New Moto X announced, model XT1092 is band 12 compatible

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Although T-Mobile’s 700MHz network has only been tested in a few locations so far, not many customers have had a chance to experience its performance. Unlike the company’s higher frequencies, band 12 is touted as being stronger, and better at penetrating building walls, meaning you’ll get a steady LTE signal even when you’re indoors. Currently, only the Galaxy Avant is compatible but if recent news is anything to go by, there could be more great handsets supporting T-Mo’s A-block spectrum soon.

One of those is the 2014 model Moto X. Motorola unveiled the device to press at an event yesterday, and its full spec list makes for exciting reading. Model XT1092 is compatible with all of T-Mobile’s bands, including band 12.

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700 (AWS), 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • CDMA (850/1900 MHz)
  • 4G LTE (02, 04, 05, 12, 17, 25, 26, 41)

Early reviews of the Moto X are good, despite the device being a little more expensive than the original model. That said, you do get more for your money. The device has a new metal chassis and a 5.2-inch, full HD display. Its key specs are as follows:

  • 5.2-inch AMOLED display – 1080×1920 resolution – 423ppi
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13MP f/2.5 camera with Ring Flash – 4K resolution video recording
  • 2MP front camera – 1080p video recording
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB storage
  • 2,300mAh battery

Perhaps the biggest talking point is the Ring Flash on the back. It’s been design to supposedly diffuse light from the two LEDs to help provide a more even lighting experience when taking photos. Of course, we have no idea how effective it is yet. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if it’s a gimmick, or an inspired improvement on Motorola’s part. It also has some cool infrared sensors built in to the front so that you can activate your phone without touching the phone, by waving your hand over the top.

As with the first generation model, you can customize it using the Moto Maker software and it’s now available with the option to have a leather-clad back, in a choice of four colors. The device goes on sale later this fall and prices start from $499. If you want the 32GB model, it’ll cost you $50 more, and you’ll also be charged a premium if you opt to have a leather or wood back.

Motorola also announced its long-awaited Moto 360 smartwatch which – according to reviews – is the best designed smartwatch on the market, but lacks in key areas like battery life and display sharpness. And then there’s the new Moto G which goes on sale at 11am Central Time for $180. It will also be available in T-Mobile compatible flavor, but it doesn’t have LTE. Hit this link to order.

Via: Reddit T-Mo
Image Credit: The Verge

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  • JiGSaW525

    Nice, maybe the new Nexus will support it too?

  • jimmiekain

    I wish T-Mobile would actually carry a carrier branded moto x. I’m not a fan of the bloatware but where I live I need WiFi calling.

    • JiGSaW525

      Yeah, Tmo needs to just release an WIFI app for all phones. Love my Nexus 5, but would love this option too.

      • jimmiekain

        @jigsaw525 putting the app in the playstore would be ideal. I’d love to stick with my Nexus5 or maybe wait for the new nexus 6 but I need WiFi calling so I’m afraid buying unlocked phones is no longer going to be an option for me. I may check out the Xperia z3 since they have a carrier version.

        • bozzykid

          They can’t just put an app in the playstore. It has to be fully integrated unless you want a separate app that can’t handoff between wifi and mobile data.

        • Paul Hansen

          It can’t at the moment anyway. My wife’s xperia, my note 3, my s5 and my g3 all drop the call once you leave WiFi coverage.

          Regardless, they may as well drop an app in the play store anyway. I’m pretty sure people would deal with the limited radius at work/home etc given the option for their non-tmo devices.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          You can try out eBay. Unlocked phone buffet for cheap

    • Adrayven

      Even Apple’s iOS 8 is on the WiFi Calling bandwagon.. Enjoying WiFi Calling with iOS 8 beta..

      Google should just bake in WiFi Calling support into the OS like Apple really. It’s a standard many EU carriers have, Sprints rolling it out, T-Mo has it..

      Wont be long before Verizon and ATT will as well to stay competitive..

      • jimmiekain

        Even better! I agree with you. It seems like they would all want it. To help relieve congestion on their networks.

