Building the first truly beautiful smartwatch takes time. One Motorola exec jokes "it's like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole". But finally the Moto 360 is ready.
Black leather and grey leather strap editions of the sexiest smartwatch so far are going on sale in the US today and coming to the UK in early October. The price? £200 (RM1039). Yes that's quite a bit more than an LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live but the £200 (RM1039) does include a bundled wireless charger and anyway, once you've clapped eyes on the 360 there's no going back to square wristwear. Local availability and pricing is yet to be disclosed.
Now, how about some specs? After months of waiting plus a couple of leaks courtesy of Best Buy, Motorola is doing the honest thing and telling us exactly what's inside.
No spec surprises
The Moto 360 looks to match up to its Samsung and LG rivals with 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM and an unspecified Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor. There's a 320mAh battery under the hood which Moto says will last a day of 'mixed use' - that's higher than the Gear Live's battery which makes it through 24 hours. There's no microUSB or magnetic charging cradle - the 360 charges via wireless charging with the dock coming as part of the bundle.
That glorious round screen is a 1.56in backlit LCD and has a decent resolution of 320x290 with a pixel density of 205ppi, almost as sharp as the Samsung Gear Live. It's covered in Gorilla Glass 3 too and the whole device is waterproof and dustproof up to IP67 certification.
On the inside you'll find an optical heart rate monitor which tracks your BPM throughout the day and on command with a built-in pedometer for step counting. As with the other Android Wear watches we've seen, it's compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher with Bluetooth 4.0 LE taking care of the connection.
Now for some vital stats. It's reasonably chunky at 11.5mm high with a diameter of 46mm - in other words, it takes up the same amount of wrist space as a regular watch. The leather band model weighs in at a light 49g with no weight confirmed yet for the stainless steel edition.
Still wavering? Our full review of the Moto 360 is winging its way to Stuff.tv very soon. For now, read our hands on first impressions with photos of both leather and steel straps.