As you probably know, Motorola introduced the new Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx smartphones a few days ago, all being underpinned by a new in-house developed chip. It seems that the Moto X will also come with the Motorola X8 chip and today we get to hear more about it from official sources.
The X8 is not a processor nor a SoC (system on a chip). Motorola has decided to use the power of a customized Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro unit with two DSPs, of which one will work like a battery friendly CPU. According to PC Mag, Iqbal Arshad, Motorola’s senior vice president of engineering said that “if you look at the X8 mobile computing system, it has a cluster of processors and then some separate elements of the system.”
The same publication notes that Motorola, the company acquired by Google in August 2012, wanted “to move away from a primarily CPU-based architecture.” The whole X8 chip is based on a Qualcomm S4 Pro CPU manufactured on 28 nm architecture and a clock speed of 1.7 GHz, but the processing unit was customized by Motorola.
Together with the S4 Pro, but not on the same chip you will also find a “contextual computing processor” and a “natural language processor.” The first one will deal with the sensors and display and touch interactions, while the later one will manage audio, noise estimation and noise cancellation.
As you probably know, the Moto X release date is less than three hours away, and all the rumors are suggesting that Motorola will use the X8 chip for its highly-anticipated smartphone, too. The Moto X will reportedly be a mid-range smartphone and the price will be its main selling point.
Rumor has it that the unlocked Moto X will have a price tag of around $350, while the price with a two-year contract will not go past $99.
As I was mentioning above, the Moto X will be a mid-range smartphone and its technical specifications are confirming the claim. The handset is expected to pack a 4.7-inch HD AMOLED display (while the high-end smartphones launched this year come with full HD screens) and the aforementioned S4 Pro CPU.
Also expect to find 2 GB of RAM underneath the case of the Android-powered terminal, along with 16/32 GB of internal storage. Leaks have shown that the Moto X will make use of a 10 megapixel camera with Clear Pixel sensor, capable of recording full HD videos at 60 fps, then play them in slow motion at 30 fps.
The connectivity features of the smartphone will most likely include LTE support with dual-antenna, NFC chip, Bluetooth 4.0 with Low Energy, and microUSB. The battery will be a 2,2000 mAh unit, according to recent leaks.
Sources say that the 4.7-inch display of the Moto X will be protected against scratches by a special Gorilla Glass-based coating called Magic Glass. What’s so magic about it? Well, the glass will be wrapped around the smartphone’s edges protecting it and in the same time giving it a neat design.
The Moto X will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with stock interface, but a couple of interesting additions from Motorola and Google like always-on voice controls and a gesture-based camera app interface.