The market of smartwatches is getting a new contender before the end of 2021. Motorola, the company behind one of the most interesting smartwatches back when the segment started is launching a new wearable dubbed Moto Watch 100. The wearable has been a target of multiple leaks in the past few days. Unlike its predecessor, Moto 360, it leaves Wear OS behind and bets on a brand new Moto OS. Just like other brands in the segment, Motorola has decided to go with proprietary software made from scratch. This has been a successful strategy for many brands, as Wear OS is somewhat problematic in battery life. Therefore, the Moto Watch 100 comes with a bold promise of two weeks battery life.
Moto Watch 100 specs and features
In terms of technical specifications, the Moto Watch 100 comes in one case size of 42 mm. It flaunts a 1.3-inch circular LCD display. This may be a drawback for some users, especially when there are many options with OLED displays in the market. Curiously, the device is said to support Always-On Mode, which makes us think that the LCD spec may be wrongly listed. After all, LCD screens aren’t made for Always-On Display modes. This can bring a lot of bad effects such as a quick battery drain or even something worse like screen retention. Hopefully, we’ll get clarification in the next few hours.
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Other physical details include SpO2 tracking for detecting the oxygen levels in your blood. It also comes with a heart rate monitor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and a 20 mm strap size for easy changes. In terms of software, we have the proprietary Moto OS that offers up to 26 sports modes.
The device’s case is aluminum, and you can pick between Glacier Silver and Phantom Black colorways. The watch comes with 5 ATM water resistance and supports GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou as well as Bluetooth 5.0. Thanks to the full GPS support, you’ll not need to take your smartphone everywhere to make the wearable “capable” of tracking your routes. It also has a 355 mAh battery that charges from zero to full in just one hour. That’s the capacity behind the watch two week’s battery life claim. The wearable weighs just 45.8 grams and measures 42 x 46 x 11.9 mm.
The wearable’s price is quite good at $99.99 from the official website. However, there is a catch, the wearable does not come from Motorola, but from a company called eBuyNow. The company licensed Motorola’s name for use in smartwatches and also produced the Moto 360 variant from 2019.