Motorola confirms Moto 360 pricing in new contest rules

Motorola confirms Moto 360 pricing in new contest rules
We know that the LG G Watch will be the first Android Wear device on the market, and will likely be announced/released around Google I/O, but really, no one is all that interested in the G Watch. Even on the first day that Google unveiled Android Wear, Motorola's Moto 360 stole the show and has been the focus of our attention. Now, it seems like Motorola has accidentally confirmed the price for its new smartwatch.

The info comes from the terms for a new contest that Motorola is running. This morning, Motorola kicked off a contest on Google+ asking people to submit designs for watch faces. The contest will run for three weeks, and at the end of that time, a panel will choose a winner based on aesthetics, feasibility, and originality. The winner will receive a Moto 360, which the terms list as having an "approximate retail value" (ARV) of $249. Nine others will win a $50 Google Play gift card; and, unsurprisingly, Motorola reserves the right to use any of the ten winning submissions on the device itself, or in marketing. 

The $249 price tag is in the range that we have been expecting, especially given that we just saw indications that the Moto 360 would cost 249 euros, and electronics tend to be more expensive in Europe than in the U.S.. The rules also have the final day for submissions set at June 24th, which is the day before Google I/O starts, and it also fits with the July release that was indicated in the latest rumor. So, that just leaves one question: will you pay $249 for a Moto 360?

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42 Comments

1. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I would purchase this in a heart beat. The iWatch doesn't stand a chance.

2. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

This is a good looking Smartwatch! But I'll wait for the iWatch..

13. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

What's an iwatch? Can you name one bit of detail about this supposed I watch?

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He can't. He's just barking more while biting less.

27. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Then you will say FIRST ONE IN LINE. While Apple is taking a long time dev their own smart watch.

39. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

the iWatch would cost a premium to buy, Moto360 @ 249 is a killer price tag for the design.. lets wait and see

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

When Android moves first in a market with a strong design/product offering, it will be a lot tougher for Apple to achieve an early dominant position as they did with the iPhone and iPad. Of course, as the market is in its infancy, Apple could still make a better spec Moto360 and sell millions of them to their iFans.

15. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Samsung had the chance twice, failed both times miserable with the mediocre half baked watch it keeps making. Anyway its hard for ANY smartwatch to sell millions as its a category of products where not everyone needs it, wants one, or likes to hand one. A phone is a necessity, a tablet could also be for many people in nowadays. But smartwatch? Not that much, and with aples simple, design, it always works well philosophy they might just do it one day if they ever make one.

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I agree. As Samsung isn't known for strong design, they aren't really the company that one would expect to achieve a significant first mover advantage.

38. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

Samsung isn't android anyways

42. Branson28

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

The sad thing is hardly anyone that isn't a "techy" knows what a smartwatch is, so when Apple releases their version all the people that think they have the latest device by having an iPhone will think they're on the cutting edge with their new iWatches. Working in a Wireless store I deal with this ignorance every day.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's not out yet.

31. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

And that's what makes it even sadder.

11. maherk

Posts: 6658; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here, this will definitely be my next gadget

33. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I watch will be three times as expensive and half as good...

3. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I will wait for the battery life tests before I decide, but it looks good so far.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I think first you have to wait for invite.

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

For $250, that's a very good price for how the watch looks. If it can last at least two days on one charge, I'll definitely consider this.

7. palmguy

Posts: 952; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

If Apple does a watch I bet it's round.

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It won't be round remember rectangular just like their phones

32. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I tend to disagree. Round looks better, but square with rounded corners would fit their icons better.

9. kalo88

Posts: 20; Member since: May 21, 2014

Lets hope Motorola realise that countries outside of the US like their products too... By the time the UK got the Moto X it was 6 months late, twice the price and had none of the customization features!

16. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

And hopefully Lenovo will fix that, since google usually cares for USA first, and Lenovo cares for money making Moto. Its future seems bright.

10. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I have a feeling that the 360 will be bulkier and more plastic feeling than people think it will. I see people using the argument that nice watches cost $250 and up, which is true, but what they seem to not take into account is the fact that those other companies are using at least a portion of that price in order to incorporate nice watch components made out of quality materials. Most of the price from the 360 will be from R and D and electronics. This leaves little room for them to use quality components without significantly increasing the final price of the product. . To recap, normal watches are expensive because of quality components and craftsmanship(or just from brand name alone) and current smart watches are expensive because of RandD and very small yet powerful electronics. The best of both worlds would be very expensive indeed. Those are my thoughts anyway.

14. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Plastic feeling? Never knew stainless steal felt like plastic, nice try.

21. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Well, consider that this is a digital watch, not a mechanical watch. Expensive mechanical watches don't just spend their money on the visible materials, but all the fine gears and gadgetry that goes into a good mechanical watch. Because they don't have to deal with that here, it might actually be easier for them to use higher quality components at the given price point.

22. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I agree. The design of this smartwatch is really impressive. However, the price is too low. Even if Moto was to sell these watches at cost, I don't think they'll have quality components inside. This watch looks impressive, but can it deliver in terms of functions and features? Or, will it be just good looking wannabe smartwatch??

12. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

"Confirms"?? This is why you can never trust a single word that phonearena posts, and why phone arena will never be anything more than what it is.

41. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Already falsified by motorola! Motorola wrote. “We want to make clear that the ‘Approximate Retail Value’ (ARV) indicated in our rules is included for tax purposes only and should not be interpreted as the suggested retail price of the Moto 360 when it becomes available for purchase.”

18. aniladitya

Posts: 8; Member since: May 20, 2014

this will be an iwatch killer... Hehe.. awesome design.. but i doubt moto will launch it in my country!

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