto 360 brand from Motorola. It looks like what you might expect a third-generation Moto 360 to look like, but it really has no connection to the previous models.
The Moto 360 third-generation has the signature circular display like the original. It’s 1.2-inches, 360 x 360, and OLED. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. That puts it on the same playing field as the Fossil Gen 5. This is a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth-only smartwatch with GPS and NFC for mobile payments. The battery comes in at 355mAh.
Physically, the Moto 360 third-generation weighs 52g and has a 42mm body that takes 20mm bands. There are two buttons on the right side: the top rotates and the bottom can be customized. It will come in silver, gold, and black finishes. Each watch comes with two bands: leather and rubber. That’s good because this is a pretty expensive Wear OS device. You can pre-order the Moto 360 third-generation in November for $349 and it will ship in December.
What do you think of this new Moto 360? Is it as good as the original? Do you trust a relatively unknown company with this brand?
Update: Pre-order now
The new not-made-by-Motorola Moto 360 was announced in October and was supposed to go up for pre-order last month. That actually never happened, but it’s finally available for pre-order now from Moto360.com. The watch costs $349 and there are three color choices: Steel Grey, Rose Gold, and Phantom Black. Orders will begin shipping on January 10th, 2020.