After what it seemed like an endless avalanche of Moto X rumors, leaks and teasers, Motorola has finally made its highly-anticipated smartphone official. The Chicago-based phone maker has also announced the Moto X availability and price in the US.
Being the first smartphone co-developed by Google and Motorola, the Moto X is fully assembled in the US and comes with a 4.7-inch AMOLED display with full RGB panel and 720p resolution. The screen has a pixel density of 361 ppi and it is protected by a new type of Gorilla Glass called Magic Glass, which wraps around the edges of the handset. There are two internal storage options 16 and 32 GB, but, unfortunately the smartphone doesn’t come with a microSD card slot.
The new Moto X is powered by a Motorola X8 chip with a Qualcom Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core at 1.7 GHz, Adreno 320 GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. This is the same chipset that is underpinning the recently launched Droids for Verizon.
In fact the Snapdragon S4 Pro unit is customized by Motorola, becoming a part of the new Motorola X8 chip, with two extra processors for natural language and contextual processing. Moto X packs a 10 megapixel camera with ClearPixel sensor promising improved photo quality in low light conditions. The primary camera of the new smartphone has support for 1080p@30fps video recording, while the front panel accommodates a 2 megapixel sensor, also capable of recording full HD videos.
Just like the rumors suggested, the Moto X will he highly customizable, allowing the user to choose the color of the front panel (black or white) and 18 color options for the back cover. You can also personalize the Moto X accents: the rim around the camera and the side buttons. The smartphone is running almost-stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with several interesting customizations by Motorola, like Active Display (which displays notifications directly on your black lock screen), always-on voice commands, and a gesture-based camera app interface.
Moto X is measuring 5.6 mm at its thinnest point and 10.4 mm at its thickest point, coming with a curved back that is a reminiscent of HTC’s One. The handset weighs in 130 grams and features a 2,200 mAh battery that promises up to 24 hours of stamina of moderate usage.
The Moto X will debut at 5 US carries in the late August – early September time frame. The 16 GB model will have a price tag of $199 with a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, T-Mobile, or Verizon. If you want the 32 GB Moto X you will have to pay an extra $50.