The third-gen Moto 360 smartwatch has just been announced – but it’s not actually being made by Motorola.
Instead, this new watch is being made by a company called eBuyNow who are licensing the brand from Motorola. The smartwatch boasts a circular face with two crowns on the side, and its brushed stainless steel design is water-resistant to 3 ATM. Available in three colours (black, grey, and rose gold), you can pre-order the watch from mid-November at Moto360.com, and it will appear at major retailers from December, priced at $349.99 (~£272).
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Beyond the design, there are plenty of other features that will net some attention for the Moto 360. It runs Google’s WearOS software on a Snapdragon 3100 chip, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. There’s no word yet on day-to-day battery life, but when it’s on critically low power the battery saving mode can still last you through another three days, and the fast-charging system promises to go from 0% to 100% in an hour. We’re still yet to learn of all the fitness-tracking features that are packed into the Moto 360, but it will have access to the abundant wearables apps available on the Play Store.
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If the Moto 360 wants to be the best smartwatch around, there’s no doubt which device it will need to knock off the top-spot: the Apple Watch Series 5. The latest generation of this bestselling wearable introduced an always-on display to join the ECG, heart-rate monitor, and GPS, and it continues Apple’s tradition of excellent motivational software apps to encourage you to get fitter.
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But the closer rival is likely to be the Fossil Gen 5, our second-highest ranked smartwatch which costs £279. We appreciated this wearable’s lightweight water-resistant design, along with its untethered GPS, heart-rate tracking, and NFC capability. Specifications appear similar, down to the 3 ATM water resistance, battery-saving modes, and the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, so we’re looking forward to seeing which device comes out on top in our reviews.