If you are rooting for the Moto 360‘s more circular take on the rising smartwatch trend, you might want to start saving up. The price of Motorola‘s first Android Wear smartwatch was just leaked by a French website, and it’s going to cost a bit more than anything else you’ve seen so far.

Compared to LG and its G Watch, Motorola has been a bit more silent regarding its Moto 360 smartwatch. Nonetheless, the device is just as, or maybe even more, interesting, particularly because it more closely resembles the round faces of regular watches. That and because it seems to have been the poster boy for Google’s launch of its Android Wear platform.

Bits and pieces about the Moto 360 have been leaked before, but this latest one is probably the biggest shocker. According to an inside source, the smartwatch will launch in Europe with a price tag of 249 EUR. Converted, that would be roughly equivalent to $340. Compare that to the $299 of the non-Android Wear Tizen-powered Samsung Gear 2 and the 199 EUR or $275 rumored for the LG G Watch and you’ve got what is probably the most expensive smartwatch this year.

Of course, this is an unconfirmed leak, and we are definitely hoping for a considerably lower price when the Moto 360 comes out stateside. But depending on how the smartwatch turns out, that $340 might very well be a price worth paying for.

VIA: Journal du Geek, SlashGear

  • rfrost

    I still dont know the DPI on the display – I expect the display to be one of the most expensive parts of the watch so I am not surprised. I am hoping it 300 dpi at least to really provide a display that can show fine details – like watch hands etc

    • Marsg

      Even if the display had a high density, still doesn’t justify the price tag, were talking about a smart watch the same price as a nexus 5 or a Oneplus one. Both those phones have 10+mp rear cameras and 2 mp front, the watch has no cams, both phones have high density displays much larger than the one on the watch, both have a much larger battery capacity, gsm and LTE antennas, more expensive speakers, more expensive SOC, and all that stuff. Those smart phones have a hardware and manufacturing cost of 180-200 dollars. This watch has a hardware and manufacturing cost of 70-80 dollars (based on disclosed hardware), meaning much higher profit margin.

      • joeshmoe

        Its a watch. how much do most people pay for their watches? i personally have a $400 watch, so this seems fine to me.

      • Mr. Mark

        why would you pay $400 just for something to tell you the time?

      • Marsg

        Watches are like jewelry man lol, its like asking someone why they would pay 2k + for a gold necklace or bracelet that’s just shiny.

      • Nkolsen

        You forget that when they can produce large amounts, they get better prices on components from subcontractors etc. Smartwatches dont come close to smartphones in numbers, so their production costs will be higher….

  • Marsg

    Moto 360 price 300$ and lg g watch 200-250. More to it than converting euro to dollar. European country’s have to pay slightly more than the U.S when it comes to imported goods.

    • And tax is included in European prices (it is steep 25% in my EU country!)

  • Thomas

    Often, the price in euro is the same as the price in dollar and europeans pay more.

  • nikolas

    You can`t really compare the price without knowing crucial information like battery, display density etc. I wouldnt call it expensive though judging from the beautiful round shape and the quality materials they advertise it is made with

  • Lee Winkler

    Dont care. Motorola, take my money. In fact, Ill give you an extra 25 to make sure that I am in the first shipment and dont have to wait for supply chain issues to be resolved.