Moto 360 rumored to come with an OLED display and wireless charging

by: Robert TriggsMarch 21, 2014


Motorola has been rather forthcoming with details about its new Moto 360 smartwatch. We already know about the device’s splash resistance, the orientation free design for southpaws, and Android 4.3 compatibility requirements. Now, an unspecified source as divulged a few more details about the device.

Speaking with G for Gamers, an unnamed leaker, who supposedly has a “flawless track record when it comes down to Motorola”, said that the Moto 360 will come with an OLED display, Sapphire Glass to protect the display from damage, as well as magnetic induction wireless charging.

We hadn’t heard anything about the 360’s display up until this point, but considering that Motorola highlighted battery life as key concern, an OLED displays makes a lot of sense. The display can dim and turn off individual pixels which helps save on energy consumption, compared with LCD where the backlight is always on. The choice of a Sapphire Glass protective layer is an interesting one, as other smartwatch developers have so far opted for the same Gorilla Glass screens used to protect their smartphone displays. However, Sapphire is a material often used in premium watch products, another reason why the Moto 360 might stand out above the rest.

Magnetic induction charging isn’t exactly a shocker either, Motorola already has some smartphone experience with the Qi induction charging standard. We’d already speculated that the Moto 360 would use some form of wireless charging due to the absence of a USB port, after all, what else could it possibly be?

I can’t help by wonder what impact all these components will have on the Moto 360’s price tag, as there’s a lot of high-end tech going into the device. If it turns out that the Moto 360 is priced right at the top of the market, would you be prepared to a pay a little more for a really high-end smartwatch?

  • Dylan Azari

    I really want the Gear 2 but looks like the Moto 360 is an awesome watch. If the price is right I’ll grab one right away but if Samsung can create another competitor. There will be some thinking to do.

    • Cao Meo

      Samsung does not know how to make premium gadgets i’m afraid.

      • Dylan Azari

        If the Moto 360 had a camera and ir blaster I would be sold. But since the Gear 2 has it, I like it better. Samsung doesn’t have to know how to make premium gadgets because they are one of the top tech companies.

        • Dylan Azari

          Oh and I forgot to mention the heart rate monitor.

        • T.J.

          I think those two things are more well suited to a phone. After all, how good of a camera can you really fit in a watch?

      • joser116

        Yeah, I tried their new line of “Pro” tablets and they are a lag fest. I still can’t believe they haven’t solved that stutter problem. On the other hand, I also tried the Moto X for the first time and wow, it is without a doubt the snappiest Android device I have ever used.

  • Jayfeather787

    Best smartwatch ever!

  • A small battery, the white Google Now interface and an OLED screen is a recipe for very small battery life

    • Shark Bait

      For when it’s a dull , black , watch great for battery life!

      • but when you factor in the fact that the Google Now/Android wear interface is white, the battery life is sure to suffer

        • Allen Dowling

          The basic Android wear experience is actually pretty dark, Android Authority found an .apk that someone compiled from the emulator to try it on android 4.4.X+ the notifications are small icons, and everything is on a black background. most of the functionality suffered however., as it wasn’t measnt to be used as such.

          • well if that’s so then it would be great, it’s just that in the demo videos, most of the functionality like weather, scores are all on a white background.

  • wonder

    if it will be solar powered i will get it. i hope it will be true since they said that there is no usb port. unlike other smart watches which force u to charge your watch every 3-4 days.

    • Rich

      Not sure if serious.

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      Dude, calm down. Don’t you want a laser beam and a kettle for your coffee on the watch as well?

      • Diskus1

        Solar watches are not hard to find today, bought my dad one this Xmas. It’s enough to never have to change the battery for decades.

  • Jermy Jerm Jerm

    The Omate Truesmart is currently the only smartwatch in existence that uses sapphire. Glad the 360 is following suit! It looks so damn good

  • Shark Bait

    In case those things went already obvious ….

  • Cao Meo

    sapphire is very obvious choice, it may increase the cost by some $10 but the value of the product will be increased a lot more as now it’s luxury item.

  • arrow2010

    The iWatch will no doubt be a flexible IPS display with the ability to do real-time blood analysis. Oh and sapphire!

    • Diskus1

      Nah, diamond glass!

  • Uncle Woja

    Watch companies have been using motion to wind watches for decades. And for over a decade, watches have been able to use motion to charge tiny batteries for quartz watches. So Moto could be using something similar. Whether or not they could make it efficient enough to generate enough power to keep this charged is another thing. However it could be used to supplement the power requirements and reduce the off-wrist charging frequency.
    As for HR monitor, IR blaster etc, this thing is clearly aimed at high end and business oriented buyers. It is not the sort of watch you would wear to the gym just like you don’t see people working out in their business suits.

  • namesib

    Nice, but the price will be unreasonable for me.

  • rogue3

    Everything I’ve seen says the 360 won’t connect to a mobile device via Bluetooth. Does this mean we’ll HAVE to get a data plan for it? I’d rather pay less & have a WiFi/Bluetooth watch that pairs with my phone.

    • Stefan

      Not really, I suppose the Android 4.3 requirement is for BLE(Bluetooth-Low-Energy), since it is only supperted after this version. Of course, the device would need appropriate hardware too, but that shouldn’t be an issue as most phones released recently should support it.

  • Dr. Steve