Leaked Motorola Moto X promo video shows features, confirms August release

We've been seeing quite a lot of teases and rumors about the Motorola Moto X, but this leaked promo video from Rogers Wireless is the first leak we've seen that gives a real look at the phone, the features, and even confirms an August release date for the device. It looks like Motorola and Google really are focusing on the high experience rather than high specs with this device. And, if you're a Canadian reader, it lets out the potentially bad news that the Moto X will be exclusive to Rogers in the True North. 

But, for everyone else, we want to focus on the features, which look pretty exciting. The number one addition in the Moto X looks to be something new that Google first showed off at I/O this year for Search/Chrome: hands-free voice commands. Apparently, the Moto X will be listening at all times, and can be activated with the phrase "OK Google Now..." From there, the device will be able to respond to any normal Google Now command or search without you ever needing to touch your device. We're very excited about this feature alone, because we've been searching for the fastest way to initiate voice commands on an Android device, and this would be it. The only issue here would be battery life, and how much battery could potentially be wasted because the device has to be constantly listening. 

Next up, Motorola has done away with any notifications LEDs on the device, because they don't really tell you what you need to know. Instead, notifications will show as a faint, flickering image on your device screen. The example given was a Facebook Messenger icon flashing below the clock. Again, this looks like a nice addition, but it also could have battery concern issues attached. Additionally, we're hoping that notifications can be made more rich than just the app icon, and perhaps show a preview of the notification message.

Lastly are new features for the camera. The camera app can now be launched with a twisting gesture; just twist your hand back-and-forth, and the camera app will launch. That should make it easier and faster to get into your camera app from wherever you are in the system. Once in the camera app, things get a bit strange. It seems as though Motorola has decided to do away with tap-to-focus functionality, because the two features shown would make that relatively impossible. With the Moto X, you can take a photo by tapping anywhere on the screen; or, you can take multiple shots in burst mode by holding your finger on the screen. It's possible that tap-to-focus and taking a picture could be combined, but unless there is solid image stabilization, that could lead to shaky pictures. 

The video says that the device will be released on Rogers in August, and Rogers is usually one of the first major carriers to get a device, so that window sounds reasonable for the U.S. release as well. One last strange bit is that the video says the Moto X will only be available in black and white on Rogers, and doesn't mention any other colors or customization options. So, we're wondering how many customization options will be available when you purchase through a carrier, and how many will be exclusive to buying directly from Google. 

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Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)




Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

I'm tired of all of these leaks! Lame oversensationalised midrange smartphone! Pfft..

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Funny because you took the time out of your day, probably didn't even read the article or watch the video and posted a comment. So clearly, you're not tired with this phone.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


41. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

can i apply the same logic with the hundreds of iphone articles you troll in?

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smurf isn't the biggest iPhone/iOS fan out there, but I've never known him to be a troll bucky. Troll, PAPINYC, Dorothy69 or should I say Doyle69, abcdefgh, and of course inspectorgadget80, now those are trolls. Smurf, WHoyton, WhateverMan, Berserk000, androiddownsouth, napalm, TedCord, DaveCann, quadrazeus, chaotic myself, and a few others are techies.

62. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've trolled on occasion. But usually in response to a troll on the other side of the aisle.

70. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok maybe twice Ted lol

76. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Mainly I do it to Mxy. He's one of the biggest trolls here.

81. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah u two go at it lol

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Leaks? "Lame oversensationalised midrange smartphone"?? Really? This isn't a leak! If you don't want to read the article, at least watch the video, if you can't do that as well, you shouldn't click on this article, dude.

15. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Did you watch the video? It looks very good :)

58. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

It looks good but having to shake your wrist to launch the camera is stupid it'd be quicker to just turn on the screen and touch an icon

66. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

+1. And what if the wrist wiggle isn't done in the manner the phone is looking for? Maybe there could be a dedicated button to turn on the camera and then take a pic? There is an on/off button, so why not a dedicated camera/shutter button?

68. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Also that wrist shake could make people with butter fingers drop their phone and crack the screen

49. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Why are you here then?

53. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

I'd give it a shot if it has at least: 1) 2500+ mAh battery 2) 720p display 3) 8MP Cam 4) Snap 600 5) 2GB Ram

79. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You know what I'm going too do. travel down too texas and try too sneak in the building where they are making the X Phones and pretend i work their steal it run away

2. RudioX

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

im sold!!!

3. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

"High specs" to "High performance and lovely experience."

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The phone looks like a Nexus, and looks good. One thing I personally don't like is how the phone handles notifications. Since the BB days and with the notification light on my S3, I can't use a phone without one. Other than that, the phone seems like a solid device.

20. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

read.read the article properly.then you may comment

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I read everything and saw the whole video, so what's your point?

45. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

you r saying that you cant use phone w/o notifications when article says that it does have onscreen notification

82. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

He was looking for notification light. read.read his comment properly.then you may comment

69. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

this phone do look like nexus 4, and if we look closely its not the same phone that been leaking as moto x, its totally different than the one we saw in eric schmidt hands. i'm guessing that this one might be the international version .

5. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Stupid and a terrible contraption, ugly and just plain useless, no new features that are wow. I'm disappointed at Google and motocrap.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's the first phone that's implementing what Google showed at I/O where Google Now is always running in the background... Pretty useful in real life.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sure would be for me. I have Siri, on my 5 and still use google now also. Constantly updating in the background is awesome, just provide a good battery is all I'd ask.

52. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I started using Google Now more.. I used it to set a reminder for myself. Using features like Siri and Google Now...it makes things alot faster.

72. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True I love em. Great inventions.

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