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Motorola reveals Moto 360 specs ahead of its 'early October' UK release

Circular smartwatch priced at £199
Fri Sep 05 2014, 07:01

MOTOROLA has revealed the specifications of its Moto 360 smartwatch for the first time, one month before its release in the UK.

Motorola announced on Friday that the Moto 360 will go on sale in the UK next month, giving it the same release date as the LG G Watch R. The Moto 360 will be priced at £199, compared to the G Watch R's expected €299 (£240), and will be available from retailers including Amazon, O2, John Lewis and Tesco from "early October".

Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch

As well as announcing UK availability details, Motorola also revealed the wearable's specifications for the first time. The device will have a 1.5in 320x290 resolution touchscreen display toughened by Gorilla Glass 3, with its casing measuring 46mm x 11mm.

While we already knew about the smartwatch's Android Wear operating system and IP67 certification, making it resistant against water, Motorola also revealed the Moto 360's built-in heart rate monitor, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 and 320mAh battery, which it promises will offer a full day of use.

The Moto 360 will be compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and above, and will be offered in the UK with a choice of black and grey leather straps.

Motorola likely timed this announcement well, as the Moto 360's potential biggest rival - the still unannounced Apple iWatch - is expected to be unveiled on 9 September. While not expected to feature a circular display, Apple's debut smartwatch is rumoured to launch in two 1.6in and 1.8in models, with the display to be crafted from sapphire crystal.

Check out our iWatch release date, price and specs roundup. µ

 

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