X Phone specs, and why you shouldn’t care

July 11, 2013
Moto X Phone

Purported Google X Phone prototype | Image credit: Tinhte

The Motorola X Phone has gained a lot of traction, and a has just about everyone curious. The original scuttlebut involved some sort of device which would shift the Earth’s axis, but the reality is much more subdued. While it wasn’t the monster we’d all hoped for, many remain sanguine about its chances for success. If the recent news of their marketing muscle is any indication, the X Phone won’t need the blessing of technology elitists, and that’s probably a good thing.

I was recently in touch with a friend who works for one of the four major US carriers, who had their paws on the X Phone for a while. Nothing groundbreaking came of it, which got me thinking about what the X Phone really is. The good news is, much of the recent rumors about specs are legitimate. Here’s the quick rundown the hot-button topics, including some new tidbits:

What matters:

  • The Camera is good. Not HTC One good, but very capable.
  • Battery life is great: 4 hours on, 90 minutes screen time, still at 68%.
  • Saying “Okay, Google Now” opens it up for search. This is the “always on” feature.
  • There is a MotoID account, like a Samsung or HTC would have. You can use your Google info to sign in. No need to create a special profile.
  • The test software was Android 4.2.2
  • Typical Motorola build quality, meaning really nice and sturdy.

What doesn’t matter:

  • 4.4” Screen, 720p, 320dpi
  • Battery size is around 2,000mAh, though no official word yet. (We think 2,100mAh is likely)
  • The model tested came with 16GB storage, and 11.9 available.
  • 10MP camera

Does that seem backwards to you? It’s not. It’s time we disabuse ourselves from assumptions regarding what a great smartphone is. This X Phone is going to be a mid-range device, in regard to hardware specifications. If we consider what truly matters, the X Phone really is as groundbreaking as we’d all hoped it would be.

A Snapdragon 600 processor and 5-inch screen are lovely, but only if they are conduits for a great experience.

When I spoke with my contact, there was little concern for hardware specs. Hardware should take a backseat to the experience, which is what really matters. I wanted to know about the contextual awareness of the X Phone, not what processor it had. I wanted to know if it felt sturdy in the hand, not if I could take the best photos ever.

Motorola X Phone

Hello, Moto

This phone also has a ton of sensors, which were likened to those in an S4: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Temperature, Humidity, Magnetic, Proximity, Barometer, and RGB Light. While I wasn’t able to get an official rundown, I did learn via another source that the X Phone is designed to make efficient use of all sensors, while understanding your environment in real-time. The chipset is engineered to be low power so you don’t get “screwed” on battery life, and there is a software element to all of this which makes it happen.

In other words, Motorola wants you to enjoy your X Phone.

More to the point, hardware isn’t as important as the experience.

Larry Page has already told us this, and we heard it — we just didn’t listen. His statements about a phone lasting longer, and making it through real-life scenarios, immediately led us into what hardware the new Motorola devices had in store. Our myopic view of what makes a cell phone great should be re-examined, and the X Phone is the most glaring example of why.

In speaking with three people that have actually used the X Phone, the same narrative carries through: the experience is great.

In speaking with three people that have actually used the X Phone, the same narrative carries through: the experience is great. Nobody has said the camera was outstanding, or the processor blew them away. Nobody applauded the lightweight “always on” contextual software, or how it left Android slim. What was impressive to them was how long it lasted, how incredible the contextual aspect of the device was, and how smoothly it ran. You know, the experience.

Sprint Moto X

A phone is a phone is an X Phone

If you’re going to look at the X Phone in regard to simple hardware, you won’t be impressed. Even though this is the new mid-range, and essentially puts the device on par with a Galaxy S3, devices like the Sony Xperia Z will still hold the hardware upper-hand. Devices like that won’t provide the same experience, or price, but they will be able to handle heavier tasks. Tasks that not everyone needs, or wants, to tackle.

Again, we’re back to coming clean with ourselves about how we appreciate a smartphone. A Snapdragon 600 processor and 5-inch screen are lovely, but only if they are conduits for a great experience. We don’t look at, or necessarily interact with, RAM or accelerometers. We are increasingly interactive with our mobile devices, though, and the X Phone is going to be the best at that. The best at providing information when needed, and the best at being a visceral part of our daily existence.

