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Mar
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Lurking on Motorola's Moto 360 product page was an image you weren't meant to see. Hidden from view, was a promo graphic showing the selection of watch bands. It was later removed from the page completely. Only metal and a light brown leather band were announced last week, but this image shows seven leather straps.

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It looks like the image was not ready for public consumption – there's a snippet of Lorem Ipsum above the title. We can't make out many details of the watch bands, but there appear to be a number of leather colors, from light tan to green.

Presumably Motorola will use this graphic, or some version of it, when the color options are finalized. Whatever the final count is, it looks like we'll have more than the two options.

[Thanks, Kanishk]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Dairox

    The images has been in their website since the beginning, along with one with a metal body more brighter than the oficial.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    "Accidentally" Sure...

    • Julio M

      Oops, I pressed enter.

      • remister

        CTRL-Z

  • djakdekiel

    Want it

  • navjot

    This is going to be my next big tech purchase. I just hope they get the price right - maybe Google will push for a lower price so that Android wear catches on.

    • Silas

      I don't really care about the price, I WANT IT...NOW! lol

      • hp420

        Stupid comments like this are just going to put the idea in Motorola's head that it's ok to charge more money. Either shut up about price or lie and say it's not worth more than $200 lol

        • Silas

          Not a stupid comment hp, maybe you need to start thinking of ways to put more zeros in your bank account, then you wouldn't have to worry about prices.

        • Silas

          Then again, based on your name, maybe you spend your money smoking 420 and then complain when other things are expensive. Clear the fog and get your priorities right...that's if you have enough active brain cells left to do so.

        • Adi

          But it is ok for them to charge more money because people are willing to pay that much...

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      I agree, I don't think I'm going to be able to hold out on this one.

    • ddpacino

      That's what the seemingly cheaper G watch is for.

  • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

    • Karlo

      Money?
      No!Take my life!

      • Gaurav Arora

        Life?
        No! Take my virginity!

        EDIT: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY VIRGINITY!

        • TylerChappell

          Oh, hello there. =]

    • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

      SHUT UP AND TAKE MY SON!

      (ps...still single with no kid)

  • Asgard

    I just read the title and I thought it meant 7 LTE bands, and I was thinking: "The watch will work by itself without a phone?" Then I realized that it was about just physical bands

  • hp420

    I hope one of the bands costs -$150 so I can afford this thing!! I have a sinking feeling this damn thing is gonna cost a small fortune. The buzz going around the web is just driving the MSRP higher, I think. With all these people saying they'd be willing to pay $400+ they are just giving the Motorola execs who decide the price on this sort of thing the freedom to charge that much. If I were in a position to make the price, and I initially thought $250 would be good, after reading thousands of comments from people saying "I'd pay $500 for that" I'd definitely be considering a price tag hike prior to release.

    • rogue3

      I very much agree. I love the design aesthetic of this watch but the hype is making me believe I'll never be able to afford it. If they had one in the $100-150 range that would be nice, but I'm guessing this'll be over $300. They need an affordable version of this if they really want it to take off. Affordability is what helped Android in its early days gain acceptance over iPhone.

    • Pramith Fonseka

      $150 seems a bit true good to be true. I think it would be around $300. The pebble steel being $250 and a more premium looking device, this would be a bit over that. This is all speculation of course. I'm guessing the LG smartwatch might be cheaper. Possibly around the price you mentioned.

      • ddpacino

        They can live at $250, and knock Steel and Gear/Galaxy Gear purchases completely out the Window. They do much more at the same or cheaper prices. That's how to come in and steal an entire market. Thinking G Watch hits at $99-$199.

    • Stylus_XL

      Considering the unorthodox screen shape and its seemingly high resolution, I'd be shocked if they could price it at less than $300. I'd guess $400-$500.

    • Jesslyn Hendrix

      I am the happy owner of a Note 3 and Nexus 7. What I've seen of the watch has made me drool.

      But no way on earth am I crazy (or rich) enough to pay over $300, much less $400 or $500 for--not a watch--but an electronic device that will be either nonfunctional or obsolete in a couple of years.

      Maybe its me, but I only have one personal electronic device that's still relevant and over 2 years old.

    • blix247

      When compared to the Samsung Gear, its hard not to say that this thing should be priced way higher. A higher price will obviously push it out of the reach of some people, but that has never bothered Apple and it shouldn't bother Motorola either.

