Moto 360 Rumored to Have OLED, Sapphire Glass Display, and Wireless Battery Charging
Google’s announcement of Android Wear earlier this week has suddenly changed the conversation when it comes to wearables. Instead of a weird side-business explored by Sony and Samsung that has yet to be proven, Google—and the subsequent announcements from LG and Motorola of their own Android Wear watches—has turned wearables into something exciting. That means that any scrap or detail about Android Wear devices is worth reading about—and today gadget site GforGames claims to have some leaked details about the Moto 360.
The post doesn’t specify its sources, but whoever it is, the site says that the “leakster” “has a pretty flawless track record when it comes down to Motorola devices.” According to that source, the Moto 360 will feature an OLED display like the one that’s used in the Moto X smartphone. If true, this would vastly help the device’s battery life, since the OLED can turn individual pixels on and off, meaning that it won’t have to put power to create the appearance of the color black—it just won’t light those areas.
The post also says that the watch will feature a sapphire glass display, rather than the now-ubiquitous gorilla glass displays from Corning found in most other smart-devices. Notably, the other big device that’s said to be going with a sapphire display is Apple’s as-yet unannounced iPhone 6.
Finally, the post also says that the Moto 360 will feature magnetic induction wireless charging, building off of earlier comments from Barbara Liss, Motorola senior director of social media, who said that the watch won’t feature a USB port, and will feature a secret way of charging its battery.
In the end, we won’t know for sure until we get some more evidence, or until Motorola actually tells us what’s going to be packed into this thing. But in the end, the Moto 360 seems to be ahead of the pack in terms of generating wearables buzz. Samsung and its Gear line might need to step up. And it’ll be interesting to see when—or if—Apple finally lifts the curtain on its own wearable, the long-rumored iWatch. Will it be a match for Android Wear? Or will Android Wear pale in comparison to the magic watch dreamed up by Tim Cook and company?
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