Moto Watch 100 lands with $99 price tag – but no Wear OS

Budget smartwatch offers big battery life
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The Moto Watch 100, the latest successor to the Moto 360 smartwatch, has officially launched – and there’s some surprising specs and features.

Headline features are the $99 price tag, 14 days of battery life and a move away from Wear OS, in favor of a custom operating system called Moto Watch OS.

It packs in a 1.3-inch LCD display (not AMOLED which is now ubiquitous) with a middling resolution of 360×360.

The watch has an always-on display option, however, we’re not sure how that affects the quoted 14 day battery life.

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It will have a fairly small 42mm case, which would make it manageable for smaller wrists, and weighs 45g – see the full specs here.

It also packs a punch in terms of sports and fitness. There are 26 sport profiles to choose from, and as you’d expect there’s also a heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensor for the tracking of blood oxygen.

However, rumors of GPS on-board seem to be unfounded – even though the marketing materials show a focus on running workouts and heart rate zone tracking.

It’s also 5 ATM water resistant, and the Moto Watch 100 comes in silver and black color options, with swappable 20mm straps.

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The existence of the Moto Watch 100 was revealed in investor material from the parent company CE Brands back in October, which has the license for the Moto 360 brand. The company previously rebooted the Moto 360 back in 2019, with a hefty price tag that we criticized for not being in step with the rest of the smartwatch market.

That seems to have been addressed this time around.

It’s not going global at launch – and will be available in the US and Canada, costing $99 USD and $129 CAD respectively, from motowatch.com.


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