    • Anfronie

      Anything above $300 and they start pricing themselves out of the market IMO

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      A big company like Motorola isn't going to price their product based on a few forum posts and blog comments. They use objective approaches like market research to determine pricing, precisely because of what you're describing. If they saw these posts and hiked the price up they know they'd automatically be losing a LOT of sales.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Motorola's a big company? With only 3200 employees?

        There's a good reason why they couldn't release their products fast enough to Europe and the rest of the world until recently. They can't afford enough distribution networks to deliver more products. That's where Lenovo comes in.

        • ddpacino

          I Pray to GOD they don't do Motorola like HP did Palm.

    • samantha89

      Not trying to be a dck but I'd much rather they put $400 worth of hardware, materials and design into it and sell for $500 than have them put $100 worth of the same and sell for $200.

      There are already relatively cheap smart watches out there. They suck. Its time for a quality, stylish and powerful option. Even if its too expensive for everyone it will still drive innovation in the less expensive segments and lead the market as whole towards better products.

      • Ian Santopietro

        Lamborghini doesn't drive innovation in the family hatchback segment.

      • ddpacino

        ALL OF THIS. Keep the high end, and let the G watch be the entry-level, cheap developer's watch anyone can get their hands on to test run the platform. You want high quality.. pay for it.

    • dcdttu

      With Google pulling the strings, Moto has been focusing on delivering amazing tech at an affordable price (Moto X and Moto G). Hopefully this watch is along those same lines, and hopefully Lenovo continues that trend.

      • Ian Santopietro

        Erm, Google no longer pulls any strings with Motorola.

        • tward

          That's why they said hopefully Lenovo continues that trend. Go play some more mortal kombat

        • Benjamen Meiers

          Pretty sure Google still owns Motorola. At least for a few more weeks/months.

  • whispy_snippet

    It really does look like a stunning device. If it can match functionality to its trailblazing design this really could be my first smart watch. High hopes. And it's interesting to think that Google would've known all about this project but was still willing to sell Motorola to Lenovo. Someone is going to laugh last from this - but who?

  • MeCampbell30

    Accidently on purpose.

  • frafri

    shut up and take the world !!!

  • Ben Said

    FUCK FUCK FUCK. The Verge is right, there is a small piece at the bottom that's just black and not part of the display!

    • ddpacino

      See that and could care less. My guess, like Josh's or Dieter's, is that it's a proximity/light sensor. I rather have it like this than a big ass bezel all around the screen just to house those.

  • Paul M

    I hope that after one year to eighteen months you can send in your smartwatch and they will gut it and replace the innards with something newer, so your original costs in buying the body and straps and chargers etc can have a decent life expectancy.

    My Seiko Kinetic is on its third movement, the body + back and strap are original.

    • gadgety

      I'm glad to someone else thinks this way, but I still believe that is unlikely to happen because the marginal cost of production of the body is going to be low. The cost is in the engineering development and in the sourcing. However, the price premium Moto can charge is in the body, mainly the roundish screen and rumored sapphire glass. So how would they price the innards? What is the labor cost of replacing them? What would be the distribution channel? In addition the unit is likely to be sealed, and tightly packed so there's a risk that the electronics would get replaced but the watch still wouldn't function. Once the battery doesn't charge anymore this smartwatch is gone. I may be wrong, of course because it could be argued that replaceable electronics would raise the premium they could charge in the first place.

      I've got a Polar watch which was next to the top of the line when I got it. They replaced the case and glass (it's one sealed unit) to ensure the push button seals would still work when swimming. This watch had seen 11 years of use, the glass was scratched. They didn't replace the electronics, with all the personal data, settings etc. Replacement cost was $70. Polar's maintain they sell wrist computers, not fashion statements.

      It's also a question of brand philosophy. Owners of the $250 MotoACTV were abandoned within a year of launch or so... The forum closed. Moto had also shown a very impressive wireless headset that was to be bundled or at least sold as an accessory to the MotoACTV. It never materialized. I don't think it's in their DNA. Again I may be mistaken because there's the Ara project.

  • matthewcantrell

    The price is $549 according to the financing options at the bottom of the mobile page. Does that change anyone's opinion?

  • Griff

    Will the we be able to put standard bands on as well?

    • Griff

      EDIT: Will we be able to put standard bands on as well?

  • banana

    I see some 9gaggers here..