Motorola working on 'just right' size Android device, coming in the second half of 2013

Motorola working on 'just right' size Android device, coming in the second half of 2013
Motorola has been suspiciously quiet in the last few months, but that sounds like the silence preceding a storm. The Google-owned company is working on a device that is “just the right” screen size, not too large (hey, phablets), nor too small. It is allegedly planning on developing an additional line of products along with developing the Droid and RAZR series.

"Certain people like a large screen, but there's a sweet spot for consumers that we're currently exceeding in the market. There are some people that like a big display, but there's also a lot of people that want something that's just about right," Motorola design head Jim Wicks said.

Additionally, future Motorola phones will run on an "the unadulterated version of Android," which should pretty much mean vanilla Android.

Finally, the Motorola design guru mentioned the company won’t have any carrier exclusives - good news for the customers and not so good for carriers like Verizon Wireless.

While there were no news on the actual release of the devices, Motorola narrowed it down to the second half of 2013. We’ve heard rumors about an early release in May and later those rumors switched to saying July or August. Now, the “second half of 2013” sounds like much later in the year, but let’s just wait and see.

source: PC Mag

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34 Comments

1. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Could this be THE Motorola phone to challenge current high end Android phones?

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sounds more like a mini edition, not unlike the GS III mini.... This may be a letdown. :-(

8. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

The way i understood it is that it wont be following the latest trend of 5 inch displays.

14. KennethP4V

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

i agree, prolly 4.8", and best if they do something like the HTC One dual stereo speakers. I rather have superior speakers for real experience rather than smart pause because i dont mind if the video keeps on playing when im not looking at it, i can just easily rewind it, this is digital not tape, it should not be a big deal. So double the speakers give real performance increase, giving smart pause and some gesture view is just putting more plants in a jungle.

22. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

4.7" ,on screen buttons , Xperia ZL bezel , htc one round corner style and you got a winner .

37. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

While better than a standard phone speaker, the HTC Ones speakers still are not amazing, way below average in the overall speaker market still but all phones have horrible $2 speakers. HTC did do an excellent good making their dual speakers look good, just showoff ports tbh. They don't sound as good as they look. But it is better than any of the other flagships right now.

26. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

yep, motorola knows smartphone needs perfect size, not tablet size sammy.

2. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Come on, how much do we still have to wait? Second half of 2013? Are they working or what??? I think there are a lot of people waiting for a Motorola phone with vanilla Android, since the Nexus 4 cannot be purchased everywhere (not in Italy, for example), what's more there are a lot of people who would buy a high-end Android with a "normal sized" screen. What are they waiting? Those people will buy the new iPhone if Moto does not release anything and Google does not distribute its Nexus line properly.

12. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

seriously what's taking so long? If anything I would think making a phone with stock android would take even less time. All they really need to improve on is the camera.

3. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

I smell trouble for the Current number 1 Android Phone out there.

10. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

you should get your nose checked.

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

As far as the dimensions are perfect screen size doesn't matter....

7. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

I just hope it's available somewhere else besides USA

9. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

I have a crazy idea motorola. Make 2 phones with different sizes!!! Crazy concept I know.

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hmm. I'm personally a fan of the 4.8ish screen size. Second half of 2013 isn't too far away, though Motorola tends to wring every last day out of their self imposed deadlines. They could release the phone on New Year's Eve and technically be correct. Oh, one more thing: I'm waiting.

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Forget it motorola. Getting tired of your release date and your exclusive on Verizon.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You did just read that they said that the phone they're planning is NOT a Verizon exclusive, right?

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I am getting pretty tired of waiting so long with little to no word on when it would be released, aside from the vague "second half" statement. Hopefully they'll talk about it at Google I/O. Also, right in the article it says that Motorola won't have any carrier exclusives.

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

4.5" at the very least, preferably bigger if they intend to keep on screen buttons. 1080p at 4.5" though, that's getting pretty close to 500 ppi.

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

If Motorola is working on 'just right' size Android device, then it will definitely have 'just right' feeling and 'just right' specs! :)

21. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Please only be 4.5

23. Mimas

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

HD (720) resolution on a 3.5 inch screen gives 420 pixels per inch. A 4 incher drops it down to 367ppi - still easily good enough for most users. Might go well with a Snapdragon 400...

24. shnibz

Posts: 513; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

4.5 is perfect to me. Big but still comfortable to hold

25. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Can we get an internal sd card reader, please??

27. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

The way it is being pushed down the calender year.... It may well be the next Nexus

28. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Hold on second half is from july on is it not, unless they are going by their own calendar year still August would be in the second half. I believe in Moto, this slowdown is great. Look this means less phones being tossed out every other month and better focus on models so we in turn get better designed devices and better all round for each device. If they come down to 3 devices per year that would be great, top notch, top quality devices with vanilla Android and hopefully include a separate loadable motorola inspired Android skin(sorry but I like the latest motorola skins, they are very functional and they just work without bogging down the phone.)

29. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

C'mon... give us more news on the device... This isn't enough to keep us excited till I/O...

30. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Hopefully this mysterious device is a nexus series phone and hopfully all the specs will be the top of the line. Mot and GOOG taking their time so I hope they come up with something extraordinary.

31. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

4.5in 720, 80% screen to phone ratio Thin with a reasonable battery If possible front facing speaker

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