Thursday, August 1, 2013

Motorola announces Moto X

The news of Motorola's first from scratch phone after Google took it over starting coming back in January when a phone having letter 'X' in its name was first heard of and then the rumors just started coming in. Well, the time is here - Motorola has announced its latest and greatest, Moto X.

The Moto X has an amazing 4.7" AMOLED 720p display and full RGB matrix. This results in a pixel density of 316 ppi thus passing it for the "Retina Display" moniker. The glass is protected by Gorilla Glass, of course, and with the new Magic Glass variety of glasses which have slight curve around the edges to give it strength at its weakest point.

At its heart runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with 2 krait cores running at 1.7 GHz. Adreno 320 GPU contributes to its graphical strengths and it has a 2 gigs of RAM. This all is a part of Motorola's own X8 boards.

One of the most touted features of the smartphone is its camera. Its a 10 MP camera which comes with, what Motorola likes to call it, the Clear Pixel technology. In this, every other green portion of the Bayer Filter Array is replaced by a clear one which in turn results in more light reaching to the sensor. Apart from this, it comes with usual tricks like HDR, Geo Tagging, face detection, Panorama up its sleeves. It is capable of Full HD, 1080p, recording at 30 fps as well. The phone also has a 2 MP camera at the front which is also capable of taking 1080p videos.

Motorola has taken it to the next level when it comes to customization options - one of its secret weapons. The phone itself is available in 18 colors and then comes the part of 'accent' - the part at the rim of the camera lens and side buttons.

On the software side, it comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.2 which looks a lot like the stock Android version but Motorola has incorporated few touches of its own. The phone comes pre-installed with an app named Migrate which, as the name suggests, will help you move photos, videos, texts, call history and phone, and SIM contacts from your old Android phone. It supports Android 2.2 and above.

Moto X has a new notification feature coined as "Active Display" as well. They have used the OLED screen to display new notifications (a snipet of information like the timestamp and kind of notification) on the black blank screen.

The footprint of this device is not small at all because of its 4.7" screen and due to its curved back, its thickness varies from 5.6 mm at the edges to 10.4 mm in the middle. It comes with usual array of connectivity including LTE as well. The phone will come with two storage options - a 16 GB one and a 32 GB one. There is no slot for expandable memory so select the memory space wisely. It is powered by 2200 mAh battery which should be more then enough to get you through a full day of heavy usage.

It will cost 200$ for 16 GB and 250$ for 32 GB version under contract in USA and 575$ or 629$ depending on the storage option you go for if you buy it SIM-free. A thing to note about Moto X is that it will be the first phone to be completely assembled in USA and also the first phone to use nano-sim since iPhone 5.


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