Moto X Press Images Leak As Company Sends Launch Event Invites

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With invitations for the Motorola Moto X event just hours old, we didn’t have to wait long until some official looking press images leaked to the world. In other words, we still don’t have to wait till August 1st to check out the device thanks to these renders as well as Google Chairman Eric Schmidt walking around Sun Valley, Idaho with the device.

The device is still thought to be more of a mid-range smartphone than a powerhouse with a 1.7GHz dual-core MSM8960 Pro processor, 720p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 10 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.2.2.

The Moto X is expected to launch on all four of the nations largest carriers at very competitive price points. The good news is that this is just the first of what is widely expected to be many of the Google-inspired collaborations with Motorola and we suspect some future device will truly compete in the “high-end” arena. Until then, we’ll just have to see how innovative Motorola and Google can be with the Moto X.

Would you give this a chance over something like the Galaxy S 4 or HTC One based on everything we know today?

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  • Bill

    Hope it’s carbon fiber skin

    • Iucidium

      Why hope, when you can probably choose it as a case, and its Kevlar.

  • scb1898

    I hope this has a good loudspeaker. I remember my old Motorola phones all had great speakers!

  • Binny Gupta

    I hope they increased specs or made it much cheaper.

    • Iucidium

      Its gonna be cheap enough to saturate the hulking void of mid-range and provide a fantastic experience

      • Binny Gupta

        If its more than the current nexus they will not sell shit.

  • bdbman

    Since when did 1.7 quad core become mid level smart phone lol

    • Iucidium

      Dual core – learn to read.

      • MasterTan

        Learn to be less of a knob slobber. Guy made an error.

        • Iucidium

          Stop advocating illiteracy.

        • g2a5b0e

          Clearly, you don’t know the definition of the word. Illiteracy is the inability to read or write. The guy simply made a mistake. No need to be crass.

        • Iucidium

          Seeing as the article clearly says ‘dual-core’
          That’s illiteracy in the reading part of its definition

        • g2a5b0e

          I hope that when you make a simple mistake in the future, people are a little more forgiving toward you. Of course, this is probably the part where you tell me you don’t make those kinds of mistakes…

        • Iucidium

          Well predicted.

    • Bryan Sandoval

      Its a dual core

    • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

      Agreed.

    • gentleman559

      Its Dual core

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    LTE enabled for multiple carries would do the trick and cheap

  • S. Ali

    Price it at $199-$249 and I’ll take 8!

  • Mirad77

    Dual core on a smartphone is fine by me as the rest of the cores are just means for these manufacturers to justify their overpriced phone. I wonder how many apps out there take full advantage of quad core at once. I’d prefer other things on my nexus 4 than the quad core given that my backup phone (atrix hd ) handles all I throw at it pretty well. Games? I think a 4.7″ is kinda small to enjoy any game other than word with friends and the like.

    • D Nice

      The most true and realistic statement I have heard in a long time!

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Very curious to see the pricing.

    • Timbay

      Yeah me too bro. It’s a nice looking phone. If they sell it for a good price off contact, I might have to snatch it up.

  • http://knightofscorpio.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    I want one so BAD! I don’t care about the beefed up specs, as long as my phone works the way it should work. After a while to me, it gets pointless. At least to me as a average joe, technology enthusiast. And I love the ability to customize my device, that’s what really makes me keep it for so long. I just hope it’s not like the Nexus 4, because I was gonna use the Jump program for this. Because the Nexus 4 was $350 on Google Play, but like $500 on T-mobile’s website & from T-Mobile retailers.

    • Alvin Brinson

      JUMP is only really worth it if you PLAN on upgrading every 6 months.

      If this device is what they promise AND it gets updates, I’d keep it for at least a year. At which point JUMP is no longer “profitable” to use even on more costly devices.

      • g2a5b0e

        I disagree. If you already have insurance or are planning to, JUMP becomes way more worth it even if you only upgrade once a year. If you have a Note 2 or an iPhone 5, there’s no reason not to get JUMP. You’ll be saving $2 a month on your insurance. It’s not like you actually have to JUMP ever.

