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Motorola's 6.3 inch phablet to arrive in Q3?

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Motorola's 6.3 inch phablet to arrive in Q3?
Back in October, we passed along a rumor that Motorola was working on a 6.3 inch phablet called Xplay. A source who has proven to be reliable in the past when it comes to Motorola leaks, now reveals that the company will be releasing its first phablet some time in the third quarter. Lenovo is not expected to make any changes to Motorola's 2014 and 2015 release schedule, which means that the device is still alive.

The tipster did not mention the name Xplay, nor did the precise size of the screen get brought up. According to the original report last year, the Xplay would challenge the 6.4 inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra for the title as the largest-screened phone on the planet. At the same time that the Motorola phablet was first mentioned, the word was that a new DROID model, the Motorola DROID Quantum, was being prepped as a sequel to the Motorola DROID Ultra

While Motorola has never released a phablet, it did release a phone with a larger screen than the norm (for the times) when the Motorola DROID X was launched in 2010 with a 4.3 inch display. At the time, the Motorola DROID carried a 3.7 inch screen and the HTC HD2, at 4.3 inches, was considered to have a humungous screen. Now, a 4.3 inch screen is smaller than average, and a 5.1 inch Samsung Galaxy S5 seems like an average size.

Thanks for the tip!

source: Weibo (translated, registration reqd) via GforGames

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posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:18

1. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I think they would be using OMAP5 CPU or Tegra5....../?

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:51 8

7. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


OMAP CPU is dead

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:54 2

9. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Texas Instruments (TI) (makers of the OMAP line of processors) has exited the market for mobile processors at the end of 2012- begining of 2013, making the OMAP 5 CPU nothing more than a pipe dream for those who did not know.

The Nvidia tegra 5 while a great processor is way too power hungry to be placed in to a device like this. Even with the MAXX lines battery you would still only see 24 hours of useage (at most) before needing a recharge due to the power requirements and thats not to mention the heat that the processor gives off when under moderate to heavy use.

The most likely processor that you will see in this device will be based off of a snapdragon proceessor. The reason I say this is look at what Motorola did with the last generation of the Droid and Moto X lines. The most likely processor that we are to see will be another Motorola custom built one based off of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 18:06 1

12. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


yes OMAP has exited the cpu world, but a tablet which has so much space free could use a 10.000mah battery or Tegra5 to be made on 22nm process. Arm Cortex 15cpu is a powerfull cpu almost near a inteli3 soc...

moto were more inclined with omap then any other cpu makers

nexus 10 was the first tablet to use A15 cpu, but only dualcore, and these new Exynos 5420 have great power to even to CAD graphics, A57 64BIT CPU

LAPTOPS HAVE vents so tablets should have vents so heat escapes so it dosent get hot, also liquid metal backs

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 18:16 1

15. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


We are not talking about a tablet. We are talking about a smart phone be it one almost large enough to be a tablet. Putting vents in a device like this would be detramental to the funcitonality of the device. The last thing that you would want was for lent, metal shavings or any thing else to get into your device that you just paid 300.00-600.00 dollars to be ruin it.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 18:34

17. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


metal stainless steel cooper steel iron is much better than cheap plastic and alum, but 10 layers of alum is solid feel.

300 t0 700 sterlings qualifys to be used on prestige materials not junk plastic

look at the device htc onev which is crafted with quality

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 20:04

24. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Yes I will give you that the HTC One is one of the finer quality devices out there, but most of the biggest complaints of the device is that it heats up quickly and gets rather hot (sometimes almost to hot to hold) and that the body is much more susceptible to damage than the "cheap plastic" that other manufactures use. Also the more "premium" materials that are employed on a phone the more it will cost the end user.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 19:31 2

22. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 116; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Arm Cortex 15 power is not even near the power of Core i3.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 19:37

23. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


if clocked at 2.7+ it is

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 05:33

35. brrunopt (Posts: 552; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


nope...

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 04:36

34. Suo.Eno (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


@ o0Exia0o
"The most likely processor that we are to see will be another Motorola custom built one based off of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor."

Successor the the X8? A plausible observation though I wouldn't really mind if Moto decide to straight up fit this: >>>http://www.anandtech.com/show/7573/qualcomm-announces-snapdragon-410-based-on-64bit-arm-cortex-a53-and-adreno-306-gpu instead.

