Moto X sized up with iPhone 5, Droid RAZR and Galaxy S4, looking compact


Motorola will be employing some neat tricks to keep the size of its upcoming customizable Moto X phone compact, like edge-to-edge "Magic Glass" molded into polymer. After showing us that same innovative glass structure, now Taylor Wimberly took to Google+ again to size the Moto X up against some current flagships. 

Unlike hardware specs, we didn't have much info on dimensions and size comparisons before, so have a gander at the pic below and tell us if you agree with Taylor's comment: "Moto X size comparison. (iPhone 5, moto x, Droid RAZR, GS4) Motorola thinks this is the world's most compact high-end Android phone."

source: Taylor Wimberly (G+)

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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)

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49 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Motorala X kind of died after they announced it was a mid end phone.

26. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

If it, at all, did die...how are you here commenting and replying on an article related to the X. To me it looks good...and half of the consumers out there want a good looking device first. Of course there are always people like you who dig deeper into the root to see what it's made of. Reality check: more than half of the population don't care what's ticking inside. It's just people like us.

2. TechEnthu

Posts: 19; Member since: May 08, 2013

High End?? I thought Moto X was Mid range smartphone..

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Its upper mid end, same category as an iphone 5, galaxy s3 and such, 720p isn't bad but sorry dual core 1.7ghz snapdragon won't cut it.

10. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Or we could all acknowledge that the S4 Pro was plenty adequate for last years phones, and the Motorola X8 that improves on it may be a very adequate processor for this years phones? You know why Samsung isn't packing desktop processors into their phones? BATTERY LIFE... There has to be a reasonable upper limit. Get the phone or not, there will be plenty of Moto X users out there that have discovered what Apple and Windows Phone users have been enjoying for years--Adequate specs and user experience rule over "mine's bigger than yours".

12. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

"Adequate specs and user experience" Stock is the best Android User experience, nexus 4 for its price range is still King in that department (In US only)

16. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

nexus 4 price attractiveness only applies in the US. it's way more expensive outside of the US.

20. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2453; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

And how would you know the Motorola UI is not the same if not better than stock android when it comes to the Android experience? The phone hasn't been released yet so I would hold off any judgment until you actually see the device in action. I mean we are talking about Google, the company responsible for making Android, collaborating with Motorola on this phone's software and hardware.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The Moto X is going to run stock Android, or extremely close to it. Shatter, at this point, having seen your posts, it's safe to say that you really don't know what you're talking about.

15. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

"You know why Samsung isn't packing desktop processors into their phones? BATTERY LIFE... There has to be a reasonable upper limit." I would love to see them try to do that, the phone would be a massive brick that was a few inches thick and would be too hot to hold and would probably light on fire before the battery died. The best phone chips right now don't even compare to desktop chips from 5 years ago. Part of it is battery life, the main part of it is the size and heat produced is insanely high compared to a phone chip.

33. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

"The best phone chips right now don't even compare to desktop chips from 5 years ago." I wouldn't say that. If benchmarks are anything to go by, the Ativ Q (Core i5-4200U) scores 54,000-56,000 in AnTuTu, which is about 60% higher than what the Snapdragon 800 scores. I highly doubt Intel only made a performance difference of 60% between their desktop chips from 5 years ago (Core 2 Quad/Core 2 Extreme) and their laptop chips of 2013 (Haswell Core i5).

35. MattyP

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Not to say the benchmarks for their chips don't compare to desktop chips from five years ago (would need to see actual numbers) but mentioning an ultra low voltage mid-range and lower clocked current gen processor doesn't really show evidence of current desktop CPU benchmarks. A quad-core i7-4770k at not overclocked would destroy the i5-4200u. Even an i7-4650u is much better.

38. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm aware of that, but we were comparing current phone SoCs to 5 year old desktop CPUs, not modern day Haswell i7 beasts. I was using the i5-4200U as a reference because it's the only modern Intel CPU that can run the same benchmarks as Android (AnTuTu on the Ativ Q). I'm pretty sure an i5-4200U is more capable than a Core 2 Quad or a Wolfdale Core 2 Duo by more than 60%, making the Snapdragon 800 just as or even more powerful than desktop processors of 5 years ago, which was the whole argument.

