News by Luke Jones on Monday August 18, 2014.
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Motorola's Moto 360 smart watch has the potential to shape the wearable market for the future, and will certainly be its most defining product to date. The wait for the 360 is almost over, Motorola has scheduled a launch event for the device in Chicago on September 4th. However, we are an impatient bunch here at MobileBurn and want information now; luckily they are also impatient at Best Buy too.The US based retailer has posted a product listing for the Moto 360 that shows off the devices already well known design, but also sheds some light on its features and price. Specifications for the 360 have been pretty scarce despite Motorola first unveiling the product earlier in the year. The American brand has been quick to flaunt the slick design of the wearable, but not so much the hardware it will use or the features it will boast. Cue Best Buy, the company?s product listing shows some of the finer details of the Moto 360. For example, the famous circular screen is a 1.5-inch, 320 x 290 LCD panel, while there are some standard smart watch stuff such as a pedometer and a heart rate sensor. Elsewhere, Motorola's first ever mainstream wearable also comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi, which is extremely interesting considering smart watches communicate with smartphones via Bluetooth. This is especially the case of Android Wear device. The product image shows the Moto 360 with a black strap, with the metal strap version not listed. We assume that will be rolled out later, or may possibly be a special edition. Best Buy also revealed how much the Moto 360 will retail for, with the smart watch costing $250 in the US. That makes it more expensive than Android Wear rivals such as the LG G Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Gear Live, which both float around the $200 mark. Of course, the premium quality of the Moto 360 may make that price hike justifiable, but it is pushing the device almost beyond impulse territory. Not that we think it will matter as we think the Moto 360 will find plenty of success when it launches next month.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.