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Motorola smartwatch to have wireless charging, sapphire display: Report


Motorola smartwatch to have wireless charging, sapphire display: Report
A new report by a blogger on Chinese website Weibo says that the device will have sapphire glass display and magnetic induction charging. 

NEW DELHI: Motorola's upcoming smartwatch, Moto 360, will be one of the first devices to run on the new Android Wear platform. The company has already revealed a few features of the device, such as interchangeable wristbands, water-resistance and compatibility with all Android 4.3 devices.

A new report by a blogger on Chinese website Weibo says that the device will have sapphire glass display and magnetic induction charging. Neither feature has been confirmed by Motorola.

When Motorola revealed its plans for a smartwatch last week, it said that it is looking at alternative ways to charge the wearable gadget instead of the standard microUSB.

Though magnetic induction is not a conventional method for charging gadgets, it is not exactly a new medium. Several devices, such as Nexus 4, 5 and 7, HTC Droid DNA and Motorola's own Droid 3 and Droid 4, support the Qi wireless charging standard.

Since Motorola's announcement of alternative charging techniques, speculation has been rife that it may use solar charging or kinetic charging.

Sapphire glass, still a rarity for smartphone and tablet displays, is used in iPhone 5S's Home button, which houses the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. This glass panel makes the screen nearly scratchproof and harder to crack. Apple last year set up a plant in the US, where it is rumoured to be making sapphire glass displays that will be used in next-generation iPhones and iPads.

Motorola has confirmed that its Moto 360 smartwatch will have a round dial, with 1.81-inch diameter screen and will turn on by itself when users lift their hand to check the time. It will also be able to change orientation in accordance with the wrist a user wears it on, so that it is useful to both left- and right-handed people.

The smartwatch will be available initially in a few markets starting this summer, and will have a wider rollout later, Motorola said
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