Before launching a Moto X Google Edition or even a Motorola Nexus, the Chicago-based phone maker will introduce a Developer Edition of the new handset. How do we know it? Because, Moto X Developer Edition is on Motorola’s website, listed as “coming soon.”
The same website also reveals that the Moto X Developer Edition will be different from other models when it come to design, probably coming with a unique material/pattern for the back cover. The terminal will also sport 32 GB of internal storage and an unlockable bootloader, but beware, because unlocking the Moto X Dev Edition’s bootloader will also void the smartphone’s warranty.
There’s nothing more to say about the Moto X Developer Edition, so I will remind you that the original Moto X was officially introduced early August and it is already available for purchase at AT&T.
Moto X comes with a 4.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and protected by a special Gorilla Glass layer, called Magic Glass. What’s so special about it? Well unlike other smartphones, the Moto X has the protective glass wrapped around its edges, making it more resistant and easier to hold. You probably noticed that while other flagship smartphones launched this year come with 1080p displays the Moto X sticks to a 2012-ish 720p screen. Well, the Motorola reps claim that they had to do this sacrifice for the sake of battery stamina, as the 2,200 mAh battery of the terminal will be capable of keeping it awake through 24 hours of typical usage.
The handset is powered by a Motorola X8 mobile computing system. What’s that? I’m glad you’ve asked as we are basically talking about a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset customized by Motorola. Therefore you will have four graphics processing cores (the Adreno 320 GPU), two application processing cores (dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait CPU), a natural language processor, and a contextual computing processor.
It looks like Motorola is a fan of the division of work practice. While the dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait CPU will do most of the work, the low-power cores will handle the basic tasks. While the contextual computing core deals with the sensors, display and touch interaction and functions as primary processor when the smartphone is in stand-by mode, the natural language processor handles the audio, noise estimation and noise cancellation tasks. As simple as that.
The Moto X also comes with a 10 megapixel camera mounted on its back, using ClearPixel technology which will allegedly help it overperform in low-light conditions. The primary camera comes with autofocus, LED flash, has a 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR, and is capable of shooting 1080p@30fps videos.
When it comes to connectivity, you will get everything you want from the Moto X: 4G LTE, all standards of WiFi, NFC chip, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and microUSB 2.0. The handset is 129.3 mm tall, 65.3 mm wide, weighs 130 grams and has a curved back which is 5.6 mm at its thinnest point and 10.4 mm at its thickest.
Even though the Moto X is a Google terminal the smartphone is not running the latest Android iteration out of the box, as it comes pre-loaded with almost-stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. While keeping the stock Android interface untouched, the Moto X has a couple of cool Motorola-specific features like always-on voice controls, Active Notifications, Motorola Assist, and a gesture-based user interface.