Motorola's 6.3 inch phablet to arrive in Q3?

Motorola's 6.3 inch phablet to arrive in Q3?
Back in October, we passed along a rumor that Motorola was working on a 6.3 inch phablet called Xplay. A source who has proven to be reliable in the past when it comes to Motorola leaks, now reveals that the company will be releasing its first phablet some time in the third quarter. Lenovo is not expected to make any changes to Motorola's 2014 and 2015 release schedule, which means that the device is still alive.

The tipster did not mention the name Xplay, nor did the precise size of the screen get brought up. According to the original report last year, the Xplay would challenge the 6.4 inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra for the title as the largest-screened phone on the planet. At the same time that the Motorola phablet was first mentioned, the word was that a new DROID model, the Motorola DROID Quantum, was being prepped as a sequel to the Motorola DROID Ultra

While Motorola has never released a phablet, it did release a phone with a larger screen than the norm (for the times) when the Motorola DROID X was launched in 2010 with a 4.3 inch display. At the time, the Motorola DROID carried a 3.7 inch screen and the HTC HD2, at 4.3 inches, was considered to have a humungous screen. Now, a 4.3 inch screen is smaller than average, and a 5.1 inch Samsung Galaxy S5 seems like an average size.

Thanks for the tip!

source: Weibo (translated, registration reqd) via GforGames

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40 Comments

1. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I think they would be using OMAP5 CPU or Tegra5....../?

7. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

OMAP CPU is dead

9. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Texas Instruments (TI) (makers of the OMAP line of processors) has exited the market for mobile processors at the end of 2012- begining of 2013, making the OMAP 5 CPU nothing more than a pipe dream for those who did not know. The Nvidia tegra 5 while a great processor is way too power hungry to be placed in to a device like this. Even with the MAXX lines battery you would still only see 24 hours of useage (at most) before needing a recharge due to the power requirements and thats not to mention the heat that the processor gives off when under moderate to heavy use. The most likely processor that you will see in this device will be based off of a snapdragon proceessor. The reason I say this is look at what Motorola did with the last generation of the Droid and Moto X lines. The most likely processor that we are to see will be another Motorola custom built one based off of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

yes OMAP has exited the cpu world, but a tablet which has so much space free could use a 10.000mah battery or Tegra5 to be made on 22nm process. Arm Cortex 15cpu is a powerfull cpu almost near a inteli3 soc... moto were more inclined with omap then any other cpu makers nexus 10 was the first tablet to use A15 cpu, but only dualcore, and these new Exynos 5420 have great power to even to CAD graphics, A57 64BIT CPU LAPTOPS HAVE vents so tablets should have vents so heat escapes so it dosent get hot, also liquid metal backs

15. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

We are not talking about a tablet. We are talking about a smart phone be it one almost large enough to be a tablet. Putting vents in a device like this would be detramental to the funcitonality of the device. The last thing that you would want was for lent, metal shavings or any thing else to get into your device that you just paid 300.00-600.00 dollars to be ruin it.

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

metal stainless steel cooper steel iron is much better than cheap plastic and alum, but 10 layers of alum is solid feel. 300 t0 700 sterlings qualifys to be used on prestige materials not junk plastic look at the device htc onev which is crafted with quality

24. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Yes I will give you that the HTC One is one of the finer quality devices out there, but most of the biggest complaints of the device is that it heats up quickly and gets rather hot (sometimes almost to hot to hold) and that the body is much more susceptible to damage than the "cheap plastic" that other manufactures use. Also the more "premium" materials that are employed on a phone the more it will cost the end user.

22. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Arm Cortex 15 power is not even near the power of Core i3.

23. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

if clocked at 2.7+ it is

35. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

nope...

34. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

@ o0Exia0o "The most likely processor that we are to see will be another Motorola custom built one based off of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor." Successor the the X8? A plausible observation though I wouldn't really mind if Moto decide to straight up fit this: >>>http://www.anandtech.com/show/7573/qualcomm-announces-snapdragon-410-based-on-64bit-arm-cortex-a53-and-adreno-306-gpu instead. Because it seems to be that they prefer a more conservative approach at assessing performance jumps (X8 being derived from S4 Pro instead of Sd600 e.g), I don't know we'll see how that pans out but imho the "above 6" - 6.4" range is still a questionable screen size category considering that product design-wise no one are particularly concerned about trimming bezels down. In my country Malaysia here in one of the top tech centered forums, XZU users are offloading theirs at a rising fast rate.

32. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I hope they will use Intel! Lenovo already has a few models with an Atom CPU and I hope they will bring them to Moto devices too :)

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Phone sizes can't just keep increasing, because it's not like our pockets or hands are getting any larger. Between 5 and 5.5 inches is the sweetspot for smartphone screen size.

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It's called phablet for a reason, I guess. :P At least it's not like all these companies are trying to ditch the 5-5.5" screen size and jumps to ~6".

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

A lot of people, like myself, are extremely satisfied with devices in the 6" range... There is no "sweet spot"... That's like saying "the sweet spot for men's pants is xxx"" ..................... Why can't people just promote freedom of choice?

19. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I meant that most people prefer smartphones under about 5.5 inches, so companies should focus a lot on that size range with their flagships. I'm not saying that there should't be 6+ inch smartphones.

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

True, true.. And they do.. But the market is shifting more, and more towards larger devices... It's ok.. For every 10 average sized high end smartphones there's only 1 phablet.. If that made any sense..

37. Amir1 unregistered

there is pocketability. 6.5" display is borderline with pocketability. pocketability = how comfortable is to carry a device as daily driver in your pants pocket, when you walk and sit.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Please let Moto make a awesome, high end, phablet and not a midrange phablet like the Mega... I think a lot of people would really like a bad a$$ Moto phablet,, something cool like the Z Ultra... Speaking of Z Ultra, has anyone heard anything about a Z2 Ultra??

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

The Note 2 and 3 were meant to be flagships from Samsung. The Mega was like a half-a$$ trial toy, haha. I love it though. About the Z2 Ultra. I hope it gets better battery life and a flashlight.

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

And the better screen that the Z2 has.. I think that was the problem with previous Sony devices..

38. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yeah, most of previous devices. I think the z1 compact was the first one to get a display with good viewing angle.

39. Amir1 unregistered

all of sony's displays from now on are high quality IPS panels with top viewing angles. all 2014 sony devices are a proof for that. heck, some of the hands on say Z2 has best display on the market.

8. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

6.4' is an odd screen size. It's too big for a phablet and too small to be a tablet.

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The Z Ultra is 6.44"... Weird, but awesome!

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

superb build quality with dragontrail glass industrial leading standards and also the 1520 nokia phablet is a great looking device i played around with both and its great

11. Calm_down_mon

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Z ultra is 6.4 and it's considered a phablet.

21. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Phablets should be pocketable like phones, the Z ultra isn't. Anything above 6" should fall under the tablet category IMO.

27. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!!! Did you know that some jean manufacturers are actually making their pockets larger to accommodate larger devices???..... Here's a good read on phablets.. ....................... http://www.wpcentral.com/it-time-redefine-smartphone-phablets

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