Moto Watch 100: Motorola takes a step towards abandoning Wear OS with a new smartwatch that runs a proprietary OS
The Moto Watch 100 has already leaked several times, most recently courtesy of 91mobiles. While Evan Blass published numerous marketing assets yesterday, Motorola has quietly unveiled the smartwatch. It is worth keeping in mind that Motorola has licensed the Moto Watch brand to eBuyNow eCommerce, which the FCC and a press pack confirms.
Arguably, one of the most notable features about the Moto Watch 100 is one that it lacks. For some reason, the smartwatch does not rely on Wear OS, which underpins the Moto 360. Instead, the Moto Watch 100 comes with Moto Watch OS, an operating system that Motorola describes as:
A streamlined experience focused on health and routine dramatically increases battery life.
Accordingly, the Moto Watch 100 has much longer quoted battery life than the Moto 360. Officially, the Moto 360 lasts 24 hours between charges, or for 3 days if you use 'Time Only Mode'. By contrast, the Moto Watch 100 is billed to last up to 14 days.
The Moto Watch 100 is only available as a 42 mm smartwatch, which corresponds to a 1.3-inch display. The smartwatch also has built-in GPS, 5 ATM waterproofing, a heart rate monitor and a SpO2 sensor. Motorola pre-loads over 100 exercise modes, too.
The Moto Watch 100 is orderable now in the US and Canada, where it costs US$99.99 and CAD$129.99. The smartwatch is available in Glacier Silver and Phantom Black, both with aluminium cases. The Moto Watch 100 will begin shipping on December 10. Supposedly, the Moto Watch 100 will launch in the UK eventually too; it is unclear if Motorola is planning on announcing the smartwatch elsewhere, though.