In case you are not familiar with the device, the Google Motorola X Phone is a rumored flagship smartphone that is supposed to be announced at the I/O event held by Google in mid-May. There have been previous reports surfacing the web, but the latest one offers detailed information about the phone such as specs and several features, but also an image featuring it.
Before we talk about the technical specifications of the Motorola X Phone, let’s remember some facts that might be relevant to the fresh information. First of all, let’s take the Mobile World Congress. Even if Samsung didn’t officially unveiled the Galaxy S4, the company showed the device to some members of the press, according to some reports, which made people not so interested in the event itself, although with the exception of a few handsets, none of the products announced at MWC were exciting enough to get our attention. Also during MWC, Samsung confirmed that it would hold its own event on March 14, when it will reveal the new Galaxy S4. The manufactured even issued the invitations for the Galaxy S4 Unpacked event during the Barcelona-based Mobile World Congress, making people more eager to see the device coming to life.
There is no question about it, Samsung’s strategy was to steal the thunder of the companies that were announcing their products at the time, and generate more buzz around its own. And at the time, it seemed that it was s successful marketing move.
Also during Mobile World Congress, reports said that Google is experiencing alarming trouble as Samsung was gaining more and more market share from the other manufacturers that make Android devices. And of course, most of the cash was heading towards the South Korean company. If Google would launch the Motorola X Phone (or at least make some comments about it) it would diminish the buzz around the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Even though it’s hard to stop the excitement caused by Samsung’s next flagship, Google could at least release some rumors about the X Phone, in order to counterattack Samsung. That would mean that the internet giant is not quite happy with Samsung’s prosperity. However, Google has stated that it doesn’t have anything against Samsung.
But then what’s up with this? Leaked information about the technical specs, features and even an image featuring the Motorola X Phone have accidentally appeared three days before the announcement of the Galaxy S4. It could be just a coincidence, but in my years of experience I learned that it rarely is. It seems that 2013 is the year when one of the major battles will be between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Google Motorola X Phone.
We’re not sure if the leaks are meant to target Samsung’s event, but the good thing is that the X Phone might actually be launched this year as it seemed that Google had ditched the plan. But enough with the war between Google and Samsung. If there really is one, it’s their problem and doesn’t concern us.
Moving on to the Motorola X Phone rumor, which is the whole purpose of this article, a source familiar with the matter sent some details about the device to AndroidWorld. According to this anonymous tipster, the Motorola X Phone will sport a 4.7inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and it will be powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4i CPU. The Motorola X Phone will also come with a 16 MP primary camera (which would be the most advanced on the market), plus a secondary one located in the front that will have 5 megapixels and will reportedly serve as a light sensor with eye scrolling features. Also, the handset will measure 131.2 x 66.7 x 7.9 mm.
Of course, the specs and the leaked image can’t be really confirmed and could be fake, so we recommend you not to get so excited. However, what we’re trying to highlight is that the rumors about the Motorola X Phone have begun to show up right when the Samsung Galaxy S4 is about to be unveiled.
What’s interesting, presuming that the hardware are not just part of a hoax, is that the Motorola X Phone will not be on par with the rest of the flagships of 2013 when it comes to the size of the display. While most companies have launched their high-end products with 5-inch display, the X Phone will come with a smaller one that has a similar size to the screen of the HTC One and the current Google flagship smartphone, the Nexus 4.
Another interesting aspect is that the Motorola X Phone might be the first smartphone to be powered by the Tegra 4i processor. Not to mention the cameras, as the front-facing one could easily be boasted by a mid-ranger as the primary shooter.
Another detail that interests me is the slimness of the X Phone, and I’m very curious what kind of battery will be sported by a phone with a 7/9mm profile. If we are to compare it with another handset, a similar one would be the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD, which has the same screen size, similar dimensions, but it’s a little thicker.
Moving n to the leaked photo, it could be only a placeholder image, as it doesn’t really shows us a bezel-less smartphone.
Other than this, no more information is provided. Curiously, the publication doesn’t mention anything about which version of Android OS the Motorola X Phone will be running. However, if we are to believe the previous rumors, the device will run a vanilla iteration of Android, just like the Nexus handsets. The good news is that the same rumors said that the Motorola X Phone will be the first smartphone that will run Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie right out of the box. It would make plenty of sense, because it would be only natural for Google to implement the new version of Android OS on one of its own products. Furthermore, it won’t be such a big surprise seeing all Motorola-branded smartphone running vanilla Android, after all the manufacturer has been acquired by Google.
The one thing that I can’t explain is the Motorola NXT branding. But, there is a lot of mystery around the Motorola X Phone, which I think that it won’t be solved right away. As I mentioned before, the rumor hasn’t be confirmed and you should treat it as it is.
Nevertheless, if the Motorola X Phone will indeed by launched at the Google I/O event, and the company will officially confirm it earlier, then some of the people eager to buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 might consider waiting a little bit longer, for the X Phone. I don’t know how much the Galaxy S4 sales will suffer, but having another strong opponent would seriously complicate things for Samsung. Also, if the specs of the Motorola X Phone are real, then it could cause a lot of damage on the mobile market.
If any more details will be available we’ll let you know.
So, if you would have to choose between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Motorola X Phone, which one would you pick?