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More claims about Google's Motorola X phone: huge battery, Sony camera sensor and Kevlar

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More claims about Google's Motorola X phone: huge battery, Sony camera sensor and Kevlar
May 15 is fast approaching, and we are expecting Google to deliver the next grand version of Android - 5.0 Key Lime Pie - while throwing in some hardware for a good measure, like the Motorola X Phone project, and new Nexus tablet(s).

Motorola X should not actually be this year's Nexus phone, or Google might have a bit of explaining to do to other Android manufacturers, and after the job posting that confirms its existence, we now have a few more tidbits, thanks to Sniggly.

One of his contacts is allegedly already toying with an early prototype of the Motorola X phone, and his observations so far tie in with what we heard from Google during the last quarterly conference call - that it will work with Moto to address two critical areas where today's smartphones are lacking - battery life and durability.

Toughness will apparently be taken care of with a Kevlar chassis, a material Motorola is already using for its current phones, while battery life is addressed by simply stuffing the X with unit capacity in the realm of Moto's MAXX line of handsets. Though still a prototype, the source said the handset managed to get them through several road trip hours on a charge with the GPS software constantly on, which usually is an activity that kills your juicer in no time.

The phone is allegedly planned to have a screen size about 4.8", though we've heard 5" before, the obligatory quad-core processor, and, thankfully, a microSD card slot, despite that storage is rumored to go all the way up to a 128 GB version. We'll have to see that last one to believe it, though if the rumored $299.99 tag on Verizon with a contract holds water, this might be the version to justify such pricing.

We saved the best for last - besides running stock Android at the moment, the phone is apparently outfitted with a much better camera than the crappy units Motorola currently uses, and the source said it could be a Sony sensor, as Apple's exclusivity with the Japanese has drawn to an end. 

If this turns out to be true, all flagships this year but LG, are likely to utilize some variations of the "stacked" Exmor RS camera sensor from Sony, and we don't blame them - it takes much less of the valuable space inside a phone, and has hardwired HDR abilities in both pictures and video mode. The source mentioned that the camera on the prototype is pretty good already, yet with some issues that hint it's far from a finalized sensor-lens-software combo.

To summarize - come May 15, we could be looking at project X, the first Motorola phone with direct input from Google, which might sport a Kevlar back, screen in the 4.8"-5" range, quad-core processor, 3,000+ mAh battery, microSD slot, good amounts of storage, stock Android and an eventual Sony camera sensor. Sounds like a winner from Moto, but lets wait and see if and what of all this will materialize, and will there be any novel features with it, brought on by Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which the X is said to be the first phone with.

Thanks for the tip, Sniggs!

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posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:00 6

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


I personally think it's a moto xoom successor, just sayin lol

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:01 12

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Still hoping it being a Nexus, from the price point and pure Android skin perspective. Good job Motorola, it can' get out soon enough!

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:15 4

8. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


exactly....no Nexus, no deal for me

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 12:34 4

44. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Personally, it won't matter if it's Nexus or not. The main thing is that it came from Google.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 09:51 2

59. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


It matters. After Google acquired Moto they decided not to update the Photon and Atrix to ICS despite being less than a year old. Google's chief engineer acknowledged some people getting a "raw deal," and at least was honest about why although being a lame reason. He stated they didn't have the resources available to work on updates to those models and focus on future models. How Google lacks resources with their endless bank is beyond my comprehension. So, the only way you can count on making it through you contract with an up to date phone is for it to be labeled Nexus.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 00:29

66. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


of course I mean pure android with immediate updates at least 2 years ;)

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:01 15

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well i just came...

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 04:24 5

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


hahaha.......too funny bro

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 09:55

60. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


Man I wish that did the same thing for me, so I wouldn't have to put up with women.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:03 17

4. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


So far, this sounds perfect.
A dark horse is waiting to blast out of the gate!

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:05 5

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 2108; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Can't wait what google will bring for this motorola x phone!

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:08 15

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


No problem, Daniel!

As I get more details from my source, I'll keep everyone posted. I'm hoping that this phone ends up being everything it's cracked up to be.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 04:25 3

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


i was wondering if he was talking about you in particular when i seen the name sniggly LOL good stuff man

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 06:57 3

26. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


pictures *-*

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 07:51 4

29. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Sniggly it's good to see you. I haven't read a post of yours in quite sometime. Keep up the good work maybe PhoneArena.com will hire you. I wouldn't mind that one bit.

