It’s been just about three months now since Motorola’s latest smartwatch options debuted, and alongside the multi-sized standard Moto 360, we also saw the introduction of the company’s new rugged option, the Moto 360 Sport. At least, while Motorola went official with the model, which adds GPS reception to its bag of tricks, all the way back in early September, it didn’t have anything to share with us at the time about the wearable’s release plans – dates, markets, pricing: nada. Today Motorola’s stepping up to continue the Moto 360 Sport’s story, bringing us those long-awaited answers.
Sales of the Moto 360 Sport will kick off in a little over two weeks, with availability beginning on December 18. That’s just for the UK and France, though, and US smartwatch fans will have a slightly longer wait in store for them, with sales here not getting started until January 7. That’s online-only initially, though US retail stores will pick the smartwatch up just a few days later, on January 10.
As for pricing, the Moto 360 Sport won’t sell for a big premium over the regular Moto 360, and Motorola will hook shoppers up with the watch for the same $300 the existing model starts at. Sure, you trade leather and metal for silicone, but you also pick up that GPS support and the Sport edition features a new AnyLight hybrid display optimized for daylight visibility.
OK, so maybe the dead of winter isn’t the best time to release a wearable focused on outdoor exercise, but will any of you be picking this guy up – maybe to help you with your New Year’s fitness resolution?