Moto 360 to Use Sapphire Glass; Most Likely to Rely on Wireless Charging

March 21, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

With Android Wear now announced, and a preview SDK available to developers Android is finally really ready to take on our wrists. Leading the charge with Android Wear is Motorola with the Moto 360. One of the more fleshed-out announcements of this week, the Moto 360 seems like a product that’s very nearly ready to hit shelves. Of course, there is still a lot we don’t know about the watch, and Motorola themselves are still holding back a number of details until the device launches this Summer. Understandably so, there are rumors swirling concerning the device and how it’s going to be made.

The same source that came forward and detailed a difficult manufacturing process has come forward with a couple more tidbits. According to the Chinese source, the Moto 360 will use Sapphire glass in order to keep scratches at bay and generally protect against knocks and scrapes. With Gorilla Glass being designed for much larger pieces of glass, it’s unsurprising to see them going a different route here. Another little tidbit is that the display is said to be of the OLED variety, which certainly makes a lot of sense, and would be the obvious choice for something like this. OLED is incredibly power-efficient and colors are vibrant, however readability in sunlight could be a concern. Last but not least, it seems the Moto 360 will employ some sort of wireless charging to keep the juice flowing. Whether or not the 360 is to feature a special implementation is yet to be seen. With the charging method left a “secret” by Motorola, it could be something else entirely, we’ll just have to wait and see for sure.

The Moto 360 is definitely an ambitious project, but as the company has said the Moto X taught them a lot going to work on their next watch. We’re sure that the Moto 360 will be a great device, and how Motorola balance pricing, battery life and features will be the key to the mass appeal the company is aiming for.