Motorola Moto X now official
Leaks, talks and speculation has made rounds in the internet for months now, and it’s finally official; the long-awaited Moto X phone from Motorola is now announced, and it packs a lot of software & hardware features from the new Google company.
The Moto X features a 4.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1280, all encased in Motorola’s Magic Glass technology – forming a zero-gap transition between the front and the backplate. Powering all of that is Motorola’s X8 Mobile Computing System; a 1.7GHz dual-core MSM8960DT S4 Pro CPU, a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, a contextual computing processor and a natural language processor – all doing different, separate and specific tasks.
It also has 2GB RAM, 16/32 GB internal memory and a 2,200 mAh battery. However, that’s not really the story here.
Being the first phone to be manufactured in the US, the Moto X runs Android 4.2.2 with Motorola’s near stock skin on top, and it has a lot of software features. For example, you can just say “OK, Google Now” even when the phone is on standby and the device will immediately respond. Also, when on standby, notifications will be displaying on the screen when you need it – not if it’s faced down or in your pocket; when you can see it. For a better understanding, you can check out the video here:
Just as the leaks indicated, the Moto X will feature a 10 megapixel ClearPixel camera which packs 1.4-micron-pixels, which means it can take in more light than other basic smartphones and more. The phone is also capable of 1080p video.
The Motorola Moto X will be available in a lot of colors; from green to red rear panels, black and white front panels and the customizable camera ring and buttons. Backplates made out of wood will also be available sometime in the future. For now, this is exclusive to U.S. carriers.
Motorola Moto X specs:
4.7-inch 720 x 1280 AMOLED display
Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System
1.7GHz dual-core MSM8960DT Snapdragon S4 Pro
Adreno 320 GPU
16/32GB internal memory
10 megapixel camera with LED flash
2.1 megapixel front-facing camera
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm (dimensions)
The phone will be available for a contract price of $199, although it is reported that a Google Play Edition will be available via the Google Play Store soon, unlocked (hinted at a near $600). It is unknown if the phone’s customization options (or even the phone itself) will make it to local shores, since all the manufacturing is happening in the U.S.