Moto 360 charging dock surfaces in leaked images

New images claim to show the Moto 360 smartwatch wirelessly charging in a small dock that keeps the display visible.

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Is this the charging dock for the Moto 360 smartwatch?Mister Gadget

Motorola's upcoming Android Wear-based Moto 360 smartwatch could come with a wireless charging dock that shows the screen while the battery charges, if newly leaked photos turn out to be true.

An Italian blog, called Mister Gadget, claims to have obtained images of how the Moto 360 will charge when it launches this summer. The pictures show the smartwatch, which runs Google's Android Wear operating system for wearable devices, sitting in a small dock and reportedly charging via Qi, a wireless charging standard led by the Wireless Power Consortium.

The dock appears to be designed so users can place the smartwatch in it and not worry about missing a beat. Users will be able to fully view the smartwatch screen and may be able to continue to receive notifications and other information on the display while it's sitting in the dock.

The Moto 360 is arguably one of the most hyped smartwatches shown off so far, even though Motorola has not announced a price or exact launch date for the Moto 360. The smartwatch differentiates itself in the marketplace by offering a rounded screen, unlike most other swartwatches on the market -- like the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch -- which have square designs.

Motorola has yet to confirm that the charging dock exists and will be coming with the smartwatch. Motorola has said there will be no USB port for charging the smartwatch, but executive Jim Wicks would only say the company was working on a "secret" method of charging the device. Until Motorola confirms any claim, the pictures should be taken with a grain of salt.

CNET has contacted Motorola for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.

(Via The Verge)

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