Motorola Moto X + 1 is “coming soon”

Motorola Moto X + 1 is “coming soon”
The Motorola Moto X is barely eight months old in the United States, some countries just started selling the device, and we are already catching wind of a successor of sorts, the Moto X+1.

Just like a lot of brand new leaks about upcoming devices, we do not know a whole lot about what is in the works here. Motorola is in the process of being divested by Google and acquired by Lenovo.

The Moto X+1 obviously began its development under the current line of management, so it is not likely the Lenovo will do anything to upset the project timeline for this particular rollout. Lenovo will definitely be interested in bringing some scale to the Moto X+1 however, since the global distribution of the Moto X was not what folks would call smooth.

The Moto X brought to bear a new angle of user experience for Android powered devices. The hardware was not what anyone would call leading edge, but the performance was smooth, and the touchless controls are still unique to the segment.

The other cool feature Motorola brought to the table was Moto Maker, the ability to build a device to your liking, with custom back panel, color combination and even a special message on the splash screen when you turn the device on. Another piece of the winning combination was the fact that the Moto X is running a near stock Android experience, which has allowed for very fast OS updates thus far.

Where might the Moto X+1 make improvements? Well we could broach that question from several angles (specs), but that may also defeat what the Moto X was able to accomplish, deliver high-performance with stable hardware at a not-so-expensive price. It would serve Motorola and Lenovo well to not break what is not broken, but perhaps expand on what works.

Seeing Moto Maker offerings outside the US would be a good place to start, and perhaps some tweaks to the Moto X’s video capture quality would be in order. We suspect, however, that the “+1” is going to involve a lot more with touchless controls and the active display functionality. As we know more, you will know more.

source: @evleaks (Twitter)

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72 Comments

73. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Give it a really nice camera & SD support & I might be interested in Moto again. If not, then I'm twiddling my thumbs until the Note 4 drops in 6-7 months.

71. mark_ray

Posts: 35; Member since: May 26, 2013

I believe that Motorola should focus on low end deviced such as Moto G as it's the dominant in this market category. But let's wait and see

67. DRO_ID

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

Motorola needs to address some issues going into the successor to the Moto X. 1) They need to come to market with a more recent application processor which has to be quad core if they wanna be taken seriously in 2014. 2) The camera doesn't necessarily need more mega pixels, but it does need a drastic software improvement to capture better quality pics and it needs more features as well. 3) They need to bring back the Micro SD expansion slot. They are drastically underestimating how critical this is for many buyers out there. 4) They need to upgrade the screen size to 5" @ 1080p while keeping the footprint very small like the Moto X was able to do. If they can't keep the phone reasonably useable with one hand then they could keep the size but up the ppi. 6)They need to upgrade the battery size to that of the MAXX series. Since this is their flagship line, it also need to have their best battery life. 7) They need to make it available on all US carriers at launch and all markets they're in worldwide. I know Moto maker in more countries may be impossible for this launch but they could at least try. 8) They need to utilize Lenovo's manufacturing power to make sure this phone is available for launch in the millions. 9)They can't abandon those great features they already built into the Moto X to make it unique, so obviously they should be present and if possible improved. 10) Step 9 means that the X8 computing system is a must so therefore, it should be there and improved also. If Motorola is able to pull those steps off, they would surely have a hit on their hands.

65. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i've had such a pleasant experience with my Moto X that i would probably get the +1 however it's my hope that Moto's run with the X taught them how to position the +1. there's no excuse this time around for Motorola to not power the +1 with a S800 and if they price it at the most $399 from the get-go then they may get off to a more positive start sales-wise than they did with the X.

61. steelew

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Solar charging substrate, EXPANDABLE MEMORY, 1080p display, 32GB onboard storage. Not to draw comparisons to apple but they have been providing larger internal storage options for a long time, so its about time android handset makers did as well. Yes I know that iOS products do not have expandable memory which is part of the reason I switched but having to use apps2SD is getting annoying.

55. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I think the naming could benefit from being called Motorola Moto X.1 instead. This would be saying that this is the same great phone with the next upgrades to hardware and software. I hope it has a 5 inch screen with 1080p . Also a better cheaper camera (maybe by Samsung?) would be nice. Just a thought please don't kill me for thinking out loud... I haven't had time to research who would be best and cheapest inline with Moto's price range as it seems to be their nitch.

54. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I had the G2 for a few months til it broke and a Verizon Error worked out that I got a new phone. Anyway got the Moto X. First things first, it's the most attractive phone I've ever seen. Got the Ebony Wood back, white front and blue accents, fantastic looking device and you can tweak it any number of ways to make it fit your style or what you want in a phone (like if you're like me and don't want an all black phone because everything you own is black and you lose it so easily) But what really sets this phone apart for me are the added features. I thought I was gonna miss the G2 knock on and I love the G2's rear buttons (took some time to get used to but loved them after some time) but active display is the best differentiator smartphone feature there is. pull the phone out of my pocket and it's ready to be unlocked or it shows me a preview of my texts, missed calls, Simpsons Tapped Out notifications, etc. Amazing piece of technology. I also love MotoConnect. As someone who's on their computer pretty regularly it saves me a bit of time to just reply to text messages (especially since I'm a touch typer) from MotoConnect. If all Motorola does with the next gen Moto X is generational improvement on processor and GPU, improve the camera a bit to push it up to the quality of the S5 or IPhone6 , add OIS (camera is solid as it is but I have shaky hands so OIS really helps me), and more software work and they keep the cost down they may have a big winner. The high end market is crumbling, it's basically gonna just be the S whatever and the Iphone whatever in the stupid expensive area in not too long. If Motorola can get their foothold in the rung below it before anyone else catches on and have something that isn't budget but isn't 600+ USD, they may find a very popular niche.

