Leaked render of alleged Moto 360 successor shows fully circular display, thin bezels

Back in mid-March, a Lenovo exec hinted that Motorola is working on a new smartwatch by posting and then quickly deleting a photo of a suitcase full of watch accessories. Building up on that news, a few days ago, we told you that a Moto 360 successor codenamed "Smelt" was discovered online with a fully circular display. Today a leaked render of the upcoming Motorola smartwatch surfaced online, allegedly revealing the design of the updated smartwatch.

Although the Motorola Moto 360 name implies that the display is rounded, the original smartwatch came with a dead portion at the bottom of the panel. According to Motorola, the inclusion of a dead portion was the only way to ensure that the Moto 360 retains thin bezels. If the new rumors turn out to be accurate, Motorola was able to solve this engineering puzzle, as the leaked render shows a fully circular display as well as thin bezels. Judging on what we can figure out from the leaked render, the Moto 360 successor will come with a stainless steel build, just like the original model. The back of the original Moto 360 was made out of a break-prone plastic material, but although we hope that this design flaw will be corrected by Motorola the second time around, the leaked render doesn't tell us anything in this regard.

Previous rumors claim that the Moto 360 successor will feature a display resolution of 360 by 360 pixels and will run Android Wear 5.1. Motorola is also expected to allow the customization of the new smartwatch via its Moto Maker website, this being one of the main advantages of the original Moto 360.



1. zeus1

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

If battery life is better.will get it

2. Oneight

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

Agree, but it will be perfect if it has fully rounded shape

3. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

I think I'm going to appreciate waiting for the 2nd gen Moto 360. It's looking like it might fix every complaint / problem the 1st gen had.

4. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Looks great! Like most people have said, if they managed to update the battery to last more than day and a half i'll be happy to purchase one. Now... This kinda delays my immediate purchase of a Smartwatch, was going for LG but I'll wait for 2nd gen of Moto :)! Keep it up Moto!

5. xuerantiger

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

so smartwatch users ... would you rather have an ambient light sensor or complete circular display?

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

At this point I hope they drop it so we don't get the token flat tire or Moto 270 comments in every article.

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I don't know how to read messages, and instagram on a round display

13. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Not for you then. This device is for those who attended and graduated pre -school and are able to read.

7. gaming64 unregistered

Afraid to say this but it looks stunning.

8. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

As I recall didn't the leak by the Levono exec show that the wrist strap pin retainers had been moved from inside the device to the outside like a traditional watch? I think that this is nothing but a fan made render...Ill be waiting Motorola's official announcement or a more credible leaker before getting too excited...

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Correct, and that was an actual picture. You can make anything happen in a render. Also, I'd like to know what the plan the artist who did the render had for the band. Apparently they slip into the watch and get locked in by a magnet or mechanism. I just don't see that working.

9. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I hope this is true, because the current one looks like a piston.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

First, this is a render and so far no one has been able to say if it's official or not. Second, you can do anything with a render, a transparent phone, etc., so saying it has a fully round display in a render means jack $hit. Third, the reason for the dead spot at the bottom on the original wasn't solely about having no bezels, it was about having no bezels AND having an ambient light sensor. If they remove that sensor, then they could have a fully round display with no bezels.

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