Hardware be damned, the Motorola X Phone may just be the best experience you’ll ever have with a smartphone. Get ready to be impressed by last year’s specs.

Comments

  • n900mixalot

    “The Camera is good. Not HTC One good, but very capable.”

    WWHHHAAAAAT??!!! hahahahahaha … the HTC One’s camera is capable. The Nexus 4’s camera is good. PureView cameras are excellent, as is Sony’s, but if the camera isn’t at least as good as the HTC One, just leave it the hell out entirely.

    Make it VGA and keep it moving. X Phone … hell, go for it, y’all.

    • Nathan Borup

      Moto has never really been that good with cameras

    • bozzykid

      The Nexus 4 camera is terrible. Are you sure you have used a Nexus 4? Anything better than that will be an improvement.

      • kascollet

        This is soooo right !

    • SeraZR™

      N4’s camera suckz donkey ballz xD

  • kascollet

    So what is the SoC powering this thing ?

    • TY

      Rumor is that it has Snapdragon S4 Pro
      MSM8960T Dual-core with Adreno 320 GPU i.e. Xperia SP’s SoC. However, its graphics performance, for some reason, seems to be extraordinary even for a 720p device, sitting somewhere between Snapdragon 600 and 800.

      • kascollet

        Ok. It’s normal for a GPU to be swift when it only has to drive a 720p screen (don’t forget the contenders feature full-HD screens).

      • Steve

        Maybe because it’s the two processors. If one processor drives the things like rotating screens and does work on other sensors, the main processor might be able to do ultimately more work on both the CPU and GPU end. That could explain the graphic ratings that you’re probably talking about.

  • Anthony Tran

    4.4″ screen seems pretty tiny. I currently have a 4.65″ display with my GNex, and I am already longing for a slightly larger screen–5″ seems like it’d be a sweet spot. This whole article reads like a Moto X Phone promotion. It’s true that the experience is what matters, but if the Nexus 5 has better specs for a comparable price range running stock Android, I don’t see how the X Phone would be much of a contender, unless someone is really trying to pinch pennies. It seems like it will be an OK mid-range phone, but I will remain skeptical until I see some real life performance out of this thing.

    • dogulas

      Great that you know what you want, but most people absolutely do not want a large screen. I’m not talking about us geeks who read tech websites. I mean the general public. Personally I would love a small yet still capable nexus-experience android phone.

      • Anthony Tran

        I didn’t know 5″ was a “large screen” with monster phones like the Note II and the Galaxy Mega, lol. I think 4.5-5″ is becoming the standard, with everything else being phablets or tiny displays.

        • Jeff Weatherup

          It’s all relative. I consider myself a “geek” who loves his phone, mods the heck out of it, and reads all the websites, but I don’t need a 1080p screen, or a screen over 4.3 – 4.4″ because, quite frankly, it’s uncomfortable in my hand and in my pocket. When it comes down to it, the general public might not, either, whatever the “standard” is, simply because of those reasons. As humans, we’re all different and have different needs. It really shouldn’t be up to companies to tell us what’s “standard” or “right” for us.

          • Anthony Tran

            I didn’t mean “standard” as an official term. Just what seems to be trending right now. Like most phone screens fall along that range, just like how most smartphone screens are at least 720p now, making that standard. No one is saying that only one thing is “right” for customers. There are just many devices with a wide range, but most phones fall into a mid-range, implementing “standard” specs following tech trends. That’s all I meant. So it’s not likely you’ll see a single-core Android device with 512GB of RAM, even though that could potentially be all a person needs (albeit, I admit said person would be hard to find! ha) It’s much more likely that a dual-core or lower clocked quad-core device will be “right” for a wider range of people.

          • Jeff Weatherup
          • moto X

            I think 4-4.3″ is optimal size. Do you (or anybody) know what are the dimensions of Moto X? It looks slightly wider than iPhone 5

          • http://mikelward.com/ Mikel

            Articles about the Sprint version say it’s 128.5 x 65 mm (5.05 x 2.55 in).

            So similar to the HTC One S and HTC First. Or roughly between the Nexus 4 and the iPhone 5.

            I’ve long thought that HTC’s midsize phones are the right size, if only they had a power button on the side rather than the top. So if the reports are true, this is the phone I’ve been waiting for.

