The Moto X (2015) may include a camera that doesn't suck

The Moto X (2015) may include a camera that doesn't suck
The current Motorola Moto X (2014) is, like the original Moto X, a great, feature-rich handset at a very reasonable price. But with plenty of speculation now seeking to discover what's next, there's definitely room for improvement. Chief among the aspects of the Moto X (2014) that Motorola could upgrade is the main camera, which struggled in our tests to live up to the likes of the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. As such, many will be hoping that the shooter of the next Moto X won't let the side down, and according to Motorola's Chief Marketing Officer, the company will be upping its game in this department. 

On Twitter, Motorola CMO Adrienne Hayes was asked if camera tech would be a key focus of the company's smartphone division looking forward. To which she replied:
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Fighting talk, indeed. While she's not referring to the next Moto X directly, it's the one that everybody's waiting for, so let's hope there's something in Hayes' words. Her job is, as with any CMO, to protect and promote the company's brand, so one could argue that this is mere bluster. But having admitted that Motorola handsets deliver below-standard cameras, a decent snapper for the Moto X (2015) would be a very good starting point. 

The next-gen Moto X should pack a Snapdragon 810 chip, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. There'll also be Android 5.1.1 off the bat, and with Android M looming, it should be among the first-in-line for the update thereafter. 

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27 Comments

1. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Pretty sure they said the same thing last time

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll believe when I see it.

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I agree with you. I need to see it to believe it. The Nexus 6 is a slightly above average camera, but the rest of Motorola's cameras are supper shotty! +1

22. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I thought both the Nex6 and the Droid Turbo had above average cameras and they beat out the iP6 which is supposedly the "gold standard" by which all cameras are measured. That being said I'm absolutely sure they'll screw up the X. They already embarassed themselves plenty with the Droid Turbo by being a Verizon exclusivve and the lack of updates. Even though I admire Moto for using near stock Android I've become very sceptical of them able to get this right based on their track record the last couple of years. Even when Google owned them they blundered big time.

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You got to love the professionalism of these PhoneArena.com authors. The title is something straight out of the comments section. SMH

2. yonith

Posts: 226; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I'd be happier to see this with a SD808 and a 1080p screen. Anyone know if any of the custom rom/kernel devs on XDA have made any progress In regard to heat with disabling cores on the SD810?

3. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Maybe Motorola is planning on disabling two of the cores in the 810. Wouldn't be the first time they've done so.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So long as the end result is an intuitive and quality user experience, they can do whatever they think is best.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn man, every other Moto X 2015 article switches between the speculation that there will be 3 or 4 GB of RAM. The inconsistency is somewhat ridiculous, stick to a count and just go with it until it's official. As for the camera, I guess that my expectations have always been pretty low as I'm content with my 2013 Moto X camera and what I've seen of the 2014 model looks impressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-0wIDxSIoE

5. desgua

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

I love my Moto X 2014. So snappy. I miss my S4 camera though.

16. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

The camera is even worse than S4? Oh dear...

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

3 years in a row their camera has been mediocre at best, same with HTC. Just shows how much you need to work on that aspect to get it right like sammy and apple do

8. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Waiting for a Moto X mini or compact from Lenovo...

9. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Funny, didn't the Nexus 6 best the iPhone 6 in the blind tests?

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nexus 6 isn't the Moto X. That blind camera test was a fluke.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So then you finally admit that the Motorola Nexus 6 has a better camera than the iPhone 6. Well, if they had a winning camera on their last flagship phone, what makes you think that they would have anything less going forward? No, I don't think it was a fluke at all, but instead a taste of things to come. Does it upset you that you'll have one less thing to complain about?

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They didn't and no. The iPhone 6+ is a far better camera despite what you want to believe. Motorola doesn't have anything in the X that screams winning.

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Please explain how 77%+ of over 3,600 voters said the photos taken from the Nexus 6 looked better than the iPhone 6? What do you say to them? http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nexus-6-beats-the-iPhone-6-Plus-by-a-mile-in-our-blind-camera-comparison_id64437 They don't have anything that "screams winning"? Are you Charlie Sheen now? Two years in a row now, all the updates in iOS have been copied features of competing devices and you call that winning? Do you call crashing people's phones with a text winning? Do you call 1,500 apps with inadvertent back doors to the OS winning, do you call the Fappening winning? (.... well some people might, but for different reasons). How about a display technology that dates back to before the original Motorola Droid? Is that winning? Or the smallest battery in a modern day flagship phone resulting is poor battery life, is that winning? Or paying a premium for minimal hardware because you're a sheep that is a slave to that Apple logo? There's so many, SO MANY things that I can say to criticize your brand of choice. And all you have is a complaint about battery (Which is better than your lovely iPhone6) and the camera, which in Motorola's last device was undeniably proven better than the iPhone 6. So Ramble on empty headed Kanye, or Charlie Sheen, or 40 year old virgin.... whatever you go by these days.

27. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Dont worry he wont reply, when he get rekt he logs off from his account lol

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Motorola always screws something up when it comes to the moto x. I don't expect anything different here.

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh, hyperbole. The original Moto X camera didn't suck, and I'm pretty sure the 2014 version didn't either. I have many examples of great photos in my gallery. It might not have been as good as other cameras on its peers, but it certainly wasn't objectively bad.

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Good, now how about a battery that doesn't suck?

17. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

They'll probably chuck on a 20mpx camera and call it a day. Much like what HTC did for the M9.

18. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Myxytroll brought a moto startrac or something in the distant past, couldn't work out how to use it and has been bleating on ever since. God knows why, as he/she/it has an iphone now...

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Here let's wipe those tears up.

21. tokuzumi

Posts: 1868; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Just put the same sony sensor that's in the S6, and make sure the software really utilizes the capabilities of that sensor.

26. aboona777

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I say bring back the RAZR!! A mediocre phone that promises mediocre performance... HONESTY!!

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