46. MattyP

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Well, I was just wondering about your comparison method and why you'd be trying to make a comparison/estimate from the i5-4200u to judge performance of an old desktop processor and relate it to a mobile SoC. If its simply because thats the only benchmark you have, thats fine. Cpubenchmark.com can give the passmark to compare something like a five yr old Core 2 Duo E8400 to the i5-4200u...which looks to be 64% increase (Passmark is 2170 for the E8400 and 3577 for the 4200u). So if the 4200u scores 60% better than the Snapdragon 800 in Antutu, the five yr old desktop CPU is about the same, if we use a transitive property. Also, excuse my error in my last post, I put "doesn't show performance of current gen desktop CPU benchmarks" when I meant "old gen CPU benchmarks." Either way, you're making an assumption from a transitive property of saying an i5 laptop processor compared to old desktop processor to current phone processor, that we have no idea if accurate without benchmarks from five years ago hardware in the same tests such as Antutu.

48. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I used AnTuTu to compare the i5-4200U to the Snapdragon 800 and Geek Bench to compare the i5-4200U (about 5,500) to the Core 2 Duo E7400 (about 3,200, released in Q1 2008), which gives it about a 70% advantage, making the Snapdragon 800 about on par, or maybe a small amount more powerful by a transitive property like you said. I know these numbers can't be exact as there's no Android tablet using a 5 year old desktop CPU to run AnTuTu, but it gives us a rough idea of where these processors stand when compared to each other.

47. MattyP

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Oh, BTW...from looking at the Snapdragon 800 Antutu leaks, it says ~33000, while the i5-4200u scores ~55,000 as you said, so around a 66% increase in performance. So could we assume the Core 2 Duo is probably around 5% better than the Snapdragon 800? Either way, if we use this method of comparison, it's fair to say the current gen phone processors are just barely behind, if at all, to five yr old desktop processors.

4. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

High end software features... mid range spec sheet.

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2453; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5 are both considered "high-end" in their respective fields and they both employ dual-core processors (and even at lower clock speeds), so you could technically say it is high-end. The problem with Android and Android manufacturers (those who place their own custom UIs on their devices) in the past is that the software wasn't optimized enough, so you almost had to have a quad-core phone in order to have a good experience. Now that Google is working hand in hand with Motorola, those software issues will most likely become history.

25. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hmmm.. I think Iphone and lumia 1020 are considered high end because they are the best in terms of everything in then platform. While moto x might have one of the smoothest performance once announced, it can never be considered high end because there are better products than it. In short, if you gave the device the best of the best for a platform, it can be then considered high end. This goes also to nexus 4. It is now considered a mid range like xperia zr.

11. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Their campaign is not by specs, its by performance

13. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The motorala X is basically a beefed up galaxy s3 specs wise.

19. Retro-touch unregistered

Use your brain for a second, performance isn't all about specs, that's what he means, if it has a great user experience and useful software then its better than quad core alternatives that lag to kingdom come

32. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah, and my GS3 runs perfectly unless I'm multitasking heavily on Touchwiz, which means this will be insanely fast on near stock. CPU power has become irrelevant at this point, all we need now is a proper GPU and a supplementary amount of memory, which the Moto X delivers with the Adreno 320 and 2 GB of RAM. Otherwise, it's all about the experience, and I feel like the Moto X will have the best Android experience around right next to the Nexus line. Also, at the price, you shouldn't be complaining about specs. It will be cheap off contract ($300 base), and will be available on many different carriers. That, and the $500 million marketing campaign Google has for it, this will be a great seller.

5. wendygarett unregistered

Anyway, Samsung wins, sorry to say that moto :)

6. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Troll of the Day Award goes to...

7. mi55u unregistered

Im sorry but moto will fail this year, DOA

14. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Just hope they surprise everybody Thursday with a flagship version of the Motorala X or this will be a failure.

22. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

How will this be a failure? It will have pretty good specs, be priced at 299 or even below, come in many different color options, the camera sounds promising, it looks compact but with a pretty big and nice screen. And it is assembled in America, which they will market heavily here in the USA and will help sales.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, don't go with its price, it's upper mid-end phone, but I think S4 is the most compact high-end Android phone.

36. SmartPhoneSpirit

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

It scored 19.000 in antutu so a dual-core beat a quad-core(xperia z).

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