    • Ordeith

      or the alternative.. use a carrier that actually has coverage.

      • Chimphappyhour

        No carrier has native cell coverage in my workspace… but I can click on wifi calling on my phone and get calls and texts. Freaks my coworkers out. They think I’m some sort of odd tech wiz or something. I mean,why yes! I am! :-P

      • derp hurr-durr

        No carrier has coverage in the stairwell of our building.

        Well, except for T-Mobile using WiFi calling.

        Good effort, though!

    • qpinto

      if you need wifi calling use facebook messenger as to call people. its free and it works. if you are against facebook, then use a number of the voip apps which allow you to make phone calls.

      • Jimmy James

        I use wifi calling for texting. In my part of the office, sometimes I get a good signal, sometimes I drop down to 4g or 2g and miss some texts. If I walk 5 feet from my desk the signal is fine. I am just in a dead spot. Not T-mobiles fault.

    • Cam Bunton

      Check my latest post… you may not need Wi-Fi calling for much longer. ;-)

      • jimmiekain

        Just read it sounds good. If you get a chance could you perhaps look at my handshake question on your new post?

  • Alex Zapata

    Is it bad that I forgot that TMO has like 2 pockets of 850MHz coverage?

  • zx6guy

    The battery size is disappointing.

    • Krazonite

      Battery life matters – Battery *size* is nigh meaningless. Let’s wait to see some real-life battery life figures before we start trashing it, shall we?

      • zx6guy

        I couldn’t disagree more. There is no replacement for displacement.

  • S. Ali

    Sigh, Another overpriced junk phone with a pathetically small non-removable battery and no SD card slot…..pass

    There is a reason Samsung is the leading Android manufacturer. They don’t put out these junk phones with embedded batteries and missing SD card slots. Come on Moto, its 2014, even LG wised up and fixed the G3.

    This isn’t even carrier branded so no WiFi calling.

    • david

      I was hoping this would replace my S3. Looks like I’ll have this phone another 6 months.

      • S. Ali

        Yup. My S3 with a 7000mAh Zerolemon battery beats every phone that has come out in the past 2 years. All these new phones are all flash and no substance for chumps still on-contract.

        • Legione13

          Samsung’s Touchwiz UI is a horrendous bastardization of Android, however, so there’s that.

        • S. Ali

          Actually touchwiz is probably the most advanced version of Android, so much so that Google borrows Samsung features (like Knox)

        • GuyBorg

          Is the wool in your eyes itchy? Samsung phones are pretty terrible if you have actually spent time with other phones. They are laggy, glitchy, and feel like cheap ass turds in your hand. Samsung does not make the best product, they market their products the best.

        • Jay Holm

          And there are homescreen replacements that people can choose from, I’ve been using Go Launcher for 3+ years.

    • derp hurr-durr

      Did someone call for a Samsung Fanboy? Got him right here and we’ll let him go cheap!

      • S. Ali

        Please don’t troll.

        • derp hurr-durr

          The funny thing is when you read your first post, you don’t see how incredibly hypocritical that accusation is. (Hence the “fanboy” comment)

          Well, I say “funny”, but….

    • Stone Cold

      SD cards may die out Google does not care for them which is why the changes in Android 4.4 suck. Phones with SD cards are read only now.

    • D_Wall__

      Funny, I dont have that complaint about my Nexus 5.

  • https://twitter.com/aushah A. Shah

    Anyone know if the Moto G they announced today will support T-Mo’s network (is asking for LTE too greedy)?

    • Bklynman

      Cam answer that,he stated it will not have lte.

      • https://twitter.com/aushah A. Shah

        Thanks Bklynman. I saw that he said it wouldn’t have LTE, but he says it’s only “compatible” with T-Mo’s network. That could mean EDGE or HSPA+ and wanted some clarification. The bands thing confuses me a bit.

