Friday, August 2, 2013

After a long wait, Motorola officially announces Moto X

After a long, long time and a period of numerous rumors and leaks we are here to introduce you with the new Moto X. Yes, the wait is over. Motorola on thursday, Aug 1 2013, officially announced the much awaited flagship handset, Moto X. This is the device which Motorola said about that you can customize it as your wishes. Let's have a look what is this Moto X.

So first of all, let's talk about specs. Basically this is a phone having 4.7 inch 1280 x 720p display with pixel density of 316 ppi. It's screen is covered with a new kind of Gorilla glass named as Magic glass due to its curves towards the screen. Dimensions are as 129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm and it weighs 130 gm. Moto X has 16 GB and 32 GB onboard memory options but like Google's other phones there is no option to expand memory, while RAM is of 2 GB that is pretty impressive after all these mid range specs. It has 2,200 mAH battery and has usual connectivity options: Wifi, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. You have 50 GB Google Drive space for 2 years. 

It is loaded with 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and Adreno 320 GPU which seems to be quite low as today's requirements. But Moto X chip has something different; it has custom Motorola designed X8 chipset. Yes you got it right, it has 8 custom cores but it doesn't mean that it is similar to Exynos 5 Octa or MediaTek's new Octa core CPU. It has eight cores out of which 4 are GPU cores, 2 are CPU cores and other two are "Natural language processor” and the “contextual computing processor". Former is used audio processing and noise cancellation while the latter is used to sensors, it is the processor which works when phone is in standby mode. All of this architecture dramatically improves bateery life otherwise Moto X will be loaded with a heavy battery to attain such capabilities. 

While talking about software, Moto X runs on Stock version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. There's no Jelly Bean 4.3, but we are expecting Motorola to be pushing Android 4.3 update soon. Moto X will available on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and US Cellular at the price point of $199.99 for 16 GB model. 32 GB model is available for AT&T users at $249.99.

Moto X has a new "Clear Pixel" 10 MP camera at the rear and a 2 MP camera at the front; both of them can shoot 1080p videos. There's also a gesture for accessing camera quickly. Just twist your wrist 2-3 times and camera will open up directly. There's a complete UI for camera app. 

You can customize your Moto X using Motorola's new website: Motomaker. It is first time when users have choice to design their own phone. It will be rolling out soon. Motorola says customized device shipped within 4 days in USA. It is really, really impressive. 

Apart all other features, three important and innovative features are added to Moto X. These are:
  • Continuous Listening or Always Active: You don't need to touch Moto X to perform tasks. Google Now always remain switched ON so you just need to say "OK Google Now" and Google Now will be there to help you. And because you can tune Moto X for use voice, it learns more from you.
  • Quick Capture: Twist your wrist and you are in the camera. Tap anywhere on the screen and get zero lag snaps. Clear Pixel Camera works awesome in low light areas. 
  • Active Display: Moto X lock screen is just not simple lock screen. It displays a lot of useful information such as unread message count, missed calls and some others, with clock too.

With a lot of new features and new option to customize phone according to users' needs, Motorola is changing the game. Moto X is a new player on same turf. Do you think it will help Motorola to gain its earlier reputation and be a market leader? 

Image Courtesy: TechnoBuffalo


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