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The new Moto X is official and available today for $99 on contract or $499 off contract

The new Moto X is official and available today for $99 on contract or $499 off contract

We have gotten quite a bit of information about the new Moto X before now, but this time we have the official word, which verifies a lot of what we had heard, but also brings some new additions which we didn't know about. First and foremost, it is not the Moto X+1 as has been the standard nomenclature, but rather just the new Moto X.

As mentioned, a lot of the info we had heard is correct. So, that means we are getting a 5.2-inch AMOLED display running at 1080p, a customized Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 2300mAh battery. The device measures 72.4 x 140.8mm (~2.85 x 5.54-inches) and the width ranges from 3.8 mm (0.15-inches) at the edge to 9.9mm (0.39-inches) at in the middle, and it will weigh 144g (5.08oz). Sadly, the back logo is not a button, although it does look like one. But, the edge-to-edge design means that Motorola has been able to fit a slightly larger display in the same device width as the Samsung Galaxy S5. 

It brings back features that we know and love, though it does rebrand some of them and tweak some as well. Active Display is now called Moto Display, and works much like before allowing you to "peek" at notifications, while only lighting up select pixels on the AMOLED display. But, it has been extended with Moto Actions, which uses infrared sensors above the display to give you gesture controls. This means the device will sense when your hand is reaching towards the device and will turn on the display; and, you can use a wave gesture to do things like silence a phone call or an alarm. Motorola says that this system is better than others because its IR sensors can capture gestures that are 4 times farther away than other systems (aka Samsung). 

Touchless Controls are back, but have been rebranded as Moto Voice, and bring new customization options. No longer do you have to use the "OK Google Now" command to bring up the voice actions. Instead, you can customize the trigger phrase to anything you want. It also brings new commands to post a status to Facebook, or send a WhatsApp message. 


Moto Assist is back and working the same as before to allow custom actions based on context like when you're driving, sleeping, at home, or in a meeting. The quick gesture to open the camera is also back, but once in the camera, there are some improvements. The biggest there is Highlight Reel which groups together pictures based on location or time, and automatically create a video collage set to music, which you can then share with others. It sounds a lot like one of Google's Auto Awesome creations, really. There is also a "best shot" feature, which will capture extra shots in the background, and pull another Auto Awesome type move to check for blur, smiles, or blinking and edit the pictures accordingly. 

As far as the device itself, it is bigger, but Motorola says that it is still easy to use with one hand, and has been designed carefully to give the same sense of "balance" as the original. The device has almost no bezel, giving a great screen-to-device ratio, and has the same curved back as the original to make it feel secure in the hand. The device has a water repellent coating; and it adds one more microphone, bringing the total to four, to allow for better call quality. Also aiming to boost call quality is a new metal frame around the outside, which gives a more premium feel and doubles as an external antenna to boost reception. Motorola even takes a very late swipe at Apple by touting its Dynamic Tuning, which adapts to how you hold the device and optimize which part of the antenna to use. 

There are a bunch of cool new accessories, which we'll hit in a separate post. The new Moto X will be available on contract for $99 or $499 off contract for the 16GB model, and will be available for purchase later today, September 5th on select carriers. Moto Maker has some changes, which again we'll cover in another article, and will be available on the new Moto X at an undetermined date in the future. In addition to the usual black and white options, certain stores will also carry the new black leather Moto X and the classic bamboo. 

source: Motorola

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posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:02 9

1. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


2300 mah ? what a joke

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:59

17. Teejay1100 (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Motorola came out swinging!! Overall it was a good announcement. Announced products and most are available today. The small battery is a disappointment but the original X only had a 2200 Mah battery so I'm not surprised.

With the software and hardware working fluidly the battery should be ok. Hopefully

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 02:06

18. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


2 days of battery life becoming standart so it is not enough.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 02:39 2

21. Teejay1100 (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


On what 5.2" phone are you getting 2 days of battery life? What's this standard you speak of?
2 days of batter life doesn't exist.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 03:08 1

22. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


check out xperia z3

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 09:43

33. Teejay1100 (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


So your saying a 3100 mah battery is lasting two days? Yeah right. No phone will give you 2 days of usage, not even the not series.

I call bluff.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 06:59 1

30. rd_nest (Posts: 1578; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Moto uses IMX135 sensor, it's an old outdated sensor.
Galaxy S4 used that same sensor. No wonder why Moto is so far behind other vendors.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 09:04

32. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


The battery is not as much of a problem as the price point to me. This should be $50-$100 cheaper as it's not a true flagship, in that it doesn't contain all the latest in technology, yet pricing is approaching one that is. It's more of a competitor to the Nexus 5 yet it costs significantly lot more.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 10:23 1

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


So you think it should be free on contract to begin with? What the hell are you smoking?

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 14:06

36. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


No. I could care less about a contract. The off contract price should come in at roughly $399. The phone specs are relatively comparable to the One Plus and Nexus 5.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 14:17 1

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


Actually, the phone specs are more comparable to the Galaxy S5, which is about 600 bucks or more unlocked. So you're completely full of sh.it.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 15:34

38. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


This x's, camera is inferior, it lacks memory expansion, and it's battery is smaller than a 6 month old phone (S5). If you want to further compare it to the s5, where's the fingerprint scanner? This phone, although nice if the price is right, isn't top end, and doesn't deserve that off contract price.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 15:53 1

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


A 13 megapixel camera is nothing to sneeze at, memory expansion isn't for everyone, and if the battery life of the original X was any indicator, it doesn't need one as big as the S5's. The processor and the base memory options are the same, the screen is the same resolution (and slightly bigger) the design is sturdier, and it has a more complete design philosophy than the S5, rather than a collection of gimmicks.

