The favorable smartwatch is back to retake the throne. The new 2nd Gen Moto 360 was officially unveiled at IFA in Berlin with some changes to its predecessor. The new Moto 360 is now available in a second sized 42mm casing in either men or women sizing with men getting a 20mm band and women a 16mm band. The removable bands are now a bit different with an easier to remove latch for swapping. The display has also gotten a spec bump to a 233ppi or 263ppi resolution depending on the size you get with the same LCD panel behind Gorilla Glass 3.

The processor is also a huge improvement with a Snapdragon 400 with 1.2GHz CPU. The 42mm models will have a 300mAh battery which Samsung claims to hold up to 1.5 days of use and a 400mAh for the 46mm model going up to 2 full days of battery life. Wireless charging is also the method of choice here with their standard Motorola charging dock just like the original.

If there is one thing most fans noticed is that the Moto 360 still has the bottom black cut off for its Ambient Light Sensor; you also get an accelerometer and gyroscope to help with fitness tracking. Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11 b/g are available, and with the new software update, this Moto 360 is compatible with iPhone.

Customization is also an option with Motorola’s standard Moto Maker for color and band swapping.

The Moto 360 (2nd Gen) is now available on Pre Order for $299 and we will have our full review and comparison to the original in the coming weeks.

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Specifications

  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
    Backlit LCD
    Mens 42mm and Womens: 1.37” (35mm), 263ppi (360 X 325)
    Mens 46mm: 1.56” (40mm), 233ppi (360 X 330)
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU (APQ 8026)
    Adreno 305 with 450MHz GPU
  • Mens: 42mm case – Requires a 20mm band
    Mens: 46mm case – Requires a 22mm band
    Womens: 42mm case – Requires a 16mm band
  • 4GB internal storage + 512MB RAM
  • Works with Android and iPhone
  • Mens’ 42mm and Womens’: 300mAh battery – Up to 1.5 days of mixed use with Ambient off. Up to a full day of mixed use with Ambient on.
  • Wireless charging with included charging dock
  • Optical heart rate monitor (PPG)
  • IP67 dust and water resistant
  • WiFi Connectivity