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We owe many thanks to Best Buy for outing the details of several products a bit before their time. It seems the retailer is at it again with a posting of the Moto 360, including a price and most of the product specs. At some time in the near future, $250 will be all that stands in the way of picking up Motorola's brand new wearable. Unfortunately, it's just listed as "Coming Soon" without any release date. We'll probably have to wait for September 4th to find out when we can pick up one of our own.

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As far as the tech specs, most of them aren't particularly surprising, and many of them were already known. That's not to say there aren't a couple of interesting details. To begin with, the CPU is only described as a "Texas Instruments Processor" without any mention of model number or clock speed. This does seem a little suspicious since TI announced nearly 2 years ago that it would stop producing processors for smartphones and tablets. Of course, a smartwatch doesn't count as either of those devices, so this may explain where the manufacturer has turned to since giving up on larger and more powerful hardware.

Additionally, the specs indicate that the Moto 360 will be equipped with "Wireless N" compatibility. This looks a little odd since no other Android Wear smartwatch currently features Wi-Fi connectivity, and it's not entirely clear how useful it would be. Best Buy product descriptions occasionally include errors, so it remains possible that this isn't entirely accurate.

Here are the pertinent specs as they are currently listed by Best Buy:

  • Physical dimensions: 1.8" x 1.8" x 0.4"
  • Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Case: Stainless steal w/ plastic back
  • Band: Horween leather band with metal latch
  • Processor: "Texas Instruments"
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Display: 1.5" diagonal LCD, 320 x 290
  • Sensors
    • Pedometer
    • Heart rate
    • Ambient light
  • Connectivity
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • 802.11n
  • Waterproof to 3.3ft

If you've been looking forward to picking up the first fashionable Android Wear wristwatch, this should be enough to keep you on the edge of your seat until it's available. Sit tight!

Update: It looks like Best Buy caught on to the mistake and took down the pages. Here are some screenshots of the overview and tech specs. (Sorry, I screwed up on the overview page screenshot, so there's a small break in the image.)

Source: Best Buy [mobile link] (links are dead, check out the screenshots linked above.)

Thanks, Richard Colón

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • Alexandre Leites

    Ambient light sensor = I'm in.

  • jj14x

    Aaaaaand the link is gone now...

    • Gerjannn

      Still available for me ;)

      • Kevin Guinn

        It's gone for me now too :(

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          Yup, looks like Best Buy caught on. I made some screenshots while the page was live, and they're linked above.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Sometimes, Best Buy sucks showing links on mobile. But on the desktop site, they work just fine.

      • jj14x

        That is so strange. I just tried on my desktop and get a
        "We're sorry
        We couldn’t find what you’re looking for." message

  • Gerjannn

    That's a nice price. Hope the price in Europe will be a little cheaper, but I'd agree with €250,- aswell :)

    • Adrien Assadian

      Got the G watch at 199 from the playstore in France, when it was way more in the US. Let's hope it's not the other way around for the 360 ;)

  • z0phi3l

    Dangit, now I really have to try and not buy one this holiday season

  • anmolm97

    Price is set, design is set, battery is set, wireless charging is set, money is set... Bring it on!!

    • NexusPhan

      I just really hope that display is a little better than the other two wear devices. I also hope it's OLED and not LCD as Best Buy lists. Size is perfect (as I've thought from the start as its a standard 46mm watch), I don't mind charging every day. I fully trust Moto's engineers and will be buying it within the first 5 minutes regardless.

      • AmbientCloud

        One possible reason they might go with LCD is that it's more visible in direct sunlight. OLED, however, as we all know, is much easier on the battery. Time will tell.

        • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

          OLED as I understand it requires the watch to do the screen shift every minute in order to prevent screen burn, LCD does not require this. It's possible - with the screen being round, Motorola don't want to lose any screen space by having to make the watchface smaller than the screen so that Wear can shift the screen around in dim mode. Shifting a square screen is easy enough - but still noticeable enough that every few days there is another post on reddit from people complaining about the screen moving. The LG watch as far as I am aware - does not shift the screen in dimmed mode.

