Moto 360 images show wireless cradle, steel build, and heart rate sensor

August 6, 2014

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New images of the Moto 360 reveal for the first time the wireless charging cradle that will ship with the smartwatch, and confirm several other details rumored in the past.

We’ve known for months that the Moto 360 will feature wireless charging (presumably of the Qi standard), but it’s the first time we see what the cradle will look like. The images below, published by Italian blogger Luca Viscardi, via AndroidWorld.it, also show the back of the device, featuring a heart rate sensor.

Wireless charging could be a big selling point for the Moto 360, considering that the pin-based method used on the Gear Live and G Watch caused problems. Some users reported that the plastic bit holding the Gear Live into its cradle broke within days of usage, while others had to deal with the corrosion of G Watch’s charging pins (though LG released a software update that should alleviate the problem.)

The images seem to confirm that the Moto 360 will feature a stainless steel build, refuting a rumor claiming it will actually be plastic.

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The back of the phone also shows the optical heart rate sensor (similar to the Gear Live’s) and confirm the device’s pedometer and IP67 water resistance rating.

The images above appear to be of a production or production-close version of the Moto 360, but if you’re looking for a better look at the device, check out our hands-on with an earlier model from Google I/O.

We expect Motorola to finally unveil the Moto 360 later this month. Like what you see?

Comments

  • Luka Mlinar

    I had enough of looking for the damn cable. Only way Motorola could make the deal sweeter is that the X+1 has wireless charging and that both devices could use the same charging station (possibly at the same time). Maybe Regina Dugan should start working on ideas like that one, you know, practical stiff. Instead of spending her time at Motorola making cartoons.

  • VNYEM

    This is the wearable that I have been waiting for.

    • jokky

      Me too, I can’t wait, i want to buy it now!!!!

    • Tek

      I agree, the Moto 360 will sell out within minutes of being released. I seriously hope the reason they are taking so long to release the unit is because they want to make sure the have enough supply to meet demand at launch!!

      • PoisonApple31

        I think they are taking so long because they have been perfecting battery life.

        • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

          Perfecting the overall user experience in general, This watch has so much hype in the Android Community Motorola/Google can not afford to botch this release. The reputation of Android Wear is riding on the 360. The world will be watching.

          • cns2007

            Unfortunately true. The community has put such high expectations on this thing, I don’t see how it could ever live up to it. I’m trying to employ the thought that this simply a higher-end alternative to the other ones available. If it does have some greater features to offer, all the better.

          • PoisonApple31

            Considering Android Wear is rather uniform across the board right now – there won’t be anything software functionality that’ll bring a better experience from one watch compared to another. Sure, the charging indicator looks nice, but its a fricken charging indicator.

          • cns2007

            Yes, exactly. I think people are expecting more than it simply being a more premium option.

          • AbbyZFresh

            Which is why Google should at least open up Android Wear to at least some custimization. Motorola would’ve implemented great ideas into Wear(just like they did with the Moto X) to make the watch appeal better. Samsung too to an extent. i don’t like this closed source Apple products but at least open things up a little bit.

          • cns2007

            Agree 100%. Some “light” customization guidelines provided by Google would have been nice.

          • PoisonApple31

            For those that haven’t used Android Wear yet and are waiting to try it on the 360 – they are going to be disappointed by its limited functionality, but perhaps inspired by what may happen down the road. I just like being an early adopter.

      • Frankie Frankel

        im gonna buy it the second its released

  • Pobrecito hablador

    It should be a charging pad that can be used among all your wireless charging enabled devices

    • morons

      It’s Qi charging morons. You can use any Qi charger you want, whether it is this or another larger one.

  • Luka Mlinar

    “back of the phone also shows” you mean device? Should correct that.

  • Mike Bastable

    Am i the only one who thinks squeezing a square OS onto a round screen looks bad?
    Also these docks all seem bad solutions to the problem of charging the watch…Android Wear needs
    more development really, it is very very 1e generation at the moment

    • Luka Mlinar

      It looks like 1st gen. stuff because it is 1st gen. stuff (all though to me this is more like 5th but what ever) :D
      There’s no stretching. These apps are made for a round display.
      Also how would you make a charger that would be more practical than the one shown here?

      • Mike Bastable

        Good questions Luka, I was not criticising really more thinking out loud…. I just think that these products are rushed to market, mainly because Apple supposedly has a smart watch in the works. We might be better served if the OEMs stop rushing things and just spend more time fine tuning the end product.
        I would probably go for kinetic charging… thus no dock.

        • cns2007

          I don’t believe there is a kinetic solution that would provide enough power to keep a smartwatch like this charged, or even extend the battery much longer.

        • Luka Mlinar

          I think you underestimate how much power is needed to run this thing vs how much is needed for a regular watch. Kinetic is not gonna cut it, not even close. The 360 is the best we can do with the technology we have wile keeping the price more or less accessible to everyone. You can always wait a few years.

  • Shark Bait

    Looks lovely, please price it nicely for me !!

  • Anonymousfella

    Wireless charging should be a standard in every smartwatch! Looks well implemented.

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    Yea baby now release this thing already.

  • MasterMuffin

    It’s still even close to being the smartwatch I’m looking for (no need for phone), but this truly is the best we got,

  • itzvarma

    brilliant.. launch it already !!

  • Schahid

    I hope Samsung, LG and other manufacturers are looking at these pictures too. I won’t be owning it anytime soon just because I already have enough electronics to recharge on daily basis. But I still like them going in the right direction.

  • Neo Morpheus

    My preciousssssssss
    Come to me!!!

  • Ruz

    Where is the metal strap of Moto360?

  • Ezra

    I hope I’m not the only one bothered by that black “dead zone” on the screen. Ugh.

  • Frankie Frankel

    seriously, just release it already before i go nuts. this thing looks so awesome

  • Insomniac9000

    “The back of the phone also shows the optical heart rate sensor (similar
    to the Gear Live’s) and confirm the device’s pedometer and IP67 water
    resistance rating.”

    Phone? Last I checked, that was a smartwatch. :P

  • Harry

    Says optional heart rate sensor. I don’t think it’s included in the back

    • jhaggstx1

      It says optical heart rate sensor not optional heart rate sensor.

      • Harry

        Difficult to read but I suppose you are right. Why else would they mention it☺

  • Mr. Randal

    Unlike so many of you, I’m going to wait till it’s been out for awhile and the rest of you figure what’s broken and the price comes down, then I’ll buy one. I do agree, it’s the one I’ve been waiting for as well, however, I’ve been an “early adopter” before and have moved out of that phase of my life as it has not always been the most pleasant experience. I’ll be “watching” [wink, wink]…