Motorola’s latest flagship has been making the rounds on the internet lately, thanks to those endless rumors that ended up revealing almost everything about it.
Time to get serious, Motorola has finally unveiled what we were all being waiting for.- It may not bear the characteristics of a flagship handset on paper but Motorola aims at personalization with this one. Forget the specs, this thing is totally awesome!
The 4.7-inch handset features a streamlined designed coupled with a nice finish that gives it an edge over the competition, especially when all others adopt unappealing designs. It sports a 720p display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (316 PPI). That may be a disappointment for some who were hoping for a 1080p display like other flagship devices out there (the HTC one comes in at 468 PPI). The thing is, most people won’t notice or care. 316 PPI is still pretty damn pixel dense (the iPhone 5’s “Retina Display” is 326, by comparison.
On the hardware side we’ve got a slightly different Snapdragon S4 SoC (MSM8960DT) peaking at 1.7GHz along with the Adreno 320 GPU all powered by a 2200mAh battery. Motorola also added a few other DSPs and ASICs and advertises it all as “Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System”. As for connectivity, there’s Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, GPS and GLONASS, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, Miracast Wireless Display, NFC and a nano-SIM.
An unadulterated version Android 4.2.2 runs the show, we were expecting the latest flavor but chances are that Motorola will be delivering it in few weeks. The software is mostly stock but you’ll have to deal with some manufacturer bloatware if you buy the device from an U.S carrier. Cool additions include Touchless Control and Active Display which are both exclusive to the handset.
The Moto X has a 10MP shooter that uses a slightly different sensor technology than most other mobile phones. It’s called “Clear Pixel technology.” Rather than the typical RGB pixels, it has RGBC pixels which is specifically designed to capture 75% more light than a standard shooter. The camera also has some unique software tricks. It can use the low-power (always listening) cores so that if you flick the phone with your wrist a couple of times it will go straight to the camera and be ready to shoot.
The Moto X is hailed as the most customizable phone to date, you’ll essentially be able to choose from 2 front colors, 18 back colors, 7 accent colors (the buttons, the ring around the camera), and even print a message on the back. It’ll be delivered to you in no more than 4 four days (U.S only). You’ll also be able to choose matching Sol Republic JAX in ear headphone. Also, coming sometime in Q4, you’ll be able to select a wooden back, which looked and felt really sweet.
An unlocked Google Edition variant is also in the works, a 16GB version will be made ‘soon’ and the latter might even come with Android 4.3 onboard. Prices and availability for the GE version were not disclosed but the regular version will be available in late August/early September on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular for $199 on a two year contract while the 32GB flavor (an AT&T exclusive) will ship for $249.
Only AT&T customers will have access to additional color options — those on other carriers can choose from black and white. Suggested retail is $200 for the 16GB version or $250 for the 32GB version, though carriers may discount as they will. It also come with 50GB of storage in Google Drive for two years.
You can check out the Moto X product page.