    • RiTCHiE

      Hahaha, Can i get a Amen on that? Cant wait to get my hands on 1!!!

    • me me

      Well the price is set at what people will pay. And apparently you all want to buy it looking at the comments, so the price is $250 because that's what you will pay for it, not that its $250 because it has all these electronics wizzbang features to drive its cost.

  • psy spy

    The pricing is good. Though 200$ would have been perfect for me. #takemymoney

  • Brad Meyer

    This was the expected price. Take my money!

  • Ben Said

    I could go along with $250....Although it would probably cost €500 when it crosses the pond.

    • RiTCHiE

      or 249 euro's

  • Tony Byatt

    HOLY S***!

    Ladies and Gentlemen...We have a winner...

  • chris125

    TI processor, wonder if it will end up like the galaxy nexus with support not lasting that long
    And why does the middle pic look like it's half silver/half black? The outer ring?

    • Nathan Walters

      It's probably just the way that the chamfered edge was rendered with some simulated light sources.

    • someone755

      GNex didn't last that long?
      I've seen at least one stable 4.4 ROM for it. If you're talking about support from Google, iirc, the GNex did get an update (4.3) even after the support period should've ended.

      • noone

        Those roms are using a very old kernel, old drivers, and work arounds for all graphic problems from having to use those old drivers.

        • someone755

          Old driver? I thought it used the 3.4.x Linux one (still used in a lot of devices, even the grouper!).
          That said, most of Sammy's low-end phones I've seen don't use anything over 3.0.x.

          • Martial Clausse

            Drivers, not kernel.
            The drivers are specialized modules for the kernel, to allow communications with the hardware*.
            When Texas Instrument stopped supporting the hardware (that means no more driver updates) it basically meant that the GNex would never have drivers compatible with the latest Android versions.
            All the GNex roms that run under 4.4.x are using the old drivers, with a lot of workaround and hacks to make it work.

            * : for the sake of brevity, I kept things relatively simple, it is not 100% accurate.

          • MWisBest

            I was the first to get KitKat going on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and still actively work on a KitKat ROM to this day, and I can tell you that there really aren't that many workarounds for it. Some of those workarounds are required for other devices as well, not just the Galaxy Nexus. However, Android L might bring even more issues....
            There's work being done to try and get an updated GPU driver going, however right now it's breaking the cameras and hardware video decoding (aka Ducati). There's even a 3.4 kernel that has made some progress too!

          • someone755

            Sorry, derped up there (though in my defense, I did just wake up after a 13 hour car drive :P).
            The question is though, when did TI drop the support? If it was after 4.2, you could kinda let that slip.
            Though Qualcomm have their own shit when it comes to drivers and updates. Prime example is the 8260/8660 board in the early 2012 Xperia line. Sony way promised at least 18-month support but barely got a year. Android 4.1 on that line was a mashup of hacks which, in majority, continue to live in 4.4 builds.
            But nobody remembers that for some reason.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    "Wi-Fi Compatibility: Wireless N"

    WHAT? That would be so sick. Wonder if it's a mistake. Probably is.

    • sivkai

      Why? Genuine question, is wireless N receiver hard to fit? Personally I'd be more impressed with AC, but I can't see what the use would be :p

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Because none of the other watches have it, and this is the first time we're hearing about it.

        • sivkai

          Wasn't aware of that. Thanks

      • Dhaiwat

        My guess would be for larger data transfers Wi-Fi Direct could be used instead? Maybe system updates can be downloaded straight via Wi-Fi instead of using bluetooth which could drain the phones battery (I don't own a Wear device yet as I'm waiting for the 360, so please note i said "could"). Would be great if someone can confirm that. Initial setup would be faster too I'd imagine.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I think he's asking why I think it's a mistake rather than why we need one. I may be wrong.

          • Dhaiwat

            Does it drain battery when installing apps via bluetooth? Or during the recent system updates? Or even during initial setup. I feel like it would strain a bit more juice, but I could be completely wrong as Bluetooth is more power efficient as of 4.0 and up.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            So far, the system updates have been really small, as are the "micro" apks that are installed with an application. Given that they all use Bluetooth 4.0, data transfers can actually be done with reasonably high speed.

