Today, Motorola announced the next version of its successful flagship smartphone Moto X. It’s again called Moto X (not X+1 or X2). The phone will be available later in September and will carry the same price tag of $499 for 16GB unlocked variant and 32GB variant will be available at $549.
The first thing which you will notice when you look at the new Moto X is that it is significantly larger in size. The screen has been improved from 4.7-inch 720p to a lovely 1080p 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display.
The device follows the similar curved back as of its predecessor but this time the phone is super thin around its edges. The edges of the phone are now curved and made of metal. This new metal rim looks and feels great in hand, and it gives the new Moto X the premium feel which is something that was missing in previous generation Moto X.
The new Moto X is equipped with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. Storage options are still the same with 16GB and 32GB variants and no support for expanding memory via Micro SD card. The battery is only slightly improved to 2300mAh (up from 2200mAh), this is very low considering the size of screen, but Motorola has assured a full day of usage out of this battery.
The dimpled Motorola logo on the back cover is more prominent compared to last years Moto X. Above the dimpled logo is a new 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.25 lens that can also shoot 4K videos. A dual flash surrounds the camera; Motorola is calling it a Ring Flash (but the whole ring does not act as a flash).
The Moto X will be launched with KitKat out of the box, but Motorola promised to roll out Android L as it becomes available. Again Moto X will be running stock Android that provides almost pure Android experience. Since Motorola is not adding any custom skin to its phones, it can push Android updated as soon as Google makes them available.
Moto Voice (previously known as Touchless Display) is now improved and instead of just saying “Okay Google now”, you can program it to your own key phrases.
Active Display, which has been renamed Moto Display, can now be activated just by waving your hand over the phone while it’s sitting on a flat surface. This is possible because of an array of infrared sensors around the screen; they’re visible as gray dots on the white Moto X, but are invisible if you choose the black model.
The new Moto X can be customized in Moto Maker, which now offers even more options. Now, when you pick a color for the metal trim, it’s not just the ring around the camera but also the speaker grates. There’s a whole new array of colors to choose from for that trim, too.
5.2-inch screen may be a down point for some buyers out there because it makes the new Moto X wider and hence difficult to use it with one hand.
No expandable memory may also be a concern for a few because with the camera able to capture 4K UHD videos a lot of storage space will be taken up by these videos, leaving less free space available for apps and other media.
Marginal increase in the battery capacity is also a worry, although Motorola is confident it will take you through the day.
Even with all these concerns the new Moto X is a great flagship smartphone from Motorola. With the new large display, improved camera, 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, ton of customizable options, great design and most importantly stock android and very fast updates, the new Moto X is a great competitor to the flagship devices out there.
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