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Moto 360 2nd gen: a similar yet updated Android Wear smart watch

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Being one of the first smart watch makers to embrace the traditional circular watch-face, Motorola’s latest Moto 360 attempts to take their wearable to another level. Available in 4 options (one yet to be released): the 46mm, 42mm (male version), 42mm (women’s collection) and the Sport (soon to be announced).

Setting the bar apart from last year’s version will be Moto Maker – quoting Motorola, you’ll be able to have 300 distinctive combinations of its customisation that ranges from watch case colour, watch bezel colour and the band. That too plus they’ve added the aforementioned 42mm watch face, to the original 46mm size for females and the guys who prefer a less clunky smart watch. Repositioning of the sole hardware button is also apparent, moving it from a 3 o’clock position to the now more practical 2 o’clock – supposedly to prevent scuffing while moving and flexing your wrist around.

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All three options run the same 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 mated with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Its screen(s) come in a 1.56-inch for the 46mm (360 x 330 resolution), while the 42mm gets a 1.37-inch screen (360 x 325 resolution). The thickness of the models are all similar at 11.4mm but differ in battery sizes – 400 mAh (46mm); 300mAh (42mm).

Differences on the Sport edition are basically it has an added GPS feature to track your runs and a non-removable 18mm rubber-like band, possibly appealing better to the more active folks. It’ll be a lot easier to view outdoors too, thanks to an AnyLight display that gels together a transmissive and reflective display.

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The entire line-up features a hot-swappable watch band that uses a distinctive locking mechanism; allowing you to choose from the list of watch band materials, whenever you need to – leather, silicon, leather and metal options.

Motorola has kept some “flaws” with the infamous flat-tire making its way back again. The company claims that if you want smaller bezels, you’ll have to sacrifice this OCD-inducing pain black box-ish thing at the bottom of the display.

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Out of the box, it’ll run Android Wear 1.3 and be equipped with the existing gyroscope, optical heart rate monitor and ambient light sensor, though you’ll be able to have your watch on you if you’re taking a shower, thanks to the upgraded IP 68 rating.

Price-wise, it’ll run you back $300 (RM 1,293) – $430 (RM 1,854), depending which personal combination of selections you put together when you pre-order your Moto 360 2nd gen on Moto Maker. However, the device is currently only available in US markets, we’ll keep you updated once grey importers decide to bring them in.

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