Announce a product, then don’t release it for a while, and rumors are bound to descend. Just look at Samsung and its Tizen-running Samsung Z, and how off-the-rails that whole project feels like it’s gone in the weeks following the phone’s initial introduction. Motorola’s generally done a pretty job at preventing similar gossip from consuming the Moto 360, itself announced all the way back in March, no doubt helped by the release of a number of official Moto 360 videos and the opportunity for hands-on interactions at events like Google I/O. But with the wearable still not available to buy, the inevitable has finally happened, and nay-saying rumors now claim that despite all Motorola’s talk about stainless steel and the in-person run-ins with watch’s hardware, the 360 may arrive with a plastic body for its commercial debut.
This is according to TechWeb out of China, which seems to equate the switch to a plastic body with the 360′s anticipated support for wireless charging. And to a degree, that makes sense, since metals tend to shield devices against the very electromagnetic fields wireless charging relies on. That said, that seems like the sort of problem Motorola would have tackled early on in its design work, and it’s a little hard to believe that it would only realize at this late stage metal might not be the best idea.
Could the 360 have plastic components? Sure. But we’re finding it hard to believe that Motorola would have gone to the extent it has to highlight the watch’s premium metal construction if that wasn’t a done deal. In any case, we’ve got under two months to go until sales are supposed to begin, so we’ll know the truth soon enough.