As IFA Berlin 2015 and the many launches that it is supposed to host approaches, people are getting more and more excited about what manufacturers have to teach us about next-gen technology. Motorola is going to be at IFA, but that’s not where their main event this month is going to be hosted. The Moto 360 2015 or Moto 360 2nd generation, however you want to call it, is the next big thing from Lenovo-owned Motorola, as their new smartphone line-up has already been revealed last month.
The Moto 360 2015 release date is set for this week, but the launch event won’t concentrate at IFA, instead Motorola is hosting a very exclusive event in Beijing to launch their brand new wearable. Since yesterday the new Android Wear app was updated and launched in the iOS store, making the Moto 360 completely compatible with iOS, the new generation of the smart watch is garnering even more attention worldwide. The hype is growing and people are excited to see what the new Moto 360 2015 will look like. We can help with that.
Thanks to HelloMotoHK, the new Moto 360 2015 is now fully unveiled, or at least its design. We’ve seen renders of the device before a couple of times, and while renders and concepts can be a good guideline, the real thing is much more convincing. HelloMotoHK are pretty reliable when it comes to leaked information, so we trust that the photos they’ve shared with us are as authentic as possible at this time. Nonetheless, take the information with a grain of salt until the Moto 360 2015 release date comes around.
According to Lenovo, who has spilled the beans on Weibo this weekend, the Moto 360 2015 release date is set for September 8 and the event will be held in Beijing. Until that event, we’re sure that Motorola is going to show off the new wearable at IFA Berlin, too, seeing as it lasts until September 9. Motorola hasn’t confirmed the appearance of the new wearable at the fair, but we have a hunch that we’re in for a surprise this year.
Judging by the new leaked pictures, the Moto 360 2015 won’t be much of a design upgrade when it comes to display, as the black bar on the bottom is staying. Nonetheless, the watch will be decidedly premium as materials used in the manufacturing process of the wearable include aircraft grade aluminum, sapphire glass and even diamonds. Although almost all Moto 360 users testified online that the black bar doesn’t bother them and doesn’t impact user experience, Motorola remained a step behind Samsung this time. Samsung just launched the Samsung Gear S2, their newest smart watch, and it comes with a full circle display which seems to attract quite a few newcomers.
Specs and features of the new Moto 360 2015 aren’t final yet, but it is said that the wearable will have a bigger battery, of about 500 mAh and an autonomy of about 3 days. It will support both standards of wireless charging and Android Wear is going to be upgraded when the device is launched. Motorola has supposedly been working on a couple of new software features to implement in the Moto 360 2015, but information about them is scarce, so that’s going to be one of the surprises of September 8.
The Moto 360 2015 will be available in two different variants, similarly to the Apple Watch: the Moto 360 Sport and the Moto 360 2nd generation. The sport version will have a different design and it’s going to be waterproof with an IP67 certification, and the standard variant will be a stainless steel, gold-plated variant that will cost about $300 a pop. The Moto 360 Sport price is uncertain yet, because waterproof certification might add a bit to the price tag, but we suspect the watch to be between $250 and $450, tops, depending on variant.
Although unofficial, the Moto 360 2015 is already turning heads with its sleek design and thanks to the presumably authentic images, we can now adjust our expectations of the new device. Speaking of expectations: what would you like to see in the new Moto 360 2015? Does the Sport variant appeal to you more now that it’s out or do you think watches should remain luxurious and stylish?