Motorola has finally unveiled the Moto X
After a slew of rumors, speculation and leaks, the device which was not much of a secret has finally been officially revealed by Motorola. The company has now finally unveiled the Moto X, which is the first smartphone from the company made after Google announced it was acquiring the company about two years ago.
The Moto X will initially be available in the US for $199 with a two-year contract and it will later enter Canada and Latin America. The company has not released launch details for other regions. Motorola says that rather than concentrating on the specifications, it has worked on enhancing experiences. It is equipped with a battery which is claimed to last an entire day, a camera which clicks great images and user interface which can work even to provide information without the user touching the phone.
The device however is not equipped with the latest in hardware as it is powered by a custom Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor which has two Krait 300 cores each clocked at 1.7GHz. It also includes an Adreno 320 quad-core GPU for improved media and graphics performance.
Along with this Motorola has added two additional DSPs – one of them is always listening for “OK Google Now” command which starts Google Now while the other keeps track of the phone’s motion to power up the information display or turn on the camera. Motorola calls this the Motorola X8 Mobile processor.
To use the touch free experience, users can simply use the “OK Google Now” command and it works even when the phone is in sleep mode, it will then wake up the phone and start Google Now. The information display also turns on when the user picks up the device or takes it out of the pocket. It displays time and notification icons. Instead of using the main processor all the time, the Moto X uses its two low-powered dedicated DSPs for aforementioned tasks, this ensures minimal battery drain.
The camera on the Motorola Moto X is claimed to enable the user to click images from the lock screen in the shortest time when compared to rival smartphones. A flick of the wrist will signal the device that the user wants to click a photo and turns on the camera on its own. It sports a 10 megapixel Clear Pixel (RGBC) sensor, which is claimed to take better low-light photos. It has a secondary front facing 2 megapixel camera.
While Motorola is a Google company the device still comes pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and not the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Google had earlier promised that Motorola will get access to Android at the same time as its other OEM partners. It is obvious that the device will eventually receive the update for the latest version.
In terms of the hardware the device is quite well equipped. It has a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED 720p resolution display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage capacity and a 2,200 mAh battery to power it all. In terms of the connectivity the device includes Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and 4G LTE capabilities.
A cool personalization option has been offered by Motorola where users can choose from over 2,000 customization options where the can choose the back panel, the accents, engravings and much more. This obviously is limited to the US for the moment and it is unclear whether the company will extend it to other markets.
While the Moto X uses last year’s hardware it does offers some amazing user experience and great customization options. This surely is a new trend for Android users and we are yet to see how it works out for the company. The videos below explain some of the new features introduced with the Moto X.