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A 'smarter than smartphones' Motorola flagship hinted as coming soon

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A 'smarter than smartphones' Motorola flagship hinted as coming soon
It's not only Snapdragon 810 that a new Motorola flagship will be waging against competitors this season, as a recent Qualcomm press release inferred, but something else might be in play, too.

Ricciolo, of Sony leakster fame, took to Twitter again for an enigmatic hint that we should be waiting on a "flagship smarter than any others "smartphones" from Lenovo-owned Motorola now. Given that, while it was owned by Google in the last few years, Motorola came out with the always-on Moto Voice that listens to your every command without draining battery, thanks to dedicated co-processors, we could expect a further progression in that realm for the Moto X (2015), or whatever it gets titled. 

As for the "coming soon" part, given that the previous X was announced in September, we wouldn't hold our breath for the first quarter, though the Lenovo acquisition might have sped up things at Motorola, which will be eager to assert its place in the new family.

A 'smarter than smartphones' Motorola flagship hinted as coming soon

source: Ricciolo (Twitter)

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posted on 05 Feb 2015, 09:24 10

1. NOSrawesome (Posts: 48; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


The old moto x is already smarter than most flagships

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 10:36 3

12. lyndon420 (Posts: 4389; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Agreed...and I'd still be using it had I not accidentally broke the screen :-( . But my Nexus 6 is a fine replacement although a very big replacement.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 12:22 2

14. Scott93274 (Posts: 4648; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Well, you don't see me running out to replace my 2013 model with another brand. I don't care if it had modest spec for the time it was released. The phone is just awesome.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 19:18

24. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13018; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Too bad the specs says differently

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 21:13

26. Scott93274 (Posts: 4648; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


At least you don't have to have the phone plugged in for the touchless commands to work unlike the iPhone. It's like Apple tried to copy Motorola and just wasn't up to the task.

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 02:22

31. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13018; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Oh really? Call me when Touchless Commands become a staple.

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 12:27

36. Scott93274 (Posts: 4648; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Motorola was the first to do it, Apple tried to in a half assed manner, and Google's done it now with their latest release, more will follow. Tell me again how the iPhone 6 was going to be the best thing out there because sapphire glass displays are the future? lol!!! You know nothing sad little man.

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 03:41

33. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


"Smarter than a smartphone" ...they stole the old advertisement tagline from Samsung Jet. lol

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 09:33 1

2. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Can't wait, tell me now.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 09:33

3. PryvateiDz (Posts: 133; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


If smarter is in Camera quality (processing), battery life, and speakers (well only for the Moto X 2014), then we can talk. Other than that, if it's going to be a super extensive flagship that lags behind the most basic consumer features, we can't talk. I guess they're trying to steer peple off of buying the new smartphones coming out in March-April.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 10:11

7. DeDex (Posts: 108; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Actually, despite being single, the Moto X's front-facing speaker is quite capable. It's not Boomsound-like, but it delivers an okay sound. Battery life is clearly a point to improve, though. Now when it comes to the camera, I'm okay with a not-top-of-the-class camera if it allows Motorola to cut the price a bit; the guys at Motorola are not known for making good phones, not cameraphones. So if the phone is good, I'm okay with an okay-only camera.

Now, what does "smarter" mean? The "leak" clearly mentions Moto Hint, so since there is no reason for them to change a product they only recently released, I guess we should look towards a "smarter" interaction between the new phone and Moto Hint, through Moto Voice. Moto Voice enhancements, maybe? Better interaction between Voice, Assist and possibly Connect? I don't see what else there they could make "smarter" to use with Moto Hint.

Now, I don't expect the phone to be announced soon, since the Moto X and Droid Turbo arrived not that long ago. But I have to admit that I'm curious :)

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 11:18 1

37. MochaBean (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


Yes, this.

Nobody even read the leaker's tweet, they were just like "hur hur new phone. hope it has a better battery."

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 15:30

39. PryvateiDz (Posts: 133; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


If you were referring to me, I read the leaker's tweets. I actally went to the page, as soon as I read the article. Let's not assume.

posted on 07 Feb 2015, 15:28

38. PryvateiDz (Posts: 133; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


I'm not okay with the so-so camera, I paid too much money for so-so. I think mine was like $550. The front single, front-facing speaker is okay, but considering the Nexus 6 got the dual-facing speaker, and the X 2014 was supposed to be their flagship, that upset me. I just figured the X 2014 would be the same as the nexus, maybe minus a lil something, but the same, just smaller. I want affordable, between $500-$600, great camera, great battery life, great speaker, and a micro SD cards lot. I'm just very dissappointed in the Moto X 2014, and feel so stupid that I spent that much for it. I think I would've been hapy with a Used in great condition LG G3.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 09:50 1

4. Derekjeter (Posts: 897; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


If you want to compete with Samsung and gain some of the fan base then you need to copy Apple. Just shut your mouth about anything coming soon. Built a sleek design with killer specs( yes I know Apple doesn't have killer specs), awesome camera, NO GIMMICKS but most of all announce it one day and release it on the 4 major carriers at the same time and two weeks after the announcement!!! Why can't they get that right. PLEASE STOP letting the carriers do what they want with Android phones.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 10:19 1

8. DeDex (Posts: 108; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


The problem for Motorola is that Moto Voice is pretty much the unique "feature" that differentiates them from other manufacturers. They never were any good at making cameraphones, and they will have some trouble catching up. The Moto X's design is sleek and customization is nice, but at the expense of battery life.

