More claims about Google's Motorola X phone: huge battery, Sony camera sensor and Kevlar
posted by Daniel P. / Feb 01, 2013, 2:56 AM
Motorola X should not actually be this year's Nexus phone, or Google might have a bit of explaining to do to other Android manufacturers, and after the job posting that confirms its existence, we now have a few more tidbits, thanks to Sniggly.
it will work with Moto to address two critical areas where today's smartphones are lacking - battery life and durability.One of his contacts is allegedly already toying with an early prototype of the Motorola X phone, and his observations so far tie in with what we heard from Google during the last quarterly conference call - that
Toughness will apparently be taken care of with a Kevlar chassis, a material Motorola is already using for its current phones, while battery life is addressed by simply stuffing the X with unit capacity in the realm of Moto's MAXX line of handsets. Though still a prototype, the source said the handset managed to get them through several road trip hours on a charge with the GPS software constantly on, which usually is an activity that kills your juicer in no time.
The phone is allegedly planned to have a screen size about 4.8", though we've heard 5" before, the obligatory quad-core processor, and, thankfully, a microSD card slot, despite that storage is rumored to go all the way up to a 128 GB version. We'll have to see that last one to believe it, though if the rumored $299.99 tag on Verizon with a contract holds water, this might be the version to justify such pricing.
We saved the best for last - besides running stock Android at the moment, the phone is apparently outfitted with a much better camera than the crappy units Motorola currently uses, and the source said it could be a Sony sensor, as Apple's exclusivity with the Japanese has drawn to an end.
If this turns out to be true, all flagships this year but LG, are likely to utilize some variations of the "stacked" Exmor RS camera sensor from Sony, and we don't blame them - it takes much less of the valuable space inside a phone, and has hardwired HDR abilities in both pictures and video mode. The source mentioned that the camera on the prototype is pretty good already, yet with some issues that hint it's far from a finalized sensor-lens-software combo.
To summarize - come May 15, we could be looking at project X, the first Motorola phone with direct input from Google, which might sport a Kevlar back, screen in the 4.8"-5" range, quad-core processor, 3,000+ mAh battery, microSD slot, good amounts of storage, stock Android and an eventual Sony camera sensor. Sounds like a winner from Moto, but lets wait and see if and what of all this will materialize, and will there be any novel features with it, brought on by Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which the X is said to be the first phone with.
Thanks for the tip, Sniggs!
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Still hoping it being a Nexus, from the price point and pure Android skin perspective. Good job Motorola, it can' get out soon enough!
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 3:01 AM 12
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exactly....no Nexus, no deal for me
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 3:15 AM 4
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It matters. After Google acquired Moto they decided not to update the Photon and Atrix to ICS despite being less than a year old. Google's chief engineer acknowledged some people getting a "raw deal," and at least was honest about why although being a lame reason. He stated they didn't have the resources available to work on updates to those models and focus on future models. How Google lacks resources with their endless bank is beyond my comprehension. So, the only way you can count on making it through you contract with an up to date phone is for it to be labeled Nexus.
posted on Feb 02, 2013, 9:51 AM 2
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well i just came...
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 3:01 AM 15
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No problem, Daniel! As I get more details from my source, I'll keep everyone posted. I'm hoping that this phone ends up being everything it's cracked up to be.
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 3:08 AM 15
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Sniggly it's good to see you. I haven't read a post of yours in quite sometime. Keep up the good work maybe PhoneArena.com will hire you. I wouldn't mind that one bit. Kudos to you for the heads up information. You have PEAKED my interest on this phone! +1
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 7:51 AM 4
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Do you know if it's going to be a Verizon exclusive or will it be available on other carriers as well? I do wonder what processor they are going to go with. It would be a little early for the Snapdragon 800 (if the Qualcomm roadmap is true). They have the option of pairing up with Samsung, but so far only Chinese manufacturers have used the Exynos chipset.
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 11:56 AM 0
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Wasn't the S800 supposed to be available in Q2 though? That means it should be available in mass production for the Razr X in June/July. Or was it the S600 that would be available in Q2? Either way, I wouldn't mind having the 600, or even the S4 Pro, but being the first device to have one of the top chips of the year would give them a better fighting chance against Samsung. I'm almost 100% positive they will go with Qualcomm though. Maybe Nvidia, but I doubt it.
posted on Feb 02, 2013, 3:11 AM 0
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i really hope not. I really despise the whole Motorola/Verizon exclusivity relationship. It puts too much power in Vzw's hands, and allows them to neglect devices. If they were available across all carriers, then all carriers are pressured to update their devices. I dont want a Verizon experience. I want a Google/Motorola experience. Im on verizon's network, but I want my device to able to openly operate on worldwide GSM/LTE networks. Will Playstore availability suggest this possibility?
posted on Feb 02, 2013, 7:51 PM 0
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"the phone is apparently outfitted with a much better camera than the crappy units Motorola currently uses..." that is true but is abit harsh, lol... Motorola certainly took note about their camera's vulnerability, that's certainly a good thing. Motorola just needed that... The design, battery and everything else is great...and with a Sony (probably Exmore) sensor, it should be a killer deal.
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 3:10 AM 11
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lol....hey...it is what it is. I'm sure Moto knows it too.....especially if this is true. Rumors sound good so far. All I know is any phone that has a sealed battery has be be in the Maxx bettery size for me. I dont know about 128GB of storage. I have seen phones with lesser specs across the board be priced $299 on contract. We will soon see tho. Would be nice.. If thats true......would they have models with less storage? If so....16GB or higher for me. I would try to get 128 model if that does happen.
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 6:25 AM 2
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Too good to be true, but let hope it is.....
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 3:16 AM 2
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My source is usually pretty accurate. Noted that some of what he told me is speculation and rumors, and the model he's using is definitely not complete (he mentioned the screen quality not being up to par with the current Motorola models, indicating they just threw a screen on the device so he could see what he's doing) but most of it sounds at least doable. Also, imagine what a category buster the phone will be if it's really shipped with 128 gigs of internal memory.
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 3:22 AM 7
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So let's see an early Htc M7 an May Galaxy S4 then this set for July Motorola X phone. Looks like a real big summer 2013. For me i will be passing on the Htc M7, passing on the Galaxy S4, all jellybean devices rather it be android 4.2 or 4.2.1 don't want anymore jellybean devices. I want android 5.0 Key Lime Pie straight out the box so I definitely will purchase the Galaxy Note 3 October 2013 without question. But this Motorola X phone might just be the mid year purchase i need who knows.
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 3:18 AM 6
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Motorola meterials,battery + sony camera + samsung amoled screen + key lime pie = I am sold!!
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 3:56 AM 7
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I think its important to realize that if Moto and obviously Google is attempting to address two issues that really hurt how well these devices can operate. I hope this is a start of companies putting more emphasis on the software and optimization of the hardware rather than trying to stick in a new piece of tech year after year in hopes of grabbing customers. Improve the experience.
posted on Feb 01, 2013, 4:37 AM 1
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