Motorola Moto X, the highly anticipated smartphone developed by the Chicago-based phone maker, might receive a special Gorilla Glass protective layer, according to the latest reports from Engaget.
Google’s Larry Page has complained during a press conference that the battery life and the durability are the biggest problems of the modern smartphones, thus the rumors saying that the Moto X will come with a special protective Gorilla Glass sheet are plausible.
Called Magic Glass, the protective layer is manufactured using a special polymer that allowed Motorola not only to cover the whole front panel of the Moto X, but also wrap it around the edges of the handset. The final result is a zero gap with the back, “allowing for a smooth and seamless feel along the backside,” notes Droid Life.
Besides the Magic Glass sheet, Moto X will also benefit from a light weight and high strength design, courtesy of a laminated aluminum structure.
According to the previous Moto X leaks, the first smartphone co-developed by Google and Motorola will sport a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 2,200 mAh battery. Even though it was initially rumored that the Moto X (formerly known as Motorola X Phone) will be a super smartphone with high-end technical specifications, it seems that the handset will rather fit into the mid-range segment, being underpinned by a Snapdragon S4 chipset with a dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait CPU and Adreno 320 GPU.
The Moto X technical specifications list also includes WiFi n/ac module, 2 4G LTE antennas, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and a NFC chip. It seems that the handset will have a 10.5 megapixel camera on the back and a 2.1 megapixel front-facing sensor. The Moto X is expected to run almost-stock Android, but it will apparently come with a revised camera app with gesture-based interface and a always-on voice commands, which are not part of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean changelog, but which will definitely enhance the user experience.
Rumor has it that the Moto X will be officially introduced on August 1st, when Motorola will host a launch event in New York. Even though the Moto X will not be a high-end Android-powered smartphone, the biggest selling point of the handset will most likely be the price. Sources say that the unlocked Moto X will be available for a mere $349, while the subsided price will be of $99 with a two year contract.
Early Moto X rumors suggested that we will be dealing with a highly customizable smartphone, as Motorola will allow the user to customize the hardware platform of their smartphones, like choosing the amount of RAM, display size or resolution, or even the CPU. It seems though that the Moto X customization options will not go further than design, as Motorola advertised it as “Designed by You” and “Made in the USA.”
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