Moto X specs and features finally official

by: Chris SmithAugust 1, 2013


After a tremendous build-up campaign, Motorola on Thursday finally unveiled the Moto X, one of the most anticipated handsets of the year.

As you expected, most of the rumors were right on the money, so it’s not likely that the phone will surprise you when it comes to specs and features.

The Moto X has already starred in a variety of leaks, and we have already seen alleged press shots of the device. Moreover, the Moto X has been spotted in the hands of various Google execs, with the most famous of them being Eric Schmidt who used a white Moto X during a meeting with journalists at a special event in California not too long ago.

The Moto X is a sleek device, which will feature a edge-to-edge display and a curved back. The handset is quite slim measuring in at only 129.3 x 65.3 x 5.6-10.4 mm and weighs 130g.

Judging the hardware of the handset by 2013 parameters, you’d think the handset is a mid-ranged device, although it’s clear that Google doesn’t see it that way.

That said, here’s what’s waiting for you under the hood:

  • 4.7-inch AMOLED display with 720p resolution
  • 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor and Adreno 320 GPU part of Motorola’s X8 Mobile Computing System which also includes one core for contextual computing processing and one core for natural language processing
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB/32GB of internal memory and 2 years of 50GB of free Google Drive storage
  • no microSD support
  • 10.5-megapixel Clear Pixel camera
  • 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with dual band antenna system
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • LTE
  • NFC
  • GPS, AGPS, aGPS, sGPS, eCompass, GLONASS
  • Android 4.2.2  Jelly Bean
  • 2200mAh non-removable battery (up to 24hours of battery life, up to 13 hours of talk time)
  • base colors: Woven Black or Woven White

The handset will be available from Google/Motorola in the following weeks, but also from a variety of carriers.


  • Daniel Rönnberg

    Will it be available worldwide or do we in Finland have to wait a bit more to get it?

    • MasterMuffin

      Should be worldwide, but (as always) we get it later :(

      • Daniel Rönnberg

        Let’s hope it’ll be released worldwide. But I’m thinking between a Nexus 4 and Moto X. Haven’t really decided yet.

        • MasterMuffin

          I believe they said that it will. Why not Nexus 5?

          • Daniel Rönnberg

            Because I kind of need a new phone right now, or as soon as possible. I don’t really necessary need the latest and greatest, but as I said the choise is between these two. Which one do you think is more worth the money?

          • MasterMuffin

            Don’t ask me, my opinion is bad because I hate pretty much everything about Moto X (hate is a strong word but I can’t think of better one right now)

          • MasterMuffin

            Moto X is not coming to Europe according to latest information. Perkele :D

          • Daniel Rönnberg

            That’s it! I just ordered a Nexus 4.. but I’ll have to wait 2-4 weeks before I get it.. as it’s out of stock everywhere.. -.-‘

          • MasterMuffin

            Not surprised about it being out if stock :) Anyways good choice!

  • Kevin

    No price yet?

    • Jacob Buys

      $200 on contract :/ hoping it would be free

      • kevin

        I’m anticipating a savery price point for the unlocked version

        • kuni

          Only quote from a carrier yet is from AT&T, selling it off-contract for $575 (16GB) or an amazing $55 more for the 32GB version. So those pre-announcement rumors ($299 and $339, respectively) were WAY off. Very disappointed.

      • MasterMuffin

        FREE? Seriously :D

        • Jacob Buys

          yeah free on contract because of ya know it was supposed to be like 300 at retail

          • MasterMuffin

            New flagship phones are never free with contract!

          • Jacob Buys

            I thought that would be why the moto x is special… Oh well I’ll move on with my tech life, goodbye moto x and hello new keyboard

  • Stefan

    200 is unreasonable for this phone, on contract. Why not but an nexus 4 for 300 unlocked? Or why not buy an S4/One if you are on contract?

  • Jack Parker

    For those specs, its got to be about the same price as the nexus 4 otherwise it just wont sell, why spend more on a device when the nexus 4 has more cores ( most people think the more cores the better )

    If they want me to buy one it has to be £279 for the 16gb model otherwise im going for the Hauwei P6

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Being assembled in the states brings the price up I guess. If so, the international version should be cheaper.

      • Cole Raney

        I’m pretty sure it will still be built in the U.S. Motorola is a U.S. company (specifically I think they are based in Illinois). I doubt they are going to manufacture it for different places.

        • Mohammed Sahib

          I read somewhere that only phones sold in the US are assembles in the US. International versions are said to be assembles by the usual ‘foreign manufacturers’. I don’t remember where I read that. Probably here on AA.

      • Jack Parker

        Motorola arent selling the Moto X internationally :'(

    • retrospooty

      “For those specs, its got to be about the same price as the nexus 4 otherwise it just wont sell”

      Yeah… I think its a great phone for $299 – a game changer. For the same price as other high end phones? Pass. I’d much rather get an LG G2 or One Max, or something higher end.

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    this should be sold as the HTC first did (99 on contract)…it’s a midranged phone with some strange things to it (colors only on at+t e.g.). this against the nexus4 and you know what to get ;)

  • vosg

    I’d like to see how it stacks up against the HTC One Mini and the Galaxy S4 Mini. Also a tad dissapointed that it doesn’t have wireless charging…

  • Lumpedwink

    Stock 4.2.2 or 4.2.2 MotoBlur?

  • asd

    A phone that does not have micro sd is a big nono for me already

  • gunglefunk

    Where’s the “game changer” stuff? Blah specs, no Android 4.3.. why would I want to buy this?

  • Any explanations about (AGPS, aGPS, sGPS)

  • James Silva

    Who cares? These are perfect specs for a phone, especially with optimized software. Other Android companies don’t tweak their base kernels to this extent, and with all their crapware they need to throw in those quad core out-of-it processors, which are a waste of money anyway. I can’t see anything wrong with these specifications, who cares about bragging rights with your stupid processors? Just brag about the phone itself, if you must.

  • Joey Colclough

    My question is now knowing all the spec the customisation of the X and so forth, what exactly do Motorola have left to premiere this evening in New York

  • Ryan Castle

    Moto X…LG G2…Sony Xperia i1…

    I must resist the temptation of buying these fine devices for the ultimate award…
    A Nexus 5.

  • Stranger from a far Coast

    wow everything fail in comparison to Galaxy S4.

  • Balraj

    24 hrs of battery life

    BIG JOKE !!!!!

  • David

    This is the most disappointing phone I have ever seen. Motorola is putting the hopes of their entire company on a phone that has a year old plus specs. Sad. I was hoping this would be game changer. If I was Samsung I would be overjoyed by this. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an uptick in sales of the s4 and HTC One. Now the waiting for the G2 and Note3 begins…

  • I don’t understand the dismay over the specs. Motorola clearly stated that this is a mid-range phone. Those specs are perfectly mid-range.

    If the phone is priced above $350 (off contract), it’s a different story.

    • WindLord Gray

      $575 for off contract 16GB..and $199 16GB with 2 years contract.