            While I can't say this with any expert knowledge, I'm pretty sure that the energy cost of firing up Wi-Fi direct just to move a few MBs would be higher than taking a few extra seconds to push it over Bluetooth. If the transfers were going to be larger (roughly 15MB and above), then it might make more sense.

          • Dhaiwat

            Thanks for the clarification, those were my thoughts as well, but I wasn't aware of how large the files were. But yes that was my point as it could be used for larger files. Just a thought, might sound stupid but maybe its used only when it's in the charging cradle for system updates should they be larger or anything else that Motorola might have cooked up in terms of software features (apps of there own, as Google has limited to what the OEM can do with Android Wear).

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            I would be excited to see that Motorola came up with something exciting to add in that could use Wi-Fi. Still, I suspect it's just a mistake; but I'm eagerly awaiting the official announcement in the event that there actually is a huge new feature.

          • atg284

            I agree. I wouldn't treat all the information to be 100% true. Back when I was waaay over the top researching the upcoming Asus Transformer tablet and HP's slate book Best Buy had incorrect information on both of them before they launched. Like processor and other specs.

    • idlukakas

      /sub

    • NF

      I imagine it'll be for future compatibility, not right now. At I/O the Android team expressed a desire for more Wi-Fi direct stuff. The platform will likely be updated to support faster stuff as an API becomes more defined.

      It may also support Wi-Fi when you're in a hotspot instead of just relying on a phone to act as a bridge and create latency, just like Glass.

    • thelionk

      Doesn't the spec for Bluetooth 4.0 if you want high speed requires Wifi N. I think that's the case, according to wiki: Bluetooth high speed is based on Wi-Fi

    • JG

      WiFi has a larger range than Bluethooth doesn't it? Maybe the watch can trade off between BT and WiFi for pairing.

      Like if you get up in the morning. You could leave your phone on the night stand while you head out to the kitchen to start your morning tea, go to the bathroom, etc...

      If you get too far from the phone, the connection switches to WiFi until you get back to the bedroom to get dressed and toss your phone into your pocket to go to work.

      • atg284

        That is the best case for it (if it truly has it) that I have read so far.

      • Duncan_J

        What do you mean leave my phone on my night stand.

        I though you died if you got more then 3 meters (9 feet from memory) from you phone :)

        • JG

          lol, true... But I've found you can go short periods before withdrawal symptoms start to manifest...

          Especially in "emergency" situations... I've came home a few times with a near dead battery... I'll plug it in so it lasts the rest of the day/evening. Then I might randomly head into the living room to watch some TV or the kitchen to get some food while my baby sucks up all the electricity she can..

          It could be nice to have an alert when a new text or call come if I get out of ear shot.

    • someone755

      What extra thing would you get from N? I get that it's superfast, but what would you be downloading on a smartwatch?
      P0rn at that resolution doesn't need the extra speed, Artem.

      • NexusPhan

        Pair the watch over WiFi instead of bluetooth. Crazy good range and faster speeds and better battery life (?). Would be amazing if true. Could be a game changer. I hate Bluetooth. I put up with it all the time because there is no viable other option.

        • RiTCHiE

          BS This is connected to BT 4.0 low energy devices.

          • NexusPhan

            Prove it.

          • someone755

            WiFi, as far to my knowledge, requires much more power than Bluetooth, but at the same time, the transfer speeds are much higher.

            There is a file size limit at which switching from BT to WiFi (or vice versa) could make a considerable difference in battery life.
            So it all really depends on the file size, if I got this right (found a similar explanation in the comments here, can't find it anymore).

          • NexusPhan

            Sounds reasonable. My point was only that we really have no idea why moto included a WiFi chip (if they actually did). I'm purely speculating. Why not a low powered WiFi receiver? Qualcomm was experimenting with ultra low powered WiFi receivers for home automation purposes. I can't wait to find out because right now I see zero reason to include a WiFi chip. Best buy probably just messed up the listing.

          • someone755

            The thing Qualcomm was, as you say, experimenting with, was it ever used in a product? And if so, how?
            Pulling all that power back has to have an impact on performance, be it transfer speed or the range (or both).
            It's also possible Moto did something very special with Qualcomm (like last year's X8) to somehow make things work...

