Moto X to feature standalone language processing and context awareness chips, and more rumors

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 3, 2013

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The rumor mill has churned out a variety of stories, often vague and contradicting, about the Moto X, also known at one point as the X Phone. However, as Motorola begins to lift the veil on its groundbreaking new device, it turns out that at least some of the rumors that seemed crazy a few months back are actually accurate.

One of the rumors that shape out to be on to something is that about the customization options offered by the Moto X. Just yesterday, an ad that Motorola will run in tomorrow’s press has leaked, establishing without doubt that the Moto X will indeed be customizable.

Now the person that started the rumor in the first place, Taylor Wimberley, the founder and former owner of Android and Me, came out with some new information about the Moto X. Much of it isn’t new, but it’s still worth recapping.

I synthesized here Wimberley’s points he made in a Q&A session on Google Plus and on Twitter.

  • Specifications – The specs that leaked so far are real: 720p display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM.
  • Battery life – unknown, but it will be “industry leading”.
  • Storage – multiple options available.
  • Availability – in August, US first, Verizon not likely to get it, other countries to get in Q4. Will also sell unlocked.
  • Price – not specified, but around $299 or less.
  • Customization users will get to choose the case material and the color, as well as the wallpaper, ringtone, and apps through a web portal
  • Materials – plastic, wood, metal, carbon fiber (based on rumors)
  • Contextual aware – always-on listening mode, supported by a standalone language processing chip and a contextual awareness chip that analyzes the input from an array of sensors.

Again, these seem to be a collection of educated guesses and previous rumors, but given that Taylor Wimberley was spot on about the customization options and the contextual awareness rumors, I think his words hold weight. These rumors also corroborate with the official info we have from Dennis Woodside and from other sources. With that said, treat this info with caution.

With the flood of details leaking about the Moto X, it’s only a matter of days, or weeks at most, until the device becomes real. If all the rumors pan out, Motorola should be commended for breaking away from the blind specs race to try something different and unique.

  • Piyush

    so much hype , i hope motorola lives upto it.

  • King-Podigy-X

    720p, no thanks.

    • David RT

      lol go get a galaxy S4 then an enjoy your battery drain and then complain about how the batt. life if crap and blah..blah..blah when there is no significant difference in resolution on a 4.5-5.5 inch phone, maybe on a 7″ , or a 8″

      • King-Podigy-X

        Sony Xperia I1 Bitch!!!!

        • David RT

          Lol Go hard for nothing…yeah take that lagging piece of crap and enjoy it. Where in even Emotion UI works better and that sucks ass.

          • King-Podigy-X

            You must be Motorola Fanboy to be defending it this hard and how is it lagging when its going to have Snapdragon 800 dumb fuck.

          • David RT

            Lol and you must have not read that keylime fixes that issue by being optimized dumbass. Please before you speak at least try to sound like you know your stuff. Ow before I completely ignore you obviously retard ass mate. Motorola is releasing low to high end “X” series devices over the next two quarters. Sorry not a fanboy I go where the potentially better hardware lies, but as for you… can continue slobbish Sony’s knob ya stupid wanker

  • mumusen

    I don’t know but I guess not worth upgrading my Nexus 4. May be?

    • David RT

      It could be. Depending on how deep the customization goes.

  • Jeff Weatherup

    I have waited a long time for this…So excited!

  • jjordan

    I still don’t understand why Motorola didn’t put a 1080p screen on this thing. They still haven’t put a 1080p screen on anything yet

    • bozzykid

      Battery life.

      • Jeff Weatherup

        I’ll take better battery life over barely perceivable increase in pixel density any day.

    • billy

      I’m fine with 720p, as long as screen no bigger than 4 inch.
      compact phones are rare nowadays.

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    All this concern about resolution. 1080p is great, as is 720p, as is 540×960. Touch Pro2 had 800×480, granted it was 3.6″ but it still was beautiful. At the expense of processing power to run it, and battery life (although they are getting more efficient) at sub 5″ screen, it just doesn’t seem that big of a deal.

    But, at those specs, with Motorola solid build quality, and at that price point, this could be a solid winner for the new Moto. Can’t wait to see it, and read the reviews.

    • bill

      agree with you.
      those spec & price seems fine to me. though I’m more curious with the special chip.

  • jjordan

    All I’m saying is I have the galaxy note 2 big battery and a beautiful display. My wife however has the galaxy s4 also a good battery but the display on that thing is perfect I would swear I was watching an HDtv. There is a definite difference between 1080p and 720p even at the 5-6 inch area. Her battery also lasts almost as long as my note 2 there may be an hour or so difference. I would deal with an hour less battery life for that beautiful diaplay

  • Moto X Forum

    It’ll be interesting to see if you can engrave pictures and logos as well as text.

  • Moto X Forum

    It’ll be interesting to see if you can engrave pictures and logos as well as text.

  • dangerdoc

    Advertising that a phone is always listening to you in the age of warrantless NSA snooping is probaly counter productive.