Meet the square Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch you can’t buy

Motorola appears to have shelved a square-faced smartwatch, which is sure to frustrate those disappointed by the Moto 360’s design.

Images of a prototype Motorola smartwatch have been leaked, revealing a never-before-seen Moto 360 variant with a square face. The Moto 360 proper features a round face, which has been the source of great contention after fans complained about the ‘flat tire’ dead space at the bottom of the display.

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But it appears that Motorola did at least test a square smartwatch, which looks very similar to the Sony Smartwatch 3, or even a Casio. Arguably, the current Moto 360 looks better, but some would-be customers may have preferred this alternative design.

The images were leaked by tech site GizmoChina, although it’s not exactly clear where they were sourced from. As such, we’d recommend taking this leak with due caution; after all, the device pictured could be a phoney.

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The original Moto 360 launched back in 2014, and landed as one of the first wearables powered by Google’s Android Wear software. The second-generation Moto 360 launched at IFA in September last year, bringing improvements to computing heft and design.

Unfortunately, we’re still in the dark about prospects of a third-generation Moto  360. Despite an abundance of leaks, the Moto 360 3 still evades the public eye. There was speculation that it would launch at IFA, but now a later-in-2016 debut looks more likely.

Check out more images of the alleged prototype below:

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