The Motorola Moto X release date is just a couple of hours away, but in the meantime we get to hear more about the highly-anticipated smartphone co-developed by Google and the Chicago-based phone maker. We’ve told you a couple of days ago that the Moto X will come with zero gap display technology and that it will be protected against scratches by a special Gorilla Glass layer called Magic Glass. Well, now we get to see the Magic Glass panel in the first leaked photos.
The Moto X Magic Glass panel photos have leaked on the web courtesy Fanatic Fone and they are revealing the smartphone’s plastic frame, with a glass coating that is bent around the edges making the transition between the front panel and the back of the terminal. It seems that the glass bodies are pretty fashionable nowadays as both the Nexus 4 and the Sony Xperia Z had glass cases. Moreover, the Sony flagship even had glass insertions on the sides.
The idea behind Magic Glass is simple: Motorola is using the resistant Corning Gorilla Glass in a compact design, wrapping the smartphone’s edges in it, resulting in now design gaps. Well, Google have reportedly prepared a $500 million marketing campaign for the Motorola Moto X, so expect to hear a lot about the new smartphone in the coming months.
As you probably know the Moto X will be a mid-range smartphone, rather than the super-smartphone the early rumors were talking about. According the the latest reports the Moto X will be underpinned by a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait CPU and Adreno 320 GPU. The smartphone is also expected to come with 2 GB of RAM and a 10 megapixel camera with Clear Pixel technology, capable of recording 1080p videos at 60 fps.
In terms of connectivity the Moto X will pack LTE with dual-antennas, which will come in handy while roaming, NFC chip, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy. All these will be kept alive by a 2,200 mAh battery.
The new smartphone will run almost-stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It’s almost-stock because it borrows the default Android Jelly Bean interface, but it also comes with a couple of Motorola-specific features like always-on voice controls and a gesture-based camera app interface.
The first Moto X ad revealed that the new handset will be “Made in the USA” and “Designed by you.” The first Moto X rumors suggested that the smartphone will be highly customizable, allowing its users to choose its hardware platform like the amount of RAM, processor clocks speed, internal storage, or even display size and resolution. Well it seems that the customization options will only be related with the design aspects of the device.
I was mentioning above that the Moto X will be a mid-range smartphone, therefore expect it to have a price worthy of a mid-range smartphone. Source say the price of the unlocked model will be around $349 and that the subsided price with a two-year contract will be below $99.