      • player911

        Sadly there are already a TON of smaller screen phones with exactly the same specs or better. Not all new phones have large screens. Even the S4 with its larger 5″ screen is physically no bigger then my Galaxy Nexus’ 4.65″ (~4.5 usable).

      • arturo montesa

        4.4″ is fine with me.

    • Alvin Brinson

      I still rock a 4″ screen.

      If you’re not trying to use your phone as your primary computing device, then it is fine. I carry a 10″ tablet for real work.

  • Peter Frazier

    I have a Samsung droid charge.. i think the pics look fine to me. even with recent lasik surgery correcting my vision i still can’t tell all these imperfections that everyone claims about every camera on every phone released.

    I agree with this article. I am done with chasing the specs. I want a phone that lasts a good long time on a charge. I’d prefer one with durability being important as well (water and shock specifically) .

    I really like the contextually awareness. We are by large a habit driven people and a phone leverage that for a better experience is a very admirable goal. The fine people at Aro came up with Saga ( http://goo.gl/Ty7je ), the ultimate life logger. Features like this will provide a very rich and intimate experience far more indepth then any group of photo’s or check-in’s alone.

  • csharpner

    >More to the point, hardware isn’t as important as the experience..

    Says YOU. Each user has their OWN, UNIQUE set of priorities, needs, and wants. I agree with the very general premise, but hardware is very important to me too, and the “feel” of the phone in my hand is at the bottom of my list of things that’ll effect my purchasing decision. I want and need a high performance phone. I want and need a larger screen. I want and NEED a full HD 1080 screen.

    But, of course, the user experience is important. That’s why I choose Android instead of iOS. That’s why I chose a Samsung phone instead of a Nexus experience phone (yes, I know, that’s politically incorrect, but again, MY wants and needs here, not everyone else’s).

    Battery life isn’t all that important to me. As long as a full charge lasts from my desk to my car where I have a charger, from my car to the restaurant and back to my car, then from my car back to my desk, that’s all I personally, really need in a battery. Longer battery life is nicer, but anything that lasts more than a couple of hours is just a luxury for me since I’m almost never more than an hour or two away from a charger.

    I saw you discuss, at length, that my wants and needs should be what you say they should be, but I didn’t see anything telling my what was great about the X phone other than you telling me it has a “great experience”. OK, that’s fine, but WHAT’S great about the user experience? I saw you mentioned something about “always on”, but in reference to it as if I already know what it is. I don’t. You need to define it, explain it, tell me what’s great about it. What else besides that undefined feature makes it a great experience so much so that I’d be willing to go backwards in CPU speed, RAM, storage, screen res, screen size, camera app, camera quality, camera resolution, and Samsung features from my S4?

    • kascollet

      It’s quite pleasing to read someone really expressing his thoughts and needs.
      Yes, the run for horse power is not over. I too need my phone to be as high-speced as possible. I too want the best in class GPU, screen and flash speed.

    • Zach Mauch

      Then the upcoming Nexus 5 is likely for you. This phone will be for the average user who doesn’t care about specs and just wants an awesome experience. That is the large majority of the market and why this thing will be HUGE!!!

      • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

        They haven’t even ANNOUNCED a Nexus 5 yet, let alone given any indication of when it will be released or how it will be spec’d.

        • Zach Mauch

          I’m basing that more on history. It has a focus on top specs at value price. However, there was a recent story on here suggesting the g2 would be the n5

    • Jacob Buys

      You dont need a 1080p battery draining screen, you might think you do, but the human cant really process above 229 ppi so you really would never tell the difference, your being stupid and buying specs that dont matter, albeit CPU is significant but not as much to gaming and a lot of other things as GPU, i know this from personal experience. Also from personal experience i know that in phones ram is 100% essential but still apps are not optimized to use a lot of it, also apps are not optimized to use a quad core+ processor. My sister just recently got a new phone with 1gb of ram and tegra 2 and after flashing cyanogen mod on it, it already feels as fast as my friends gs4. So if you want to buy into over rated specs and battery draining things than go ahead, but Motorola is making a smart decision with what they are putting into this phone

  • number29

    Trying to tell Android fans that specs don’t matter is a fruitless endeavour I’ve found.

