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Did Best Buy Just Leak a $249 Price for the Moto 360?

Moto 360 With a major press event scheduled for September 4, Motorola is very likely going to unveil the specs and price for the long-awaited Moto 360 smartwatch, one of the buzziest devices of 2014. A new leak on Best Buy today, however, may have spilled the beans a few weeks early, seemingly confirming a number of hardware specifications about the Moto 360 – along with a price that may make the gadget a surefire hit.

moto-360-bestbuy3Spotted by Droid-Life earlier today, it seems as though Best Buy hosted a product page for the Moto 360 – though, the page has since been taken down after its initial discovery. From what Droid-Life rescued before its removal, the page listed the Moto 360 as having a price of $249, which is only $20 more than the LG G Watch and $50 more than the Samsung Gear Live, the only other two devices to run Google’s Android Wear OS. This is the same price we’d seen earlier after Motorola held the Moto 360 Design Face-Off contest back in May. Over the last few months, many have believed that the Moto 360 might retail for closer to around $300, so if this leaked price turns out to be true, we’ll have a lot of happy Android fans out there.

As for the rest of the specs, the details corroborate some of what we’ve heard up to this point, including its built-in optical heart rate sensor and its waterproof rating. Curiously absent, however, is any mention of the Qi wireless charging capability we’d seen in the above-linked leaks from earlier this month. The listing also confirms that the Moto 360 won’t be pure stainless-steel, but rather a hybrid of steel and plastic, with the latter comprising the back of the device.

The listing also provides some more concrete specifications, like the fact that the Moto 360 will have a 1.5-inch LCD, Gorilla Glass display. That’s the same type of screen found in the G Watch, while the Gear Live features a super AMOLED screen. It will be interesting to see what difference, if any, the LCD screen will make on the device’s battery, especially since the Moto 360 is rumored to offer a longer lasting battery than that of the G Watch. The listing does give us any more details on the battery itself, but we should find out more within the next few weeks.

The big shocker here is that the Moto 360 may wind up being that mythical beast of a device that’s both affordable and desirable. The only question left is this: can it possibly live up to all the hype it’s generated so far?



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