Motorola's next high-end smartphones to feature microSD card support and front-facing LED flashes?

Motorola's next high-end smartphones to feature microSD card support and front-facing LED flashes?
Motorola hasn't announced any high-end handsets this year, but it will probably do it pretty soon. According to Jose Arturo, a Verizon device test engineer who's currently testing the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Motorola's Droid Turbo, Motorola this summer will bring "front facing flash for selfies" and microSD card support to some of its unnamed handsets.

Since the Moto G and Moto E already have microSD card slots, we assume Arturo is talking about at least one of Motorola's next high-end smartphones, possibly the next-generation Moto X. As you may know, Motorola's recent high-end handsets (including the Google Nexus 6) do not have expandable internal memory - a feature that's quite important to many users.

As for the front-facing flash, this may not be that important, but some users will definitely appreciate it.

If we're to believe recent rumors, the third-generation Motorola Moto X should offer a 5.2-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, a 5 MP front-facing camera, a 16 MP rear camera with OIS, Snapdragon 808 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, and a 3280 mAh battery.

Let's wait and see how many of these alleged features will actually be on board, shall we?

source: Jose Arturo (Google+) via Droid-life



1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Well if it has a removable battery as well then maybe that QWERTY guy won't complain about it.

4. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

you know what he said he own moto x. hypocrisy? no. what he doing is mindless bashing just for attention, he is a person who would bought flagship phone only if it less than $100 after all..

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is Motorola use to put micro SD cards in all their smart phones only a few years ago. I think its great that they are going back to that. To tell you the truth if Motorola and Ara can hurry up with project Ara, then I would never buy another smart phone again. Well at least a whole one.

26. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes and no, as there phones will now lag and be very slow after 3 months

17. QWERTYslider unregistered

Hey, Dbag. Speak to me directly. Yes, I owned a Moto X. Great phone. Perfect width. But, I only kept if for a month because a phone NEEDS both a removable battery and SD. To argue against that makes you a stupid sheep.

18. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I can see the need for the SD but not the removable battery. I have the Note 4 & never needed to remove my battery, nor did I wish my Droid RAZR Maxx had a removable battery.

20. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

>Different opinions >Sheep K then.

23. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

i am with you on that but not so much about the battery because im not a very heavy user and dont need extra battery and if my battery starts to fail i can handle to open it and swap it. As for micro sd its a selling point for me, i skipped S6 because there is no micro sd slot i am a power user and not a click app,open mail guy. i have done the mistake once with htc one x and i will never do it again, no sd no sell.

27. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

If you had got your s6 you be up in why sd card are bad move, as this means ufs 2.0 is added and it makes my note edge look slow and last year, what an upgrade, faster than the iPhone and no slow down after all this time just fast and I got 5000 images on my phone, all image just load in preview in the image viewer and so on, and so fast with the cam, I got both phones 100% and I tell you now it makes the note look like junk

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

My mate also just upgraded, he had upgrade to an s5 from an s3 last year in step, but when he noted by edge he had to upgrade again, he sent me a txt when he got is phome, it said crap this is fast and the cam is so fast, yes you may be made there is no sd card reader but most do not use it and removing it adds raw speed when you are then able to use ufs 2.0, there is nothing like it

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey this absolutely some GREAT news. I am interested as well.

8. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Yeah, it is indeed, but you don't spam threads with "NO SD CARD AND REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL" bs. Anyway, this is good news indeed.

13. waddup121 unregistered


15. QWERTYslider unregistered

Agreed. The SD is great, but the removable battery is NECESSARY.

19. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Explain why it's a need.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Moto X would finally be worth something finally. Note 4 still remains better than 99% of phones available though.

7. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

It's worth about half of the Note 4, literally. For nearly 50% off of the phablet, it's definitely not bad for the special moto-added features.

3. dodger

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Front facing stereo speakers ? Anyone know?

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well the Moto X has one front facing speaker which is quite loud. And since Motorola made the Nexus 6 which has two front facing stereo speakers. Maybe Motorola will make the next Moto X have the same thing. Considering the Nexus 6 looks like a bigger Moto X.

5. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Yes, finally an SD card

9. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Watch, whatever they do it will only be available for Verizon customers again! And the push to 1440p with an SD808 is just silly. Get a good 1080 screen on a 5" device. The SD card is a bonus though, as is the front facing flash for those who will use it.

12. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Frontfacing flash, stereo front facing speakers, superamoled with fullhd or qhd (i hope fhd), big battery and sd card.... Now the camera. Make it as good as Lg G4 cam and Im sold

14. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1859; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Front facing LED flash actually makes sense since the range isn't that far. LED flash on rear camera is where the problem in lies...

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Give me a Moto Maxx with a good camera, a brighter screen, and an SD810 and we can call it a day. I liked the Droid Turbo, but hated the VZW bloat and locked bootloader. The Moto Maxx was the sweet spot.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So far the Moto X phones have have been disappointing. Here's hoping they actually do something good this time around.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The Moto X models have received raving reviews from all major tech media outlets. The 2014 model improved over the original by releasing with hardware that outperformed all other flagships that came before it, it also was at a price point that undercut the competition. With the leaks so far, the dramatic jump in battery capacity, 4 GBs of RAM, double the base storage capacity, SD storage expansion, QHD display, improved camera with OIS. It is apparent that Motorola is really listening to their critics and intent on making the best user experience around.

25. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

I agree, I love the specs. QHD may be over the top, but I appreciate other improvement. Too bad it's difficult to find it in Europe.

24. memyself50000

Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 2015

Front facing flash is a fancy feature I would say. But SD card support is definitely needed. In general Motorola devices are premium in quality, service and support.

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