It’s not clear yet whether the Motorola X Phone will be member of the Nexus family or if it will be a Google Phone without the special branding. What is sure is that the X Phone has attracted the interest of both the customers and the tech publication and the guys at PCMag talked to a Motorola official that revealed some information about the new product.
Jim Wicks, Motorola Chief of Design, said that the Google X Phone release date was set for the second half of 2013. Of course, Wicks didn’t reveal many details about the X Phone, but he wanted to assure us that it won’t be a phablet, as Motorola is currently aiming to make a smartphone that is sized “just right.”
The same Motorola official added that the X Phone software will be as bloatware-free as possible, therefore we should expect the Chicago-based company pre-load the new smartphone with Vanilla Android.
Besides giving us some clues about the X Phone release date and software, Jim Wicks also said that the smartphone will be highly resistant and that it will have a very thin bezel around the display. He also confirmed that Motorola will not stop manufacturing the Droid models in the near future, which will continue to go on sale through Verizon Wireless.
Anyway, there are still a lot of question marks surround the X Phone, especially in terms technical specifications. Since the smartphone will debut in the second half of the year, Motorola will have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to chipset.
If the X Phone will be just another Android smartphone, Motorola will probably go for the Snapdragon 600 SoC introduced at CES 2013. But why would they want to do that? At the Las Vegas-based tech fair, Qualcomm announced that the first Snapdragon 800-powered devices will see the light of day “this summer,” therefore the X Phone will be released just in time for the Snapdragon 800 party. The Snapdragon 800 SoC is manufactured on 28 nm architecture and it boasts four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz, Adreno 330 GPU, and support for Ultra HD video playback.
Another viable option for the X Phone is the new Tegra 4i chipset. The Tegra 4i SoC is similar to the Tegra 4 SoC unveiled by Nvidia at CES 2013, only it comes with a 4G LTE chip. The Tegra 4i chipset is based on quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex A15 and sports a GeForce ULP with 72 cores delivering 6 times more processing power than the Tegra 3.
Google and Motorola will also focus on providing the X Phone with a pleasing battery life, while the display will most likely fit in the trend for 2013, bringing full HD resolution.
Since the X Phone release date was set for the second half of the year, this means that the new device might come pre-loaded with the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, expected to debut this May at Google I/O 2013 event.
Now the question is what will we choose between the X Phone and the yet-unannounced Nexus 5?