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Moto 360 Best Buy listing shows Texas Instruments CPU and $249 price tag

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Moto 360 Best Buy listing shows Texas Instruments CPU and $249 price tag
Motorola has been very tight-lipped when it comes to the Moto 360, and even refused to answer the majority of questions that we had during the hands-on time at Google I/O. However, with the announcement of the device apparently about two and a half weeks away, it's time for the leaks to give us all the info we want. And, Best Buy wants to be the source for all the info you might want on the Motorola Android Wear device.

Probably the most requested bit of info is the price, and Best Buy has the Moto 360 listed for $249, which is the same price that was leaked a while back with a Motorola promotion, and also the same price that Motorola denied. The Best Buy listing goes on to give the features and specs that are standard on Android Wear devices, like Bluetooth 4.0, compatibility with Android 4.3+, and a microphone for voice commands; and, the features we already knew about the Moto 360, like the ambient light sensor, stainless steel casing, and leather strap.

Moto 360 Best Buy listing shows Texas Instruments CPU and $249 price tag
But, there is also quite a bit of info that we didn't know or hadn't been confirmed. The biggest surprise there is that the Moto 360 is that the watch CPU is listed as a Texas Instruments processor, though all of the rumors had said it would be a Snapdragon 400, like the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. A TI processor would also be surprising because the company publicly exited the mobile space two years ago. The display is listed as am LCD measuring 1.5-inches diagonally (which is an odd measurement for a round display); and, the screen has a resolution of 320 x 290, with the vertical a bit shorter because of the black bar at the bottom that hides the ambient light sensor and display drivers. 

The watch itself is about the same size as the LG G Watch in terms of thickness (0.4-inches/10mm) and weight (2.1oz/59.5g). The Moto 360 is said to measure 1.8-inches in diameter and is water resistant up to 3.3 feet for 30 minutes, which is the same as the LG G Watch, so we'd assume that means an IP67 rating. Inside, there is 512MB of storage, but the RAM is not listed. The listing also confirms the plastic back, the heart rate monitor, and the internal pedometer. 

The 360 is also said to include Wireless N, which would be another first for an Android Wear device, and would theoretically allow the 360 to work without being connected to a phone, if there is Wi-Fi accessible. While it would be awesome to have a bit of independence from a connected smartphone, we're taking this info with a big grain of salt, and will have to reserve judgement on that until it is confirmed by Motorola. The only info we haven't gotten from the listing is in regards to the battery. There is no word of the battery capacity, so we can't say anything about battery life. 

source: Best Buy

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posted on 17 Aug 2014, 13:48 4

1. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Nice price. I'm surprised.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 13:50 1

2. NoFanboy (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

The watch has been talked about so much, the appeal is kinda wearing off for me.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 13:56 5

3. Bjray (Posts: 187; Member since: 29 May 2014)

Pun intended?

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 13:59 4

4. Scott93274 (Posts: 5420; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I'm not a fan of Texas Instruments. I've read that they're to blame for the lack of support for my old phone, the Galaxy Nexus. Still a nice looking watch, and the price isn't out of my range.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 14:00

5. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I wouldn't necessarily trust BB as a source for information. Many times hey screw up their specs on their products pages. No saying that they aren't right in his case, by I'm a little wary of putting my trust in them.

It seems odd that Moto would go with Ti since they exited the mobile industry, unless they only didn't want to deal with cellular radios, which a smartwatch wouldn't have.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 14:05 1

6. Scott93274 (Posts: 5420; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I somewhat agree with you... but the details on the watch are really specific, and I just don't see why they would make something like that up... unless they're complete idiots... which isn't too much of a stretch I suppose.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 17:35 1

10. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

They are complete idiots. That's how I bought my GNex from them a week before it was released. If it's shipped to all the stores in advance, at least a few of the stores will put them on the shelf by mistake.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:20 1

14. sgodsell (Posts: 4897; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

They still make arm processors and the omaps still. Just look at the BeagleBone's. With the current generation they are really low in power as well. So actually using a new TI arm processor could be really good on power consumption these days. Maybe those stories regarding the battery life are true. Where some people were getting 3 days out of a Moto 360.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 15:07

7. kkmkk (Posts: 547; Member since: 06 May 2013)

smart watches are not even near good but at least this one in particular looks good

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 15:07

8. Mreveryphone (Posts: 1340; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)

Wear are the LG Tone Infinum's?

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 16:35

9. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

AFAIK, TI has left the processor business and is in the process of obsoleting existing such parts, so it seems inaccurate to me that a new product would use a TI SoC.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 17:36

11. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

No it hasn't. Not by a long shot. It just stopped targeting smartphones. Good thing this isn't a smartphone.


posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:23 1

15. sgodsell (Posts: 4897; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

TI has not left it. Just look at their OMAP line is still going. Not to mention look at the BeagleBone boards are still selling quite well. The BeagleBone Black is an awesome board for only $45. Their current generation of processors consume very little power as well.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 22:21

16. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

TI hasn't been working on any new generation of its application processors. Ever since the Burr Brown executives took its helm, it seems to be focused more on linear devices than on digital ones...

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 17:56

12. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

TI returned?
They should update GNex prior to releasing anything.


posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:28

13. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4786; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

If they are indeed returning, I'd imagine it's only to devices that have no cellular connection. That would take out smarphones and some tablets, but most smarwatches will only connect via WiFi and Bluetooth, both of which are part of a standard. Cellular bands vary from carrier to carrier, so there'd be a lot more involved keeping them up to date.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 22:31

17. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

This will be $199 in three months, for the holiday season.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 16:59

18. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)

YES and nothing more

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