The Moto X arrives; battery life, customization take priority over specs

The Moto X (GOOG +1.7%) will sell for a subsidized $199 at all 4 major U.S. carriers.

The phone has a 4.7" 720p display (the Galaxy S4 has a 5" 1080 display), a 10MP camera, Miracast wireless display support, and a promised 24 hours of battery life under "mixed" use.

Battery life is improved via the multi-CPU X8 architecture: the X pairs a primary CPU (revealed to be a custom version of a dual-core, 1.7 GHz., QCOM Snapdragon) with a "natural language" processor handling audio, and a "contextual computing" processor that runs the phone when on standby.

As rumored, the phone is very customizable. Between the different backplate covers, front panels, side-mounted buttons, and lens rings, there are 504 potential versions of the X.

The X is smaller than other 4.7" phones thanks to its wrap-around glass, and a feature called Active Notifications alerts users to updates while engaging only a small part of the display.

Motorola Mobility had a Q2 op. loss of $218M on revenue of $998M, and its global smartphone share has fallen to ~1%. Can the X help right the ship?

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  • Humble Eagles
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    Well, the rumor mill was wrong on this one...about the same price as an iPhone 5. Oddly, I think that is better for Android. HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony still hate Google competing against them, but at least GOOG isn't subsidizing hardware with ad clicks. Still, between the Nexus 7 and Moto X, I suspect their partners are a whole lot more receptive to alternatives like Firefox.
    1 Aug 2013, 04:20 PM Reply Like
  • stoj
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    Nr 1, is to stop the bleeding at Motorola, not to destroy partnerships. If moto x fails ? so will Motorola be converted into a shell company for holding patents. Motorola faces a potential shutdown for 2 reasons. Not to dilute Google's core, and to promote free competition in hardware. In other words, it's possible for Gog to own hardware ( as long as it drains capital from the sub company, over time ) Motorola is nowhere near the numbers where it gets to be viewed as a serious competitor, at 10% of world market ( a 1000% growth ) things might change, but if Google gets there ? the hardware bleeding will be over, and they might rewrite android deals, and/or "taper" the hardware expasion, but until then ( which is prolly 2020+ ) all is cool in the android space
    1 Aug 2013, 06:07 PM Reply Like
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