        • Bklynman

          I see, for $180.00 not bad. I might pick one up for a back up phone,right now using The N 3,waiting until Jan. before I jump,
          just waiting for the reviews all the new phones to come in,I just might use it to get the M8 windows. I don’t think it is EDGE,not 2014,more than likely HSPA+,if Moto is smart,lte too.

    • Mike

      There is a Moto G out now that runs LTE, so I would expect the new version to come out with an LTE-compatible model eventually.

    • JaswinderSinghJammu

      Not the $180 version. Maybe they will come up with LTE version as well or might be a few extra $$$

    • Cam Bunton

      Yeah, sorry I don’t know. There might plans, but Motorola isn’t as forthcoming about network compatibility with the G. Nothing in the spec list.

    • nutmac

      I am guessing it will at least maintain Moto G 1st gen bands:

      2G: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
      3G/”4G”: 850, 1700, 1900 MHz

      T-Mobile:
      2G: 1900 MHz
      3G/”4G”: 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz

      I am curious as to why 2100 MHz is missing on the US version. In San Francisco Bay Area, most of T-Mobile’s 3G/”4G” towers are 2100 MHz.

      • Medion

        Keep in mind that the 2100 part of AWS (1700/2100) is a different band than 2100 alone. Typically, phones that support T-Mobile will state “AWS” in addition to support, if any, for the separate 1700 and 2100 bands.

        T-Mobile doesn’t have a single tower that is standalone 1700 or 2100. AWS is a bonded frequency and requires both to operate.

  • IamDefiler

    DEAD PHONE WALKING! DEAD PHONE WALKING!

  • Medion

    “Early reviews of the Moto X are good, despite the device being a little more expensive than the original model. ”

    Not at launch. It seems this phone will launch at $499 for the 16GB model. The 2013 Moto X was $599 day one for 16Gb, though it reduced over time.

    • Cam Bunton

      Yeah, I think I was comparing it to the $349 current price. They had to drop it because it was too expensive. And they’ve made the same mistake again.

      • Medion

        It costs $499, over $100 less that the Galaxy S5, is similar in specs, and you think it’s overpriced?

        • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

          If they want to differentiate themselves, they do. They must go above and beyond, not just “good enough” to win over the minds and hearts of the mainstream market and as we all know they’re more Price sensitive than us tech enthusiasts. To the Mainstream consumer Price is more impressive to them, than the actual specs.

        • Medion

          Right. And it costs at least $100 less on or off contract. So, what’s the issue? Similar quality phone at a lower cost. Did you expect them to give it away for free?

        • Cam Bunton

          It’s not just about specs. It’s about brand perception and perceived value. Galaxy S is reputable. Moto’s not had a strong reputation since the V3..

        • Medion

          I totally get that. But in this case they have made a comparable if not slightly better phone at a lower price. What more do you want?

          Now granted, the phone may not appeal to you. Case in point, I hate the phone. As a 64GB Moto X owner, I don’t want a device this large and without better storage options. I think this phone appeals more to the LG/Samsung/HTC crowd and not to current Moto owners. But in terms of value, it’s going after those guys offering comparable hardware at a better price. So again, what more do you want?

  • kev2684

    looks like this device is compatible with all major carriers. O.O here’s to hoping VZW is included in the Nexus 6 which is rumored to be made by Motorola. this should be the standard radios for all future phones, branded or not.

  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    It’s curious that it supports both band 12 and 17, because band 12 includes band 17… I thought that a band 12 device would work with ATT’s band 17 too.

    • enkay1

      You are right but AT&T needs to implement a technology called MFBI (multi-frequency band indicator) within their network so band 12 phones can use it. AT&T begged the FCC for a “boutique” band of their own because the A-block of band 12 had/has the interference issue with TV channel 51.

  • Jose Hernandez

    If T-Mobile sells the phone I will either buy this or the next Nexus. Still waiting on official specs on the Nexus before I make my choice.

    I have a Note 3 and really like it, but the slow updated have finally taken their toll.

