What Do You Expect from The Google/Motorola X Phone?
You probably know that Google acquired Motorola a while ago, but since then the two companies never partnered to develop a super smartphone.
The public has high expectations from the two companies, and it seems that the X Phone will be the first product co-developed by Google and Motorola. Anyway, no official confirmed the existence of the Googorola supersmartphone, so don’t pop the campaign bottle yet.
There are two reasons why Google might have decided to get its hands on Motorola: it may be a strategical acquisition, aiming to get into the possession of Motorola’s 18,000 patents in an attempt to secure its portfolio from any potential in the silent war against Apple, Microsoft, or any other company, without the desire to change anything in Motorola’s status on the smartphone and tablet market.
On the other hand Google might have purchased Motorola to be able to put constant pressure on Apple, Samsung, LG, and all other big smartphone makers. If, the other phone makers would, for some reason, dump Android one day, Google would have an alternative: invest in Motorola and make it a big player of the market.
Returning to Phone X, it would rush in and make a list of technical specifications capable of making it the most powerful smartphone on the market and an instant sales hit.
It’s obvious that 2013 will be dominated by smartphones with 4.5+ inch displays, and since the full HD 5-inch displays are some sort of standard on the high-end market, that’s what Motorola Phone X should bring. Moreover, it should also be dust and water proof.
Motorola Phone X should bring the new Snapdragon 800 processor, unveiled by Qualcomm at CES 2013. Snapdragon 800 brings four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, and a powerful Adreno 330 GPU, capable of decoding 4K videos.
Anyway, it seems that the new Qualcomm processors will hit the first devices in the summer, so, maybe, the X Phone might arrive with an overclocked Snapdragon S4 Pro.
The new Tegra 4 SoC is another viable alternative for Motorla X, bringing four ARM Cortex A15 cores + an underclocked core, being 40% more battery friendly than Tegra 3 and 2.6 times more powerful in terms of graphics processing. Unfortunately, the Tegra 4 chipsed doesn’t come with an integrated LTE chip, so Motorola will be forced to fit a separete LTE antenna.
Why am I talking so much about Phone X’ processor? First of all is because it’s an important selling point. Secondly, because Texa Instruments have decided not to invest in mobile processors anymore, that’s why Motorola will search another big name in the business to provide the processing solution of its smartphone.
Samsung is definitely out of the question, so Qualcomm and Nvidia are the most likely solutions.
2 GB of RAM should be enough, while the internal storage should not drop below 16 GB, of course expandable using a microSD card slot.
Phone X should also pack 4G LTE (mandatory, as it’s a major selling point on the North American market), 3G, NFC, WiFi in all standards, the common connectivity stuff.
Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie should come out of the box on the Googorola superphone, if not, at least Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, upgradable to KLP.
I’m also expecting a 13 megapixel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel front-facing sensor, both with full HD video recording capabilities. Since Larry Page complained about the battery life of the modern smartphones, I’m expecting a 3,000 mAh unit that will provide 2+ days of battery life.
Of course, the Phone X should also stand out with its design, with kevar fiber on the back (like it happened with Motorola RAZR and RAZR Maxx), good grip, and all these without weigh in more than 140 grams, and being less than 7.5 mm thin.
As I mentioned above, the full HD 5-inch display is also a must-have for a 2013 super smartphone.
To he honest, I could care less what’s under the hood o fa smartphone, if delivers five important coordinates worthy of a true high-end smartphone.
The most important one it’s the speed. I don’t care if it’s a dual-core, quad-core, or octo-core, I all want from it is to be fast in menus and apps.
Next, I want it to be user friendly. I doesn’t matter whether it comes with Motorola’s proprietary UI or with Android Vanilla, I don’t want any of that useless bloatware on my smartphone, but I want it to be simple and functional, and a couple of touch gestures should bring me right where I want to be.
A smartphone is also about the design. It must impress you from the first glance, and not with its size, but with the quality of the materials, finishing and design.
The photo and video capabilities are important, as well. It’s not a decisive factor when you buy a smartphone, but it wouldn’t be bad if it comes with a good camera. You probably know that the camera software can be improved, especially when it comes to photo and video stabilization.
Least, but not last, a true high-end smartphone should always run on the latest Android version. Since Motorola is now under Google’s protective wing, the latest software updates should arrive on its Phone X days after Google unveils a new one.
But let’s cut the chit chat and let’s have a look at Motorola’s flagship smartphone for the European market, RAZR HD.
It comes with a 4.7-inch AMOLED display with 1,280 x 720 pixels, being powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, has 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and microSD card slot.
Is running Android 4.0.4 ICS out of the box, upgradable to Jelly Bean 4.1, while the connectivity features list includes 4G/LTE, WiFi a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, 3.5 mm jack, GPS and GLONASS.
The camera mounted on the back of the smartphone is an 8 megapixel unit, with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization and full HD video recording support, while the user-facing camera has a 1.3 megapixel sensor. It also comes with a 2,500 mAh battery, while weighing in 146 grams and being 8.4 mm thick.\
Motorola doesn’t have a quad-core smartphone in its portfolio, while the European market is not a priority for it. The US phone maker has its money on the North Amerian market and China, with smartphones selling exclusively on the two aforementioned markets.
So what are you expecting from a Motorola X Phone co-developed with Google? Please let us know in the comments section.