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Motorola Moto X + 1 is “coming soon”
The Motorola Moto X is barely eight months old in the United States, some countries just started selling the device, and we are already catching wind of a successor of sorts, the Moto X+1.

Just like a lot of brand new leaks about upcoming devices, we do not know a whole lot about what is in the works here. Motorola is in the process of being divested by Google and acquired by Lenovo.

The Moto X+1 obviously began its development under the current line of management, so it is not likely the Lenovo will do anything to upset the project timeline for this particular rollout. Lenovo will definitely be interested in bringing some scale to the Moto X+1 however, since the global distribution of the Moto X was not what folks would call smooth.

The Moto X brought to bear a new angle of user experience for Android powered devices. The hardware was not what anyone would call leading edge, but the performance was smooth, and the touchless controls are still unique to the segment.

The other cool feature Motorola brought to the table was Moto Maker, the ability to build a device to your liking, with custom back panel, color combination and even a special message on the splash screen when you turn the device on. Another piece of the winning combination was the fact that the Moto X is running a near stock Android experience, which has allowed for very fast OS updates thus far.

Where might the Moto X+1 make improvements? Well we could broach that question from several angles (specs), but that may also defeat what the Moto X was able to accomplish, deliver high-performance with stable hardware at a not-so-expensive price. It would serve Motorola and Lenovo well to not break what is not broken, but perhaps expand on what works.

Motorola Moto X + 1 is “coming soon”
Seeing Moto Maker offerings outside the US would be a good place to start, and perhaps some tweaks to the Moto X’s video capture quality would be in order. We suspect, however, that the “+1” is going to involve a lot more with touchless controls and the active display functionality. As we know more, you will know more.

source: @evleaks (Twitter)

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posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:20 1

1. eman99 (Posts: 211; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


What are the specs

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 01:39 11

29. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


NOT ANOTHER 1 (ONE) in the name of phone!
URGHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
CAN COMPANIES GET OVER WITH THIS 1(ONE) BRANDING!

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 12:28

59. sgodsell (Posts: 1040; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I have yet to see another phone like the moto x that has true touch less controls. Supports NFC or Bluetooth login and configuration (moto skip). No one has the active notifications like the moto x. Moto assist is awesome. What kills me is the moto x is just a tiny bit bigger then the iPhone 5s, but has a 4.7" HD amoled display.
If Motorola makes another moto x with a FHD amoled display with a new snapdragon 801/805 or 64 bit processor. Then Motorola has another customer.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 14:46

60. draconic1991 (Posts: 123; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Just imagine if motorola ever came out with a moto box....a person could have moto x box 360

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 14:13

70. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I dunno but the Moto X was already pretty good overall, the main disappointments were lack of micro sd and only an okay camera. Improve these, as well as the other necessary hardware improvements over a model that came out last year, and it will be a winner. Also would really like to see it continue to be made locally instead of a bunch of china crap, even if they take away the Moto Maker part of it (Hope they dont).

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:20 6

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7689; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Tried a Moto X for two days and switched back to my Note 3. The phone wasn't for me. We'll see how the new Moto turns out.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:31 4

5. Salazzi (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I actually loved the phone. I decided to cheat on Apple for a few months (I initially intended to cheat on it until the new iPhone was released) and went to nokia 928 for verizon, then the moto x. The moto x features were really damn good. The biggest positive was the antenna they used for cellular signals, it would get LTE down in my basement, where the 928 and the iphone would struggle. It's been proven on a few sources that the moto x retains a signal much better than any other phone. BUT I started really disliking the camera (or relatively lack thereof) seeing as it was a 10 megapixel camera, I figured it would take great pics, but boy was I wrong. The pictures were grainy (and it was only a 720p screen as is!) and in low-light conditions, it was useless. The nokia btw, had absolutely great camera, but there was a LOT that I started to miss from the iPhone like notifications, apps, view (I didn't really take a liking to the overall view of the interface). From Moto X I went onto LG G2 and it was pretty good but also was lacking a few things I missed from iPhone so within 2 weeks I went back to iPhone. If they fix the camera on the new moto x and get a better resolution screen with other improvements, I would jump on that train. But then again, I'm also craving the Lumia 930 with windows 8.1 (heard so much good about it!) and the iPhone 6 when it comes out.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:03 8

18. lyndon420 (Posts: 1712; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Really???? My Moto X takes good pics in low light...I've been really happy with it so far after many months. Great connections and no crashes.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 01:08

25. Salazzi (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


idk man, I was very disappointed especially after seeing the iPhone quality and the nokia quality. But perhaps some things may have improved over the last 2-3 months, unless you're saying you've always had great camera quality, in which case I'm not sure what the hell was wrong with mine. I googled camera issues and it seemed there were A LOT of people disappointed with the quality even though it was supposed to be a 10 megapixel, so I figured it was standard. I won't doubt it though, perhaps you do get great results, just pointing out my experience is all.

posted on 09 Jul 2014, 21:39

76. graphikzking (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


Googgle the following "Camera issues ___insert ANY cell phone here" and see that you will get 10's of thousands of hits for every single cell phone on the market.
2 of the first results will show that even Apple acknowledged there are issues.
I think my next phone will be the Nokia 1020 because of the camera. I like having the best camera for shots of the baby in an instant.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:24

68. stealthd (Posts: 929; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


It was definitely pretty bad when it first launched. It got a lot better after an update (just referring to the camera).

