Ever since we reviewed the Moto G last year, we’ve been hoping and looking forward to its big brother to come to the UK to test. When we attended the launch in February, our anticipation was only heightened. Now we have our hands on it, and this is the result: The Moto X review.
Moto X Review:
At first look, the Moto X is remarkably similar to its little brother the Moto G. The front is plain black glass (when the screen is off anyway), and there are no physical buttons to break the surface. A smooth curve on the edge to the back which is a smooth back with a grippy coating.
The back is almost as plain as the front, with a checkered Carbon fibre-styled pattern and only the Motorola “M” in a small finger sized divot bellow the LED Flash and rear camera. The speaker, situated next to the camera, is just a small perforation of holes and not that obvious, keeping the esthetics nice and plain. The only other mark on the back is a microphone hole on the bottom and the standard model number printing in black, which, again, doesn’t distract the eye from the simplicity of the design.
The screen is a 4.7 inch AMOLED display, with a resolution of 720X1280, which means it’s capable of only 720p playback. As you would expect from an AMOLED display, the colours are rich and evenly balanced which allows for a better viewing experience.
The Moto X isn’t the most powerful phone on the market, but it isn’t by any means a slouch either. With a Snapdragon S4 Pro Dual-Core 1.7 GHZ processor, 2 GB of RAM. On their own, these figures don’t sound amazing, but with Motorola’s X8 Mobile Computer System – which is the secret source of the Moto X – the device becomes a very modern piece of kit.
The Motorola X8 MCS is what allows the Moto X to do all of its great features without killing your battery in the process. The Moto X uses it to keep an “ear out” for your command with Touchless Control or show you your notifications with the smallest of power used with Active Display (more on those later). If Google, Motorola’s parent company, allow for this system to be licensed for the Nexus devices, this will could become a game changer.
As always, in this Moto X Review, we put the device through a batch of benchmark tests with AnTuTu 4 and Quadrant Standard Edition.
On the surface, the Moto X didn’t perform very well (at least for a flagship phone) in the results. Scoring 23, 031 points. This put placed it below the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One in the graph. However, I don’t think the AnTuTu app takes into account the X8 MCS. Either that, or the X8 architecture doesn’t get involved in processing.