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Motorola Contest Pegs Moto 360 at a Value of $249

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This morning, Motorola announced a new contest that could land one spectacular designer a brand new Moto 360 smartwatch. The contest asks for anyone really, to submit design ideas that represent their vision for the Moto 360. They even included .psd files to help get you on your way. But you know what? That’s not the juicy part of this story, at least for the hypebeasts in the building. No sir, in the contest rules you will find the ARV (average retail value) of a Moto 360, according to Motorola. Is this the potential retail price for Motorola’s smartwatch? Maybe. 

According to the rules document for this contest, the ARV of a Moto 360 is $249.99. In other words, Motorola is putting a value on their smartwatch, which has yet to be fully announced. Does this mean that the Moto 360 will end up costing $249.99 at launch? I would say that the price will certainly be in the ballpark of $249.99. After all, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense for Motorola to put a false value on a product they are giving away.

Also, and this could mean something or nothing, the contest winner will be notified on June 24. That could be the launch date of the Moto 360 or it could be late or early. Just know that if a winner will be selected by June 24, that there is a pretty good chance the product will be available within the vicinity of that date.

To fully fuel the conspiracy theorists in the building, understand that June 24 is the day before Google I/O. Take that as you will.

How does $249.99 sound for the Moto 360?

Via:  Motorola (Drive)
Cheers Matthew!
  • sameer somu

    they should follow samsung..cheaper version for 200, metal/steel band version for 250+.

  • gadgety

    Too cheap.

  • Higher_Ground

    So yeah, sounds like you guys have figured it all out :) I’m just hoping the X+1 tags along for the ride and I don’t have to wait until August/September. I know my watch will last that long; not sure about the phone!

  • Jaxon Wright

    If guys would check out my latest design for this contest, I’d appreciate it. https://plus.google.com/+JaxonWright/posts/Sjf91ZjMHxe

  • JoeTi

    Slap that pretty watch on my wrist. Though I bet it goes for $199 soon after pre-orders…

  • paul_cus

    Since I don’t think I’d have much use for a smartwatch, that’s kinda high.

  • Viet Hoang-Tran

    sold!

  • Ry Sav

    hmmm i like

  • Matt G

    This is why I love Motorola

  • Alex

    I can’t wait!

  • a) youth.in.asia

    At that price I would buy two, one for each wrist

    • gadgety

      Keep one turned off and ready when the battery dies on the other.

  • mikeym0p

    I’d rather a broad range, I think a smart watch should sit at the 100$ range unless its using premium materials and looks like a 500$ diver’s watch.

  • David Stender

    June 21st is summer too…….so….. this is looking promising for an I/O release ! $250 sounds like a great deal !

  • enigmaco
  • Lucas

    Am I the only one expecting $199? I am still hoping for that!

    • Raven

      Yes, yes you are. I was expecting at least $299 if not $359.

  • Rodeojones000

    I might be in the minority, but I absolutely love all the meme comments around here lately. Thanks for the laughs.

  • mcdonsco

    If that’s WITH the metal band; saweet! Done!

    I’m betting it will be with a crappy band though with thrbmetal one being a $300 option…hope not, but….

    • Todrick

      by “crappy” you mean “leather”?

      • mcdonsco

        Yes…in my own taste/IMO leather watch bands are crap…

        A) more of a pain to put on then metal
        B) they wear heavily (2 year old metal band, works the same, leather by that time would be falling apart)
        C) they just LOOK cheap to me…even if its quality leather
        D) there is a reason they are cheaper.

  • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

    what about the European leaks that say $341 dollars US?

    Maybe that’s metal band and an induction charger included.

  • cgalyon

    With good hardware, build quality, and compatibility, it could be quite reasonable. Do we know if it will have WiFi capability or will it be strictly tethered to a phone?

  • jer85008

    Sold.

  • Razma

    $350 would be a decent price, $250 would just be amazing

  • mustbepbs

    I’d pay $250 for this, and I don’t even want a smartwatch.

  • http://twitter.com/zbaltrip Zach B

    Guess I’m in the minority that $250 is a tad on the high side…

    • Michael Bassett

      How much should a custom made ROUND face smart watch cost?

  • Big EZ

    Hopefully the metal band only adds about $50, but I suspect it to be more like $350 for the metal version.

  • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell
    • Shane Redman

      If they go with the AMOLED screen and active notification premise, you’ll kill the battery.

      That being said, this is gorgeous. Job well done, especially if it comes in other colors.

      • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

        Yeah.. That was a concern… I was thinking about if they did a pebble like shake to wake.. My other design (the top link) would address this.. But it’s not as pretty…

  • Jaxon Wright

    That’s a very fair price

  • http://idle0095.com/ IDLE0095

    Holy GIFS.

  • Mordecaidrake

    Sold at $249.

  • Jerry13

    PA has an article that the price will be $341. Hmmmm

    • Michael Bassett

      It was priced at euros if im not mistaken, link?

  • subiedude85

    I’m in, even if the sharp looking metal band puts it at $300

  • Orion

    At $249…that’s an absolute must buy! Hopefully that’s the price!

  • David Narada Brown

    WAY TO GO MOTO!

  • http://www.rogue-penguin.com TempestDash

    Sold! If it’s that price, I’ll pre-order.

  • Moto666

    watching the COMMENT-exciting here on DL one may think Motorola is going to become a #1 watch manufacturer in the world, a profit machine on June 24.
    /s

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    wouldnt even think twice about one at that price…this is a no brainer even if i dont like it after a week ima buy one

  • Tony Byatt

    This paired with the new Moto X or G3…Win…

  • sr_erick

    Where did they announce it? Start posting some relevant sources aside from just a link to some random documents. It doesn’t help without any context.

  • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

    I wouldn’t pay more than $150. Pass.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      $150 isn’t a reasonable price

      • New_Fresh_SnowWhite

        for a company that makes low-end $149-349 smartphones [and losses money every quarter]?

      • MKader17

        I realize that as tech gets smaller the price gets bigger, but I could swing $150, at $250 it would need to have stand alone GPS for me to consider it.

        • Shane Redman

          0_0 What if it does have GPS?!

      • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

        $150 for a fully functional smartphone vs. $250 for a cool watch?

        This is like arguing Chromebooks vs. more capable laptops for less money.

        • needa

          show me a laptop i can buy for the same $179 as my c720, that runs just as fast and flawless, along with getting ten hours of battery life, and i will buy it.

          • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

            You’re ignoring the tradeoff in the “fully functional” department. I would gladly pay more for a device that does more (i.e. has the ability to run Photoshop, Premiere, x86 apps, etc.) but I will not pay more for a device that does less.

            The point of your $179 chromebook is that it cost less because it does less. You don’t want the extra bells and whistles, so you don’t pay for them. That’s how it should work.

          • needa

            I am not ignoring anything. You said there were more capable laptops for less money than a Chromebook. I said find me one that runs as good and lasts as long and I will buy it.

          • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

            The Dell Venue Pro is $179 on Amazon right now. It’s been as cheap as $100. It runs Photoshop & Premiere, which makes it much more useful to me than a Chromebook.

          • needa

            i started to buy one of those a couple of months ago. decent little device. but i decided to just stick with my n7 for my tablet needs.

  • John Davids

    This thread has some pretty great reaction GIFs.

  • RGiskard

    Uh, yeah, I’ll take it.