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Motorola Clears Up Moto 360 Battery Confusion

by Jacob Kleinman | September 10, 2014September 10, 2014 8:00 pm PDT

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When it comes to wearable technology battery life is key. Even a beautiful device like the Moto 360 will likely flop if you can’t make it through a full day or longer on a single charge. Yesterday the issue really came to the forefront amid reports that Motorola might have fudged the numbers for its smartwatch battery life, but now the company is clearing up those rumors.

In case you missed it, here’s what happened: Motorola’s website says the Moto 360 packs a 320mAh battery, but when iFixit opened the smartwatch up they found a clearly labeled 300mAh battery instead. That’s not such a huge difference, but with other reports already claiming the Moto 360 couldn’t even make it through a full day it still felt like a real betrayal.

Not too long afterwards Motorola responded in an attempt to clear up the rumors, telling Computerworld that it was actually just an issue of spacing. Here’s the company’s full statement:

The typical battery capacity for Moto 360 is 320mAh and the minimum is 300mAh. In the mobile industry, sometimes both the minimum and typical capacity is listed on the battery, with the typical capacity quoted as the official battery size. Both figures are included on the batteries of our Moto X, Moto E and Moto G devices. In the case of smaller devices, we aren’t always able to list both figures. For Moto 360, we only had room for one figure and choose to list the minimal capacity of the battery. We see how this can be confusing and we will look into ways to add the typical capacity as well in the future.

So there you have it. Turns out battery size isn’t quite as simple as we might have thought, and obviously these numbers don’t always tell the full story. We’re still putting the Motor 360 through our tests and once we’re ready we’ll let you know what we really think of Motorola new smartwatch. Battery life and all.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...