Because it seems to be that they prefer a more conservative approach at assessing performance jumps (X8 being derived from S4 Pro instead of Sd600 e.g),

I don't know we'll see how that pans out but imho the "above 6" - 6.4" range is still a questionable screen size category considering that product design-wise no one are particularly concerned about trimming bezels down. In my country Malaysia here in one of the top tech centered forums, XZU users are offloading theirs at a rising fast rate.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 03:34

32. RandomUsername (Posts: 559; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I hope they will use Intel! Lenovo already has a few models with an Atom CPU and I hope they will bring them to Moto devices too :)

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:23 5

2. fzacek (Posts: 2225; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Phone sizes can't just keep increasing, because it's not like our pockets or hands are getting any larger. Between 5 and 5.5 inches is the sweetspot for smartphone screen size.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:40 2

3. akki20892 (Posts: 3655; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Check this out buddy.

http://img0.joyreactor.com/pics/post/jurassic-park-gif-947889.gif

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:45

4. hurrycanger (Posts: 1291; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


It's called phablet for a reason, I guess. :P
At least it's not like all these companies are trying to ditch the 5-5.5" screen size and jumps to ~6".

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:45

5. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3562; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


A lot of people, like myself, are extremely satisfied with devices in the 6" range... There is no "sweet spot"... That's like saying "the sweet spot for men's pants is xxx""
.....................
Why can't people just promote freedom of choice?

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 18:57

19. fzacek (Posts: 2225; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I meant that most people prefer smartphones under about 5.5 inches, so companies should focus a lot on that size range with their flagships. I'm not saying that there should't be 6+ inch smartphones.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 20:16 1

25. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3562; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


True, true.. And they do.. But the market is shifting more, and more towards larger devices... It's ok.. For every 10 average sized high end smartphones there's only 1 phablet.. If that made any sense..

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 08:29

37. Amir1 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


there is pocketability. 6.5" display is borderline with pocketability. pocketability = how comfortable is to carry a device as daily driver in your pants pocket, when you walk and sit.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:50 4

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3562; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Please let Moto make a awesome, high end, phablet and not a midrange phablet like the Mega... I think a lot of people would really like a bad a$$ Moto phablet,, something cool like the Z Ultra... Speaking of Z Ultra, has anyone heard anything about a Z2 Ultra??

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 18:13 1

14. hurrycanger (Posts: 1291; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


The Note 2 and 3 were meant to be flagships from Samsung. The Mega was like a half-a$$ trial toy, haha.
I love it though.

About the Z2 Ultra. I hope it gets better battery life and a flashlight.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 20:17

26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3562; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


And the better screen that the Z2 has.. I think that was the problem with previous Sony devices..

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 12:22

38. hurrycanger (Posts: 1291; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Yeah, most of previous devices. I think the z1 compact was the first one to get a display with good viewing angle.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 15:27

39. Amir1 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


all of sony's displays from now on are high quality IPS panels with top viewing angles. all 2014 sony devices are a proof for that. heck, some of the hands on say Z2 has best display on the market.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:52 1

8. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


6.4' is an odd screen size. It's too big for a phablet and too small to be a tablet.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:57 2

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3562; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


The Z Ultra is 6.44"... Weird, but awesome!

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 18:10

13. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


superb build quality with dragontrail glass industrial leading standards

and also the 1520 nokia phablet is a great looking device
i played around with both and its great

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 17:59

11. Calm_down_mon (Posts: 35; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Z ultra is 6.4 and it's considered a phablet.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 19:08 1

21. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Phablets should be pocketable like phones, the Z ultra isn't. Anything above 6" should fall under the tablet category IMO.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 20:22

27. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3562; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol!!! Did you know that some jean manufacturers are actually making their pockets larger to accommodate larger devices???.....
Here's a good read on phablets..
.......................
http://www.wpcentral.com/it-time-redefine-smartphone-phablets

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 20:49

28. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Gotta get me some Dockers. lol

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 03:37

33. RandomUsername (Posts: 559; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I think anything above 5 inches is a tablet. And if it has phone capabilities, it's a phablet. Simple as that.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 18:33

16. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6737; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


What's the point in buying this phablet when it's going to be on Verizon network

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 18:36 1

18. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


moto exclusive

its a weird funny world America is,,,

in Europe every carriers will have all the device on every networks

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 22:58 1

30. thetuba (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)


I would hope by now Motorola realizes that Verizon exlusives aren't working anymore and get with Sammy on the every carrier train.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 00:14 2

31. a_merryman (Posts: 718; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I'm assuming it is going to be like the Moto X and Moto G, and be available everywhere. Moto makes the Droids for VZW exclusively, but this isn't a droid.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 19:01

20. eman99 (Posts: 238; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


I hope its unlocked

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 21:26

29. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


I was wondering when Moto would enter the phablet hemisphere...about time but my sights are set on the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 for now so all other releases are at a stand still for me...

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 07:52

36. vancheal (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Mar 2014)


ok,as a chinese weibo(just like twitter or faccbook in China) user,i‘ll tell you something about the Motorola phablet.A weibo user who named '猴大宝'(don't care about the name...) send a microbolg about'摩托罗拉将在7-9月之间发布6寸手

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 13:06

40. SupermanayrB (Posts: 208; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


If it's not comfortable to hold, doesn't have an SD card slot & a bangin camera I'll be going from my Note 3 to the Note 4. After using them since 1999 I ditched Motorola 2 days after they were sold to Lenovo.

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