Moto X to feature PureView-like oversampling for crisp videos, and other rumors

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 31, 2013

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Ready for your daily dose of Moto X leaks, neatly served in bite-sized chunks by Taylor Wimberly?

Today’s leak involves the phone’s camera, which is widely expected to be a 10MP model. We’ve heard before rumblings about the camera taking great shots in low light pictures, though we could only speculate how that image quality would be achieved.

Taylor Wimberly, to whom pretty much everyone now looks for insider information on the Moto X, has just supplied a few more details about the camera technology on Motorola’s shiny new device:

  • Pixel size is 1.4 microns, which is better than the 1.1 microns pixels on the Galaxy S4, but nowhere near the 2 microns Ultrapixels.
  • The Clear Pixel camera will feature a 4XHD video capture mode, which combines information from four pixels from the sensor to create one sharp, clear pixel in the video.
  • Video can be recorded at 60fps and played back at 30fps in slow motion.
  • The Moto X will feature three microphones for what Wimberly calls “3D audio recording”.

Okay, let’s try to make some sense of this laundry list. First, the Clear Pixel camera that is supposed to perform great in low lighting. Clear Pixel refers to an RGBC sensor, that features an ultra light-sensitive clear “filter”, in addition to the conventional red, green, and blue ones. Thanks to the clear filter, an RGBC sensor can take better noise-free images even when the light is less than ideal.

The 1.4 micron dimension of the sensor pixels tells us that Motorola looked to strike a balance between getting enough light on each pixel (the larger the pixel, the more light it can capture) and cramming enough pixels in the sensor. For context, HTC opted for the large 2 micron pixels it calls Ultrapixels, but that resulted in the sensor having just 4MP in total.

4XHD video capture mode – it looks that Motorola borrowed a technique from Nokia’s arsenal – oversampling. The technique involves combining the information gathered from four physical pixels from the sensor into one final virtual pixel. The idea is to offer better video quality with less noise and artifacts, at the cost of reducing video resolution. So with 4XHD mode on, the Moto X will presumably record video at 2.5MP, which is still a bit higher than Full HD.

The 60fps recording and the 3D audio bits are pretty much self-explanatory. 24 hours left to go…

  • Luka Mlinar

    Bogdan camarad. What’s the deal with the Moto X release? Will there be an event or what? At this point i don’t really understand how they plan to release it.


      There’s an official event tomorrow to announce the device.

      • Luka Mlinar

        What time, will there be a stream?

        • Puya Mirkarimi

          8PM, there will probably be a stream.

          • Luka Mlinar

            Finally, thank you! I remember Samsung did everything short of putting a countdown timer on the moon but Motorola is really doing this low key.

          • Puya Mirkarimi

            I wouldn’t say it’s low key, sure they haven’t done as much as Samsung did but they did put 2 Posters out, one with the allocated times and they did hype it all up a month ago with the whole “manufactured in USA” and the “smartphone you design yourself” thing. And there’s all the leaks they’ve been making. This phone has been in the headlines every week for the past few months.

          • Avi

            U said it Every week,,,,,, It’s in in headline Every Day,,,,,,way more hyped than S4 or 1020

          • Luka Mlinar

            I don’t live in the US man.

    • piopo

      The event will be tomorrow.

    • Amadeus Klein

      The event will be taking place in New York on August 1, and per the
      latest invitation, will kick off at 8PM, running until 1 in the morning…. So launch time somewhere in there… Maybe a Midnight EST launch time for some poetic reason?

      • Rooney-

        8pm? Damn! I shoud stay awake till wee hours!

  • LiterofCola

    So this is the same tech that’ll be in the Droid Maxx? Sweet!

  • mmm

    Damn, that white textured back of the phone looks good..

  • Keita123

    this better be good, with all the fanfares surrounding this X release!

  • Jean-Claude

    Another news about Moto X?? This is totally going to piss MasterMuffin off

  • Cao Meo

    It sounds great, I read that Nokia PureView does not have pixel binning for video but Moto X does.

  • nila

    It sounds pretty cool and hyped up well, I just don’t know if I can go back to another Motorola. Software upgrades 6 months+ after other lines, 2 internal screen cracks on my Razr Maxx with no damage on the outer screen and a failed RMA department that took more than a month to fix it once..

  • Rooney-

    Wow! All these features with no expandable storage! Good Moto!