    • Zach Mauch

      But they aren’t marketing to android fanboys, they are marketing to the masses. I think this is going to be HUGE!!!!

      • AnGeLFaCe77

        These geeks want the best hardware and they still root anyways. Moto and Google will win the battle this year.

    • Darksurf X

      Android fan chiming in, I want the Moto X. My contract is up and I’m waiting for the Moto X before I shift/renew. I do miss a hardware qwerty tho :( .

    • player911

      It is smooth because it doesn’t have a bunch of bloatware. If it is running stock Android then how is this anything better then what is already out there? If it is on par with a Galaxy S3 then it is starting out almost 2 generations behind (S4 has been out for a while and looking at S5).

      I don’t see how anyone can get excited about this. If this is a rehashed Galaxy S3, then why not just pickup a, now, super cheap Galaxy S3? In fact, it looks JUST like a slightly smaller Galaxy Nexus.

      • Terry

        Excellent point because my GNex is the perfect phone for me except for 3 things. Battery life, camera, and speaker. If the Moto X fixes these three things and I still basically have a Nexus then they just built my perfect phone.That’s why I’m excited.

    • paxmos

      Android needs to get better not the hardware!

  • Deo Reyes

    This is a good phone. Hardware does not always define what a good smartphone is, it’s the experience that it gives if it is satisfactory. I like the way Google thinks about smartphones :)

    • dogulas

      Me too. The more Google gets directly involved with device manufacturing, the more impressed I am. I mean, they’re assembling the first smartphone in a America ever. That’s just different.

  • tomn1ce

    My next phone has to support VoLTE, wifi 802.11ac, a battery that would last me all day or for it to be replaceable and at least a 5″ HD display (preferable 1080p)…

    • haider star_cute4797@yahoo.com

      forget the5″ display n get an iphone 5

      • fresh_TD

        lol..gtfo

      • tomn1ce

        What the f**k is an iphone 5?

  • thartist

    Hmmm… At this point, what’s important is not whatever you say to explain the Moto X: it’s that you NEED to explain it too much for the phone to still have a chance.

    Honestly, it sounds like too many explanations/concessions needed, and too cut off on the desireability department to keep costs down. Besides, only 2100mah? Not gonna be a boom among enthusiasts.

    • Alex Murphy

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but this phone isn’t meant for “enthusiasts” it’s meant for the masses that usually don’t a shit about specs or explanations or anything. They want a great story – assembled in America – and a great experience, and I hope and expect the Moto X to deliver both.

      • thartist

        Granted, but what i actually meant was; if its not gonna be a boom among enthusiasts, what’s the chance it can have any sort of success at all?

        • Alex Murphy

          Just because you’re an enthusiast doesn’t mean you’re a spec whore lol. I’m really excited for this phone, just like I was for the Nexus 7, which is also a mid-range device.

          • player911

            The Nexus 7 is mid-range now, but was top-dog at release. The new SnapDragons weren’t out when N7 was released. The Tegra 3 was top of its class. All Tabs were Tegra 3. It wasn’t until the recent Nexus 4, HTC One, and Nexus 10 that brought the new class of chips in.

            The Nexus line typically has the top hardware, or close to it. Google loves Snapdragon. I can’t see the N5 not having the Snapdragon 800 chip this year.

      • arturo montesa

        I’m buying one for sure.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Woodhouse/625245319 James Woodhouse

        I would so much prefer a phone assembled somewhere other than America. Germany or Korea would be great.

  • Joshua Barta

    Yeah, sorry…. while the argument of “experience is more important than specs” is semi-valid for things like processor, RAM, and even camera, you simply cannot have a top-notch experience without a top-notch screen. Making a phone with 720p when all other flagship phones are 1080p is a recipe for failure.

    • Jeff Weatherup

      It doesn’t matter what all the cool kids are doing. What matters is if it works for people, which is what this entire article is about. It’s not just a specs arms race, anymore.

