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Moto 360 Smartwatch: Really Difficult To Manufacture, Limited Availability Expected (Rumor)

by Mihai Matei on March 19, 2014


After numerous announcements from various manufacturers concerning their interest in the smartwatch market, the inevitable happened and Google announced that it will extend the Android experience to wearable devices, through “Android Wear”. Yup, the search engine giant is officially in the game, and Google has already partnered up with the likes of HTC, Samsung, LG, Asus and Motorola in order to deliver this “platform extension” (if I may call it that) on the wearable segment.

Some manufacturers have already announced their upcoming Android Wear smartwatches as well, including LG and Motorola. LG seems to be the company that will deliver the first Android Wear smartwatch, dubbed the LG G Watch. But, while the Korean tech giant might be first to launch an Android Wear device, Motorola appears to be working on the most ambitious project of the bunch. This, however, might have consequences, as you’re about to find out below.

Moto 360 Smartwatch: Really Difficult To Manufacture, Limited Availability Expected (Rumor)

Moto 360 Smartwatch: Really Difficult To Manufacture, Limited Availability Expected (Rumor)

Moto 360 Smartwatch to be Manufactured in Limited Quantities?

Without a doubt, the Moto 360 is one of the most ambitious and beautiful smartwatches to become official. Not only has Motorola revealed that the device will be built using premium materials, but the design itself is astonishing. The smartwatch is round and actually looks like a fashionable watch that happens to pack a touch screen, rather than looking like a rectangular wrist gadget that shows the time and date.

The device also boasts swappable wristbands which might be offered in leather as well as metal, and Motorola expects the Moto 360 to go on sale this summer. However, there might be some issues with that, and according to the latest rumors, the 360 will be sold in limited quantities.

According to a pretty famous leakster who has quite an accurate track record on the Weibo network (and also announced that Motorola is definitely working on a smartwatch, several months ago), the Moto 360 is really difficult to manufacture.


This is mainly due to the gadget’s design, as a round smartwatch can create numerous challenges in the manufacturing process, from creating and placing the internal parts, to round cutting the display itself. Not to mention the fact that cutting circular panels is a really wasteful process.

That being said, the source claims that the Moto 360 will not be a “high production device”, and that the smartwatch will actually be sold in limited quantities (or perhaps in select regions only). Could this also mean that it will be more expensive than the rest of the bunch?

Any thoughts regarding these rumors? Are you planning on buying the Moto 360, and if so, are you worried that you might not get the chance of doing so? Feel free to share your opinions below.

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  • tj pearson

    Surely it has to be competitive with what else is out there as it’s only selling point I can see is round not square.
    Would the consumer feel it’s worth paying over the odds for this, I would within reason, as it’s by far the nicest looking smart watch to date.
    I want one, but if any more that £230ish the Pebble for me I’m afraid !
    tj

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