        • Wererat

          Actually, at the moment TMo is asking $8/month for insurance (I’m on the verge of signing with them, and ran through the process for price verification). You’re not wrong, though, since prior customers pay $12. Still, $2/month over insurance is not bad at all for the option to switch phones/payments if you want to upgrade (or if something awful happens to you and you want to downgrade).

          Alvin must be thinking of AT&T’s or Verizon’s versions, which are a pure surcharge on top of insurance AND the subsidized-phone rate for the privilege of getting 40% (AT&T) or 50% (Verizon) return value on a phone.

        • g2a5b0e

          You’re a little off. T-Mobile charges $8 for most of their phones. I was referring to the iPhone 5 & the Note 2. The insurance on those devices is $12. Meaning you should definitely sign on for JUMP if not for anything else than to get cheaper insurance.

        • Wererat

          Ah, gotcha. Neither of those were on my short list, so I didn’t check. Either way, if $2 plus or minus on a bill is a showstopper to someone, that someone might want to consider whether a smartphone is really a must-have item in their budget.

        • g2a5b0e

          Amen to that.

        • Daniel
      • http://knightofscorpio.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        I understand that, but that really wasn’t the main point or basis of my comments.

  • Nate595

    I think it’ll sell well, the average consumer is probably going to love all of the customization it comes with at a good price. Android enthusiasts though are probably going to skip this one because its not a quad core phone plus a 5″ screen seems to be the norm for high end smartphones now.

    • Dakota

      Id think theyd want to create a device to appeal to both audiences and get a lot of buzz. Youre going to be running into major iPhone announcements plus even more buzz about ios7 in a few months and Google/Android needs to come up with something at t hat time that will really get word of mouth going. This isnt sounding like that.

      • Nate595

        Only Galaxy S devices can really compete with the iPhone it terms of hype around it but google still has some tricks up their sleeves with possibly a new Nexus.

        • kalel33

          Not if the reported amount of money that Motorola is going to spend in marketing with this. This could catapult Motorola, like it did the Galaxy devices.

  • Steve Cory

    If I can touch all corners of the screen without feeling I have cystic fibrosis, I’m sold. I want a respectable device with a 4 to 4.3 inch display.

    • Mark

      Steve, CF is an incurable genetic lung disease that inexorably leads to death. You may want to rethink your statement.

      • Dion Mac

        i cant!

      • Christopher Woodruff

        I’m guessing he meant carpal tunnel.

  • D Velasquez

    it resembles the Nexus 4!

    • steveb944

      That’s what I thought, minus the glass back.

  • Dakota

    Im confused. Your article says this is considered more of a mid-range smartphone. If thats true, what is all the excitement about. If its not top of the line, wont it get slammed immediately by critics and reviewers? Is this phone supposed to have a Google Experience or still an old Motorola skin? And what if anything does this mean to the Nexus phone line. We dont seem to hear anything more about the latter. I know for me, my choice now is between a better Nexus device and major OS update or finally moving over to an iPHone once and for all. It also seems strange that this would launch with 4.2 and not at least 4.3. What would be the point of Google owning Motorola anyway? (except I guess the phone would launch on all US carriers and not just Verizon)…But also it seems disappointing that we dont hear anything about a major 5.0 upgrade and instead a tiny 4.3 upgrade will not excite people. With ios7 and a new iPHone launching in the Fall, Google may be drowned out once again during the important holiday shopping season.

    • Iucidium

      There’s a huge void for mid-range phones. This will saturate the market brilliantly. Almost-nexus software, good hardware, great battery life and customisable – too much has been focused on the p*ssing contest that is the ‘spec wars’ started by Samsung. Now is the time where experience will be king.

      • Justin Black

        I’d say Google is late to the party if that is indeed their strategy.

