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Motorola Contest Pegs Moto 360 at a Value of $249

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


  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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

  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?!

      • $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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

  • Moto666

    1. why does Motorola need a design contest? What happened to the already done/shown prototypes and Motorola’s designers?
    2. why is the contest so hidden and weakly “announced”?
    3. when Motorola announced Moto 360 it seemed that they ALREADY has a design for 360.
    4. how is it possible that a prize is Moto 360 and the contest is design for Moto 360?

    Weird, no?

    BTW, how do you pronounce “Moto 360”?

    • jbdan

      Interesting. I pronounce it motothreesixty

    • Todrick

      1. The contest is to design watch FACES. Not the Moto 360 itself
      2. No Idea… but we both found it, no?
      3. They did.
      4. Because contest is to design watch FACES. Not the Moto 360 itself.


      Moto Three Sixty… just like XBox 360

    • Grahaman27

      Official pronounciation:

      Three hundered and Sexy!

  • Usty

    Shutup and take my dollars!

  • Nate Bousfield

    I sort of want a Fitbit smart watch. All my friends/family use it for the step count, and I don’t really want two wrist devices.

    • akellar

      They would have to make one first

  • AbbyZFresh

    Just make sure the finalized design is marketed at Samsung level if you want this to sell Moto. At least the price at $249 is pretty decent for e premium watch with Android.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well, it doesn’t have Android. It has whatever Android Wear is going to be. I’m hopeful it works well, but something has me wary about it.

    • Orion

      Who markets at Samsung levels? Who cares? If the price is right, this is a must buy.

  • Mark Aaron Collado
  • AbbyZFresh

    So in other words, the Moto 360 is not even finished yet?

    • jabarri2

      not true, probably just want to see what other faces they can incorporate for users to choose from.release in a month, im pretty sure its close to if not finished

  • jabarri2

    anyone have the link for the contest info?

  • jabarri2

    cool, just did some android wearables work for a client that went another direction, score!

  • jaredgreenwald

    So going to be buying this.

  • ETPhoneHomeT

    I figured around $350 with Pebble Steel @ $249 and LG G Watch supposedly being priced “under $300” ($299?). Moto 360 at $249 would be awesome, hope it’s true!

  • Zach B.
    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Lol. I love that show.

  • Captain Spaulding
    • Gif of the year award goes to you buddy.. Lol

  • Mauricio Sanchez

    Yup. Done. Bought.

  • MJZ

    $250?? I’m a buyer before I even see a review at that price!

  • Franklin Ramsey

    My only thought is none of us know exactly what functionality this will have, day one. Yes, Android Wear looks like it is going to be good. This watch looks stylish and great! We still don’t know exactly what the finished product is exactly going to be able to do or how, exactly, android wear will work.

  • sc0rch3d

    if 249 can replace my phone…game over

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Might take a couple/few years

      • Patrick Crumpler

        Think about the pairing of this and Glass. Maybe eventually the watch will become the wireless connector and glass more of the info part of the pairing. Split the conventional (smartphone) into two different but not inconvenient devices that replace the one.

    • epps720

      there’s no SIM in this watch you need to link it to your phone. Sorry still need to carry a phone around as well

    • Qi

      how a 2″ ROUND DISPLAY can replace a hi-end 5.5″ QHD display in the era of the internet+video+games+photos?

      and what all current watches can do that a smartphone can’t?
      what’s the purpose of another device if you have a smartphone?

      • sc0rch3d

        M-F 6a-6p i use my phone for the basic functions of calling, weather, time, calendaring, checking emails. if it had a SIM slot and BT connectivity, i wouldn’t carry a phone during the week.

  • viewthis66

    sounds good to me. i’ll take one.

  • Michael Tate

    Looks like I’ll be ditching my Pebble for a 360. $250 is not bad if it’s a good device. Obviously I’ll wait for a full DL review before dropping the green.

    • Shane Redman

      Forget that! Buy day 1 and make your own review 😉

  • Synacks

    this will be tough to not buy

  • Droid Ronin


  • wort

    My only concern is every watch I wear ends up with dings and marks from hit walls and whatnot. I’d want to know how durable this thing is.

    • Patrick Crumpler

      I wish Casio would get in the game with their G-Shock watches.

    • Todrick

      Maybe just materials selection.. after 6 months, my Moto X is shockingly ding-free and I have a history of abusing phones.

  • Michael Bassett

    And no one feels special anymore as Motorola sold 4 billion watches it’s first week out.

    I’ll go with $250 with leather and $299 steel version.

    • Shane Redman

      if they’re fully interchangeable, i’ll pay that extra $50 for a steel strap and have a leather as well

  • Ray

    At $250 there may not be enough of these for all of us

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Considering they are rumored to be having issues with making them in higher quantities because they are round, this could be true.

      • The Narrator

        and round edges are patented by apple /s

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Lucky for them, this doesn’t have edges. This is just round!

    • michael arazan

      $250 wholesale from moto but msrv will be $350

  • I posted this the other day around the time Droid-Life usually dies down but What do you guys think about this baby right here? I personally want a smart watch that’s not 100% digital still looks like a normal analog watch but handles some smartphone features.
    This is the website: https://kairoswatches.com

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I cal feel the Vapor coming off the screen. Preorder now and be delivered by March 2015?

