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Motorola working on 'just right' size Android device, coming in the second half of 2013

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Motorola working on 'just right' size Android device, coming in the second half of 2013
Motorola has been suspiciously quiet in the last few months, but that sounds like the silence preceding a storm. The Google-owned company is working on a device that is “just the right” screen size, not too large (hey, phablets), nor too small. It is allegedly planning on developing an additional line of products along with developing the Droid and RAZR series.

"Certain people like a large screen, but there's a sweet spot for consumers that we're currently exceeding in the market. There are some people that like a big display, but there's also a lot of people that want something that's just about right," Motorola design head Jim Wicks said.

Additionally, future Motorola phones will run on an "the unadulterated version of Android," which should pretty much mean vanilla Android.

Finally, the Motorola design guru mentioned the company won’t have any carrier exclusives - good news for the customers and not so good for carriers like Verizon Wireless.

While there were no news on the actual release of the devices, Motorola narrowed it down to the second half of 2013. We’ve heard rumors about an early release in May and later those rumors switched to saying July or August. Now, the “second half of 2013” sounds like much later in the year, but let’s just wait and see.

source: PC Mag

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posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:13 14

1. gigaraga (Posts: 865; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Could this be THE Motorola phone to challenge current high end Android phones?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:54 1

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5722; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Sounds more like a mini edition, not unlike the GS III mini....

This may be a letdown. :-(

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:44 16

8. jan25 (Posts: 387; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


The way i understood it is that it wont be following the latest trend of 5 inch displays.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:29 7

14. KennethP4V (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


i agree, prolly 4.8", and best if they do something like the HTC One dual stereo speakers. I rather have superior speakers for real experience rather than smart pause because i dont mind if the video keeps on playing when im not looking at it, i can just easily rewind it, this is digital not tape, it should not be a big deal. So double the speakers give real performance increase, giving smart pause and some gesture view is just putting more plants in a jungle.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:06 8

22. alila2 (Posts: 118; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


4.7" ,on screen buttons , Xperia ZL bezel , htc one round corner style and you got a winner .

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 13:05

33. Leo_MC (Posts: 513; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Only if fits in 13 cm.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:46

35. alila2 (Posts: 118; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


if the ZL is 131.6 mm the X Phone Should 130.84 mm not bad at all, almost the same size length of GS2 but narrower , so it will be about 130.84 x 67 x ????(thickness) .

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 18:52 1

37. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


While better than a standard phone speaker, the HTC Ones speakers still are not amazing, way below average in the overall speaker market still but all phones have horrible $2 speakers. HTC did do an excellent good making their dual speakers look good, just showoff ports tbh. They don't sound as good as they look. But it is better than any of the other flagships right now.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:26 6

26. akki20892 (Posts: 3415; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


yep, motorola knows smartphone needs perfect size, not tablet size sammy.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:24 6

2. boosook (Posts: 979; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Come on, how much do we still have to wait? Second half of 2013? Are they working or what???
I think there are a lot of people waiting for a Motorola phone with vanilla Android, since the Nexus 4 cannot be purchased everywhere (not in Italy, for example), what's more there are a lot of people who would buy a high-end Android with a "normal sized" screen.
What are they waiting? Those people will buy the new iPhone if Moto does not release anything and Google does not distribute its Nexus line properly.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:57 4

12. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


seriously what's taking so long? If anything I would think making a phone with stock android would take even less time. All they really need to improve on is the camera.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:26 1

3. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


I smell trouble for the Current number 1 Android Phone out there.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:56 6

10. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


you should get your nose checked.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:32 4

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 1731; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Finally...an Android phone that is in Google's sole control.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:57 2

11. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


yah, looking forward to stock nexus, only problem is motorola is only Verizon in the US, and we saw how Verizon messed up the galaxy nexus.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 12:11 1

32. McLTE (Posts: 688; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


did you read the article? It said no phones specific to certain carriers.

"Finally, the Motorola design guru mentioned the company won’t have any carrier exclusives"

This has been killing Moto in my opionion.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:46 3

5. shuaibhere (Posts: 1373; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


As far as the dimensions are perfect screen size doesn't matter....

