Motorola has updated their hugely popular Moto X flagship Android smartphone, which has gotten several changes except the name. The soon to be Lenovo owned company has brought in a bigger, beefier and obviously better version of the Moto X which should help Motorola to increase the desirability quotient of their flagship phone considerably. Before we get into the details, we must mention that it starts at only $99.99 on-contract and $499.99 (£419.99) unlocked.
The Moto X comes with a slightly bigger 5.2-inch AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass on top of it. It’s a Full HD (1080p) affair this time around, and has very few bezels surrounding it, making it look much smaller than it actually is. Full marks to Motorola for cutting down the bezels on all sides. At 144g, it’s pretty light for a 5.2-inch display, and has a curved back arching from 3.8mm at its thinnest to 9.9mm, that fits in very well in hands.
The phone has a much better and more premium looks than its predecessor. It now comes with an aluminum frame which wraps around the sides, and doubles up as the antenna as well. As before, the back cover is completely customizable. Motorola has introduced a new leather back option which comes in four varieties – Natural, Cognac, Black and Navy. Additionally, Moto Maker also now lets you add metal accents to power and volume buttons, speaker grills and the Motorola logo on the back. The dimple on the back remains intact.
The new Moto X comes with an improved 13 MegaPixel camera with 4x zoom and a ring flash, ensuring softer flash. You can now do 4K video recording, thanks to the Snapdragon 801 chipset powering the phone. There are some additional software features introduced to the camera UI, which includes Best Shot and Highlight Reel.
As far as other hardware specs go, the new Moto X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, an Adreno 330 578MHz GPU and 2GB of RAM. It also houses a 2,300 mAh battery which Motorola claims will last a full day. The new Moto X has four microphones to help reduce background noise, comes in a “splash guard” water repellent coating (though it likely won’t survive a dunk in the pool) and will be available in both 16GB and 32GB iterations. Surprisingly, Motorola has decided not to include a microSD slot, which is back in demand these days.
The Android version continues to be near stock, with couple of Motorola specific apps thrown in, which includes Moto Assist and Moto Migration tools. The ever so popular active commands has got a major improvement as well. Instead of saying “OK Google”, you can use custom commands to wake up the display and there are some additional commends like “Take a selfie” which activates the front-facing camera along with a countdown timer so you never have to press a button.
At $499.99 (unlocked), Moto X continues to be that affordable flagship from a major manufacturer, and this time it does come with a premium look and feel and decent specifications to take on the likes of Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z3. The Moto X will be available later this month in countries across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Indian release is pegged for the end of this month, with the price being kept under the wraps.