    • evltwn

      Holy crap, those prices!
      I like these, and the prices are very acceptable. http://www.cookoowatch.com

      • Yea the prices are a bit high. I’m more talking about the design right now though.

        • evltwn

          The design of those watches is beautiful. The moto 360 is also a beautiful, simple design too.

      • Now that’s a nice simple made smart watch also.

      • SION1771

        No updates in eight months.

        • evltwn

          Just wondering if you have one? I’ve been thinking about it. Even seen them for cheaper through Touch of Modern’s website.

    • epps720

      I love this idea and awesome implementation of the touchscreen overlay on the actual watch but will have to balk at the price.

    • Gr8Ray

      Thought it looked pretty slick, until I saw the ridiculous price tag.

    • Razma

      i was very impressed by the video, until i saw the fine print on their website, says that the actual watch has 40-60% transparency whereas in the video it showed 100% transparency. They said it was so you could see the details of the mechanical part of the watch. The real thing wont be as clear unfortunately.

    • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

      The Kairos would be awesome except all of the pictures and the video on the site are FAKE. It says right on their website that the display will never be 100% transparent as it is shown, but rather 40-60% opaque at all times depending on the screen type.

  • TSK

    I will honestly say that I am not excited for any new phone, maybe the MotoX+1 or whatever, but this. This and Android Wear get me real giddy. I will gladly wait for an Android Silver phone, but i WILL have this on my wrist. $250 is a very reasonable price for me.

  • normmcgarry

    June 24th? Could I be receiving this for free at Google I/O!?

    • The Narrator

      I HOPE SO

  • TheRunner024

    I want it…

  • Moto Man

    It will be $350.

  • Shane Redman

    Moto360, sporting Android Wear….available on GooglePlay……the day of I/O…..June 25…..Keynote attendees get one since there’s no new Nexus. CALLING IT! lol

    • ki11ak3nn

      June 25th is my birthday. I wish I was going to I/O……

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio
    • Shane Redman

      good one…going into the collection lol

    • The Narrator
    • Gotta love Floyd Mayweather and his obsession with money.

      • The Narrator

        If he ever goes broke, he just has to throw some punches, boom $50+ million back in the bank

      • picaso86

        This man puts money first before his dignity. Fight PacMan and then we’ll see who’s best!

        • The Narrator

          Mayweather would put him in the hospital. Don’t be asinine.

  • James

    Once again, we see that Moto really gets it.

  • Thomas

    Just tell me where to sign up 😉

  • jbdan

    I thought I read $349 somewhere yesterday, which I thought would be a fair price. $249 could be super competitive!

    • Shane Redman

      Competitive??? NO CONTEST! lol

  • monkeyboyep

    Obligatory Fry.

    • Larry Bublitz


  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    When I saw the price I was like

  • NoneOfYourBizzness

    I was hoping for $199, but figured all along it would be $250-ish. That is acceptable.

  • MistaButters

    Wonder how much the premium leather bands will be? (or premium metal if that’s your cup of tea)

    • cns2007

      That’s actually an interesting question. $250 could be a base price and different materials add to it, like the wood backs for the X.

  • Ryan N


    To alllll two hundred and fifty dollars of that right there!

  • akellar

    Is nobody concerned that the circular shape could cause issues for app developers and limit support?

    • Part of Android Wear developing includes the round format, so developers should be building Android Wear functionality that works on both square and round. Actually, I’m not a dev, but I would guess that Android Wear will scale somehow to both layouts.

      • akellar

        Thanks Kellen, hadn’t heard that the SDK natively supported the different layouts. The wait for these devices is killing me.

      • Jason Bittner

        You can side load apps on watches like the original gear and use 90% of what is in Google play. With a round watch face you may be stuck with only what is designed specifically for that watch

  • Bloo

    What? No “Shut up and take my money” Futurama meme yet? I’m game @ $250

  • AndrewScottRox

    That’s pretty reasonable. Just keep it updated and don’t let it fall by the wayside.

  • Silver Veloz

    Great! Even more desirable now.

  • James Briano

    I’d pay $350. Easily.

    • Shane Redman

      I as well…A good chronometer is always worth it.

      • Kevin

        “watch” is way less syllables and typing than “chronometer”

        edit: and in looking further, a chronometer is a specific type of watch category, which the 360 will not fall under

        • Shane Redman

          Yes, but chronometer just sounds better…anything less, is just uncivilized

  • EvanJ2462

    Yeah at $250 I’d buy it on launch day, no doubt.

  • The Narrator
    • NexusPhan

      Thanks for the shout-out kellen. I’m glad I always read the Ts and Cs of competitions like this. I knew it would pay off one day.
      Sorry for piggy backing on this comment. First time I’ve seen DL today and this was my tip via email. And the whole internet blew up with it!

      • Higher_Ground

        good looking out!

  • htowngtr

    $250? Winner winner chicken dinner.

  • Carlos Lopez

    well look at that i know which watch to buy

  • Tom Luley
    • Guest


    • Arty McBert

      Now is the one with the all metal band also the same price? I imagine it’d be more pricey.

  • ddowner001

    Go home Samsung you’re drunk…

  • Lewis Erbe

    Game over.