When we shared news yesterday that there would be a new series of Moto-branded smartwatches in the coming months, we missed an important hint about the potential. In one of the slides that showed the back of one of the watches, the frame of the case had a list of specifications that were not obvious unless you worked a bit with image magic. If these specifications hold up, we can finally get a new generation Wear OS watch to compete with the TicWatch Pro 3.
Below, the image enhancement from a reddit user shows that an upcoming Moto watch will have 5ATM water resistance, GPS, NFC, and what appears to be wireless charging through a coil under a glass cover. But the bigger catch here is what appears to be a print of “Snapdragon Wear 41
You can almost see it in the picture we took at the top of this post, but it’s clearer here. Again, if this holds, even though this is the Moto G Watch, the processor immediately removes any doubt about the brand, and should leave this watch standing next to the best available.
We are not sure why the industry has been so slow to adopt Wear 4100, as it improves performance dramatically compared to watches running Wear 3100. There is such a big difference that we would not recommend anyone to buy a watch that runs Wear 3100 and will instead suggest that they wait for more 4100 watches if the TicWatch Pro 3 is not what they are looking for.
Adding Motorola to the mix, even though eBuyNow is the company that makes the watch, gives us some hope for Wear OS, a platform that feels very much like an abandoned one.