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:38 2

17. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Moto X isn't for poweruser like us.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 09:41

47. ihatedc (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Apr 2014)


can u give it to me your moto x if you dont want it..thx

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 09:53

49. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7689; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Returned it to Moto and got my full refund back. It was a black and red body with the patterned body.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 10:36 1

52. ihatedc (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Apr 2014)


ahh..hehe im just hoping to have that 1..iwant to have a hd screen andriod phone..but i dont have money to buy hehe if i start to earn money for that i think after 1 year i can buy that because of a little salary here in philippines...hehe just sharing..thx

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 22:15

75. GTR722 (Posts: 223; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Not a single phone is for you if its not a Samsung

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:23 8

3. LoveHater (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


Used Moto G ,fabulous mobile at this price,,,, really waiting for this one,,this will be my next ,,,Moto your days wiil be back ,,just keep wowing ,,,keep going

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:24 3

4. Emmanuelz (Posts: 65; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Another fail

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:46 15

6. NoFanboy (Posts: 206; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Moro x was a success sales wise and performance

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 02:14 5

30. Emmanuelz (Posts: 65; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


How is a phone that did not reach near a million in sales a success? It's not even a popular device only tech geeks know about it. Is to the point where they are going to discontinue the phone soon!

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 11:00 5

56. bossmt_2 (Posts: 430; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Actually plenty of people know about the Moto X who aren't tech geeks. My girlfriend is very much a non-tech geek and she saw the commercial for the Moto X and fell in love. The problem with the X was it's launch, being primarily a US launch, it's initial launch having only AT&T MotoMaker, etc. If you fix the launch bugs, it pushes way higher in sales.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 04:41 2

39. techloverNYC (Posts: 386; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


With all the discounts sales bound to go up.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:48 15

7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5199; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh...how do you know? Because it's a Motorola? Motorola phone is clearly not for you, it's for those who want simple with useful features, not complicated with gimmicky features.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 02:16 1

32. Emmanuelz (Posts: 65; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


The phone specs are ok and moto wanted to sell it as a high end device. Is no where near the top phones, cant even compete with nexus 5

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 02:19 2

33. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5199; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


The Moto X is not meant to compete with those top notch phones with bleeding edge specs, the Moto X is meant to be a simple phone for those who want simple and useful features.

Not sure about the Moto X+1 though.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 06:40 1

41. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Moto X price was high enough that it should be close spec-wise. Screen Resolution though, 720P is enough. I'll get a Moto X +1 or +2 or whatever the name will be when they switch to 64bit most likely unless I get a lumia.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:29 1

62. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the specs are sufficient for the experience in which Motorola envisioned the Moto X to have which Motorola is really on to something with in this age of the stagnant mindset that bigger plus more equals better. the smartphone market is one of the largest most competitive markets in the world. someone needs to step out with something different in a good and meaningful way and judging from the acclaim this phone has received by people that have actually experienced it most notably critics that's just what Motorola has done. there's been plenty of "ultimately i went back to the Moto X" articles by very good critics. most of these articles are about people that went to the Nexus 5 which funnily you mentioned being that it and the Moto X are very similar devices aside from the difference in the overall experience which i've talked about time and time again.

http://www.androidcentral.com/moto-x-six-months

http://www.gizmag.com/moto-x-review-2014/30682/

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Why-I-traded-the-brute-power-of-the-Nexus-5-for-the-personality-of-the-Moto-X_id50776

the proof speaks for itself.
even our own Michael, one of the best writers on this very site is an advocate for the Moto X and what it stands for.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:48

8. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Let's see what's this brings to the table...

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:52 1

9. fzacek (Posts: 1378; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Hopefully they can improve specs, such as screen resolution, and still keep that affordable price.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:57 1

10. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5199; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Let's hope that this will come quickly, looking forward to what Lenovorola will bring to the table together.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 22:58

11. o0Exia0o (Posts: 341; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


BRING IT ON MOTO!!

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:02 1

12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3066; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Come on man what has happened to naming schemes of smartphones. Lg g2, z1,z2, m8, oneplus one and now this moto x+1.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 10:23 1

51. LoveHater (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


Hell yes ,,we will now have (X+1)2,(x+2+1),X^2^3^4,(x^3+ x^4),(1+1),(1+1+1),,,

Mathematics is mother of all

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:03

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3066; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Come on man what has happened to naming schemes of smartphones. Lg g2, z1,z2, m8, oneplus one and now this moto x+1.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:05

15. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


yeah and someday they will ask you, find the X,

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:04

19. baldilocks (Posts: 501; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


You haven't been around very long, huh? I remember having the Motorola V3, V3x, V3xx back before the iPhone days. It's nothing new.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:03 1

