Updated Moto X may be called Moto X+1, feature leather back

by: Bogdan PetrovanApril 7, 2014


A couple of tantalizing clues of Motorola’s plans for this year came our way over the weekend, courtesy of good old @evleaks.

First, the pro leaker published an image that suggests Motorola is going to use the “X+1” name for the successor of the Moto X. As usual, @evleaks doesn’t provide any details about this morsel of info, other than to say it’s “coming soon.” We can speculate that Motorola is preparing a refreshed version of the Moto X, instead of a proper successor, given that the company hinted in the past at a late summer release for the second-gen Moto X. The name itself hints at an incremental update over the Moto X, rather than a big overhaul.

moto x plus 1

We don’t know what the Moto X+1 will bring to the table, but a second tweet from @evleaks might give us a clue.

Is a leather option coming to the Moto X (or the Moto X+1)? It’s very likely. In the past, we heard rumors about other materials considered for the back of the Moto X, with leather explicitly mentioned. Currently, Motorola is offering several wood finishes in its customization program, in a category called “Natural”. The fact that Motorola uses Natural, instead of a more straightforward “Wood” for the name may be another clue that the company is planning new material options for the Moto X.

Several smartphone manufacturers, mostly from the luxury tier, offer smartphones with real leather backs; the Vertu Constellation series, for instance, comes with a handmade alligator leather build. The challenge for Motorola would be to mass-produce attractive leather back plates, while keeping costs reasonable. Currently, wood backs for the Moto X cost an extra $25, down from the $50 Motorola asked for them at launch. Leather will probably carry a similar premium.

  • Jayfeather787

    I want a Snapdragon 805 in this baby!
    Aside from that, I hope its actual leather, or at lease something better than Samsung’s faux leather.

    • MasterMuffin

      But wasn’t Moto X supposed to show that specs aren’t everything? :P

      • Anonymousfella

        Maybe a custom 805 with extra cores dedicated to “always on” low power processing? I can dream…

      • Jayfeather787

        I know, but I still want a Snapdragon 805. The Moto X already proved that specs aren’t everything, but I want awesome specs. Really? Your comment got more upvotes than mine? *sigh*
        I upvoted it too. Because you are Mastermuffin.

        • MasterMuffin

          I want Snapdragon 810 (announced today)! :D

          Upvotes mean nothing. Smarter comments often get less upvotes!

          • Jayfeather787

            So.. what do I do with this comment?
            Upvote or no upvote?

  • MasterMuffin

    How about a worldwide release this time?

    • Shark Bait

      Totally, that was the worse decision moto could have made , why cut off 80% of your market??
      Maybe they don’t like making money

      • MasterMuffin

        I bet Lenovo will sell it worldwide

  • wat

    5inch 1080p and I think it will do really well cus 1080p screens now are as cheap as 720p were then and it’s what consumers want.

  • Darcy Poe

    Moto X!! I freakin love that phone!! 5″ is just awesome and also to think its gonna be 1080p :) Why-oh-why would Google sell the hen laying the golden eggs! :(

  • Juan A C

    For a series of reasons, I can get the Moto G or the Nexus 4 for the same price. What do you think I should do? (I know the RAM and screen differences point towards the Nexus, but what about the rest?)

    • MasterMuffin

      Nexus 4 definitely

    • jprez89

      Iv just replaced my broken Nexus 4 with a Moto G, and I am blown away by the Moto G. First off, the screen is way better than the one on the Nexus imo, more vibrant colors, lessed washed out, very deep blacks (especially compared to the nexus) and I say the viewing angles are slightly better on the moto. I do however have backlight bleed on the moto, which a friend doesn’t have on his (I may have a ‘faulty’ screen). I also had backlight bleed on my nexus but the one of my moto unit seems a tad more visable on black backgrounds. Performance wise, the moto G is a lot smoother than the Nexus 4 (which shocked me). A Perfect example I can give, is when you minimize (pull down) a video in YouTube. It always used to stutter on the nexus slightly, but on the moto g its completely smooth. I hardly ran into issues with ram, though you may find sometimes apps have to refresh when returning to them (like the browser), a non issue imo. I found the moto being only a 3g handset not as bad as I imagined, and the ‘downgrade’ to a 3g only device only meant I had to wait a few seconds for videos to buffer while using data, again a positive surprise (I’m on T-Mobile btw). One area the moto g lacks, is the camera unfortunately. Pictures look muddy and lack detail, even compared to the Nexus 4. But that’s pretty much the only negative. Speakers are great, and will be a HUGE improvement over the Nexus, and I love the Moto’s bright notification light, which is less subtle than the nexus but ‘lights up’ rathen than pulses. I actually prefer the Moto G over the Nexus 4, and imo is an improvement overall. Its a great phone and even better value.

    • Jayfeather787

      Nexus 4. Better processor, better RAM, larger screen. Overall, better future proof.

  • ljg500

    The use of leather is disgusting- even worse, the environmental waste resulting from the 2 year “throwaway” “smart”phone.