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Moto X to feature standalone language processing and context awareness chips, and more rumors

The Moto X is upon us, and rumors suggest it’s going to be a phone like no other before it. The latest batch of alleged inside info suggests the Moto X will feature standalone processors for natural language processing and contextual awareness.
July 3, 2013
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The rumor mill has churned out a variety of stories, often vague and contradicting, about the Moto X, also known at one point as the X Phone. However, as Motorola begins to lift the veil on its groundbreaking new device, it turns out that at least some of the rumors that seemed crazy a few months back are actually accurate.

One of the rumors that shape out to be on to something is that about the customization options offered by the Moto X. Just yesterday, an ad that Motorola will run in tomorrow’s press has leaked, establishing without doubt that the Moto X will indeed be customizable.

Now the person that started the rumor in the first place, Taylor Wimberley, the founder and former owner of Android and Me, came out with some new information about the Moto X. Much of it isn’t new, but it’s still worth recapping.

I synthesized here Wimberley’s points he made in a Q&A session on Google Plus and on Twitter.

  • Specifications – The specs that leaked so far are real: 720p display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM.
  • Battery life – unknown, but it will be “industry leading”.
  • Storage – multiple options available.
  • Availability – in August, US first, Verizon not likely to get it, other countries to get in Q4. Will also sell unlocked.
  • Price – not specified, but around $299 or less.
  • Customization users will get to choose the case material and the color, as well as the wallpaper, ringtone, and apps through a web portal
  • Materials – plastic, wood, metal, carbon fiber (based on rumors)
  • Contextual aware – always-on listening mode, supported by a standalone language processing chip and a contextual awareness chip that analyzes the input from an array of sensors.

Again, these seem to be a collection of educated guesses and previous rumors, but given that Taylor Wimberley was spot on about the customization options and the contextual awareness rumors, I think his words hold weight. These rumors also corroborate with the official info we have from Dennis Woodside and from other sources. With that said, treat this info with caution.

With the flood of details leaking about the Moto X, it’s only a matter of days, or weeks at most, until the device becomes real. If all the rumors pan out, Motorola should be commended for breaking away from the blind specs race to try something different and unique.