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    If the nexus5 goes the galaxy-design-way Im out! And then Im in for the X-perience (if they sell customized handsets to europe that is). Im annoyed telling people about ups and downs of this and that phone and they end up with? Yep, S3, S4 or Note2….*yawn* why even asking me then ;)

  • Dr Eco

    Before I say anything, I am an android fan. I have a nexus 4, and 7. However apple understood this years ago. The iPad 2 only had 512 mb of ram, bit from a user experience point of view of was far superior than any android tablet at the time. It was stable, and to this day it still works like new. The battery could also not be matched at the time. Mainstream phones and tablets are aimed at the masses, and the masses will always opt for longer battery life and a great user experience over the latest processing powerhouse.

    • Steve

      I think this, but only after getting a rather terrible device with great specs for its time *cough DROID BIONIC *. Since then I’ve joined the IT and UX fields and learned that there are more important parts to well running computing devices than powerhouse, pixel dense and processor heavy devices.

      • Alvin Brinson

        Agreed. I have a G2X, which had the absolute best specs when it was launched. It was the first dual core phone! … of course, it was never fast, and never reliable.

        • CpuKnight

          You’re kidding! The G2X is a pretty powerful phone and still works like a charm till today after a clean wipe. My sister had that phone run over by a car and it still works even the camera! It’s snappy and its durable :/

    • dogulas

      Masses also pay attention to huge marketing campaigns :) So this Moto is going to simply be a huge winner if they spend the kind of money that’s being rumored, plus simply appeal to the things you mentioned. The game is changing a little. I’m excited to see the result.

    • player911

      iOS is a MUCH simpler OS, which is why it is restricting. Android needs faster specs to handle all of the multitasking, real time widgets, and other stuff. Android could still benefit from lots of optimization, which it has been doing lately. iOS is pleasing to most because most just do basic tasks and don’t need all the bangs and whistles Android offers. Sadly Android will never become as optimized as iOS when it comes to devices since iOS is designed AROUND the hardware. Just like Xbox games can be made to look better over the years running on very old hardware. Android doesn’t revolve around a single device and never will. You can’t optimize as well when programming for 50 different processors and 50 different graphics chips as you can for just 1.

      • Cole Raney

        For a counter point, while android may not be as optimized, it may not need to be. Look at windows pcs vs macs. The gap is huge enough that windows pcs run significantly faster. I could definitely see android vs ios go this route in the future.

  • Luka Mlinar

    I care! <3

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    I’m sorry but I don’t think this phone will make any waves..

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      I think a well put together, wallet friendly phone with really nice performance specs stands a real chance. Especially if the radios are solid and strong. Moto used to do those rather well…but, we shall see

      • John-Phillip Saayman

        When I say that I don’t mean offense. It’s not really groundbreaking thats all. But MOto is more popular in the US

  • Jack Parker

    As long as its smooth, fast and stable thats all i care about, take the nexus 4 for example, it was the best phone i had ( until the screen shattered ) The only down side was the battery being poor

    If all android phones were like that there would be no competition

    • fresh_TD

      and the nexus camera sucks too!!

  • Bill B

    I can appreicate your point, user experience is paramount, I travel a lot. I’ve been on a quest for the best battery-related performance I can get while also having a powerful smartphone.

    I look forward to seeing how the Moto X is received by the general public. But, I’m a little confused why not also release a high-powered version of the same phone with all the bells and whistles. Of course, you probably won’t sell tons of them, but that hasn’t stopped Google in the past. I’m a Nexus 4 user right now because I need an unlocked phone so I can easily switch SIMs. The first one I got had awful battery life. The second one (yeah, I dropped the first) seems to have much better battery life. I’m not sure what changed, but I’m happy … for now. Of course, if I could get en even longer battery life — one that lasted all day even on a travel day — I would buy it immediately.

    Fancy user experience sounds great! I’m excited to get it, but first and foremost, a phone needs to last ALL DAY. I’ll wait for one with a great battery and great user experience.

    • dogulas

      I think the big reason for now to not also release a top-notch hardware version is that it would make this one look worse, and cause a little confusion and lack of focused success in one device that can be measured and seen by all as a success. That’s about it. Also, I think they’re really, really focusing on phenomenal battery life compared to phone size and weight. They could (and I’m betting will) come out with a version to satisfy the hunger of the power users, but they didn’t come out with the Chromebook Pixel right off the bat either.

