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iFixit Moto 360 Teardown Reveals Smaller Than Advertised Battery Capacity

September 9, 2014 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

It didn’t take long for iFixit to get their hands on Moto 360 and… well, tear it down. It’s always interesting to see what they find inside all kinds of gadgets despite the fact we know the specs, and they did find something interesting in Motorola’s circular smartwatch. Talking about specs, let’s go over Motoorla’s official Moto 360 specifications. This smartwatch features a 1.56-inch 320 x 320 backlit LCD display covered with Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The device is powered by TI (Texas Instruments) OMAP 3 CPU unlike most other Android Wear smartwatches which carry Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 chip inside. The device sports 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy) is included as well and the device measures 46mm in diameter, is 11.5mm thick and weighs only 49 grams. This smartwatch also has IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, which is good, every device should be water resistant. If you intend to purchase this smartwatch keep in mind that you’ll need a device sporting Android 4.3+ in order to use it properly.

You might notice I didn’t mention the battery, Motorola said the device is sporting a 320mAh battery on the inside, though that doesn’t seem to be the case here. “Motorola claims 320 mAh. Inside we find a 3.8 V, 300 mAh battery rated for 1.1 Wh of energy. We did some mathematics, and 1.1 Wh / 3.8 V = 289 mAh, a full 10% less than advertised on Moto’s site. We’re not sure if that’s a rounding error or what; we just reports what we finds.” says iFixit. Please note that this only means the battery capacity is under 320mAh, the battery might last as long as advertised by Motorola. It’s very important to make that distinction. I haven’t handled the device so I can’t exactly draw any conclusions here, though Alex says the battery if fine and he’s able to get a full days use out of it. Do note that these are just his initial impressions.

Other than this, iFixit gave this smartwatch 3/10 repairability score, which is not exactly that surprising considering it really took a lot of know-how in order to fit everything in that small, round and beautiful body. So kudos to Motorola for that, the watch is beautiful, without a doubt. If you check out the image below you’ll find a full list of components inside this thing and in a gallery below that you can check out a bunch of images of the teardown.

Moto 360 teardown