          • NexusPhan

            I honestly have no clue. Just remember seeing it a year ago. Here's what Google turned up. Looks really promising.
            http://www.qca.qualcomm.com/ioe/low-power-wi-fi/
            "Multiple years on a small battery" Now that's amazingly low powered WiFi.

        • Tassadar

          WiFi is usually uses more power, especially since BT 4.0. That range and higher speeds don't come for free.

    • Duncan_J

      Imagine the Moto x+1, or X2 or Moto S Android Platinum, what ever its going to be called supporting WiFi direct. Not sure this brings any real advantage over bluetooth LE as Im not sure the extra speed (for image transfer???) would be worth the battery trade off on a notification centric device)

    • Caleb

      Probably something to do with the upcoming Bluetooth 4.1 spec which includes a 802.11n Protocol Adaptation Layer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth#Bluetooth_v4.1

    • Kenton Douglas

      Nope. The MotoActv had Wifi (and a TI SoC) ... they've re-purposed that development work.

    • JG

      Another possibility is Moto added WiFi for people who don't have an Android 4.3+ phone. Instead of having to be paired with a phone the watch uses it's own WiFi connection to contact Google and display Now cards. If you're outside of a WiFi network it just shows the time or could run apps you've installed directly on the watch.

      Though being banned from adding skins & other tweaks to the OS, I don't know if Moto could do that... Unless they decided to just future proof the watch and add a WiFi radio (maybe it's part of the SoC?) just in case Google adds that feature to Wear 1.1.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

        The 4.3 requirement exists for two reasons. The first is Bluetooth 4.0 support, and the second is for access to Notifications. Even if wifi were a solution for devices without bluetooth or being out of range, which is doubtful, it wouldn't solve the lack of notification access.

        • JG

          yeah, I know my idea of using a smartwatch without a phone is probably never going to happen (not without a lot of serious tweaking to the OS anyway). It was just a wild idea that popped into my head. It would be fairly useless to - limited to only what could be installed fully on the watch itself (and most apps are just companion apps requiring what is installed on the phone to fully work). And would be limited to local only functions (flappy droid, calculator, etc) when no wifi is present - which depending on where you are (cough middle of no where /cough) could be most all the time.

          But would it be all that impossible for the watch and phone to talk via a shared wifi network if something happened to the bluetooth pairing (devices go out of range, etc)? The only thing that would change would be rather than talking through the bluetooth radio, the exchanges would go through the wifi radio until the BT connection could be re-established. It wouldn't change the 4.3 notification API requirement, it'd just change how the data reaches the watch. Then I could leave the phone charging in my bedroom and go out back to relax by the pool, outside of BT range, but still get to see when someone texts or calls, and be able to respond.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            I'm not sure if it's supported by the software yet, but the idea is plausible. It just seems like a pretty serious power drain for a situation that probably won't come around that often.

  • AK

    I am praying this release is not US only like the Moto X was initially if I remember correctly...

    • sivkai

      Given the hype Google has put behind the Moto 360 (compared to the X), I think it's very likely we will see an international release. BUT non-US markets are likely to get it on a later date.

      • NF

        It'll depend on what Motorola wants. The X depended on local factories and shipping, the 360 doesn't have the same design needs as they're all the same. International release is likely.

    • Andre

      It's been on handtec (uk) for quite some time now.

      http://www.handtec.co.uk/motorola-moto-360-leather-strap.html

  • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

    TI? is that what the other watches are using? I thought IT left the business?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The other watches are using Qualcomm - Snapdragon 400.

      • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

        Thanks Artem. No doubt they are, I should've specified that they had announced they would leave the smartphone business. When TI made the announcement, they also stated they would focus on embedded processors, like the ones you linked to. I think perhaps there is a story here then? If LG and Samsung went with Qualcomm (whether due to pre-existing relationships or the ease of running Android Wear on it) and Motorola truly went with TI, Motorola must have had a good reason? TI's embedded line likely is lower powered than even the Snapdragon 400 series, though with a correlative lack of power as well. But maybe Wear doesn't need that much horsepower to run good enough? Could this, combined with the somewhat thicker design of the 360, be the reason why the purported battery life is on the matter of days and not hours (or 1 day) like the other watches?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I'm really not sure which processor would be suitable for a watch. There's definitely a story here, but once we find out for sure what proc it ships with.

          • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

            Excellent point. :-)

          • MWisBest

            I've touched on that a bit here: http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/08/17/moto-360-shows-up-at-best-buy-with-full-specs-and-250-price-tag-listed-as-coming-soon/#comment-1546916663
            The DSPs don't seem suitable for this.
            The OMAP SoCs are excessive and will draw much more power, not to mention they aren't supported much anymore.
            The TI Cortex-R and Cortex-M CPUs aren't fast enough for Wear, it is at best 220MHz and has a limited instruction set, among other things.
            The "Keystone" Cortex-A15 chips are WAY too powerful and would require a boatload of juice to run.
            That leaves the Sitara Cortex-A9s (AM437X).

            Of course it's still possible that it isn't a TI chip at all, we can't be certain it is yet.

          • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

            Sorry I thought I replied to this: Thanks Artem, you're absolutely right, we need confirmed specs. Looking forward to AP's thoughts once that happens.

  • Kevin Guinn

    (Currently selling gwatch in anticipation) $250 is the perfect price. I'm in.

  • remister

    BB let me pre-order this now.

  • raunak chopra

    Internal Memory512MB Memory that is built into a digital camera for storing images. ??

    • Fatty Bunter

      512MB RAM, not memory.

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

    $250?! Damn. I'm in.

  • http://youtube.com/user/shem2409 Przemyslaw Orawiec

    Damn that's cheap. Why is there no information about the capacity of built-in battery? Please don't tell me that this is going to be Moto 360's weak spot... That was meant to be THE Android watch to buy

    • Jdban

      Because the capacity value doesn't mean much without a lot to compare it to. Its just going to seem low compared to phones and be offputting to customers

      • http://youtube.com/user/shem2409 Przemyslaw Orawiec

        We know the capacity of LG G Watch (400 mAh) and Samsung Gear Live (300mAh but Amoled screen) and how they barely make it through a full day of use. I would be hoping for at least 550 in Moto 360.... In reality it coule be a lot harder to fit a bigger battery into a round watch.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          I still can't explain why some people are having trouble making it through a single day on the G Watch unless they are either issuing voice commands very frequently, or they aren't fully charging it before putting it on. The only time I've ever had less than 36 hours on mine was when I was debugging a custom app over a Bluetooth connection for several hours.

    • TY

      Just ignore the battery capacity. The leak before said that for him, the G Watch lasts for a day, while the Moto 360 lasts for 2.5 days.

      • http://youtube.com/user/shem2409 Przemyslaw Orawiec

        Leaks are just leaks. I hope this is true :-)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      I wouldn't be too worried about the lack of a battery size. A lot of Best Buy listings are missing that detail until fairly the product is launched.

      • http://youtube.com/user/shem2409 Przemyslaw Orawiec

        Time will show. I do hope that we will be able to get at least 2 days of normal to heavy use from Moto 360.

  • Andrew

    Enough said - take my money!

  • Jane Seymour

    I'll wait for the Gear Solo.

  • nikolas

    And not a word on battery....? I think its fake.

    • NF

      What part is fake? It's certainly listed on best buy.

      • nikolas

        Bad choice of words. I mean i think its like a placeholder for the actual product. Dont get me wrong, I hope its real. I just think its too good to be true. At least the price.

        • Fatty Bunter

          Best Buy would not have forged specs, but they would have left out details such as how many mAh the battery is.

  • NF

    Since the spring, I've wanted to get a watch because it's actually rather hard to get my tablet from my bag while walking between classes.

    I've been eyeing the 360 for its nice design and I've been waiting for more details to see if it's something I should get.

    The contest showed $350, which honestly seemed a bit too much. The other watches don't seem much worse (hardware wise), and I could get a great plain watch for a few hundred.