      • course jester

        They will release a top end phone – Nexus 5 will fill that niche. This is a potentially brilliant plan, with Nexus devices carrying the Android standard and the Moto line gobbling up the mid-range sales. Clearly delineated and simple to grasp brands, with no muddying or confusion (like Samsung has with their Galaxy brand and its 2,437 devices). It’s also important to remember that the smartphone market is starting to plateau a bit in the industrialized countries. The next wave of huge smartphone adoption will be in developing countries, and price is a much bigger factor there. A moderately priced phone that delivers solid performance could be monster huge, especially coming from a well-known outfit like Motorola/Google.

  • Steve

    Using techniques from other parts of the IT world like controlling cars (contextually aware and efficient sensors), removing loads and saving power in servers (the two processors using same concept), doubling data speeds like on WIFI (LTE MIMO antennas), and optimizing the kernel like never before could make this thing more of a powerhouse than any other device in existence.

    LTE source:

    http://www.androidauthority.com/moto-x-dual-lte-mimo-data-speed-238828/

  • Zach Mauch

    4.4 sounds smaller than recent reports of 4.7. Have you confirmed this Nate?

  • http://goo.gl/xuiTR Out of the Park Apps

    2,100mah Battery? COME ON!

  • Jun Hong

    Hardware isn’t important as the experience… But the fact is, the better hardware the better the experience.

  • Nacos

    I normally like your insights and agree with your opinions… but not this time, Nate, not this time. I think we should all see the X Phone for exactly what it is: mediocre specs in a piece of hardware mostly comprising of dated, overstock components pushed by a company (Motorola) strugling to convince a scarce audience that it’s still competitive. Furthermore, I believe that Google has been emracing a tricky, yet business-effective marketing strategy and it uses its reputation and momentum to push mediocre hardware (yes, including the last LG Nexus) and therfore cashing hefty profits.

    • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

      But what if the mediocre device is sold for a really good price? Is it still cheating the customers?

      • Nacos

        What do you call those willing to pay big bucks for a shady product – just because they fell for a trend, bought an idea and they are too hypocrits to even see it? It’s called branding and they sell dreams not products: they know exactly what buttons to push to make people get in line for mediocrity.

  • Alvin Brinson

    Really the ONLY tasks you need more processor than that to handle on a phone are GAMING. There’s nothing else legitimate that should or could be done on a phone. Use a tablet for games and big tasks. Use a phone for, you know, MOBILE. If the UI isn’t smooth on a “midrange” processor, then polish the UI. Nuff said.

    I’ll buy one if it’s what it looks like here, and more importantly, if GOOGLE (not Motorola side) makes a commitment to providing updates for longer than 6 months.

    NOTE: I am an Android fanboy. I just don’t like to waste money on excess that I won’t use.

  • Ambuj Sinha

    Beautifully written article. I really enjoyed reading it while anticipating anxiously for Moto X :)
    I read and agree with most of the comments below but then we need to understand that it’s impossible to satisfy the need of all kind of customers with just one product, unless if Moto X will allow the customer to choose the processor, RAM, battery and Screen (which I do not see happening in near future).
    For me user experience is most important. Some people have rightly said that iDevices have understood this long back and all their product is not about Specs but user experience. My wife’s macbook white is much smoother than my windoes i5 laptop. However, the restriction on iDevices make it a strict No-No for me.
    I love android as I feel it really cares about consumers and their needs. With a lot of customization options and Developer support.
    Coming back to the point, I feel Moto X is the step in right direction for Google and it might end 70% of complains Android users have.
    I am already a fan :) Bring it on +Google and +Moto

  • nishantsirohi123

    sd card slot for sake of christ and all christianity

  • http://www.mahadera.com/ Jayson Tamayo

    experience depends on hardware

  • Motofan Droid

    Okay, Moto.

  • CpuKnight

    If they fix the problem of the baseband modem being the main battery killer, this might succeed because no matter how powerful or how efficient the cpu is, my Padfone 2 seems to drain in a matter of 5-6 hours when 3G/4G is on. It kills the battery even when underclocked to 700mhz :/

  • rczik

    You raise excellent point, experience is the thing. Question though, will that experience still be good 18 – 24 (or even just 12) months from now with this hardware?

