IFA: Motorola takes wraps off new Moto 360 smartwatches


Moto 360 generation smartwatch to hit the UK later this month; version for sports enthusiasts also unveiled 

Motorola has taken the wraps off two new Moto 360 smartwatches, the first of which will be available in the UK later this month.

Both the Moto 360 and Moto 360 Sport again come with circular clock faces and are powered by Android Wear – much like the manufacturer’s first smartwatch release a year ago.

Moto 360 (2nd generation) is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor. Mens models comes with screens of 42mm and 46mm in diameter, while the womens model measures 42mm in diameter. The screen automatically adjusts to the surrounding brightness.

Users are able to respond to notifications they receive at a glance with their voice through dual digital microphones. Live Dials also enables them to have shortcuts on the watch face to the apps they use most.

It features Moto Body, which contain sensors to track elements such as heart rate and the number of calories burnt, which then translates into feedback and coaching for further improvements. It is dust and water resistant to IP67 standards.

Other features of note include 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, as well as wireless charging capability for the 300mAh battery on the men’s and women’s 42mm model (up to 1.5 days of mixed use) and 400mAh battery on the men’s 46mm model (up to two days of mixed use).

As with all recent Motorola devices, users can customise their smartwatch using the Moto Maker design studio on Motorola.co.uk, where they can choose from additional bezels, colours, materials and bands. Prices in the UK will vary by design and range from £229.

Moto 360 Sport

The Moto Sport 360 is built with silicone and comes with a UV coating, which Motorola said “wicks away moisture and resists fading or staining”. The screen automatically adjusts to the surrounding brightness.

It comes with built-in GPS that works seamlessly with the manufacturer’s health and fitness application, Moto Body It can provide location information, measures speed, distance travelled and pace.

Like the new Moto 360, it can track the number of calories burnt and provide motivational tips and reminders.

Availability and pricing for the Moto 360 Sport has yet to be revealed.