The Moto X is no secret thanks to a variety of leaks – some planned, some not. This included Google’s own Eric Schmidt talking on the phone a few weeks ago at a conference, and a Rogers Wireless video depicting the Moto X’s always on voice feature. And today Google finally decided to unveil their next big handset, the Moto X.
Specs alone are the never the complete story. And with that said, the Moto X is not a Galaxy S4 killer. In fact, the Moto X uses the same processor found in the Nexus 4 (sort of). However, much like the Droid Maxx, Ultra and Mini, Google/Motorola has included what appears to be their own chip, which includes the aforementioned processor with a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU. They’ve called this the Motorola X8. Included are 2GB of RAM and a rather paltry 16GB of storage (there is a 32GB option for $50) that is not user expandable by way of a microSD card slot, though Google is offering 50GB of cloud storage for free with your purchase.
The screen, an AMOLED display, measures 4.7-inches (same size as the Nexus 4) and produces a resolution of 720p. It’s far from ground breaking, but to Google’s point there isn’t a massive upside to a 1080p display on such a small display, and for gaming’s sake, and considering the Moto X’s engine, this should getting things moving fluidly all the easier.
The camera on the Moto X should prove to be significantly better than the Nexus 4, which is by all accounts horrible in low light. According to Motorola the Moto X camera’s 10mp shooter can pull in more light in low lighting circumstances which should mean a marked improvement in all scenarios. For those who demand pictures on the fly – this part was detailed in the Rogers video – you can activate a Quick Capture mode from sleep by flicking your wrist twice, which is said to activate the camera in less than 2 seconds.
The final, and perhaps most notable features is the always on Google Now feature, which has apparently been accomplished using two custom processors: one for natural language and the other for contextual computing. What does this mean to you, the user? Just say “OK Google Now” at any time, even when the phone is asleep, and it will respond to your commands (get me directions, play a song, text a person, etc). In addition to that, you’ll be able to pick up your phone and simply glance at the screen to grab updates, or at least become aware of them. Google says there is no need to hit the power/lock button since it will use a sensor to detect this movement.
In addition to a long list of specs, Google and Motorola have strived to achieve what should result in an exceptional battery life. Slapped into the back of the phone is a 2,200 mAh. Unremarkable? Yes. But by combining the aforementioned chips, Google seems to believe they can get 24 hours of mixed use – yes, actual use. Talk time is pegged at 13 hours, though that number sounds completely ridiculous and like all phones is based on you standing directly under the tower.
The Moto X will hit all five carriers (AT&T, US Cellular, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile). The price will be locked at $199.99 for the 16GB, and $249.99 for the 32GB. By default the Moto X will come in black or white, though you’ll be able to customize yours in a variety of colors and more – this option will kick off with AT&T and arrive on other carriers later. Moreover, there won’t be any carrier bloatware as the phone will largely be a Nexus experience with the exception of a few preloaded apps.
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 2MP front camera
- Android 4.2.2
- WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
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