Lenovo's CEO just teased an image of the next Moto 360, and then deleted it

When Motorola first started talking about the Moto 360 smartwatch – its first crack at the futuristic paradigm – it accented on its ambition to bring a product to the market that felt and looked more like a normal watch and less like a nerdy gadget. In reality, however, while we commended Motorola's design at the time, the Moto 360 still didn't quite feel like something your House Representative would care to be seen with.

Fast-forward to today, and we now have Motorola, previously a Google property, calling Lenovo its boss. And if you didn't think that it's the Chinese company that's in charge, then an image teaser (or a slip) of the next Moto 360 smartwatch, posted by Lenovo's CEO Yang Yuanqing on his personal Weibo page, ought to cement that notion. 

The image, deleted some time after its initial publication, gives us a glimpse into what seems like a very credible successor to Motorola's current smartwatch, and one that is far more reminiscent of a classical timepiece. Case in point: unlike the Moto 360 currently on the market, the updated version is seen sporting lugs for the strap on both the top and bottom. Speaking of straps, the image also includes a number of options, including ones made out of metal or leather. It also appears as if Lenovo/Motorola are planning a number of bezel options – some look like they were made out of gold, while others look like steel, and there appear to be two sizes, as well

Lastly, and on a more negative note, we can make out the infamous strip on the bottom of the watchface that mars the otherwise attractive Moto 360. The section in question is not useless, of course – it's where Motorola houses the tech needed to allow the 360 to automatically tweak brightness depending on your surroundings – but we can't say that we're fans of it nevertheless. Here's hoping that this is an early prototype, and Motorola has found a more elegant solution.



1. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Why can't they remove the ugly flat tire? That ruins the whole round screen experience for me.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Still better looking than the Apple Watch if you ask me.

4. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

A dog 5hit looks better than the Apple Watch. But still, there is no excuse why Motorola is still insisting on leaving the flat tire on their 2nd generation of the watch, reminds me a lot of HTC and the black bars on the m8 and m9. Huwaei and LG did a fantastic job in offering a true rounded watches.

6. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Not a fan of the huge bezel on the G Watch R, bothers me more than the Moto 360's flat tire, not to say it isn't bothersome. We need a compromise.

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You know... everyone has their own opinion as to what looks best, I'm just glad to have a variety available for me to pick and choose from.

10. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Actually there's merit to that excuse. Since the display has ultra thin bezels it needs the drivers to go somewhere plus the sensors need to be front firing. So they had to choose between; large display with thin bezels at the expense of a "flat tire" or smaller display with huge bezels (like everyone else)... Motorola made the right choice in my opinion. You gain two big bonuses with only one down-side being the flat tire. With other watches you only gain having no flat tire... with a smaller screen + huge bezels. I personally choose the former.

11. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Huwaei watch has none of both, neither a thick bezel nor a flat tire.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

By all counts it also doesn't have an ambient light sensor, which needs to be on the face to accurately adjust the display's brightness. If Motorola got rid of the sensor, they could probably go the same route as the Huawei watch, but if it stays I'll bet so will the flat tire. It's not like Motorola is just doing it to be dicks, I'm sure they'd love a fully round display, but doing so would mean dropping the ambient light sensor, and Motorola is the only one offering a round faced watch with one inside.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is a light sensor in the black bar. What Motorola could do is take a little piece out of stainless steel bezel. Basically drill a single hole in the round steel bezel so a light sensor from underneath could fit in or just underneath the hole. That way more of the screen can be displayed. I hope Motorola or lenovo will also add WiFi and 16 GB of storage this time around. The reason for so much storage is that the watch could also be used as a portable WiFi storage device as well. Now that would be really cool.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The only problem I see is how much of a bezel will that be? They've already shown us what the bezel would've looked like had they had a perfectly round display, and it was pretty significant. I'm sure anything we've though of has been discussed by them already.

2. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

i'm not bothered by the flat tire as much I am with the size of this thing. the size of this thing looks ridiculous. please make it smaller

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The size is what makes the device. Looks epic!

15. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I could be crazy but it looks like there are 2 sizes in the leaked pic.

16. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

I see 2 sizes too. I can't believe PA wouldn't mention this actually very important news.

8. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Mirasol display please.

20. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

With new watches from LG and Huawei about to launch, another Moto 360 with that ridiculous flat tire will be DOA!

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