Rumor: Google X Phone release date delayed to ‘August or later’

by: Chris SmithApril 11, 2013

Motorola X Phone

A new Google X Phone report says that the handset won’t be released in “late June or July,” as previously rumored, but in “August or later.”

According to Phone Arena’s sources, the handset is still in prototype phase but there’s “no word on why the release date has been pushed back.”

The same source says the phone will pack a 4.7-inch display with 1080p resolution and a thin bezel. The prototype reportedly lacks a microSD card slot and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, although it’s “not pure stock.” An image of the handset is not available at this time, but the phone could look like the device that was featured in an earlier X Phone blurry render, not that the image provides clear details about the handset’s design (see below).


Since we are apparently talking about prototypes, we’ll remind you that a Motorola handset that was spotted in Vietnam a few days before the Galaxy S4 was officially unveiled was later said to be an early prototype of the X Phone. That handset (see following image) has not been announced by Motorola yet.


The publication says that Google may not be happy with the smartphone yet, as the X Phone is apparently “on of the last” devices in Motorola’s pipeline that Google was not impressed with to begin with. Other recent unconfirmed reports claimed that Motorola has at least three new smartphones in the works, and could be even working on a Nexus model of its own.

The unconfirmed X Phone has been making the rounds of the Internet for quite a while now, but we’re yet to see Google make this Motorola handset official. When it comes to such reports, we’ll remind you to take these  X Phone details with a grain of salt, because not all the rumors point in the same direction. For example, just recently a variety of sources suggested the handset will come with customizable hardware, while others said that won’t be the case.

That said, the device was rumored to be unveiled at Google I/O in mid-May, and we’re certainly curious to see whether Google will announce the phone next month regardless whether these launch delays are real or not.

  • Richard Frost

    From what people have told me on Google Plus – this is not the rumoured “Google Phone” – the first phone 100% made by Google – this is just another Moto phone – one that was still in its past pipeline of phones.

    The real Google phone (whatever its called) will be over a year to 18 months away off yet!

    • Then why does it look like a Nexus 4?

      • I have the distinct feeling that we’re talking about at least 3 different devices. The X Phone, which we’re expecting to be announced in 4.85 weeks, a possible moto Nexus in September or October and whatever that bottom one is, which really looks like a render combining several moto and nexus designs together.

        • Ben Johnson

          Well that bottom one is not a render, if you follow the link you’ll see a whole video of a Vietnamese person touring the phone. It may be a prototype, but it’s more likely to be real than either of the other “blurry” photoshop jobs noted here.

        • Ben Johnson

          I should also like to point out to people that the video of that Vietnamese Moto phone has a couple of interesting charactoristics. First is that the phone has no volume rockers. Second is that the screen is not flat, you can see in the video that it has two slight vertical “creases” about 1/2 an inch or so in from the right and left sides.

      • Its a bit tough to tell, but it does look to me like a new design from the front.

    • Anyello Salinas

      maybe because Google wanted to try out a new phone with the same design. Now i am a Moto user for 8 years now, and during that time i have also experimented with BB and Samsung, the problem with these rumors is the same problem we had with rumors off the Razr family last year… You have the M, HD and HD Maxx and then allot of the photos of rumored phones where of the electrify and other second design for none-verizon carriers. To my opinion this is the lower end phone of the (maybe 3) lot that Google wants to unveil… Remember that they said they had 18 months of pipeline they had to empty… well its now 12 months since they bought Moto, don’t you think (hint hint the Razr fast release of last year had anything to do with the empty pipes) and a December of this year be a realistic date for Google to release a pure Google Moto

  • Kyle Danner

    Google should buy out the Galaxy Note line from Samsung

  • OrdinaryAmerican

    You have just given me gas.
    Let us pray to the Google gods this rumor is FALSE.

  • Jelly Bean

    Hopefully it pwns the Galaxy series.

  • the bit

    It’s gonna sux as much as nx4, unstable experimental Android versions, crashing crime, you name it.

    • Ivan Myring

      What the hell are you talking about? The nexus 4 has been quite successful, and is one of the most stable phones out there. It has never had any serious bugs, like the xperia z sudden death bug or a lock bypass.
      Also you must be semi literate as well as a stupid fanboy.

    • marco ortiz

      The only problem nexus 4 has its availability, its one of the best phones out there.

  • tomn1ce

    I hope that the delay is to include the sanpdragon 800 cpu….

  • freedomspopular

    Don’t delay it too long or the Note 3 will steal all its thunder.

  • shanthandro

    eyeing for galaxy s4..