Motorola unveils Moto X

Motorola Moto X

Here is the new Motorola Moto X! It comes with the promise that “Moto X is ready to listen to your voice and respond. Once you turn it on, Moto X is all yours.”

“At Motorola our roots are deep in mobile hardware – we invented mobile communications,” says Odile Guinot, vice-president of sales and general manager, Motorola Mobility Canada. “Now, as a Google company, we’ve become the kind of company that can build a smartphone like Moto X. It fuses our history of mobile innovation with the best of Google mobile services.”

Motorola Moto X in blackMotorola Moto X specifications:

  • Processor: Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System with 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA +/GPRS/EDGE (CDMA/EVDO Rev. A on CDMA model)
  • Other connectivity: 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual-band) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD (720×1280) AMOLED
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal storage: 16GB or 32GB
  • External storage: None
  • Rear-facing camera: 10MP Clear Pixel with 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP with 1080p video capture
  • Battery: 2,200mAh
  • Dimensions: 129.3 × 65.3 × 5.6 to 10.4 (due to curve) millimeters
  • Weight: 130 grams
  • Colors: 18 backplate colours, 7 side buttons and lens ring colours, 2 front panel colours

Like the Verizon DROIDs that were announced earlier this summer, the Moto X comes with Touchless Control which lets its respond to voice-activated commands (“Ok Google Now”), Active Display which turns on portions of the display for notifications. Quick Capture allows users to quickly take pictures using the 10MP camera by shaking the smartphone twice.

In terms of customization, there are over 500 different possible variations. 18 different backplates will be available to choose from at launch. You will also have a choice of black or white front panel. The side buttons and rear camera lens ring will also be available in seven colours. It will also be possible to engrave the back of the smartphone.  But there is a catch: Only AT&T will support customization at launch time. All other carriers will only offer the Moto X in black or white.

A picture on the Motorola website suggests that wood finishes are also coming:

Motorola Moto X wood finish

The Moto X comes with a curved back “designed to fit your hand.” As a result, the thickness goes from 5.6 millimeters at the sides to 10.4 millimeters at the center where it’s thickest.

One of the Moto X’s most promising feature is the promise of 24 hours of battery life. Can it really deliver? It remains to be seen whether the Moto X will truly free us from having to recharge our phone at some point in the day when used heavily.

In Canada, the Moto X will be carried exclusively by Rogers Wireless later this month. It will sell for CA$189.99 with a two-year plan and 16GB onboard. The Rogers version will support the 2600MHz LTE band (Rogers LTE Max). Existing Rogers customers can reserve their Moto X starting today on the Rogers Reservation system. Black and white models will be offered.

The Moto X will be available from all four major U.S. carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA and Verizon) as well as U.S. Cellular later this month. The 16GB model will sell for US$199.99 and the 32GB for US$249.99, both with a two-year contract.

Sources : Motorola // Rogers Reservation System