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As far as announcements go, Motorola really made a stir in the technology world, having created their Moto X smartphone and announced it quietly, with nothing but a Twitter feed to keep us informed of the progress. Nevertheless, the anticipated Moto X is finally here, and opinions regarding it are diverse.

Even so, the device has some aces up its sleeve but also comes with a few drawbacks. The specs are almost on par with premium smartphones of the moment  and the smartphone comes with a very broad range of custom colors, that are currently limited only to AT&T. The device doesn’t blow minds away, as its features have been seen in other DROID models, but the Moto X has all those customization options going for it, which some might say isn’t enough. Needless to say, it’s still a great device.

Moto X Technical Specs

If you want to know exactly what is underneath its cover, here’s a quick list of the technical specs of the Moto X, so you can compare them with other smartphones in its category. Motorola is using their new and so far unique X8 Mobile Computing System, which is custom SoC.

Here are the technical specifications of the Moto X, the first smartphone made entirely under Google’s supervision

  • Processor: 1.7 GHz dual-core Krait CPU Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • GPU: Quad Core Adreno 320
  • 2 Custom Motorola Processors: One for language interpretation that can help Google Now work better and with less power drain and one for contextual computing that will govern over the device’s sensors
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB / 32GB AT&T version, no microSD card
  • Display: 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED with 316 ppi, Magic Glass: new kind of Corning display
  • Battery: 2,200mAh, removable
  • Rear Camera: 10 MP Clear Pixel capable of shooting 1080p video
  • Front Camera: 2MP capable of shooting 1080p video
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Miracast Wireless Display, standard 3.5mm Audio Jack

Customization options of the Moto X

Moto X is a highly customizable device, this is due to the 18 available back covers, wooden backplate which will be available later on, black or white front cover, different colored side buttons and camera ring and on top of it all, users can engrave their Moto X with any text on the backplate, via AT&T’s Moto Maker website. This is really a drawback for all of those residing outside of the United States and for those that are not AT&T Subscribers.

These are a lot of options for a single device, and it might make the Moto X quite popular. While we can’t say how users will react to these options, it’s good to see that smartphone manufacturers are turning an eye towards smartphone customization and not just raw power.

Price and Availability

The device will go for $199 for the 16GB version on a 2-year contract from AT&T, and users who will want some extra storage and go for the 32GB version, will have to put down $249. We still don’t know the retail prices of the device, but no way the smartphone is going to be under the five hundred dollar pricing and it seems that it won’t be sold throught the Play Store, after all.

Customers will be able to purchase the Moto X at the end of August. Other carriers like Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon will also have the 16GB Moto X available, but with no additional colors, just the black and white flavors. Let’s hope that Google will also bring the Moto X to Europe and other parts of the world.

Update: AT&T has confirmed that the retail prices of the Moto X will be $575 and $630, for the 16 GB and the 32 one version, respectively. Also, it seems that the Moto X will be sold after all in the Play Store, with a pricing similar to the one mention by AT&T, of course.

photo credits: Engadget, The Next Web

Radu Tyrsina has contributed to this post

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