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New Motorola Moto X officially announced!

Motorola has officially announced the second generation of their Moto X smartphone. The new Motorola Moto X receives a good helping of updates, including a 5.2-inch display and Snapdragon 801 processor.
September 5, 2014

Motorola has just taken the wraps off of their newest flagship device, the new Moto X. Despite all previous indications, the name Moto X+1 is nowhere to be found, you’ll instead see “Moto X (2nd Gen.)” floating around for a bit.

The Motorola website went live with the new Moto X info a couple hours early, revealing pretty much everything we expected of the device. However, the site only offers a big “Coming soon” button in place of a price tag and the ability to place an order.

As the second generation of a highly respected Android smartphone, the new Motorola Moto X maintains a lot of the same look and feel of the original Moto X. Upgrades include that major update to screen size and a huge new ring around the camera lens on the rear, plus the matching sized Motorola “M” indentation that is becoming the norm for Motorola phones.

New Motorola Moto X

Motorola has added a new dual speaker design to the new Moto X, similarly to the new Moto G, but we’ll talk about that in the future. For now, the aesthetics of the new Moto X offer a little more rounding to the corners, at least front to back, and will come down to personal taste if this is an improvement or not.

Rounding off our first-touch hardware impressions, the new Motorola Moto X comes with a curved metal frame, aluminum to be specific, and offers up 25 finishes for the back of the device, including wood and leather. Lets get into the good stuff, the specs

CPU/GPUSnapdragon 801, Quad-core 2.5 GHz, Adreno 330
5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080
2300 mAh
13MP/2MP, LED flash
Android 4.4.4 KitKat
140.8 x 72.4 x 9.9mm (max of curve), 144g

The new 5.2-inch 1080p display protected by Gorilla Glass and a water resistant coating bring the new Moto X into a whole new level of competition thanks to the half inch increase in screen size over its predecessor.

As you can see, the new Moto X is no slouch, with that Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5GHz, we expect to soon see some impressive benchmark test results. Otherwise, Motorola continued their original approach of not trying to outdo the competition in the specs race, leaving plenty of wow up to the new Moto X’s software.

New Motorola Moto X

New Moto X software

The new Moto X sports the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat and is guaranteed to receive future updates. Motorola continues the trend of keeping Android fairly close to the stock experience, with no custom skins or launchers at play.

Users can start their camera with the flick of the wrist, and the camera app has a new feature called Best Shot that takes a few shots before and after you trigger a photo, allowing you to choose the best shot.

The original Moto X was the first device to support full time “OK, Google” hotword detection from any screen. The new Moto X would like to let you use different phrases to do the same task, playfully suggesting you could go with “Hello Shirley!” to activate the Google Now functionality. This was originally called Touchless Control, but now will be called Moto Actions.

New Motorola Moto X

Users will also be able to silence calls or snooze alarms with the wave of a hand, and experience what Motorola claims as the new Moto X adapting to you and not the other way around. The new Moto X promises to learn when you are driving and help you work in hands-free mode, and be able to silence your device when you are in meetings. We’ll have more on that soon as well.

Active Display and Motorola Assist remain, with some tweaks, but are now called Moto Display and Moto Assist.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the new Motorola Moto X smartphone. We’ll be bringing you our hands-on experience and a full review soon. Be sure to follow all of our IFA 2014 coverage to see what all else is going on for announcements in the Android world.