Moto 360 and its secretive charger get snapped: steel waterproof timepiece with a heart rate sensor

Moto 360 and its secretive charger get snapped: steel waterproof timepiece with a heart rate sensor
We were hoping that the Moto 360 will be every bit as pretty and timeless in real life, as it is in the press renders and promo videos that Motorola put out. Well, seeing the first live pics of the most-awaited smartwatch of the season, these hopes are coming to fruition. An Italian tech blogger has gotten his hands on what seems a retail Moto 360, and has snapped it in multiple photos from all angles, including how it looks on his wrist.

Furthermore, the source reveals some specifications for the device, confirming many previous speculations. The Moto 360 is a stainless steel timepiece with IP67 waterproof certification, meaning that you can dunk it in a three feet pool of water for at least half an hour without any ensuing damage. On top of that, the Android Wear gear features a heart rate sensor, too, as is pretty evident from the writing on the back. The other such sensor in a mobile device is the heart rate monitor in the Galaxy S5, which serves as a cool gimmick there, bringing little difference compared to a pulse measuring app. Since the Moto 360 will always be on your wrist, however, the optical sensor on the back will be able to continuously measure your pulse, instead of sporadically putting a finger against it, like with the S5. This might open the door to a new crop of health apps that can take advantage of these 24/7 pulse recordings that the smartwatch will be able to pull off.

Moreover, the Moto 360 inductive charging system has been displayed, too, ready to top off your phone's battery - hopefully the device will be longer-lasting than the current crop of Android Wear watches from LG or Samsung. A few more built-in sensors, like a light meter and a pedometer, round up Motorola's excellent offering, and we can't wait for the Moto 360 to hit our offices for the review round.

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30 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Tell me they have a ceramic strap as well. It is a gorgeous watch and it better have more options with it for customizing the look.

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Motorola has only shown leather and metal band options, but you can swap out the stock strap for your own as long as it's the same size, of course.

26. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I wanted this from the first day I saw it, mainly because it looked like a real watch with interchangeable faces but the rumored iTime with health sensors had me considering a Apple product for the first time. The heart rate sensor just saved the Moto 360 day for me, no apple for you! err me!!

2. iamoa unregistered

looks so cool. iwatch and this is the one i am looking forward to. :) p.s: poor lg watch looks not so nice in front of this.

23. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

the oneplus watch looks pretty good to boot. if it ever gets released.... and available to buy. it will at least be rootable without destroying the warranty. while one might think rooting is not important.... it is if you want to slap a kernel on it that gives extra battery life.

3. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

To me this looks to be not much bigger than (what I am assuming to be) the android ware watch next to it. This should put to rest the worries that most people seem to have about the size.

8. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

It's the same 46mm as every standard 46mm watch already out there. I'm not sure why anyone was questing the size. But, I agree. Similarly sized to the G Watch which I've never heard anyone complain as being too big.

24. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

that prototype pic was released with what looked to be a 2.5" screen.

4. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Now that's a smartwatch.

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Agree.. This thing is awesome!!

28. Carlosfrancoz

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

^^THIS +1000! I can't wait for this watch! really! it just look like a real watch! love it!

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Much better than the pogo pin method Samsung and LG used in their Android Wear watches. Absolutely beautiful, can't wait to get one.

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I LIKE IT! (Quote from original RoboCop movie)

9. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Take my money.

10. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Nice charger design Moto!

11. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Looks huge. Maybe just the angle. I think it's a big design fail having that blank wedge at. Bottom of display

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7521; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Thats where some of the sensors reside in. Like the light sensor. Both the LG G Watch and the Gear Live do not have light sensors and can't dim or brighten the display based on the light conditions. The Moto 360 can.

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's a bit wider than the G Watch, but it's also shorter. That blank spot is where the display connectors and some sensors are, it was either a small blank spot like that or a thick bezel around the entire display. They made the right choice.

27. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Moto could have used a transparent LCD and put the sensors behind the LCD panel.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn it, I had convinced myself I didn't need one... then I see these pictures. I really hope it's priced competitively otherwise my bank account is really going to be hurting.

15. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Come on Motorola release the Kraken already.....can't wait to get one on my wrist.

16. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

if it has battery life like pebble...I'll buy it :)

17. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

price ??

18. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

That's the biggest ugliest think I have ever seen. Why don't you just wear Big Ben on your arm.

19. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

That's a beautiful hockey puck.

21. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

It's ok I guess, but it's going to take something special to get me on board. Hologram projector anyone?

22. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Finally a decent looking smartwatch, I like the charging method and the light sensor for sure, but I hope the battery life can be had as well

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've read elsewhere that battery life is 2 and a half days. I suspect we'll find out soon enough.

29. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

sexiest smartwatch , this watch is the only watch that will force me to buy a smart watch even though i don't really need one lol.

30. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

HURRY UP AND RELEASE THE DAMN THING and give us a price tag MOTOROLA

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