IFA 2015: Motorola launches the new Moto 360 smartwatch

Late last night, Motorola launched its new Moto 360 smartwatch, an enhanced second generation timepiece with advanced functionalities, style and battery power.

The new Moto 360, says Motorola, isn't just a watch with smart features, but is refined to suit the tastes of men, women as well as fitness enthusiasts, especially as far as changeable bands are concerned.

For men, the Moto 360 is available in 46mm and 42mm cases with 22mm and 20mm bands restectively, while women can choose a 42mm case with a thinner 16mm band.

The 46mm Moto 360 for men

Using the Moto Maker design studio, you will be able to customise the Moto 360 as per your needs, choosing among a range of bezels, colours, materials and band designs.

Powered by the latest Android Wear, the new Moto 360 can be synced with both Android phones and iPhones, making it available for purchase by millions of iPhone users across the globe. If you are one, gone are the days when you were restricted to the Apple Watch alone as the optimal smartwatch.

The 42mm Moto 360 for women with 16mm band

In terms of internal features, the new Moto 360 features is powered by a 512MB RAM and contains 4GB worth internal storage for your music. The watch also features a Snapdragon™ 400 chip with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, among the most powerful ones in the smartwatch world. Featuring wireless charging functionality, the 46m Moto 360 contains a 400mAh battery while the 42mm case holds a 300mAh battery which can last 1.5 days of regular usage.

The watch's display is shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and features backlit LCD which can show you the time whenever you want to see it. An ambient light sensor also allows the screen to automatically adjust to surrounding brightness. The watch also features Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity for syncing with smartphones and accessing the internet.

The Moto 360 Sport

In terms of durability, the new Moto 360 has an IP67 dust and water resistance rating, though the watch isn't waterproof. This means that while the watch will will be able to withstand rain, you won't be able to swim, dive or play water sports without damaging it.

For your fitness requirements, the Moto 360 features the Moto Body which uses accurate sensors to measure your heart rate as well as calories burnt. The new watch will also come as a Moto 360 Sport variant which contains built-in GPS that can track your your speed, distance, and pace. This feature means you won't have to carry your phone while going out on daily runs.

At the same time, you will be able to store and play music right from the Moto 360 Sport while you are up and about.

The new Moto 360 will be available at prices starting from £229. The actual price will depend on how you customise the watch using the Moto Maker on Motorola's website.

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