Leaks, leaks, leaks and some more leaks everywhere we look in the online world of tech websites. The excitement prior to the announcement of a certain gadget fades away days, if not weeks before the unveiling. Is this good or is this bad, we are not sure, but as we are approaching the launch of the much-expected MotoX smartphone, it is our duty this time to recollect all the major leaks and rumors and try to see what exactly we don’t know yet.
One thing that we definitely know is the launch day which is on the first day of August, in New York City, as Google made sure to dissipate all the mystery and uncertainty and announce a precise date for the event. The MotoX smartphone announcement is quite an important event for the evolution of the Motorola brand under Google’s helm. They have been looking for quite a while for a killer device and maybe now is the right moment.
To make this very simple for the readers out there, we will compile two sections: the first one will contain all the serious leaks that are most likely to become reality. After that, we will discuss what are the points where the MotoX could still surprise us, despite of the huge amount of leaks.
We know that the iPhone 5 was the most leaked iPhone so far and if there would be a top of most leaked smartphones, Apple’s shiny toy would probably be the first or the second. But the amount of leaks and rumors surrounding the upcoming MotoX is simply astonishing and this begs for the question – is this the most leaked smartphone ever? Join us as we recount all the major leaks about it.
Most reliable leaks about the MotoX
Main tech specs
- Processor and graphics processing unit: dual-core Qualcomm S4 Pro 1.7GHz MSM8960DT CPU, Adreno 320 GPU
- Random access memory: 2 GB
- Cameras: 2.1 MP front-facing camera, 10.5MP rear camera with flash
- Internal memory: 16GB internal memory, 12GB is user-accessible; no external storage (MicroSD slot)
- Dimensions: 128.5mm x 65mm
- Screen: 4.5 inch
- Connectivity features: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, NFC
- Battery: 2,200 mAh (non-removable)
- Software: Android 4.2.2
The Moto X proved to be a real beast in graphics tests, destroying the competition, receiving a 7143 score on the 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme benchmark, while other premium Android smartphones on the market right now don’t manage to score above the 7000 mark. When it comes to AnTuTu scores, the Moto X’s performance was clocked at 18,753 points which isn’t as good as it fared in the graphics department, placing itself way behind the GS4 and the HTC One, somewhere between the Note II and the LG Optimus G Pro.
Besides the expected Android 4.2.2 (or Android 4.3?) the Moto X will also come with a set of specific software features. Here are some of them, accompanied by a gallery of these features.
- Motorola Assist: changes settings depending on your custom triggers like whether you’re at home or work, or the time of day
- Touchless control: the Moto X will also be listening to voice commands always through Google Now
- Motorola Migrate: easy way to move messages and contacts from your previous smartphone to the newMoto X
- Device ID: a tool that will help you track your lost phone
Also, here’s a cool little thing, the boot animation in the MotoX:
Photos and video
Find below a video of what should be the MotoX, most likely. And yes, it is the same Vietnamese blogger that is driving us mad. If the MotoX is designed and assembled in the United States, how did he manage to obtain this in Asia?
Pricing and availability
One of the biggest selling points of the upcoming Motorola Moto X could be represented by its affordable prices. And, according to some Chinese sources, this might turn out to be true. For the 16 GB version of the Moto X the price could be $299 off contract and $349 for the 32 GB version. Yes, its pricing is similar to the Nexus 4 and if it will sell on the PlayStore, this will be something.
We already know that the MotoX will be announced on August 1, but when will it hit shelves? It seems that the MotoX will join the recently launched Motorola DROID devices: the DROID MAXX, DROID Ultra, and DROID Mini. Verizon said that the new DROID phones will launch on August 20th and the MotoX could join them.
Some questions still unanswered about the MotoX
The first thing that comes into my mind is the software. As you saw from pics and the specs, it is said that the MotoX smartphone will come with Android 4.2.2 and not the latest, recently announced, Android 4.3. Even if the MotoX has some nice specific software features, it will be sad if it won’t come with Android 4.3, being given the focus that has been put on gaming in the latest version of the mobile OS. And we saw from benchmarks that the MotoX is quite a machine in graphics. Will the MotoX come with Android 4.3?
The pricing of the device is really, really important for its success. If it will come with a pricing similar to the Nexus 4, then this might be a sign that Google is planning to sell it through its Play Store. It’s also interesting to observe that Apple is also looking to sell more iPhone directly in its store. It seems that OEMs are moving to a new business, where they get to sell their devices directly, without having to rely on carriers. Will the MotoX be sold directly in the Play Store?
Also, we know for sure that the MotoX will be designed and assembled in the United States which, is most likely a marketing maneuver rather than an effort to return some jobs to the American economy. But how will this affect the price of the device? Most of us really want to believe that it is going to have an affordable price, like we talked earlier, but being made in the U.S. means a much more expensive production cost than being made in China. Add to that advertising costs, supply chain, shipping and so on. If it will come with a price similar to the Nexus 4, then Google will most likely either have a very small profit or no profit at all.