        • Iucidium

          Please explain your comment?
          Unless for the nexus 4 there are no mid/high end phones for an insane price. Leaked benchmarks have stated the MotoX out performs the Galaxy S4 for graphics and the nexus 4 too.

        • Justin Black

          Because it’s already gotten out of control. Google hasn’t paid attention to how their OS operates on mid-to-low end hardware, leaving a gaping hole for Apple (the new low priced model) and Nokia (e.g. 521) to make inroads to price sensitive consumers. Apple actually knew experience was king from the beginning, but milked their brand prestige for too long and locked people down to all things Apple.
          I think you will see a casualty of this spec war. HTC isn’t working the bottom rungs very well at all (regardless of the Android experience here). The bubble is popping and they have their pants down. It’s HTC’s fault, to be sure, but Google should have anticipated this. I’d say they need to work within Motorola to push the price points even lower and optimize the OS for such hardware.

        • Iucidium

          “I’d say they need to work within Motorola to push the price points even lower and optimize the OS for such hardware”

          That’s what they ARE doing hence my statement regarding the performance. Rumoured price is $199

        • Justin Black

          I completely understand what you are saying. What I’m saying is they need to push it even lower. They need a $100 phone that runs the OS smoothly. App compatibility will of course be an issue. But the core functions shouldn’t suffer.

    • gentleman559

      I seriously don’t see Apple out doing Google, lets keep this in perspective. I do have to agree this phone is nothing special. Nice look and all but oh the potential it had with some high end specs. I wont be getting it, I love my HTC One for now and Im sure there will be a lot of things people will be drooling over for the holiday season. New Nexus, Galaxy Note 3, Im sure a new device coming from HTC and others so don’t sweat things that are already in motion.

    • TechHog

      You sound like you already have your mind made up about switching to iPhone, really. You seem to be bored with Android.

    • steveb944

      Google, or Android specifically has not been ‘drowned out’ in recent times by iOS. If anything this mid range device is still better than whatever Apple will come with this fall since it’s going to be a 5S, small jump.

  • od312

    Looks like a cross between a samsung and htc device

    • kalel33

      To me, it looks a lot like the Razr M.

  • MetroPCS

    The Cliq left a bad taste in my mouth, Moto stuff always feels o clunky and bulky so , no I don’t think I would give it a chance over GS4 or iPhone 5S. Once you see a 1080p screen you never want to go back.

    • Trevnerdio

      But now it’s owned by El Goog! New direction.

    • Mirad77

      I would say galaxy one did same thing or G2. But times go by and things change. My N4 is treating me pretty good as my backup phone which is the Atrix HD. Hell the only difference is stock and slight build on stock for the Atrix HD but both handle what I hit them with very well. The exact reason why I think quad core doesn’t make a difference to me.
      Just make a good research and get what will serve you not some notion. 1080p is only good if you have content in that encoding if not the 1080p by itself will not change the content.

    • defiantbeast

      Really? While I get that an open can leave a bad taste in your mouth, the cliq was so long ago. I hated Samsung after the vibrant/galaxy s1, but even I let that go and bought a galaxy 3 and am typing this on my galaxy 4. Motorola has come out with some really good products like the new razr and the battery life that they have been able to cram into those phones is industry leading.

    • izick

      Not to mention that was loonngg before Google.

  • Trevnerdio

    Besides the processor, I would consider all of those other specs high end…it could do with a 1080p display, but otherwise a very solid looking device.

    • Justin Black

      The average consumer won’t know the difference at that screen size. I bet they’d notice the difference in battery life, though.

  • steveb944

    If it’s priced well I will consider this device. If they were to throw in some vanilla a la Nexus, I would get it hands down, but unfortunately Google’s event is next week ahead of the X announcement. :(

  • SocalTeknique

    Another soulless brick

    • SocalTeknique

      With that said, I might get it.

  • Mark

    Will it have BLUR?

    • izick

      I hope not.

