Aug, 18 2014

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Motorola’s been really quiet about the Moto 360 up to this point despite it being one of the first Android Wear smart watches announced. The circular smart watch is believed to be launching alongside the Moto X+1 at a September 4th event the company has scheduled, but Best Buy has leaked many of the details we’re yearning for ahead of time.

The most important detail is price: their listing showed $250 for a brief moment (predictably, it has since been pulled down). We first heard of their $250 target point thanks to contest details that revealed the smart watch’s approximate retail value, so to see Motorola able to hit that target is quite a joy to see. It’s still more expensive than the other two Android Wear options on the market — LG G Watch at $230 and Samsung Gear Live at $200 — but Motorola’s betting that you’ll agree with their price when considering the quality and features packed inside.

Speaking of which, here’s a big list of what Best Buy considers the best that the Moto 360 has to offer:

  • Compatible with most devices with an Android 4.3 or later operating system: For wide-ranging use.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology: Enables wireless syncing to select devices for hassle-free connectivity.
  • Voice activated: Allows you to use spoken commands to operate the smart watch via the built-in microphone.
  • Vibration alert: Discreetly notifies you of important events.
  • 1.5″ backlit LCD touch screen: With 320 x 290 resolution and 205 ppi makes it easy to navigate features and provides easy-to-read visuals. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 construction offers durability, and the adjustable brightness allows custom use.
  • Built-in optical heart rate monitor (PPG): Helps you achieve or stay within your ideal heart rate range.
  • Built-in pedometer: Measures the number of steps taken, so you can easily monitor your fitness progress throughout the day.
  • Digital watch interface: Provides crisp, clear readouts of the time and date. Built-in alarm and calendar features help you stay on schedule.
  • Waterproof up to 3.3′ for up to 30 minutes: So you can safely wear the watch while swimming or engaging in other aquatic activities.
  • Stainless-steel case and plastic case back: Offer durability. The adjustable-length Horween leather band and metal buckle closure deliver a secure, comfortable fit.
  • Built-in lithium-ion battery pack: Provides long-lasting operation. The battery-strength indicator lets you know when the battery needs to be powered via the included dock and charger.
  • Texas Instruments processor: Helps ensure fast, efficient performance.

We already knew much of this through a combination of various leaks, early reviews and details by Motorola themselves, but we’re always appreciative of more concrete information. All that’s left is a release date announcement, though we have a hunch it’ll be made available shortly after Motorola’s event early next month. How does this price point sit with anyone who was still holding out on Android Wear in anticipation of the Moto 360?

[via Best Buy, thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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