Looking for a new Android Wear smartwatch? The Moto 360 Sport that was originally priced at RM1,399, is now on sale for only RM699. That’s quite a bargain if you’re looking for a smartwatch with some fitness features thrown in.
If I had to identify one other technological trend besides Virtual Reality that would most likely hit big this year, it would be smartwatches. Or smart wearables, whichever you prefer.
For people like us at SoyaCincau.com, smartwatches may not be the “latest” in terms of tech, but for everyone else who doesn’t blow all their money on gadgets, this is a relatively new concept. And oh boy what a concept.
I mean, you have to charge your watch every day?
I remember my Uber driver asking me what I thought was the next big tech trend. My answer was simple: Modular devices. It seemed obvious to me because in a world of smartphone carbon copies, who doesn’t want to stand out? Imparting personality and specified functions to devices seemed like the best way forward.
He was clearly not expecting this answer and it only was after a few moments of awkward silence that he revealed what he was actually thinking of: Smartwatches.
The big daddy of the round smartwatch was always the original Moto 360, with its sexy round looks and edge-to-edge thin bezel display. It looked classy and simply reminded smartwatch makers that the smartwatch doesn’t need to have a massively redesigned look — classic good looks worked just fine, if not better.
While the second generation Moto 360 fixed many of the problems that existed with the original smartwatch, there just didn’t seem to be enough to set it apart from its other Android Wear rivals. Matters are made worse in Malaysia as the biggest selling point of the Moto 360 — Moto Maker — isn’t even available here.
However, if you’re like me, and have coveted this watch since you first laid eyes on it, good news! It finally got its official release here in Malaysia.
Motorola’s latest smartwatch is finally here. Lenovo Malaysia has started selling the Moto 360 2nd gen exclusively on Lazada with a starting price of RM1,399. Powered by Android Wear, it has access to a wide variety of apps and it will work for both Android and iPhone smartphones.
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).
Motorola’s Moto 360, the best selling Android Wear device at the moment — is now available in Malaysia. Available from retailer DirectD, the Moto 360 comes with a one year Brightstar warranty for RM899.
The Moto 360 raised to prominence thanks to its circular design. The wearable paved the way for a new format of smartwatches that feature a circular watch face that harks back to traditional mechanical watches. It was unique when it was first launched because of this and it represents a breakthrough in smartwatch design overcoming inherent engineering and software challenges in the smartwatch industry that has been designed for square or rectangle screens.
Powered by Google’s Android Wear, the Moto 360 gives you access not only to notifications and alerts but access to navigation information and Google Now voice commands directly from your wrist.
Full details on the Moto 360 from DirectD here.
Android Wear seems to be off to a rather slow start, with about 720,000 units shipping in 2014, as reported by Canalys, who states that the Android Wear devices account for around 15% of the 4.6 million “smart wearable bands” that were shipped over the last year.
It’s no real surprise that the much anticipated Moto 360 was noted to be the leading device amongst Android Wear wearables, with the similarly shaped LG G Watch R outperforming it’s angular predecessor. While the site didn’t provide a full breakdown for the sale of each Android Wear watch in the market, it’s safe to assume those numbers are vastly inflated by fitness bands.
In terms of competition, the closest one to Android Wear right now is the Pebble which has sold a million watches since it’s launch ins 2013, but we’re expecting the landscape to change dramatically this year when the Apple Watch hits the streets.
The Moto 360 is a pretty looking smart watch with its round display surrounded by a solid stainless steel frame. In a bid to separate themselves from other smart watches, Motorola has released a series of video commercials that looks like a parody of premium brand ads that exudes luxury.
The Moto 360 is coming to Malaysia but so far there’s no indication yet from the folks at Motorola. In the US, it is priced at US$249 which is about RM817 when converted directly. If you can’t wait, there are imported units currently listed on Lazada from RM1,145.
Watch the Moto 360 commercials after the break.
If you’re looking for a smart watch that’s round, the Moto 360 smart watch is heading to Malaysia. The Android Wear powered device has been spotted in our very own SIRIM database with Brightstar as its distributor.
In the US, it is priced at US$249.99 which is about RM817 if converted directly. So far there’s no official release date for Malaysia yet but you probably be able to get one before the Christmas holidays.
Thanks @KevinNgTK for the tip!
Check out the Moto 360 promo videos after the break.
Motorola has been on a roll and although they don’t have a killer flagship device, its affordable smart phones with pure Android experience like the Moto G has been doing very well for them. With IFA 2014 week coming up very soon, Motorola will be having a separate event on September 4th in Chicago. You can probably guess what’s going to be revealed from the teaser image above.