    $250 isn't that bad. It's a little more expensive than my N7, but that seems like a great price.

    Also, with some reviews of the buggy Android Wear software, Motorola may have delayed release until the software had time to improve. That way the flagship watch gets good reviews all around.

    • redthunda69

      Wrong. The contest showed $250.

      • NF

        I certainly feel remiss.

  • MeCampbell30

    LCD . . . not so sure about that.

  • Simon Belmont

    Interesting that's it's a TI processor (probably some sort of OMAP4 or OMAP5). I thought they were only working on embedded automotive solutions with their SoCs now.

    For the price, it sounds pretty good. I was expecting $300-$350, but I can see Motorola wants it to be budget friendly, and $250 seems very reasonable to me.

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  • Brendan

    Also cool to note that it says water PROOF, not water resistant. Hoping that's not a mistake.

    • NexusPhan

      It's a mistake. When the back was leaked, it said IP67 water resistant. Sorry...

      • Brendan

        Oh right, forgot about that! Darn it!

  • someone755

    "Case: Stainless steal w/ plastic back"
    Huh. I sure do wonder what the features of a steal case are.

  • James

    Will they come out with a pocketwatch version? That's the REAL question here. I wanna party like it's the 1800s without giving up my technological addiction.

    • jellyfish

      I would seriously get in on that.

      • Tony

        Lol. Would you guys keep it in your pocket next to your smart phone? :P

        • jellyfish

          Hehe yea!

      • James

        I was being completely serious about that. haha The watch cover could be like HTC's dot view. That'd kick some serious Victorian ass.

        • jellyfish

          So we'll get to work on the kickstarter campaign then, yea?

          • James

            Oh, man. We really should. You get started on that and I'll collect creative royalties if it goes anywhere. But you know I'll be the first to invest, because I really, really want it now.

  • shamatuu

    249 is asking way too much but it will still sell a bunch .Personally i just can't justify it for a smartwatch in general that doesn't have a killer app and features. I still think we are still a long way to becoming the number one thing. Same way for for flying cars. I don't think we have the technology and right resources for smartwatches to become the norm. The future watches will look so much better compare to this year. it looks ok

    • WestIndiesKING

      You are crazy but entitled to your opinion. I am looking forward to this thing and the price point is prefect. a good standard watch cost 150 dollars and we arent talking about anything great here. This is smart watch and its 250. My only issues is the battery life. I would like my smart watch to last a week on a single charge but batteries arent there yet.

      As far as features go, i wanted a nice looking accessory that i can use for quick notifications with out pulling my phone out, the ability to change and view music while working out and a heart rate monitor. This has all of that which to me is fits my needs perfectly. First smart watch i will buy and looking forward to the next gen ones to come.

      • AbbyZFresh

        It won't be selling in good numbers since it's close to the iPhone and Note 4 launch.

        • mark

          How would sales be affected by completely different product types from completely different companies? "Yeah, I was going to buy this new car, but decided not to because Apple have brought out another expensive feature phone". If you mean media coverage, the Moto 360 seems to be getting plenty.

  • MWisBest

    I'm betting on it being a TI AM437X, probably either an AM4376 or AM4378.
    Single core Cortex-A9, either 800MHz or 1000MHz max clock speed. The AM4378 would have a PowerVR SGX GPU, the AM4376 would not, and not having the GPU would probably reduce power usage and I doubt it's really necessary to have it. All the AM437s support DDR3L RAM, which would bring down the power draw even further. The AM437X also seems to still have development work going on for it and is far from dead or anything.

  • atc-tech

    The one thing I really want to know is can you switch out the bands?

    • NexusPhan

      Yes.

  • sam

    Best Buy link seems to be taken down :(

    • Christopher Huey

      Just noticed that too. Hey but we got the price hehe! oh and the specs!

  • http://www.facebook.com/danieltye88 Tungmeister

    Where's the metal strap option?

    • Ian Fay

      It's a standard watch band, AIR. You can get one at any normal watch place.

  • Duncan_J

    Hmmm. My Citizen eco-drive is on 37 mm and this bad boy is 45.7mm.
    Im still gonna get it (especially at that price) but i wonder how long it will last. My watch is the "perfect" size for me, can I move my perception of perfect?

