Long before anyone was talking about bringing the protection of synthetic sapphire glass to smartphone screens, the material was being used to protect the faces of high-end watches; considering how constantly exposed to the threat of damage a watch can be, using a resilient substance like sapphire made a lot of sense. But will sapphire make the transition from old “dumb” watches to also keep this latest generation of smartwatches looking good as new? That’s the possibility we’re considering today, upon hearing that Motorla’s upcoming Android Wear-powered Moto 360 may feature just such a sapphire crystal.
Motorola shared a nice amount of detail on the Moto 360 during its Hangout the other day, but it was light on a number of specific technical elements. Until we get an official breakdown along those lines, we have a new source to help us fill in the gaps.
For instance, this source claims that the Moto 360 will use a circular OLED panel for its display. We’re also told that the mystery charging system the watch will use to stay powered will indeed be a magnetic induction arrangement. And of course, there’s this idea of the sapphire crystal.
Before you start going too excited, the same source has indicated that the Moto 360 could be quite difficult for Motorola to manufacture, and as a result we might be looking at a relatively steep sticker price.