    • Aaron C

      I loved my Note 2 (and wifi calling) but eventually had to get rid of it. I thought I could live with TouchWiz, but I every time I try a phone that’s not pure android, I end up ditching it quickly. If the Nexus X doesn’t have band 12, I will probably end up with this phone.

  • anthon

    Now what T mobile loyal customer want is T mobile WiFi calling to all devices including the unlocked ones.

  • Dakota

    Does it cost a manufacturer that much more to add LTE?

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    if this had wifi calling itd be the one but with band 12 would we even need wifi calling?

    • http://aikenareaprogressive.blogspot.com/ jovan1984

      Idk, but WiFi Calling added on sure would not hurt.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    removeable battery?

  • MarkieE

    Any official word or confirmation yet from T-Mobile regarding it’s availability?

  • BillSmitty

    Blah. I can’t stand my present Moto X and they change the only thing I like about it…the size. Fail and can’t wait to dump my present crap Moto X, just need to find a good Android replacement. Was gonna try iPhone but getting one of those from work, so that solves that.

  • Mr. Mister

    I cannot wait to ditch my M8 for this phone.

  • Jay Holm

    I’m sure new smartphones going forward will be 700mhz Band 12 compatible.

    • Douglas

      This iPhone 6 doesn’t support T-Mobile LTE band 12

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

    This is the smartphone I been waiting for, but I am kinda disappointed about the price. I was really eyeying a $450 price, or $500 for a 64GB model. I mean, with the specs, it’s worth it. But to me it’s like Moto seemed like the value brand over the last year with the Moto X price being sliced about in half, the Moto G, Moto G 4G, Moto E, heck even the new Moto G. I almost felt like since the new Moto X wasn’t being manufactured anymore in the US via Texas, that the price wouldn’t be as high (Sure it’s $100 cheaper than the original upon release). The thing that kills me now is how long it’s gonna take to be released after being announced, no 64GB model, the $50 more for a 32GB model when I feel like the 32GB model should’ve been the standard version. I don’t even see why have a 16GB model. I had a 16GB Moto X, and you really only get about 11GB’s after everything said and done, and I’m not media intensive, but that thing was full soon, especially considering that the moto camera takes pics at full resolution and there’s no option to change still pic resolution. You can download 3rd party apps, but from experience the moto camera would take the best pics, so it defeated the purpose. My last clutch with it is the fact you have to pay a premium for leather, I mean I get it,but when I think about buying the moto 2 year insurance, taxes, and the power pack micro, it’s over $700 off contract -_________-

    • Abhilash Bingi

      You get a $50 discount if you’re a student FYI

  • http://aikenareaprogressive.blogspot.com/ jovan1984

    I hope Microsoft Mobile will start making phones that support band 12.

  • Mr. Mister

    Good bye M8, hello Moto

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    this would be perfect but no sd?

  • dcdttu

    Unfortunately this model is not T-Mobile’s. It’s Sprint’s.

    The T-Mobile model is XT1095, and it doesn’t support Band 12.

    Sprint’s does because: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/t-mobile-buys-verizons-700-mhz-block-spectrum-24b/2014-01-06

  • Medion

    I’m curious about this device now, because the Pure Edition isn’t based on this and lacks Band 12 support. I’m speculating that this was supposed to be the model that worked on T-Mobile and/or Sprint, accounting for any future merger (which was a possibility when this phone was in development).

    We now know, as per Motorola, that Sprint will not be getting a model. Will T-Mobile have their own model in stores for EIP now? Or, will we be limited to the Pure Edition like last years’ DE and Unlocked GSM models? The lack of Band 12 on the PE is disappointing, though.

    • dcdttu

      I’m curious too. Is this a failed model, or a small Nexus to go long with the Shamu Nexus?

  • Ordeith

    I thought we already had this little talk on defamation. You do realize you are leaving a written record, right? Weren’t you supposed to have your lawyer contact me? I am looking forward to meeting him. Especially with zingers like that. :)

  • Ordeith

    Yet I know all about you, and you still know nothing about me. I keep waiting for you to show you have a clue, but alas…