The new Moto X is here, and these are its 10 new features

The new Moto X is here, and these are its 10 new features
Over a year went by since the then still Google-headed Motorola released its first truly interesting phone -- the Moto X. Initially, nobody was really sure what to make of the X -- it seemingly had a dual-core processor (despite Motorola's claims), a 720p resolution screen, and a 10MP camera at a time when competitors were deeply entrenched in quad-core territory and its devices had made use of 1080p screen and 13MP shooters for a while. It also didn't help that Motorola priced the X at $199 on a contract, on par with the competition.

But it didn't take long for Motorola to see that, even with the amazing Moto Maker customization suite, consumers really weren't into the Moto X as much as the company was expecting. This led to a very quick drop in price to $99 on contract, and numerous flash sales featured the Moto X. Now, Motorola appears to have learned from the experience, and the new Moto X is both cheaper (at $99 on contract) and far better equipped in terms of both specs and features.

But what's new, and how does it differ from the old? Join us in the slideshow below for a quick overview.

Related phones

Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh

FEATURED VIDEO

28 Comments

1. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

2300 battery

10. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Right? That's disappointing. Considering they upped the screen size and resolution, the battery life might not be too great on it.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I guess you never looked at one of the new antenna features and its relationship with power. Its an improvement of over 500% compared to all other smart phones that are using LTE. So will that effect power consumption? You betcha it will. So way to go Motorola. Once again they keep improving the market.

19. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

dynamic antenna has been around, it's already avaialble on Lumia 925, iphones, Lumia 930, Lumia icon...

28. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

Dynamic Tuning has to be the best feature......wow

12. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

They should make a Moto X Maxx with a 2800mAh+ battery...

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I tend to agree with you on this. One of the few actually. But I hope you realize that they improved the power and the antenna by up to 500%. So right there that helps with power consumption. However if you are viewing a video and listening to the new stereo speakers, then they also consume lots of energy. So even though they improved battery life overall on the new Moto X. I think it would have been to their best interest to increase the battery size as well.

27. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

NOOO... Nothing less than 3500mAh must be called MAXX, imho...

20. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Yes... Atleast in last year's Moto X, they used two low power dedicated cores for ActiveNotifications and Natural Language Processing... But now, NO such setup... So the power drawn by CPU for those features will be definitely MORE, imho... Motorola, please DO NOT cheat saying you can give FULL day battery life with tiny 2300mAh battery... And you already know how to add JUMBO battery to thin phones... wrt tiny battery (NOT wrt sw enchancements) -- GOOGLE ruined you, like in Nexus 4 and 5...

22. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

SD801 has motion and voice co-processors, so the extra gimmicks are not needed. They can have a quad core processor, good GPU AND dedicated co-processors.

23. engineer-1701d unregistered

WTF PA the didn't you watch the liveshow they said stereo speaker and the ads say it, pay attention

2. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Four microphones and dynamic antenna are really something new on the table.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Especially when the dynamic antenna improves on power consumption up to 500%. That alone is really great and should increase battery life.

17. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Not only new but with great utility and practical results. Impressive :)

25. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

The Oneplus one has 4 microphones...

3. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

And Anandtech goes a little more in depth with the specifications:http://anandtech.com/show/8491/the-new-moto-x-intial-impressions-and-hands-on It seems that they use the same amplifier as the original moto X except now with twice the output and on the front.

4. navneethkannan

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

Any Idea if Moto Voice will appear on my Moto X (2013) ?

5. SteG.

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

I was wondering about the front speaker(s) too. Checking the motorola US and Germany pages is pretty clear that the moto G has stereo (or at least 2) speakers while is not the same for the moto x. On the german page under audio

6. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

much better phone than any samsung crap, include note 4

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Wow.................

8. SteG.

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

since i can't edit my comment here the second part: On the german page under Speaker it's written "front (bottom) while on the US counterpart you'll find "Front-facing and at bottom" which leaves more space to interpretations

9. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

I like this reception boost solution... sounds good, I really need it, I'm sick of 3G droping to 2G indoors...

11. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

What about the Active Display? That was a really unique feature.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6035; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So many little innovative ideas. Stuff like the multiple microphones or dynamic antennas that you don't even think about on your phone unless they give you trouble. This kind of effort is what really makes Motorola one of a kind. My next phone with be the Moto X 2015. I'm going to hold on to my 2013 model for a bit longer because it's still pretty awesome. :)

18. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

according to Androidcentral, New moto X doesn't have front stereo speaker

21. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Are the 4 speakers going to be able to record surround sound audio during video capture like the 4 speakers in the Lumia Icon?

26. SteG.

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

I don't know the microphones, but the speaker which is apparently just one surely not

24. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

The oneplus one has 4 microphones...

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.