  • Garo.j

    I am going purchase a tmobile verision of the motoX.why not its only going to cost about 300$
    It kinda has a nexus look.!!!

    • kalel33

      If it’s $300 from Motorola then it’ll be $400 from T-mobile. They did the same thing with the Nexus, by jacking up the price.

  • Dion Mac

    Is that a front facing flash?

    • Chris

      No

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    I actually kinda like the background wallpaper on this, can’t wait to get it on my other devices.

    • 0neTw0

      Texas Flag on weathered wood.

  • bobert

    If its not a “powerhouse” or a “super phone” I dont really give a damn to be honest, next?

    • Iucidium

      On benchmarks it outperforms nexus 4

      • bobert

        Oh I’m one That doesn’t bother with benchmarks too much. And I dont care what It scores against older phones to begin with, obv I’m waiting for the next nexus.

  • bobert

    300$? Why not just buy a nexus 4? Or what for the next nexus

    • Iucidium

      $199 for 16gb (rumoured)

  • Ray Scott

    for the right price I would get this phone.

  • Emmalynn

    Looks like every other Android phone on the market. :/

    Nokia spoiled me lol

    • Singleweird

      it only really looks like the nexus

    • Anonymous_Poster

      Nokia might not be so bad if they didn’t refuse to use Android OS.

      They went with that ridiculous Windows Phone OS & that horrid Metro UI title crap that Microsoft spews all over everything they make!

      • izick

        I use Android everything, but I definitely like Windows experience better. It’s just so fluid and customizable and in your face, and somewhat out of the box that we’re in of icons and widgets.

      • Justin Black

        Almost everything you said is subjective. But never mind that. In Nokia’s position, they had to find a way to differentiate. They could easily get lost in a sea of Android hardware. Not to mention that they couldn’t attack emerging markets running android on 521′ish hardware. Android is a pretty miserable experience at the low end.

  • Singleweird

    isn’t this technically the next nexus? since google owns motorola and it will run pure android…

    • Timbo1

      No its not a Nexus device. It runs a slightly skinned version of android.

  • sanman

    Really nothing impressive considering it’s a Google/Moto device. With the Next Nexus device coming out in a few months this device will not match up. It may be a nice device for someone that didn’t get the GS3 or 4 with an older device. Not worth the jump from Samsung Nexus or Nexus 4.

  • sanman

    Also, it’s has a 720p display. I have that with the Nexus from 2 years ago. Not sure what they are thinking. More of a mid range device that is not worth more than $200 unlocked.

    • Iucidium

      Also, less pixels to push – better performance

  • Anonymous_Poster

    I actually love my HTC One.
    This would be a great device for those whom cannot afford the top of the line phone, or for someone whom is just starting out with Android.

  • jimmiekain

    I didnt think the moto x was coming to t-mobile. It went through the fcc for vzw, att and sprint a few months ago but never tmo. I wonder…

    • Razball

      For T-mo it may just be through Google play

      • jimmiekain

        No way man. I want a carrier branded phone. Google play phones don’t have wifi calling. I don’t have great service at my house. No wifi calling is the only big complaint I have with my Nexus 4.

        • Razball

          Crap your right I use it on my note 2 now its like 2nd nature lol its one of the reason I got rid of the Nexus 4 actually it was pretty much the only reason lol.

        • Daniel

          So you’re willing to pay the $100-$150 hike in price to get it from Tmo?

        • jimmiekain

          It’s that or have no service. So, yes.

        • Daniel

          Google Voice + VoIP App (e.g. Talkatone) = Service on wifi.

        • jimmiekain

          I have a Google voice number but I’ve never heard of talkatone. Do they make you give them your Google password?

        • Daniel

          You do have to, but rather than giving them your regular password you can use application-specific passwords.

        • jimmiekain

          Thanks. I’ll do some research to learn how to use application specific passwords.

        • Daniel

          You’ll have to setup two step verification first. It’s really easy though.

  • Deihmos

    This phone is not attractive.

  • zozo douce

    very nice