The Moto 360 is back.
A new version of the Moto 360 was announced today, but it's not made by Motorola. It's actually made by a company called eBuyNow, which describes itself as an "independent, data-driven consumer electronics company." With this new watch, Motorola has licensed the Moto 360 name to eBuyNow, similar to how HMD Global makes Nokia phones or TCL makes BlackBerry devices.
The Moto 360 third generation features a design similar to the previous two models, but one notable change is that it ditches the "flat tire" of those models for a fully circular display. The 1.2-inch 390x390 AMOLED screen includes a full color always-on feature so that you can see what time it is without having to flick your wrist or anything like that.
On the side of the stainless steel case of the new Moto 360 is a rotating crown and a customizable action button. Inside there's a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, a heart rate monitor, and an ambient light sensor. A 355mAh battery powers the watch, and with quick charging you can refill it from 0 to 100% in 60 minutes. There's also a Battery Saver Mode that'll continue to show the time for up to three days for those situations where you won't be near a charger for a while.
Rounding out this Wear OS smartwatch's feature set is support for Google Pay, 3ATM water resistance, and compatibility with Android and iOS smartphones.
This new Moto 360 will be cost $349.99 and will be available for pre-order in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. starting in mid-November at Moto360.com. It'll hit "select major retailers" this December.
The first Moto 360 is one of the most popular and best-known Android smartwatches, packing a good-looking design that's reminiscent of analog watches. It's kind of crazy to see a new Moto 360 model coming out more than four years after the second gen model, but we're looking forward to putting this third gen Moto 360 on our wrist. It looks similar to the previous Moto 360 models but has made several improvements for 2019, like updated specs and a fully circular screen.
What do you think of this new Moto 360?