First impressions of the Moto 360 Sport fitness-focused Android Wear smartwatch

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alleged 2016 Moto X leak suggests a metal redesign.

Motorola’s conspicuous reluctance to follow other manufacturers in offering a metal-clad flagship handset may be poised to change, if a photo published by Chinese mobile site cnBeta (via Pocketnow) does indeed feature next year’s version of the Moto X.The Moto G Turbo, priced at Rs.14,499, is a smartphone that sits perfectly in the price gap between the Moto G 3rd Gen (Rs.12,999) and the more powerful Moto X Play (Rs.18,499).Motorola’s first-generation 360 smartwatch was the poster boy for the Android Wear ecosystem, with subsequent price revisions making it considerably more enticing. While only seen from the rear, the image immediately brings to mind a mashup of several other OEMs’ devices: Shaped like a Galaxy S6, with a rear speaker grille that apes HTC’s latest Desire models, the handset also features a protruding camera lens module in the vein of Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL.

The water-proof and dust-resistant exterior makes it an impressive option for users looking for a rugged smartphone that could withstand rain and dusty weather. For a company that has situated itself as decidedly value-friendly, the use of metal would be a departure from its mostly plastic Moto-branded models — although the Moto X line has been a vanguard in employing premium materials such as wood and leather in the form of optional backplates. It is still very pretty to look at—those who prefer the metal bands would like the black and silver colour option, and there is also the black leather strap. Most of the report is merely speculation, such as the suggestion that the 2016 Moto X may sport Qualcomm’s latest top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 processor.

Still, it’s very interesting to learn that the Lenovo-owned Motorola is even toying around with the idea of an all-metal flagship, something that Apple, HTC, Samsung, and Huawei, among others, already produce. It’s not clear what a metal Moto X would mean for the popular Moto Maker customization service, though, as such a design would likely be less suited to the color and material variants it enables.

While the previous Moto 360 was powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP3 single-core processor, the new one gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip. There are very few tweaks available in comparison custom UIs but the relatively lower amount of bloatware keeps it clutter-free and makes navigation easier. Wear as a platform still doesn’t feel as slick to use as the Apple WatchOS, and the gamut of quick settings, app drawer and Google Now Cards can make the entire thing seem pretty cluttered at times. However, if you don’t really care about the ruggedness aspect, the Lenovo Vibe S1 offers more in terms of storage, a slightly better camera and a higher resolution display.

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