50. surethom

Posts: 1780; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Dont care about moto maker what I want is the moto X or the Moto X+1 to release in the uk with 32gb. Hopefully lenovo will be better than motorola in launching outside america within weeks or 1 month not the usual 6 months.

53. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree with you 100%. having other markets wait half a year+ for this awesome phone killed their sales. I'm glad that the Moto G is still having difficulty staying in stock though. Maybe Motorola will wise up and do global launches going forward. Also, Moto Maker needs to be open to more markets.

48. jellmoo

Posts: 2716; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This is pretty much the device I am waiting for. The Moto X was hands down my favourite device of 2013, and I'm hoping to see Motorola pile on even more fun and innovative features onto its successor. My one disappointment with the original was the fact that Moto Maker had such poor availability. If they can implement some improvements there and offer it to all buyers, it would make the device all the more compelling.

43. jckc92

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Keep the screen size the same. Update the processor, ram, and expand to make the camera a lot better like the S4 or LG G2. Finally add a 3000 battery to it. You will have a winner IMO...

40. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

The discount price of this phone, is how much it should have been in the first place. Moto X should not cost more than the Nexus line(under $400) at launch. I remember carriers trying to charge customers the same price as flagship devices, which is a joke considering the specs. The brand name value is not there too. P.S; No lie though Im really feeling those bamboo or wood Moto X. A phone made of wood is sick, but they release this skin way too late.

46. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I'm hoping they'll really take motomaker up a notch. The wood is great but other material choices would make it so much better. A carbon fibre or aluminum moto x would be sexy as hell.

66. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Agree with you man.

38. younger06

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

After 2 months with my MotoX, I would definitely be interested in seeing what it's successor will be like. It's ease of use and all the active features not to mention the stellar battery life,have won me over. I don't understand all the negative comments about the camera, it's a little hit and miss with the focus but the pictures it takes are absolutely fine. If I want professional quality photo's, you guessed it, I'll use a "camera"

37. frickbot

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 15, 2014

They are going to have to step up their game spec wise. I was going to get the moto x but it just didn't compare to the nexus 5.

45. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I had the same issue, the CPU power was acceptable but it should have had a better GPU. If they can pack in a respectable CPU and the best available GPU they would sell me easily.

58. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Adreno 320 was the best GPU available at the time. The Snapdragon 800 wasn't out yet, so the Moto X was competing with Snapdragon 600 powered devices like the HTC One and Galaxy S4, which also had the Adreno 320 but were pushing 1080p displays.

64. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's right, the Moto X had superior graphics benchmark scores due to having a more than sufficient GPU pushing 720p which was sufficient for a screen of it's size. in fact if you want a compact phone strictly for graphical performance then look no further than the Moto X and the iPhone 5S.

72. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Except the LG G2 was released a few weeks later. The G2 was pushing a higher res display but also had more power behind it's GPU so gaming performance is probably quite similar, but the G2 had the extra CPU power, and with other S800 devices released so close in proximity to the Moto X I didn't see any incentive to go for it. If Motorola packed in a higher power GPU and stuck with the 720p they would have shredded up all the competition in terms of performance. I almost feel bad for them, like they missed a great opportunity.

74. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it was really just a matter of the Snapdragon 800 not being available at the time Moto was working on the X8 that was the thing...

34. Techboi

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I have the moto x and its the best phone I ever had so far, but one thing that piss me off is the fact they could of just made it the same as the droid maxx. Motorola must have some contract agreement with Verizon because they always get the best phone exclusively.

31. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

I know the resolution may sound strange, but if not 1080, maybe 1600 x 900 might suit the next Moto. I feel a small bump in specs would not be unwarranted. I'd be willing to give it a shot if the price is right and the specs are up to par.

35. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Do they even make 1600x900 mobile screens? Never heard of a phone with one.

44. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

They don't, but in theory it would work since it is 16:9. It would just mean more work for the CPU the upscale and downscale 720p and 1080p.

69. g2a5b0e unregistered

I was a little surprised when phones went right from 1280x720 to 1980x1080. 1600x900 seemed to me like the next logical step. Think about the differences from WVGA to qHD to HD. Not huge leaps. But in terms of total pixels, HD to FHD is a rather large jump.

28. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

The first X was a huge disappointment, price & availability-wise, and they hope it'll sell? Pretty stupid stuff from Motorola. Let's hope they won't make the same mistake this time.

26. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Haha! Oh motorola, why not just give it up. Are you going to rebrand it and do nothing new to it like the Maxx? You probably will because you suck

27. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The Maxx had a bigger screen, better processor, better battery, twice the internal memory, and also included the Active display and touchless controls, compared to its predecessor. It was a fine upgrade from the Razr Maxx HD.

36. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

The slight improvements were not worth 300$ you are so wrong! Same device minor improvements, same price. Same 720p resolution also but hey if you are dumb enough to spend 300$ on crap, then go for it

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