The second generation of the Moto 360 smartwatch made some big improvements over its predecessor when it was released a few months back, chief among them having a design that was actually watch-like. Now, a fitness-focused version of that watch, the Moto 360 Sport, is coming to Europe this month and the US in January, but there is still no news of an Australian release.
The Sport's main departures from the normal, Android Wear-equipped 360 model? For one thing, it comes with GPS, and a transflective display that makes the LCD screen more readable inside and outside. There's also a non-removable, rubber-ish watchband — in white, black, and orange — designed to wick away sweat. That means this watch is a little more resistant to dust and water with an Ip67 rating — but it also means it won't be nearly as customisable as its more fashionable counterparts via Moto Maker. You win some, you lose some.
Of course, like any fitness tracker, the Sport has a heart rate monitor, which integrates with Moto Body, Motorola's own fitness app, as well as other third-party apps. The Sport also reports all-day battery life, but if you're going to use that GPS liberally, we'd expect battery life to be much lower.
Here are a few mock units of the smartwatch, which we saw way back in September:
The watch will actually start selling in Europe on December 18 and in the US on January 7. Motorola has also announced that Brazil, China, Canada, Mexico and Spain will receive the watch next year. However there have been no announcements regarding Australian pricing and availability.