It pays to keep tabs on competition. Just as Google released Android Wear for iPhone earlier today and LG announced a gold-plated limited-edition of its Urbane watches, noted gadget leaker Upleaks published some interesting tidbits and press renderings for Motorola’s upcoming smartwatches and phones. According to these leaks, a second-generation Moto360 smartwatch is allegedly coming in September.
A Sport variant of the current-generation Moto 360 smartwatch should be due a month later, Upleaks claims. In addition, the Lenovo-owned company is purportedly working on a high-end smartphone that should be shatterproof.
The biggest selling point of the rumored phone should be its screen which Upleaks described as “shatterproof”. More powerful than the Moto X Style and smaller than the Moto X Play, the forthcoming phone reportedly has similar hardware like the recently unveiled Moto X smartphones.
Specs are said to include a 5.43-inch QHD display, a 21-megapixel camera out the back, a five-megapixel shooter out the front, a massive 3,760 mAh battery and 32/64B storage options. Purportedly running running Qualcomm’s solid Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM (the MSM8994 package), the phone dubbed ‘Bounce’ is expected to arrive in December, hopefully in time for Christmas.
A second-generation Moto360 lineup is said to include two models: a smaller Moto 360S and a larger 360L. Both should feature a round display with the dreaded “flat tire” area on the bottom of the screen like the current models. Interestingly, Upleaks notes that a Chinese variant will support iOS.
Motorola’s second smartwatch may come in three different colors.
On the outside, it appears more stylish and thinner than the current model sans the side button which is now located at the 2 o’clock position versus the 3 o’clock position on the current Moto 360, as shown below on photos posted by HelloMotoHK.
The upcoming Moto360S and Moto360L models were recently spotted in a filing of a Brazilian agency that certifies mobile devices. The photo below gives a good indication of design features: a regular Moto 360 is shown at left and an upcoming Moto 360S at right.
A leather strap seen on the leaked photo is not available for the current lineup. The new Moto 360 will allegedly arrive in September, probably after Apple shows its cards next Wednesday.
Moto 360 Sport
A Sport edition of the current-generation Moto 360 is expected sometime in November, after the second-generation models become available. Featuring a polyurethane body and what appears to be a Sport band of sorts, the device shown on the renders purportedly runs a new fitness tracking app with heart-rate, distance and pace tracking. The leaked app is not available on the current Moto 360.
Motorola is planning to formally unveil its Android-based smartphones and smartwatches at the IFA show in Berlin later this week. We’ll post more information as soon as the new hardware goes official.
Are you liking those new Moto360 watches?
How about that shatterproof phone?