It’s been almost a year since we first heard about the mysterious smartphone co-developed by Google and Motorola, but it is only now when Dennis Woodside, Motorola CEO, confirmed its existence, saying that the X Phone release sate will be this summer, adding that it will be called Moto X and that it will be assembled in the US.
Dennis Woodside confirmed the Motorola X Phone release date (I don’t know why, but I like X Phone more than Moto X) during an interview at D11 conference, but he didn’t reveal too many details about the new flagship smartphone of the company. According to the Motorola official, the X Phone will be a high-end hadset that aims to compete against Apple’s iPhone 5S and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone. Dennis Woodside didn’t reveal anything concrete about the X Phone specs, only saying that the smartphone will boast an OLED display, that it will come pre-loaded with smart contextual software capable of determining where and how you use your smartphone and that Motorola has focused on its durability and the battery life, thus confirming some of the previous X Phone rumors.
The same Motorola official said that the X Phone will be assembled in the United States in a factory in Fort Worth, Texas, which was used until recently by Nokia. Dennis Woodside added that 30% of the X Phone’s components, like the processor and the OLED screen panel will be imported.
Moto X will be a high-end smartphone, but Dennis Woodside stressed out that Motorola will also focus on the affordable-but-well-built smartphones, a market segment that is seen as “very promising” by the company.
According to the initial statement, the X Phone release date was October, but, in the meantime Motorola posted a press release saying that the Moto X release date will be this summer and that it will be available world wide.
You want to hear some Motorola X Phone rumors? I know you do, that’s why I will tell you that the rumor mill speculates that the Motorola X Phone will be a highly customizable device that will allow the customers to choose its hardware specifications like processor, amount of RAM, internal storage, color or even screen size. How did this rumor started up. Well, a Motorola official made a Google Plus post asking it’s followers whether they’d like a smartphone that can be customized to fit their needs, in a similar way the things work with cars.
A couple of months ago, Google’s Larry Page said that one of the biggest problems of the modern smartphones are the battery life and the durability. Well, his statement was interpreted by the media, and it was speculated that the X Phone will be water and dust proof (some said it would even have an unbreakable flexible display) and that it will pack a huge battery just like the Droid RAZR Maxx smartphones do.
There are also a lot of speculations regarding the processing unit fitted underneath the Motorola X Phone (now Moto X) hood. We’ve heard it might come with a Tegra 4 CPU, as well as with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 or Snapdragon 800 units. Why not all, considering that the rumor has it that Motorola will allow its customers to customize the hardware of the X Phone?
Anyway, in my opinion the Tegra 4 SoC is out of the question, because Nvidia’s chipset doesn’t come with LTE support, which is one of the major selling points of today’s smartphones. Maybe Motorola will also take the Tegra 4i into consideration. On the other hand, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800 chipsets are plausible solution. First, because Motorola made a habit out of integrating Qualcomm SoCs into their smartphones. Secondly, the X Phone will be a high-end smartphone and the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800 chipsets are some of the most powerful processing units currently available on the market.
Still, if Motorola wants the X Phone to be a real iPhone killer they should go with the Snapdragon 800 solution. Moreover, when Qualcomm announced its new flagship chipset at CES 2013, they said that the first devices underpinned by the Snapdragon 800 SoC will emerge in the summer, which coincides with the X Phone release date.
There are confusing rumors regarding the display of the Moto X. Now we know for sure that it will be an OLED panel, but how about its size? Since the same Larry Page said that the smartphones co-developed by Google and Motorola will have screens that are “the right” size we are expecting the X Phone to come with a right sized display. But what right size means for Google? Since the last two Nexus smartphones came with 4.65 and 4.7 inch screens, the Motorola X Phone might sport a full HD (?) 4.7-inch OLED display and have a buttonless front panel, because that’s the way Google wants its smartphones to be.
Even though Dennis Woodside that Google treats Motorola no different than other smartphone manufacturers, we know that the Mountain View-based giant would want its little baby to bit a chunk of Samsung’s market share. That’s why it was reported that the X Phone will arrive with stock Android, and that it will be among the first wave of smartphones that receive Android updates, in the same manner as the Nexus devices. But how about the software that will allow the Moto X to “know what you want to do before you do?” We can’t know for sure what Woodside was talking about, but let’s hope it will be cool and that it will not stop the company to roll out the Android updates in time.
Oh, I almost forgot. The rumor mill indicates that Google will introduce Android 4.3 Jelly Bean next month (which will be a minor update to Android 4.2), so we might see the new Android iteration making it under the hood of the X Phone.
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