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.

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