If you're a spec hound, the Moto X series is not for you. However, to pretend that the phone doesn't have enough to it to justify a 500 dollar retail price is goddamn ridiculous.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:06 4

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


Okay, that is officially way more kickass than I imagined. Way to mofoing go, Motorola!

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:25 1

8. Doakie (Posts: 1854; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Ugh... I totally want the new Moto X, I'm holding a first gen Moto X in my hands now and I love it just like I loved my old Moto G before it. However my new OnePlus One is being delivered tomorrow.

Now the question is: trade the OPO for a NMX? They have the same resolution screen but the NMX has a slightly smaller screen, the NMX has less RAM, same processor but with touch less control tweeks, the NMX has significantly smaller internal storage, both have 13 MP rear cameras, but the NMX has a much smaller battery.... Not to mention it's WAY more expensive than the OPO... I dunno, I'm soooo confused. I'm not sure the NMX would be better than the OPO..... But I'd probably like it better... Maybe?

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:37

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


It's worth noting that the NMX will still run like a dream even with the lesser specs. The NMX is still supposed to have full day battery life, though we'll have to wait for tests and reviews to bear that out. The NMX can be had with 32 gigs of memory instead of the 16, and you know that there's no chance of the NMX blowing up inside your pocket.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:06 8

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


2300mAh battery? Are you kidding me? No matter how efficient the 1080p display is or how power efficient android L gonna be, battery capacity is too small. I'm super sad.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:10 3

4. promise7 (Posts: 856; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I wish the Moto X had a removable back with the same options as the Moto Maker instead of picking a permanent back cover.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:14 5

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


That 2300mAh battery is way too small. Didn't the learn anything from the OG Moto X?...

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:19 1

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


You mean the device that lasted all day?

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:26 3

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


But its battery life was still mediocre. This device is much larger and only has a marginally larger battery. It doesn't look good...

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:38 1

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


The Moto X was the first smartphone that never made me worry about its battery life, and before that I had the Atrix, Galaxy Note, Droid X and Cliq.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:27 3

10. Doakie (Posts: 1854; Member since: 06 May 2009)


My Moto X loses 25% battery per hour when in use.... That battery life is pretty freaking bad.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:39

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


Define what you mean by "in use." My Moto X only loses that much at full brightness doing some pretty heavy browsing or game playing.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 05:39 1

28. MobileNico (Posts: 66; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


My Moto X barely loses 10% per hour while in use... What do you have running that's killing your battery so quickly?

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 13:58

35. JunitoNH (Posts: 1585; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Mine just loses power sitting in my pocket, barely last half a day. I'll never.......ever......by a Moto device again.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 05:34 1

27. kanagadeepan (Posts: 891; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Only as per their ad... NOT in real life... Now they have added more sensors, more powerful cpu with more number of cores and bigger display and high resolution PLUS more sensors --- all for just 100mAh bigger (less than 5% increase) battery...

I don't think people will once again believe their bluff about all day battery life...

P.S. I am using Droid Maxx and OnePlus ONE now...

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:20

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


I didn't see anything about whether or not the phone has wireless charging. Do we know anything about that, Phonearena?

Also, is the price bump to the 32 gig version going to be 150?

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:27 5

11. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


What a pathetic phone.
$500 for the non expandable 16 gig costs waaaay waaaaay too much money

And let us not forget the battery, ugh.... Smh

I'm predicting a price drop in just several weeks.
There is no way this POS is gonna sell.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:34 1

12. surethom (Posts: 589; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Finally a 32gb version for UK BUT once again stupid Motorola dies not like making money, that battery is just too low.

Role on Nexus 5.2" screen

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 16:40

40. Bedz81 (Posts: 83; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


5.9" with 3500mah battery and memory card slot or GTFOH Moto, and i mean the Moto S, not the Nexus X/6 Fixed memory is not an option for me

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 01:49

16. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Motorola deserves big kudos for having product ready to go on launch day. I think the Moto X is actually a reasonable value, i.e. about the same off-contract price as an LG G2. I'm sure like most phones, in a month or two it'll be a bit cheaper.

While I will never buy one of Google's always on/always listening devices, I respect that many people are just fine with Google recording their lives.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 02:35 1

19. ishan.heru (Posts: 69; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


That tiny battery ruined the entire phone :(

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 02:37 1

20. haikallp (Posts: 181; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The battery capacity killed the phone for me.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 04:48 1

23. Einstein333 (Posts: 56; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I really can't understand how someone could actually be interested in a smartphone with such a small battery...

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 04:51

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


Because it's a great smartphone that builds upon the features that made the original one kick every other smartphone's ass?

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 05:19 1

25. Bedz81 (Posts: 83; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


Not impressed with this dur to omitting the SD card yet they were able to put it in the new G, 32GB just ain't enough! I will wait to see what this Moto S is saying

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 05:27

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


Good fu.cking Christ, it seems the only people who have been paying attention tonight have been the haters.

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 05:40 1

29. kanagadeepan (Posts: 891; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


I am a Motorola fan and I love the Active Notifications in my DroidMAXX (I have unlocked its BL through Chinese Middle man).. I am using it in India (GSM)...

Well, the battery in this big phone is soo f-k!ng TINY... Thats their mistake and I can't praise them like a blind fanboy, when the number one essential feature is badly missed in this phone... Do you think I am a hater??

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 07:46

31. 13Elves (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


Y, the fck would u want the back logo to be a button?

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