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article imageMotorola's new Moto 360 is 'more style, features and battery'

By James Walker     Sep 3, 2015 in Technology
Motorola has announced its new range of Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatches. The new collection expands on the capabilities of the original but adds more customisation options and a new Sport model, expanding the niche device's appeal.
Motorola describes the new range as "more styles, more features and more battery." The core model, the Moto 360, uses the same circular design as its predecessor but now includes strap lugs to make it look more like a conventional mechanical timepiece. It is available in two distinct versions designed specifically for male and female wearers.
New polished bezels in customisable styles have been added. Bands can be quickly swapped out to allow for easy alternation between metal and leather straps. Motorola says that it has taken design cues from the traditional watch world to refine the "classic and timeless" look of the original Moto.
Power now comes from an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. The display is still an LCD panel, unlike the OLED displays of rivals that boast more vivid colours and lower power usage. Motorola has upped the resolution a notch so the screen should still look clearer than its predecessor.
The Android Wear-powered watch includes integrated Wi-Fi so it can remain connected to a phone even when a Bluetooth link is unavailable. Motorola has added some of its own apps such as Moto Body, a "holistic experience" that tells you simple fitness statistics like steps taken in a day and current heart rate.
The new Motorola Moto 360
The new Motorola Moto 360
The new Moto 360 Sport edition pushes health-tracking right to the foreground, featuring GPS for accurate speed and distance tracking and the ability to store music directly on the watch for running when without a phone. A silicone construction makes it more comfortable to wear whilst exercising and the "AnyLight" display is designed to keep the screen visible under direct sunlight.
It works by combining the usual LCD display of smartwatches with a more-reflective front-lit upper layer. It ensures that the display can always be comfortably read, even while running in bright outdoors conditions.
The Moto 360 will be fully customisable using Motorola's Moto Maker suite. The bezel designs, construction materials and colours can all be personalised to suit individual taste. Replacement bands can be purchased to provide a different look for different occasions.
Motorola claims that the Moto 360's battery will last for two days with the 46mm version. This lowers to a day and a half with the 42mm case. As before, a wireless charging dock connects to the underside of the watch when the time comes to plug it in.
The Moto 360 will be available from late September and can be pre-ordered now in the US. Prices will range from $299.99 to $429.99. A global rollout to North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia is coming while Moto 360 Sport availability will be announced "soon."
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