14. Vanster (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


im glad motorola had bought by lenovo, to make asian people get this beautiful thing faster.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:19

16. nazyr1803 (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


Maybe the processor and some new feature like expandable memory via sd card? Just gessing but really want to see this phone.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:07

20. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I made the moto x stutter on my first hands on and wasn't a fan of the screen. Hopefully this one fares better and I might consider it.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:27 5

21. Sniggly (Posts: 6765; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I of course look forward to the Moto X's successor, but recoil in horror at the fact that Motorola is forcing algebra on us with the potential name of the phone.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:39

24. o0Exia0o (Posts: 341; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


GOOD SHOW SIR! +1

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:30 3

22. Scott93274 (Posts: 665; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm a fan, the fast updates, smooth Android experience, active listening, Moto Assist, linking the phone to my computer so I can get notifications of people calling, and even respond to texts from my PC, along with stellar battery life. The Moto X was/is a perfect fit for me. I'm half tempted to give my Moto X to my stepdaughter and get whatever this "+1" is.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 00:37 1

23. marlboro (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


they will cut the price in half, moto x +1=by one take one... HAHA

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 01:11

26. zachattack (Posts: 541; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Haha! Oh motorola, why not just give it up. Are you going to rebrand it and do nothing new to it like the Maxx? You probably will because you suck

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 01:17 6

27. Sniggly (Posts: 6765; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The Maxx had a bigger screen, better processor, better battery, twice the internal memory, and also included the Active display and touchless controls, compared to its predecessor. It was a fine upgrade from the Razr Maxx HD.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 03:49

36. zachattack (Posts: 541; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


The slight improvements were not worth 300$ you are so wrong! Same device minor improvements, same price. Same 720p resolution also but hey if you are dumb enough to spend 300$ on crap, then go for it

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 06:42 4

42. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


Resolution argument needs to go away. 1080P is great on a 55 inch Screen. 720P is fine on a 5 inch screen. Specs of processor and ram were a little disappointing however.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 11:24 4

57. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3940; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The CPU was a slight upgrade, but the GPU upgrade was huge. They added double the RAM, a much better camera, and a bigger battery with tons of software optimizations and more efficient hardware to get much better battery life.

The display might have been 720p still, but it was RGB AMOLED unlike the Razr Maxx HD's Pentile display, so it was brighter and more detailed.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:34 3

63. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the MAXX HD was already a great phone.
most people using that phone that prosper from it's many great benefits wouldn't be upgrading so quickly even if they could.

your very same argument could be made for the Galaxy S5. same thing, different magnitude.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 01:22

28. Killua (Posts: 261; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


The first X was a huge disappointment, price & availability-wise, and they hope it'll sell? Pretty stupid stuff from Motorola. Let's hope they won't make the same mistake this time.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 02:15

31. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I know the resolution may sound strange, but if not 1080, maybe 1600 x 900 might suit the next Moto. I feel a small bump in specs would not be unwarranted. I'd be willing to give it a shot if the price is right and the specs are up to par.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 03:44

35. galanoth (Posts: 306; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


Do they even make 1600x900 mobile screens?
Never heard of a phone with one.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 07:03 1

44. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 326; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


They don't, but in theory it would work since it is 16:9. It would just mean more work for the CPU the upscale and downscale 720p and 1080p.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 23:23

69. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I was a little surprised when phones went right from 1280x720 to 1980x1080. 1600x900 seemed to me like the next logical step. Think about the differences from WVGA to qHD to HD. Not huge leaps. But in terms of total pixels, HD to FHD is a rather large jump.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 03:02

34. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


I have the moto x and its the best phone I ever had so far, but one thing that piss me off is the fact they could of just made it the same as the droid maxx. Motorola must have some contract agreement with Verizon because they always get the best phone exclusively.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 03:52 1

37. frickbot (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)


They are going to have to step up their game spec wise. I was going to get the moto x but it just didn't compare to the nexus 5.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 07:06

45. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 326; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


I had the same issue, the CPU power was acceptable but it should have had a better GPU. If they can pack in a respectable CPU and the best available GPU they would sell me easily.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 11:31 3

58. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3940; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The Adreno 320 was the best GPU available at the time. The Snapdragon 800 wasn't out yet, so the Moto X was competing with Snapdragon 600 powered devices like the HTC One and Galaxy S4, which also had the Adreno 320 but were pushing 1080p displays.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:37 2

64. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


that's right, the Moto X had superior graphics benchmark scores due to having a more than sufficient GPU pushing 720p which was sufficient for a screen of it's size. in fact if you want a compact phone strictly for graphical performance then look no further than the Moto X and the iPhone 5S.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 19:14

72. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 326; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Except the LG G2 was released a few weeks later. The G2 was pushing a higher res display but also had more power behind it's GPU so gaming performance is probably quite similar, but the G2 had the extra CPU power, and with other S800 devices released so close in proximity to the Moto X I didn't see any incentive to go for it.

If Motorola packed in a higher power GPU and stuck with the 720p they would have shredded up all the competition in terms of performance. I almost feel bad for them, like they missed a great opportunity.

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