Moto 360 2nd generation sighted in the wild

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Moto 360 2nd generation

Given the large amount of feedback Motorola received from Moto 360 owners since it was made available last year, it is logical to conclude that the Moto 360 2nd gen will be thinner, hence less bulky on the wrist. The first evidence pointing to a flatter Moto 360 smartwatch arrived early this year, however, since then, we havent heard much about Motorola’s next-gen smartwatch, except for a photo revealing a lot of parts of the alleged Moto 360 2nd generation leaked by a Lenovo employee. Until this month. when, for some reason, Motorola Moto 360 2nd generation smartwatch leaks started pouring in.

First we saw it being teased “unintentionally” by Motorola itself and this week, this week a lot of in the wild pictures surfaced. The watch has been conveniently been spotted on someone’s wrist in Chicago, revealing the thinner and flatter design, but also the lugs the OG Moto 360 doesn’t, hence the not so comfortable position on the wrist of the user.

One of the guys who leaked some of the images in the gallery below, made some interesting remarks about the next generation Moto 360.

Observations:

  • Inclusion of external lugs, to accommodate all sorts of watch bands perhaps?
  • Button got moved up to 2 o’clock area instead of 3 o’clock. Ergonomics reasons?
  • Microphone hole on the left
  • Lugs to work with all 22mm watch bands. Is 22mm quickly becoming a standard in smartwatches?
  • Bezels seem a tad thicker than 1st generation
  • Diameter: ~45.5mm
  • Material: Stainless Steel, bead-blasted finish

The next iteration of Motorola smartwatch will also inherit the “flat tire” that we kinda hate (or not) the black line at the bottom of circular screen that hides the Ambient Light Sensor but, at least we still have wireless charging and we are expecting it to be considerably faster and also to feature a longer lasting battery. 

Fossil announced that it is entering the smartwatch market at Intel Developers Forum 2015 earlier this week, where it showed off its own “flat tire” model.

Motorola could launch the Moto 360 2nd generation any day now. Will you be considering buying the next model or are you through with “flat tires”?

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