Motorola X Phone specifications begin to leak?

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Feb 012013
 
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While rumours so far have hinted to Motorola working on a new flagship smartphone, the Motorola X Phone, that could be unveiled at Google I/O 2013, there has been little information about the specifications of the device. Fortunately, it looks like those details are now starting to emerge.

According to a PhoneArena source, Motorola is focusing on two key areas: Durability and battery life. The first will be addressed with a Kevlar chassis similar to what we have seen on other recent Motorola smartphones (like the Motorola ATRIX HD). For the latter, the Motorola X Phone could pack a battery with a capacity “in the realm of Moto’s MAXX line of handsets.” That would suggest battery with a capacity around 3,300mAh. Other specifications include a quad-core processor, a stock version of Android (Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie perhaps?), a 4.8-inch display (slightly smaller than earlier rumours suggested), a microSD card slot and online storage option that could go all the way up to 128GB. Without providing details, the camera is described as a “much better camera” and possibly with a Sony Exmor sensor.

Earlier rumours have indicated that the Motorola X Phone could go on sale on July 8th in the U.S. Verizon could offer it for US$299 with contract, a price that hopefully is for the 128GB model with cheaper options with less capacity.

If Motorola can deliver on the promise of these rumours, this could be quite the smartphone…

Read more: PhoneArena

Rumour: Motorola X Phone launch date and pricing revealed

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Jan 222013
 
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On the heels of rumours that the mysterious Motorola X Phone would be announced at Google I/O, new details have emerged about availability and pricing. Many of these align with those of the previous report including that it will be a multi-carrier device and that it will not be a Nexus device.

The Motorola X is set to go on sale on July 8th (U.S. only?) through all carriers (likely the big four). Verizon will offer it for US$299 with a contract. Pricing for the other carriers was not revealed but will likely fall in line with Verizon’s pricing. There is no indication of what the Motorola X will cost without a contract.

Verizon will allow users to unlock the bootloader for US$15 per month. This restriction will not be in place for devices bought through Google Play as they will be unlocked.

Despite not being a Nexus device, it will come with stock Android but some bloatware will be added. Fortunately, it will be possible to remove unwanted apps when the device is unlocked.

Droid-Life describes the details provided by its source as a “wild rumor” so take it all with a grain of salt for now. The original forum thread is no longer available but the source is described as someone “who has long been a source of Motorola information.”

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Rumour: Motorola X Phone to be unveiled at Google I/O

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Jan 192013
 
Motorola Mobility

Rumours about the Motorola X Phone have resurfaced. We first heard about this mysterious device last December. There was little information but there was the promise of a “sophisticated” smartphone (whatever that means) and a focus on improving the camera and photo software as well as new materials and shapes. New rumours now suggest that the Motorola X Phone could be unveiled as early as Google I/O 2013 (May 15th-17th) and provide a few alleged details about it.

Citing “hidden friends in high places within the industry,” DroidForums reports that the Motorola X Phone will sport a 5-inch edge-to-edge display (like the Motorola RAZR M?). If so, it could be roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S III despite having a larger display. Unlike many Motorola devices that have ended up at Verizon as DROID models, the X Phone will be available from multiple carriers under its own new “hyper-competitive brand.”

As such, the Motorola X Phone will not be a Nexus device. It will run Google Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie (which is also expected at Google I/O) but will also feature a Motorola interface that “both compliments & enhances the Android experience, and is intended to be Nexus-like.” Additional software add-ons are also expected to enhance the Android experience (much as Samsung has done with recent devices like the Galaxy S III and Note II).

DroidForums do warn that there is not only no secondary corroboration for this report yet but that the source is also “not the most solid.” So, take it all with a grain of salt (or more) until further details surface.

Should the Motorola X Phone be announced at Google I/O, it may have to share the stage with the rumoured Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.7 from LG.

Read more: DroidForums (Source: AndroidinCanada)

Motorola developing ‘X Phone’ to take on Apple and Samsung?

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Dec 212012
 

Motorola MobilityIt has been relatively quiet on the Motorola front for a while. Having been acquired by Google earlier this year, it’s been unclear how the manufacturer would move forward under the umbrella of its new owners. A report by The Wall Street Journal now suggests that Motorola has some very exciting surprises in store for us for 2013. The report indicates that the company is working on a “sophisticated” smartphone, codenamed the “X phone,” that will square off against flagship devices from other manufacturers (such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung’s line of Galaxy S smartphones).

According to company CEO Dennis Woodside, Motorola is currently “investing in a team and a technology that will do something quite different than the current approaches.” The initiative is apparently being led by Lior Ron, a former Google product manager who specialized in mapping applications.

Little is known about the X Phone at this point. The team has looked into flexible displays, ceramics and other materials, as well as different colours and shapes. Objectives for the device include improving the camera and photo software and the incorporation of features from Motorola’s acquisition of Viewdle, an imaging and gesture-recognition software company. The design process has not been without difficulties . Sources have indicated that Motorola has run into a number of “difficulties,” adding that these are a “normal” part of the research-and-development process.

Motorola is expected to have its X Phone out sometime in 2013. An “X tablet” will then follow.

Read more: The Wall Street Journal