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Moto 360 may already be facing production issues

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Moto 360 may already be facing production issues
Yesterday's announcement of the Android Wear platform was highlighted by Motorola unveiling its first entry into the new smartwatch market: the Moto 360. The design of the 360 is gorgeous and quite unconventional for a smartwatch. But, a new rumor from the Asian supply chain is saying that the design may be too unconventional and may already be facing production issues.

See, there is a reason why almost all electronics are either square or rectangular; it's because there are a lot of design issues that arise when you break that. The components for electronics are all designed to be angular, like the motherboard, processors, battery, and even the display. So, the striking round design for the Moto 360 is facing challenges because of that round form factor. The rumor has it that Motorola is already facing troubles creating and placing the internal components and also in cutting round displays for the device. 

Given all of the early troubles, the rumor is that the Moto 360 will be fairly limited in terms of availability, simply because Motorola won't be able to make enough in time for the scheduled release this summer. It also means that the Moto 360 may be even more expensive than we have already been assuming it would be, but we wouldn't bank on that. Limited availability is believable, but we can't imagine the 360 being released at a price tag higher than $299 or so. 

Motorola is planning a Google+ Hangout today at 2PM EST with the lead designer of the Moto 360, so we're hoping to get a comment on this rumor soon.

source: Weibo via G4Games

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posted on 19 Mar 2014, 12:19 7

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Moto! Please make this watch happens! :D $300+ might seem a lot for a watch. But when you buy a nice watch, it could easily be more than that.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 12:21 2

2. emvxl (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)

Another day, another rumor.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 13:48

9. maherk (Posts: 4864; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

phonearena are getting desperate with these stupid rumors.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 12:28 4

3. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

New device, they'll come to a final resolution and hammer them out. Circuits can be designed to any shape, it just takes more effort to cram chips and components into such a small, round shape. They'll figure it out, Motorola has been making electronics for too long for this to stop them from making this a successful device.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 13:41 2

8. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

You're comments seem to stem from logic and deduction. +1

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 12:29

4. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2287; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


posted on 19 Mar 2014, 12:29

5. nctx77 (Posts: 2413; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

This is why I said this watch would not be cheap. This is not a nexus device.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 12:55

6. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

I rather get a pebble steel

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 15:32 5

10. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)

blah blah blah

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:35

11. Scott93274 (Posts: 5436; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

We obviously, it's your only option for your iPhone. The look, quality, and feature set seems rather lackluster to what Android is offering.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 13:25 3

7. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

This might be my first smart wearable

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