  • Raphael Duran

    I think they should also make a budget one, I don't think US$250 is expensive, is just that the Moto E is half the price and can do more things because is a cellphone

    • AbbyZFresh

      Why? That would devalue the Moto 360 brand name. It's supposed to be synonymous with premium build.

      Remember when Apple tried to do the same strategy with the 5C? Didn't work quite out.

      • andy_o

        The iPhone 5c is terribly expensive. It was never a cheap option.

  • Manisha

    don't want to be stupid, but what's the actual purpose of this watch..? means what are the functions it can perform besides showing the time..

    • Sorian

      It's best to classify it as a companion device, when you get a notification on your linked phone, the wear will display the notification as well. Outside of specific actions that require direct use of your phone (having a phone conversation, taking pictures, etc.) the wear should be able to handle most of it.

  • Johnny Bravo

    Dang it ill be out of the country by a couple days when this is released. i wont be back for a year or two either.

  • Kenton Douglas

    Clever by Moto. They've taken the TI SoC, Wifi capability, etc directly from the MotoActv R&D and replaced their custom Kernal with a standard Andriod (Wear) one.

    • Kenton Douglas

      ... and also added the voice recognition capabilities from the Moto X

  • me me

    Has anyone worked out the manufacturing cost? LCD, 320 x 290, 512MB RAM, some ROM, BT, 802.11n and lickle battery in a small case? It's what $50 to make it?

    • Kenton Douglas

      what's your point? should they then be selling it for $51?

  • http://blog.sudhirkhanger.com/ Sudhir Khanger

    Is that Waterproof upto 3.3ft good enough for you adventureres, swimmers and folks who live in heavy rainfall areas?

    • Sorian

      That sounds like the normal waterproof as a normal watch.
      Should survive rain and handwashing, maybe an "accidental" push into a pool, but don't dive in.

      • http://sudhirkhanger.com/ Sudhir Khanger

        Well as long as it is good for pool parties I am fine with it.

  • jellyfish

    Will any android wear device ever have a camera? I use the camera on my Gear watch more than anything else.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      tl;dr - Probably ;)

      As far as I've been able to tell, there's no technical reason that can't happen. Just remember that Android Wear is still just Android underneath. The launcher and settings apps have been replaced with watch-friendly versions, as have a few other things, but the OS is largely the same. If an OEM decides that a camera is worth adding, it's not very different than putting that hardware into any other device. The single biggest difference is that there's no sample app / starting point for a small screen camera, which means the OEM would have to create it themselves and experiment with how it should be done.

      This is true of any kind of hardware, not just cameras. If it can be put on a phone, it can be put on a watch. Size constraints and the marketability of certain features will surely keep most watches fairly limited in function, but it would be crazy to assume there won't be more stuff coming.

      In fact, I anticipate a lot of experimentation with new features, starting in the 2nd generation of devices. We've only seen 2 watches in the wild, and both were clearly rushed. Now we're looking forward to a 3rd that is slightly more mature and includes a light sensor, wireless charging, and maybe Wi-Fi. Frankly, I'd be surprised if the average Wear devices aren't shipping with NFC next year. I'm also expecting some models (not all) to feature speakers, cameras, separate LED lights, and maybe even something a little crazier like fingerprint reader.

  • Jimmy Rocket

    Aha...
    Display: 1.5" diagonal LCD, 320 x 290

  • http://tommydaniel.com Tommy Thompson

    Screen size is off isn't it? Unless there are different models, the pictures that showed it compared to the G-Watch show a screen larger than 1.5"..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Keep in mind, rectangular screens are measured by the distance between opposing corners. In this case, the same measurement is made, but the distance is the same between any two opposing points. So, the screen is larger than the LG G Watch, but it's because the edges of the circle extend beyond the shorter opposing points.

      I know that's an over-complicated explanation, but just think of keeping the corners of the G Watch the same, but round out the edges into a circle.

  • Snatr

    As far as the wireless n goes, if it does have it I think it might be for direct control of wifi devices from internal apps. Don't the nest products operate over wifi?