The Moto 360 Has Returned: New Internals, Same Wear OS

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The Moto 360 smartwatch is back again. However, this time around a company called eBuyNow is making it. Although the wearable hasn't received a noticeable facelift, the internals have been modernized.

The watch sports an always-on 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 390×390 pixels. While it retains its classic appeal, some consumers might not like the chunky bezels. The stainless steel case features a rotating crown so that you can navigate the menu. There is also an action button that you can customize per your liking.

The screen of the Moto 360 is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. For better protection against scratches, the watch gets PVD coating. Motorola says you can even keep it on when you go for casual swimming, as it is 3ATM water-resistant. The company claims that it has tested the watch for 10,000 swim strokes.

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The watch weighs 52 grams and measures 42.8 x 42.8 x 11.68mm. Needless to say, it doesn't have the small footprint of some recent popular smartwatches. However, it doesn't seem like the manufacturer is vying for a contemporary look anyway. So, if you are looking for something modern, this might not be the accessory for you.

Moving on, the wearable will be available in the colors Steel Grey, Rose Gold, and Phantom Black. A silicon and leather strap will also come bundled in. We can expect more options to become available later on.

Moto 360 Can Be Charged Fully In Just Sixty Minutes

Inside the Moto 360 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform which is mated with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The 355mAh battery can be juiced up from 0 to 100 percent in just one hour. When the cell is running low, a 'Battery Saver Mode' is activated automatically. This keeps the watch on for up to three days.  The original Moto 360 was the first Wear OS smartwatch and the third-generation model also has the same platform.

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As you might have heard, Wear OS isn't really Google's best work. Similarly, Qualcomm doesn't seem too invested in wearable processor platforms. Thus, the Moto 360 is unlikely to offer blazing fast performance. That's not to say that you should write it off as you can expect it to work just fine. Moreover, if you are an Android user, a Wear OS watch can be quite handy.

The watch also supports NFC support for Google Pay, which means you can perform transactions easily. For fitness tracking, you can use Google Fit. And of course, the trusty Google Assistant is also there. Other things worth mentioning include GPS and the heart rate monitor. For connectivity, the watch features Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi b/g/n.

Lack Of Groundbreaking Features And High Price Can Make This One A Tough Sell

Pre-orders from the smartwatch will open next month on the Moto 360 website. Select retailers will begin selling it from December. The wearable will cost $349.99, which means it will quite expensive. For a similar price, you can get a Samsung smartwatch that supports both LTE and wireless charging. Thus, it remains to be seen if the Moto 360 will ignite public interest.

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