Kudos to you for the heads up information. You have PEAKED my interest on this phone!

+1

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 11:56

42. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1488; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Do you know if it's going to be a Verizon exclusive or will it be available on other carriers as well?

I do wonder what processor they are going to go with. It would be a little early for the Snapdragon 800 (if the Qualcomm roadmap is true). They have the option of pairing up with Samsung, but so far only Chinese manufacturers have used the Exynos chipset.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 03:11

56. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Wasn't the S800 supposed to be available in Q2 though? That means it should be available in mass production for the Razr X in June/July. Or was it the S600 that would be available in Q2?

Either way, I wouldn't mind having the 600, or even the S4 Pro, but being the first device to have one of the top chips of the year would give them a better fighting chance against Samsung.

I'm almost 100% positive they will go with Qualcomm though. Maybe Nvidia, but I doubt it.

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 19:51

63. LAmDroid (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


i really hope not. I really despise the whole Motorola/Verizon exclusivity relationship. It puts too much power in Vzw's hands, and allows them to neglect devices. If they were available across all carriers, then all carriers are pressured to update their devices.

I dont want a Verizon experience.
I want a Google/Motorola experience.
Im on verizon's network, but I want my device to able to openly operate on worldwide GSM/LTE networks. Will Playstore availability suggest this possibility?

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:10 11

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4180; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"the phone is apparently outfitted with a much better camera than the crappy units Motorola currently uses..." that is true but is abit harsh, lol...
Motorola certainly took note about their camera's vulnerability, that's certainly a good thing.
Motorola just needed that... The design, battery and everything else is great...and with a Sony (probably Exmore) sensor, it should be a killer deal.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 06:25 2

24. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


lol....hey...it is what it is. I'm sure Moto knows it too.....especially if this is true.

Rumors sound good so far. All I know is any phone that has a sealed battery has be be in the Maxx bettery size for me. I dont know about 128GB of storage. I have seen phones with lesser specs across the board be priced $299 on contract. We will soon see tho. Would be nice..

If thats true......would they have models with less storage? If so....16GB or higher for me. I would try to get 128 model if that does happen.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:16 2

9. JusMePnut (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Too good to be true, but let hope it is.....

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:22 7

11. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


My source is usually pretty accurate. Noted that some of what he told me is speculation and rumors, and the model he's using is definitely not complete (he mentioned the screen quality not being up to par with the current Motorola models, indicating they just threw a screen on the device so he could see what he's doing) but most of it sounds at least doable.

Also, imagine what a category buster the phone will be if it's really shipped with 128 gigs of internal memory.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:18 6

10. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


So let's see an early Htc M7 an May Galaxy S4 then this set for July Motorola X phone. Looks like a real big summer 2013. For me i will be passing on the Htc M7, passing on the Galaxy S4, all jellybean devices rather it be android 4.2 or 4.2.1 don't want anymore jellybean devices. I want android 5.0 Key Lime Pie straight out the box so I definitely will purchase the Galaxy Note 3 October 2013 without question. But this Motorola X phone might just be the mid year purchase i need who knows.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:39 2

12. sonisoe (Posts: 429; Member since: 06 May 2009)


hope the screen is smaller ie. 4.5 inch

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:49 5

13. BadAssAbe (Posts: 461; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


As long as they release the X on all carriers I'll be happy or an unlocked version

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 03:56 7

14. karas (Posts: 78; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Motorola meterials,battery + sony camera + samsung amoled screen + key lime pie = I am sold!!

posted on 02 Feb 2013, 05:24

57. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


and they will be just like cr@pple)

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 04:32 3

17. lovefist (unregistered)


I just hope its released worldwide and with a simpler name. Imagine the phone being named: motorola droid razr maxx full hd X phone.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 04:37 1

18. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I think its important to realize that if Moto and obviously Google is attempting to address two issues that really hurt how well these devices can operate. I hope this is a start of companies putting more emphasis on the software and optimization of the hardware rather than trying to stick in a new piece of tech year after year in hopes of grabbing customers. Improve the experience.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 04:40 1

19. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Sniggly, any idea on that edge to edge display that was touted, is it a true edge to edge display with little to no bezel, I'm also curious as to what processor is being used.

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