  • George

    For me, the main question is whether the new phone is good enough to make me want to trade in my old phone. I have a Razr Maxx and am very satisfied with it. Motorola has to do a lot better than what I’ve heard about the X phone to make me want to trade in the Razr Maxx. Keep existing phone = free. I don’t think they’ll beat that price. I still have a little bit of time before I’m due for an upgrade so we’ll see what else comes out. The x phone better be really really cheap.

  • Dr Prez

    This phone screams N5, a mid ranged device at an affordable price, a great user experience, google approved on screen buttons… This could be why no new NEXUS device has been annouced yet. This makes me think that the new LG G2 will jump aboard the Google Play Edition bandwagon as there is no way that an almost bezeless 5.2″ 1080P screen running a 2.3 Ghz quad core snapdragon 800 processor with a 13MP camera can be sold outright for 299$ like the N4 was. Now this phone on the other hand…

    • needa

      no new nexus has been announced because it is not time for the new nexus to be announced. the nexus has always had a top tier soc. why… so devs can build apps for the latest and greatest.
      in fact… nothing about this phone screams nexus. just saying.

    • Sanay Tandon

      Google wouldn’t make the phone that small, but i can understand that the battery life would be bad because Google phones tend to have crappy batteries.

  • OA

    Paid adverticement…

    If “hardware doesn’t matter”, THEN the for hardware capabilities it is Loser. :)

  • Joshua Martin

    Only 90 minutes of screen time and a little less than 70% battery life left, is kind of awful. Galaxy S4 and Note II can achieve better on-screen time than that example.

  • bold oliver

    full of bullshit

  • AK

    Means the battery will suck anyway and if you actually use its 3/4G or GPS or even Browser for some time you’ll have to start looking for a hole in the wall. Or pack an extra battery with you.

  • crhylove

    This guy isn’t a nerd. I need more CPU power to emulate Wii games. The phone that does that (well) will be my next phone!

  • Guest

    If moto would make one of the x-phone with a slide out qwerty I’d buy it. Moto is well known for it’s build quality and their qwerty’s.

  • Guest

    What kills it for me is that moto logo on the front and back.

  • dylanmfh

    What kills it for me is that moto logo on the front and back…

  • Gaius

    Unless the battery is removable, unless there is a REAL, PLAIN HDMI port, and unless there is native USB OTG and an SD card slot, I do not give a toss about this phone.

  • poocaster

    Funny how author is totally ignoring the fact that better hardware = more potential for great experience. Specs are very important.

  • 16UE

    If it is so great with last year’s specs, I am sure it will be so much better with this year’s specs.

  • Tjaart Blignaut

    There is only one variable that is important: price. Google is pretty agressive on price so this could be their way of bringing smart phones that don’t suck to the masses. Let’s hope!

  • Tjaart Blignaut

    There is only one variable that is important: price. Google is pretty agressive on price so this could be their way of bringing smart phones that don’t suck to the masses. Let’s hope!

  • Numberz

    So why should I get this phone?
    when I can buy a Unlocked S4 or Unlocked HTC one
    .

  • mich5

    I have small hands and I am a tech geek. Right now we are with Sprint and the selection of reasonable sized Androids that will fit my hand and pocket are simply pathetic. I have held onto my Nexus S simply because there still is nothing significantly better in that size. I am hoping this will be a decent upgrade opportunity

  • Pat

    While a user friendly experience is priority # 1, when it comes to technology like a smartphone, cutting edge performance has to be a close #2.
    So why can’t Motorola/Google deliver both, at least in a step up model of the Moto X?
    Your closing statement: “Get ready to be impressed by last year’s specs”, leaves me a bit cold when it comes to this device. By the time my contract with my carrier expires by this time next year, this phones spec’s will be 2 years old. As the majority of all consumers still purchase their phone via a contract with a carrier, all reviews should to take this into account when reviewing any smart phone.

  • chester

    Before the specifications came out for the Moto X I was ready to buy, I thought it was going to be revolutionary. Now that I see the spec lol I’m over it. I have the LG Optimus G and can’t see anyone with a decent android phone wanting a moto X. But then again the Moto X is a Mid range device. At least its gaming performance will be good seeing that it received the Adreno320 gpu. That things a monster

  • Rapist on BAIL

    This is such a disappointment! I’d rather have a Nexus 4 than the Moto X now and I hate LG. I think my next phone will be Xperia Z.