Motorola Moto 360 Sport Hits U.S. Retailers January 7th For $299

At long last, Motorola is providing more details about its Moto 360 Sport smartwatch, including when it will be available. The U.K. and France get dibs on December 18, followed by a launch in the U.S. on January 7, which is when it will be available to purchase on Motorola's website and select online retailers for $299.

Three days later, Best Buy stores across the nation will carry the Moto 360 Sport. So will Motorola's Moto Shop in downtown Chicago. As for everywhere else, Motorola says its newest wearable will ship to Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, and Spain sometime in the new year.

Motorola 360 Sport

There are some notable changes in the Moto 360 Sport compared to its predecessor. One is the construction; the Moto 360 Sport sports "strong silicone" that doesn't absorb sweat. It also allows the smartwatch to resist fading and staining, while side ventilation channels help keep runners and other athletes cool, Motorola says.

The classic round design of the watch face returns in the Moto 360 Sport, this time with something Motorola calls an AnyLight display.

"The Motorola AnyLight display is the world’s first hybrid screen that automatically adapts to the level of natural light," Motorola explains. "Indoors, enjoy a readable LCD screen. Then when you are out for a run, it reflects natural light, making the screen clear and sharp—and not washed out like on other smartwatches."

A built-in GPS makes an appearance, too. Using GPS, the smartwatch can track distance traveled and monitor things like pace, lap times, and more.

Other features include an optical heart rate monitor, wireless charging, ambient light sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity to stay in touch if your phone is out of Bluetooth range, and a 300 mAh battery for a up to a full day of "mixed use with Ambient on."