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:22 4

7. Meleagru (Posts: 84; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)


I just hope it's available somewhere else besides USA

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:55 3

9. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I have a crazy idea motorola. Make 2 phones with different sizes!!! Crazy concept I know.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:20 4

13. TylerGrunter (Posts: 905; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


May be someone is finally listening to the customers
http://www.gsmarena.com/join_our_quest_for_a_highend_compact_android_smartphone-news-5858.php

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:31 2

15. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hmm. I'm personally a fan of the 4.8ish screen size. Second half of 2013 isn't too far away, though Motorola tends to wring every last day out of their self imposed deadlines. They could release the phone on New Year's Eve and technically be correct.

Oh, one more thing:

I'm waiting.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:40

16. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6376; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Forget it motorola. Getting tired of your release date and your exclusive on Verizon.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:03 3

17. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You did just read that they said that the phone they're planning is NOT a Verizon exclusive, right?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:32 2

19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3992; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I am getting pretty tired of waiting so long with little to no word on when it would be released, aside from the vague "second half" statement. Hopefully they'll talk about it at Google I/O. Also, right in the article it says that Motorola won't have any carrier exclusives.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:30 2

18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3992; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


4.5" at the very least, preferably bigger if they intend to keep on screen buttons. 1080p at 4.5" though, that's getting pretty close to 500 ppi.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:34 2

20. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


If Motorola is working on 'just right' size Android device, then it will definitely have 'just right' feeling and 'just right' specs! :)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:54 5

21. wrm2013 (Posts: 150; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Please only be 4.5

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:27

23. Mimas (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


HD (720) resolution on a 3.5 inch screen gives 420 pixels per inch. A 4 incher drops it down to 367ppi - still easily good enough for most users. Might go well with a Snapdragon 400...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:57 1

24. shnibz (Posts: 155; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


4.5 is perfect to me. Big but still comfortable to hold

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:12 1

25. Tuxedo (Posts: 134; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Can we get an internal sd card reader, please??

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:46 3

27. VJo003 (Posts: 323; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


The way it is being pushed down the calender year.... It may well be the next Nexus

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:22 1

28. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Hold on second half is from july on is it not, unless they are going by their own calendar year still August would be in the second half. I believe in Moto, this slowdown is great. Look this means less phones being tossed out every other month and better focus on models so we in turn get better designed devices and better all round for each device. If they come down to 3 devices per year that would be great, top notch, top quality devices with vanilla Android and hopefully include a separate loadable motorola inspired Android skin(sorry but I like the latest motorola skins, they are very functional and they just work without bogging down the phone.)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:38

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


C'mon... give us more news on the device... This isn't enough to keep us excited till I/O...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 11:44

30. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Hopefully this mysterious device is a nexus series phone and hopfully all the specs will be the top of the line. Mot and GOOG taking their time so I hope they come up with something extraordinary.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 11:46

31. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


4.5in 720,
80% screen to phone ratio
Thin with a reasonable battery
If possible front facing speaker

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 23:20

39. vincelongman (Posts: 1132; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Since there will be on screen buttons means that there wont be any physical/capacitive buttons so there will be space for front facing speaker at the bottom.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:15 1

34. bighandssmallpockets (Posts: 42; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Please 4.5 and no bigger. I love my Razr M but I think 4.5 would be perfect. Any bigger is too much.

But don't cut corners on specs!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:51 1

36. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


This insight by Google/Motorola absolutely nails the maturation of the actual pocketable phone size. Samsung has been gradually increasing the size of all of its mobile phones and it's had a lot of success doing it, but that's mainly due to the inexperience of most consumers. But now that the limit (admittedly 5" is the maximum pocketable phone screen size to fit in the average person's pocket) has been reached, i think more people are beginning to realize that bigger is not always better. The right size is the best. If you need a separate pouch for your big-ass phone, or can't fit your phone comfortably in your pocket, then it's actually a phablet for you. How about a powerful high-end phone that doesn't feature a very large screen? Let's wait and see what Motorola unveils.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 20:32 1

38. mydi.maus (unregistered)


this might be the motorola flagship/Google since we have not heard anything from MOTO...4.5 to 4.8 is good in my opinion,..

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