Rumor: Verizon X Phone candidate discovered, to pack dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor

May 21, 2013
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    A new report says that Verizon may release in the future a Motorola handset similar to the XT1058 (rumored AT&T XFON), suggesting that a CDMA Google X Phone may be launched alongside a GSM version of it.

    Droid-Life had access to an “.ini file pulled from leaked Motorola USB drivers” which revealed that the XT1058 – an unannounced Motorola handset spotted at the FCC and in benchmarks, and believed to be a Google X Phone candidate – may have a CDMA brother, the XT1060:

    ////////////////////////////
    This is for RSD app to create correct phone model class
    [MODEL]
    WIFI = f100,mz604,xoom,mz615,mz615-16,mz615-32,mz615-64,mz607,mz607-16,mz607-32,mz602
    STEUMTS = mb865,me865
    MSM6X55UMTS = mb632,xt605,xt626,xt621
    MSM6X55CDMA = xt603
    MSM8960CDMA = xt926,xt897,xt907,xt901,xt1060
    MSM8960UMTS = mb886,xt923,xt925,xt905,201m,xt1058
    IMC6260UMTS = xt890
    ////////////////////////////

    Considering the similarity between the two model numbers, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume they may be different versions of the same handset. In case you were wondering, in the list above only the XT1058 and XT1060 are unannounced devices, and we did check them all.

    The XT1060 will apparently feature a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the “MSM8960CDMA,” while the XT1058 would offer a similar CPU. The text snippet above, clearly indicates that the XT1060 is a CDMA device, while the XT1058 is a GSM one.

    However, the XT1060 is yet to be confirmed. So far we have only seen the XT1058 at the FCC and found out that it has AT&T-compatible LTE support. The device also showed up in supposedly leaked benchmarks thereafter.

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    A recently leaked set of images did show us a Motorola-branded device that had AT&T XFON written on the back.

    With all that in mind, it makes some sense to assume that the XT1058 could actually be the AT&T XFON, or a GSM version of that rumored Google X Phone that we’ve seen in so many unconfirmed reports in the past few months.

    In addition to the XT1060 that we’re now seeing for the first time, we have also talked about an XT1055 model that appeared in a different set of leaked benchmarks, also a potential member of the same family of upcoming Motorola handsets.

    As you can see, there’s a lot of speculation surrounding the XT1058 at this point so make sure you take everything with a grain of salt. But if the handset is indeed the GSM version of the X Phone, then in light of all these reports we could conclude that the X Phone would be a mid-range device, at least when compared to 2013 standards for high-end handsets. Such assumptions fall in line with some of the previous reports detailing the X Phone that did say that it may not offer high-end features.

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    • Pablo Calero
    • Sonny Causey

      I may be mistaken but I’m pretty sure that the Qualcomm Snapdragon s4 pro processor is quad core. I have the Droid DNA that has the s4 pro and I’m certain that it is a quad core processor. Furthermore if this is true why would Google and/or Motorola release a phone with a dual core processor? I love Google/Android but they must not be planning on selling many of these phones with those specs especially if previous rumors are correct and the phone will only have a 720p display. I need answers! I hope that this is not the X phone.

      • Great Hroch

        There is a rare variant of the S4 Pro with the model number MSM8960T, which is essentially a 1.7 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor with the Adreno 320 GPU. The only phone out in the market with this SoC is the Xperia SP, which has proven to be a very good setup thus far. Android still doesn’t scale very well past two cores, so the 8960T provides the GPU power of a flagship phone while cutting down the heat and power consumption considerably. The most difference you’ll see between the quad core and the dual core variant would be in benchmarks, otherwise you’ll be pressed to actually notice the difference on a daily basis. If these X Phones are using the 8960T SoC, that’s going to be a great setup.

        • porter86

          Sounds good in theory but I can’t help be a bit sceptical. Was kind of hoping for more from the X Phone but I guess we’ll have to see when it’s actually announced.

          • Great Hroch

            It’s one of those live trials to make you believe, I suppose. I had a ZL and played with the SP at a Sony store and couldn’t distinguish the two in terms of general performance and UI transitions. Android’s UI elements are being offloaded to the GPU more and more with each API iteration so it’s not as CPU heavy as they used to be.

            • porter86

              That’s a very good point about the UI/GPU. Also this Xphone is meant to pack a great GPU and has performed well in graphics benchmarks (if they are real). Also if it’s true that 4.3 has the next version of OpenGL then that would also provide a boost.

        • Microsoftjunkie

          That’s not the only phone with that configuration.

    • http://www.facebook.com/elletram Joshua Martelle

      so is this in place of the nexus 5?

      • porter86

        I think they will continue to put out Nexus devices, it’s a growing brand for them and important for developers.

    • skynet11

      The MSM8960 is not a Snapdragon S4 Pro – it’s a Snapdragon S4 Plus. The entry-level Snapdragon S4 Pro (and the only Pro model with a dual-core configuration) is the MSM8960T (notice the “T” on the end). Droid Life’s article is somewhat misleading, since all Snapdragon S4 Pro models except the MSM8960T are quad-core (again, the MSM8960 sans the “T” is a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus).

    • briankariu

      Am really tired of this leaks. Since November last year, we have heard leaks about the X phone, with no actual release. Every configuration possible from the Snapdragon 800 proc to now the dual core s4 pro.
      Am going out on a limb now and saying that it will never be released or it will be a POS phone

    • Simon Belmont

      Last time I checked there is no dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro. Methinks it’d be a Snapdragon S4 Plus.

      The Snapdragon S4 Pro only comes in a quad-core model. Just my two cents.

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