Moto X may have Magic Glass, Aluminum Structure, and Dual LTE MIMO

Moto X may have Magic Glass, Aluminum Structure, and Dual LTE MIMO
Another day, another few leaks about what to expect from the Motorola Moto X. This time around, we're getting more info on what to expect from the hardware and build quality of the device. This info comes again from Taylor Wimberly who has already put out info claiming that the Moto X would have options to have wood, metal, or ceramic backplates. Mr. Wimberly is very confident with his info, but right now, he is still a source of rumor and not fact. 

This time around, Mr. Wimberly is saying that the Moto X will be built with something called Moto Magic Glass, which is a single layer of Gorilla Glass that has been molded to a special polymer. This, combined with zero-gap construction, will make the device feel as though the display is a continuous surface that wraps around the entire front and edges of the phone, and make the back of the device feel smooth and seamless.

Additionally, the Moto X allegedly is made with a laminated aluminum structure, which makes for a lightweight, but very strong design. And, it may feature 5 antennas: 2G/3G main, GPS,  Bluetooth/Wi-Fi, and Dual LTE MIMO Smart Antennas which would offer faster LTE and better reception. 

As usual, it all sounds great, but we'll have to wait and see how much is accurate when the official word comes next week.

source: +Taylor Wimberly 1, 2, & 3

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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)



1. milan03

Posts: 8; Member since: May 28, 2013

So who can explain WTF Dual LTE MIMO is besides being the ridiculous marketing term?

2. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Dual LTE MIMO antennas are used in LTE Advanced for VOLTE (Voice over LTE). An LTE Advanced device has to have dual LTE MIMO antennas as one is receiving the data stream while the other is sending data from the device to the tower. If this rumor is true this device should be able to have a data streaming speed of 150 Mbps which is truly fast compared to the devices of today.

4. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

thanks for the explanation...even though I didn't ask.

7. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Your welcome. No problem.

30. milan03

Posts: 8; Member since: May 28, 2013

Wrong. Every LTE device on the market EVER had two antennas, LTE main and LTE diversity. WTF is Dual MIMO other than marketing crap. All LTE smartphones on the market have been 2x2 MIMO on the Downlink and 1x2 SIMO on the uplink. Cat 3 or 4 baseband processor is incapable of processing more than 2x2 MIMO leveraging spatial multiplexing. Category 5 should be able to support Higher order MIMO like 4x4 which is due end of next year or 2015. So no... Even Galaxy S4 LTE-A doesn't market that phone as "Dual LTE MIMO" because it's mandatory for every phone to have two LTE antennas.

31. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

And that's where you are only partially right. Every device has 2 antennas. One for GSM/CDMA connection and one for LTE connection, but for VoLTE you have to have dual MIMIO antennas again because one antenna is sending data and the other antenna is receiving data at the same time. With out the dual MIMO (LTE) set up the device CANNOT run on a VoLTE network. Read the links provided as they will help to explain what you are missing

32. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

^^I hope this helps you to understand^^

33. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Heres another article to help you.

36. milan03

Posts: 8; Member since: May 28, 2013

I would like to remind you that dual LTE antenna setup is required for Release 8 operation on the downlink UE side. It's been in use on virtually every phone since HTC Thunderbolt 2 years ago. Go ahead and open any FCC filing of your choice on any LTE device, and you'll find LTE main and LTE diversity. Baseband processor isn't capable of processing more than TWO spatial streams, and having two times the amount LTE antennas (4) would be redundant in terms of throughput. So no... Also, to prove that it's all marketing, look at Samsung GS4 LTE-Advanced that's being sold in Korea, that is supporting their VoLTE network, and tell me if you've ever seen them advertising any "Dual MIMO" nonsense. Also look at their filings for that phone, and you'll realize that antenna setup is exactly the same as any other LTE phone, including Moto X.

37. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

OK. At this point I know that your ether a troll or a retard. I am done. I have given you all of the material you need to understand Dual LTE MIMO Antennas and why they are needed. If you did not read it or understand it, it is all you fault. And NO. No 4G LTE phones (with the exception of the GS4 I9506) have more than 1 LTE antenna. The cell phones of today have 4 antennas; 1 LTE, 1 CDMA/GSM, 1 Wifi, and 1 Bluetooth. That's it nothing more. This phone (if the rumors are true) would come with 5 antennas; 2 LTE (Dual LTE MIMO Antenna), 1 CDMA/GSM, 1 Wifi, and 1 Bluetooth. GO TROLL SOMEWHERE ELSE!

38. milan03

Posts: 8; Member since: May 28, 2013

Oh we resort to name calling?! Oh how helpless. Anyhow, let's take a look on some obvious examples from recent FCC filings all with multiple LTE antennas: GS3 LTE, chapter 1.3:​1910663 GS4:​s4-cruises-through-fcc-wonder-when-theyll-acknowle​dge-it/ You get my point. Feel free to visit FCC site and educate yourself.

34. GeneralTsosChicken

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Haha, You Got Served!

3. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Looks luscious and beautiful.

21. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

This can't be real. I don't believe in the phone customization part and we've already seen photos of the dotted plastic back of the Moto X.

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

How awesome would it be if those photos and old rumored specs were just elaborate decoys, and Moto just blew us away with something totally next-gen? I mean, the price of the thing would skyrocket, but even so... Maybe they could make two!

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Sorry but its still using an ancient dual core cpu...

6. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

What's bad about the CPU? In fact, the CPU is pretty awesome. Have you read the articles on the chip they're using? I think you should take a closer look at the hardware they're using. Might actually surprise and wow you. Motorola X 8 - 8 cores.

20. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Ya, I think this has to do with bad marketing from Motorola. I think they should have marketed like samsung with their "Octa" core. I was one of those people who was disappointed with the CPU until I read more in-depth about it. Then again, Moto X hasn't actually been announced yet XD

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It would seem that Magic Glass is Moto's term for flexible display. I wonder who is supplying the flexible display? Sammy teased us with their version of flexible display early in the year but ultimately kept it back. Perhaps Corning is not as bashful?

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Moto X is shaping up to be a phone done very, very right. o:

10. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Indeed it is. What I would really like to see now is price and battery life info. Other than that I thank that this might be my neXt device.

11. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I've been waiting for a worthy phone, and this looks like a great choice. I think battery life will be above average, and priced at 150 on 300 off contract. Just wishful thinking though :)

12. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I was personally hoping for a $200 off contract price but from the leaks Ive seen It looks like it might be $299 which is still not bad.

13. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

The one thing that is missing that would make this the perfect device is the micro SD card reader.

14. Hello-dirt

Posts: 102; Member since: May 02, 2010


17. irfanil

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

+1 to that

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Just a few more days until the most well rounded Android phone gets launched. I just really hope it doesn't just have the S4 Pro, but Motorola's X8 custom chip. 4.5-4.7" 720p display 2 GB RAM Motorola X8 chipset Stock Android looks with a few extra great features Near instant updates All for $300 for the 16 GB variant. I'll pick up mine in white with a grey spine and white Kevlar back.

15. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Is picture #2 of a REMOVABLE battery? The only reason for phone manufacturers' to make embedded batteries is to force customers to BUY a new phone when the battery dies...And for companies that make their phones Non-removable, they should at least make those phones IP57 or IP58 Waterproof -certified!

19. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Sorry Typo: "...that make their BATTERIES Non-removable,..."

28. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, it might not have a removable battery. The back cover will be removable so you can swap it for one with a different color and/or material, but whether the battery will be accessible remains to be seen. Motorola's been using unibody designs without battery access for a while, so I would understand if they wouldn't include it now.

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