A new era of smartwatches is upon us, as Google has lifted the veil on its highly-anticipated Android Wear smartwatch platform during the recent Google I/O event. We expect numerous gadget manufacturers to jump on the Android Wear bandwagon soon, and up until now three major companies have already unveiled their Wear-powered products. LG, Samsung and Motorola have all been present at the Google I/O conference, where they’ve officially announced the G Watch, the Gear Live and the Moto 360 respectively.
Before these gadgets have been seen “in flesh”, we’ve pretty much suspected that the Moto 360 will be in a league of its own. Sure enough, while the Gear Live and G Watch feel like barebone hardware with Android Wear on top, the Moto 360 truly looks like a fashion item. However, the downside is that Motorola’s smartwatch could also be almost twice as expensive as either one of its competitors.
Moto 360 Price: Almost Twice as Expensive?
Earlier today, the Chinese retailer / mall known as Jingdong has begun listing the Motorola Moto 360 on its website, alongside a price tag of 2,800 yuan. In contrast, the Galaxy Gear Live and the G Watch are expected to go on sale for about 1,500 yuan.
2,800 yuan roughly translates into a whopping $US 450, which is more than double the price of the Gear Live or the G Watch outside of China. LG’s smartwatch is expected to go on sale for $229, whereas the Samsung Gear Live will hit the US market at the price of $199.
Evidently, the prices for these smartwatches will differ from region to region, but it seems that our earlier fears concerning the Moto 360’s price might come to pass. The gadget in question is a superior smartwatch after all, and it would be insane to expect a similar price as the one asked by LG or Samsung for their own Android Wear devices. The challenge for Motorola will be to actually sell the Moto 360 at a high price, but that’s a different story which we’ll most likely get back to later in the year.
Any thoughts concerning the Moto 360? Would you be interested in buying it at the price of $450? Let us know in the comment section.