Now, the carrier problem comes, I guess, from the fact that it is an American company. In the US, carriers have dictated their rules for some time now. Motorola made their phones while being completely aware of this, and thus partnerships were made, the consequence being terrible disappointments like the Droid Turbo being a Verizon exclusive.

Maybe with the Lenovo purchase, Motorola will start having a more "global" strategy, which means, among others, break free of the bullsh*t imposed by US carriers. If they manage to do so, thanks to the momentum that the Moto G is starting to get, they could become a truly interesting alternative (though I don't expect them to beat Samsung/Apple anytime soon).

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 09:51 4

5. sonisoe (Posts: 411; Member since: 06 May 2009)


2014 moto x and g disappoint in battery life... why motorola put such a paltry battery on a big screen is beyond me...

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 10:23

9. DeDex (Posts: 108; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


I guess they wanted their phones (at least the X) to have more premium looks than the 2013 X, so they put a small battery and bet on software optimization to save as much juice as possible. The problem is that even so, the battery life is just acceptable. For a flagship phone, this is an issue nowadays.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 09:53 1

6. Benalys (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


All the Chinese made smartphone manufactures are ordered to leave the backdoors so that the government can collect the whatever information they want.

The backdoors on some Chinese made smartphones are hardware and can not be removed by firmware update.

I have a first generation Moto X and I will not buy any Moto phone made after Lenovo made the acquisition.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 15:45

20. MochaBean (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


Please, tell me more about how Motorola's unskinned version of Android is sending our info to the commies.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 22:05

29. Benalys (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Please search "Chinese smartphones backdoor" on google.

Sorry PA does not allow me to list the websites here.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 10:25 1

10. Malhar (Posts: 45; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


Maybe something related to Motorola Hint

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 15:51

21. MochaBean (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


It has to be this. He went through the trouble of capitalizing "hint" and putting it in quotes.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 10:27 3

11. Malhar (Posts: 45; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


Motorola Needs a Better Camera that's it.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 12:56 2

16. Scott93274 (Posts: 4648; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


The camera on Motorola's Nexus 6 beat the iPhone 6 in a blind camera comparison and I don't see anyone complaining about the quality of iPhone photos.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 19:19

25. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13018; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


In megapixels maybe. Not taking the bait.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 21:15

27. Scott93274 (Posts: 4648; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Just because you keep saying that doesn't make it true. I have actual data to back up my statement. You on the other hand have nothing.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nexus-6-beats-the-iPhone-6-Plus-by-a-mile-in-our-blind-camera-comparison_id64437

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 02:31

32. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 13018; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


http://goo.gl/GpOckE

So do I. You really want to go there?

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 12:23

35. Scott93274 (Posts: 4648; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


That article is based off the opinion of one man, the article I'm referencing is based off the opinions of 3,662, and 77%+ consider the Nexus 6 to be better.

And once again, the comparison I provided was a blind one, the people participating in it could not have any possible way of voting based off their biased opinion of one brand over another. Your article could have been written by some ignorant Apple worshiper, therefor is anything but a valid argument against my case.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 11:00 6

13. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Lenovo, please don't turn Motorola into Samsung...

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 12:29

15. AustinPaul (Posts: 67; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


I've been using a Moto X 2014 since Dec. I love using it, but I agree about the battery. I still use my Note 3 on wifi all the time, but I really prefer the feel, and size and weight, of the Moto.

I think it's a great performing and looking phone, with a few areas that are definitely ready for an update.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 14:09 1

17. kkatis (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Make an updated version of Moto Maxx and I will cancel the preorder to Saygus! Harry-up Motorola!

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 14:31 1

18. Scott93274 (Posts: 4648; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Moto Maxx? You mean the Droid Maxx? There is an update to it, it's called the Droid Turbo... or does Motorola actually have a phone called the Moto Maxx?

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 14:41 1

19. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


There is a Moto Maxx. It's the GSM varient, sans the Droid moniker.

posted on 06 Feb 2015, 06:18 1

34. kkatis (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Yes, I am talking about the GSM version of Droid Turbo. It is currently available only in some countries in Americas and does not support all the European LTE bands. Come on Motorola!! A rugged flagship with the longest battery is all what we need!

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 22:19

30. Johnnokia (Posts: 1093; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Did you really trust Saygus and make pre-order?

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 16:06

22. Lukethorpe (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Feb 2015)


New smartwatch that runs without a phone and is integrated with moto hint.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 16:37

23. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


It's a software feature for sure, or an accessory.

posted on 05 Feb 2015, 21:42 1

28. haxagonus (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Feb 2015)


MOTO HINT 2 ANYONE??!?!?!

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