Moto X+1 said to be coming with optical zoom and... 3D display?


It feels like it's been forever since we first started hearing about the next-in-line Motorola flagship. Dubbed the Moto X+1, the device has been making rounds for a while now, and new pieces of the puzzle are seemingly added weekly. Today is no different, and will go towards the X+1's quota for the coming week.

Now, in complete fairness, the following information is nothing more than hearsay, so don't go crazy just yet, but Hellomotohk (a source with a decent track record) claims that the Moto X+1's camera will sport optical zoom. That's right -- the already peculiar shooter (due to its seemingly built-in two LED flash diodes) will apparently also allow you to do some lossless zooming, though we'd imagine that, if true, we won't be talking x10 zoom like with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Another interesting piece of information has to do with the curious sensors at the X+1's front. As you can see from the above render, courtesy of @evleaks, the Moto X+1 may have a feature along the lines of the Amazon Fire Phone's 3D Display. Having said that, we're mostly skeptical that Motorola will go down that path (it apparently took Amazon years to make the feature acceptable, and we're yet to see if that investment will pay off), so perhaps these sensors will instead unlock some kind of gesture interactions with the phone. Those would be a neat addition to the Moto X+1, which will likely also inherit Touchless Controls and Active Display from the Moto X.

The Motorola Moto X+1 is expected to be unveiled on September 4th.

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11 Comments

1. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

no way

8. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Agreed. This is an idiotic rumor that exists only because of those two dark spots on the bottom of the white render which could be any number of things at this point. Least likely of all is a head tracker for 3D effect.

11. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

There's a possibility with the optical zoom. I've seen old Samsung flip phones that came with it on their 3.2MP cameras. That was several years ago so I would imagine there are plenty of improvements to make it as compact as possible. Sony is also working hard on their optics from zooming to mimicking how the human eye works. I can't wait to see the results.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

3D display is a gimmick. We don't need any Fire, Moto! Why not keep it simple? Optical zoom is nice though.

3. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

GSMarena interpreted the 3D display as being a curved display, not a stupid tilt thing like the fire phone.

4. TouchWiZSucks

Posts: 53; Member since: May 12, 2014

Didn't Evleaks stop all this stuff??

7. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

the tweet said the last leak as a going away present basically

5. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

please dont start back with 3D displays......anyone remember the Evo 3D? or that 3D LG? yeah it didnt catch on, I really didnt/dont see the uses for it

6. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Optical zoom, finally

9. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Optical zoom is great. 5x is enough, atleast not losing any detail, like digital zoom :)

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

An optical zoom would be a much welcomed upgrade, thought I'm calling BS on the 3D screen. the Moto X was nearly stock android, adding only features that made the phone smarter. Touchless controls, Moto Assist, shake to launch camera, these features are used daily and make using the phone all the more intuitive. Having 3D would maybe benefit the Spotlight stories app and really nothing else.

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