More Moto 360 details revealed: Wireless charging dock, heart rate monitor, more
We already know the Moto 360 is going to be the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet, thanks to its rounded display and simple design. We also expect it to have Qi wireless charging after documents about the device filtered through the FCC. Now Italian radio host Luca Viscardi, who also uses the moniker "Mr. Gadget," is giving the world a detailed sneak peek at the highly anticipated smartwatch—including shots of the wireless charging dock.
It's not clear how, but Viscardi got his hands on what appears to be a pre-release model of the Moto 360, apparently unfettered from any press embargoes, and posted extensive pictures of the device on his personal site.
In a set of three photos, Viscardi shows us what appears to be the 360 sitting on its wireless charging dock. The device sits vertically on a puck-like base with an elevated back that the watch either rests on or attaches to via magnets.
Viscardi also gives us a back shot of the device, which includes numerous details about specs for the Moto 360. This image suggests the device will have a pedometer, the same IP67 dust and water resistance rating as the Samsung Gear Live (IP67), and an optical heart rate sensor.
One of the biggest complaints we had with the Gear Live and LG's G Watch is the poor screen visibility in bright sunlight. Viscardi says the Moto 360, by comparison, is visible in even extreme sunglight (Google Translate).
Viscardi also says that not all Wear apps work perfectly with Motorola's smartwatch. Thanks to its rounded display, apps designed for a square display may not work. For his example, Viscardi points to the Wear Mini Laucher as an app that won't work with the Moto 360.
One thing Viscardi doesn't know about Motorola's smartwatch is its price. Judging by the stylish look of the device and features like the wireless charging dock, the Moto 360 will probably be priced a little higher than the roughly $200 price point of the first two Android Wear watches. As long as Motorola keeps the price under $400, however, it won't be the most expensive smartwatch on the market.
Although the countdown to the end of the season has begun, the Moto 360 is still officially slated for a summer release.