You might have to wait another week to slip the new Moto 360 smartwatch onto your wrist. But at least now you know how much it will cost.
The Moto 360, Motorola’s new wearable device, is expected to go on the market Sept. 4. And according to a leak on a product page at BestBuy where the Moto 360 smartwatch is expected to be on sale, the retail price will be $249.99.
That’s twice the price of the original Pebble smartwatch that went on sale beginning in 2013. It’s also slightly more expensive than many of the other smartwatches already listed on BestBuy.
According to some early specs shared by the The Verge, features of the new device will include:
- The ability to access services like Google Hangouts, Calendar and navigation.
- A 1.5-inch backlit LCD touch screen.
- A Texas Instruments processor.
- Waterproof in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
Images and renderings released prior to the watch’s availability indicate the device has a round face and a full-color display. The round face is encased in stainless steel. Motorola says that the watch will be available in several styles, too.
A leaked product page that appeared on Best Buy’s website suggests the Moto 360 smartwatch is designed to work with most Android smartphones running at least the Android 4.3 operating system.
Like all smartwatches, the Moto 360 works in conjunction with a smartphone. It will cost about $90 less than Motorola’s latest smartphone, the Moto G2. But it will cost about $80 more than Motorola’s last smartphone, the economical Moto G.
Announcing the Moto 360 smartwatch back in March on The Official Motorola Blog, Lior Ron, Motorola’s product management vice president explained:
“Moto 360 keeps you on time and up to date without taking you out of the moment or distracting you, telling you what you need to know before you know you need it through subtle alerts and notifications. With just a twist of the wrist you can see who’s emailing or calling, what time your next meeting is or a friend’s latest social post.”
Welcome to the world of sale failure. No one would want to replace a traditional watch for this ugly piece of tech. You just don’t get it, Moto? Smart watch should be a health tracking or fitness/exercise monitoring device meaning to wear during fitness section or so, not a traditional watch replacement.
Sales failure. I’m coming to bookmark this page so I can come back and read your comment again when the 360 launches and sells out everywhere, it’ll be good for a laugh.
You are out of touch with today’s technology trends if you think a smartwatch should only track fitness.
I can see some logic in that but if that were totally true then shouldn’t the MotoACTV have been a smash hit way back when?
I have a few ” traditional watches” and do want to get a Moto 360 for Christmas. The reason is simple. It looks like a classic watch, but it’s not an OMEGA. BTW, I never wear a square watch.
There are already watches that are for fitness. This watch on particular is just for a convenient way of looking at your notifications and with the Google now cards, while looking stylish. I’m not saying you should change your mind, your entitled to your opinion as I am towards mine. I guess I’m trying to say is, there’s a lot of people who want this as there are people who don’t. But it will sell. We are in a works with lots of technology, smart watches will probably be traditional watches sometime in the future.
JmmyJT: you might very well be right. Only time will tell. On the other hand, it might do well. I’m not going to make any assumptions either way, especially if it’s not even out yet.
I haven’t worn a watch for years because my cell phone gave me the date/time just fine. I don’t know why anyone would fork over $250 for a device that is entirely duplicating existing benefits of my smartphone.
Though I’d much rather invest in a smartphone with that amount of money than a smartwatch, and though the smartwatch isn’t something that really appeals to me, I can appreciate why others might want one and why some are looking forward to its release. I might not understand it in some cases, but I appreciate it.
That is one expensive watch. While I know that it has all the capabilities of a smartphone, I don’t see the need for it if I already have a phone. It is like people are coming up with so many gadgets so that they have a reason to buy something.
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Moto 360 – I don’t understand why the comments so far are negative! Yes, it does everything you can on your phone however, to be able to avoid having to take your phone out every time you have an invite to play Candy Crush Saga or to be plagued with PPI claim cold calls is surely reason enough? I like a watch and I like the idea of being able to change the face to suit my mood or situation. To not miss a call or an alarm because of background noise really suits me. Can’t wait!
Because you are not 12, and like to wear a watch. I can’t tell you how many under 25s I have ask me for the time when their phones have died for the day. Here’s my question though, does the moto360 keep time independently of the phone? Or does it lose out if the phone dies? Its worthless if it dies too.
Can’t wait for this to come out. To address some concerns, lots of adults still wear watches, they are largely accessories the way I see it, however having my day watch be capable of everything my Fitbit is capable of, is a huge plus. No longer do I need to wear a fitness watch with a suit.
Also the Moto 360 is suppose to have interchangeable faces, allowing for different styles, for people who have more then 1 watch, this ends up serving multiple purposes, something as simplistic as a Movado Museum face for a dressy occasion, or flashy when dressing down. Sure you can access the time without having to fish my phone out of my pocket, which is nice in its own right.
I would say get the metal band however, something tacky about rubber watch bands unless its a fitness watch, and why have a “fitness watch” when you can have an actually nice watch with fitness functions.
I look forward to it’s release.
It looks beautiful.
I agree with some of the fitness aspects, but overall.
I think it looks great.
I will buy ot.
Shut up and take my money
Quite expensive, but not as much as Samsung Galaxy Gear was initially ($299). It has larger touch screen than 1.3-inches of Gear. Moreover it was having 1.9 MP smart camera on its strap, though you have not specified anything about Moto 360’s camera.
With all features to connect and work like a smartphone, it can be the good choice for the people who still love experiencing royalty with a wristwatch.
Yeaaaaa…. I’ll take one. I’m a chef and I constantly need to be in touch but phones are not really handy in a kitchen. I love my watches. This one looks sweet. I also think that the band’s are high grade leather.
I will keep my Rolex lol
I don’t wear a watch. Haven’t worn one in years, even when my sister bought me one. So, I doubt I’ll be buying a smartwatch. I don’t have a smartphone either, but of the two, I’d more likely buy a smartphone.