Motorola / Google X Phone: New Specs, Rumors and Possible Release Date
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had a lot of rumors about the Google X Phone, which is supposed to be the next smartphone released by the internet giant in its partnership with Motorola. The first rumor we’ve heard suggested that the X Phone will offer the possibility to the users to customize its hardware when ordered.
The personalized smartphone rumored was somehow confirmed by Motorola’s Guy Kawasaki with a comment on his Google+ account.
Now there is a whole new series of rumors that surely make things interesting. According to online publication Android and Me, the Motorola X Phone will be launched in July 2013. Although, it was initially reported as scheduled for June, it seems that the company had some problems with the manufacturing process, the release date has been pushed back a month. However, it’s not so surprising as the duo have a pretty bold project and minor issues are kind of expected.
There is another rumor saying that the Motorola X Phone will offered in an exclusive way in July, and the release date for the general public will be around October. This might mean that the X Phone will be launched firstly online, and a few months later it will be offered to the carriers.
If Google will unveil the X Phone at its I/O event as we previously predicted, then it will certainly go live in July. In terms of customization, it is said that the consumers will be allowed to dictate the design of the smartphone, but will also be able to choose the amount of on-board storage as well as the software included. Moreover, the users will get to choose the casing’s material, though it’s kind of hard to believe that Google will go that far. But if it happens, the customers will get to choose for carbon fiber, metal or plastic.
This feature is similar to what HTC is offering through it HTC Get Started service where the customers can go online to order the phone and personalize it with pre-installed applications, wallpapers, ringtones and more. In other words, your phone will be already personalized right when you open the box.
In terms of specs, it looks like the hardware of the Motorola X Phone will be similar to the hardware of the HTC One, but it’s not meant as a flagship smartphone able to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the next iPhone. I know that many of you are disappointed, but it seems that Google wants the X Phone to be a rather budget friendly handset that could be appealing to a wide range of people.
One interesting characteristic of the X Phone will be the Motorola logo on its back which is supposed to be some kind of touch sensitive button that will enable the users to control the phone and perform various tasks. We’re not sure if the users if the Motorola X Phone will let the users choose the tasks assigned to the rear logo.
In other news, Motorola will launch a few other Droid smartphones later in 2013. It is said that the phone maker will also come with the next Nexus phone, probably named Nexus 5, but I doubt that the company will take the responsibility of making two important Google branded devices at the same time, even though Motorola practically belongs to Google now. The Nexus 5 will probably be manufactured by the same company who made its predecessor, namely LG.
It is rumored that Google will also announce its Smart Watch along with the X Phone, but there is no official confirmation about the matter. Actually, we hope that at least some of the information gets confirmed because even though we have a lot, we still don’t know if it’s true or not.
With Google’s event taking place between 15 and 17 of May, we expect the company if not to announce the Motorola X Phone, at least to through us a bone, because we’re starving here.
What do you guys thing about these new rumors?