The new Moto X is official and available today for $99 on contract or $499 off contract


We have gotten quite a bit of information about the new Moto X before now, but this time we have the official word, which verifies a lot of what we had heard, but also brings some new additions which we didn't know about. First and foremost, it is not the Moto X+1 as has been the standard nomenclature, but rather just the new Moto X.

As mentioned, a lot of the info we had heard is correct. So, that means we are getting a 5.2-inch AMOLED display running at 1080p, a customized Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 2300mAh battery. The device measures 72.4 x 140.8mm (~2.85 x 5.54-inches) and the width ranges from 3.8 mm (0.15-inches) at the edge to 9.9mm (0.39-inches) at in the middle, and it will weigh 144g (5.08oz). Sadly, the back logo is not a button, although it does look like one. But, the edge-to-edge design means that Motorola has been able to fit a slightly larger display in the same device width as the Samsung Galaxy S5. 

It brings back features that we know and love, though it does rebrand some of them and tweak some as well. Active Display is now called Moto Display, and works much like before allowing you to "peek" at notifications, while only lighting up select pixels on the AMOLED display. But, it has been extended with Moto Actions, which uses infrared sensors above the display to give you gesture controls. This means the device will sense when your hand is reaching towards the device and will turn on the display; and, you can use a wave gesture to do things like silence a phone call or an alarm. Motorola says that this system is better than others because its IR sensors can capture gestures that are 4 times farther away than other systems (aka Samsung). 

Touchless Controls are back, but have been rebranded as Moto Voice, and bring new customization options. No longer do you have to use the "OK Google Now" command to bring up the voice actions. Instead, you can customize the trigger phrase to anything you want. It also brings new commands to post a status to Facebook, or send a WhatsApp message. 


Moto Assist is back and working the same as before to allow custom actions based on context like when you're driving, sleeping, at home, or in a meeting. The quick gesture to open the camera is also back, but once in the camera, there are some improvements. The biggest there is Highlight Reel which groups together pictures based on location or time, and automatically create a video collage set to music, which you can then share with others. It sounds a lot like one of Google's Auto Awesome creations, really. There is also a "best shot" feature, which will capture extra shots in the background, and pull another Auto Awesome type move to check for blur, smiles, or blinking and edit the pictures accordingly. 

As far as the device itself, it is bigger, but Motorola says that it is still easy to use with one hand, and has been designed carefully to give the same sense of "balance" as the original. The device has almost no bezel, giving a great screen-to-device ratio, and has the same curved back as the original to make it feel secure in the hand. The device has a water repellent coating; and it adds one more microphone, bringing the total to four, to allow for better call quality. Also aiming to boost call quality is a new metal frame around the outside, which gives a more premium feel and doubles as an external antenna to boost reception. Motorola even takes a very late swipe at Apple by touting its Dynamic Tuning, which adapts to how you hold the device and optimize which part of the antenna to use. 

There are a bunch of cool new accessories, which we'll hit in a separate post. The new Moto X will be available on contract for $99 or $499 off contract for the 16GB model, and will be available for purchase later today, September 5th on select carriers. Moto Maker has some changes, which again we'll cover in another article, and will be available on the new Moto X at an undetermined date in the future. In addition to the usual black and white options, certain stores will also carry the new black leather Moto X and the classic bamboo. 

source: Motorola

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40 Comments

1. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

2300 mah ? what a joke

17. Teejay1100

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Motorola came out swinging!! Overall it was a good announcement. Announced products and most are available today. The small battery is a disappointment but the original X only had a 2200 Mah battery so I'm not surprised. With the software and hardware working fluidly the battery should be ok. Hopefully

18. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

2 days of battery life becoming standart so it is not enough.

21. Teejay1100

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

On what 5.2" phone are you getting 2 days of battery life? What's this standard you speak of? 2 days of batter life doesn't exist.

22. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

check out xperia z3

33. Teejay1100

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

So your saying a 3100 mah battery is lasting two days? Yeah right. No phone will give you 2 days of usage, not even the not series. I call bluff.

30. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Moto uses IMX135 sensor, it's an old outdated sensor. Galaxy S4 used that same sensor. No wonder why Moto is so far behind other vendors.

32. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

The battery is not as much of a problem as the price point to me. This should be $50-$100 cheaper as it's not a true flagship, in that it doesn't contain all the latest in technology, yet pricing is approaching one that is. It's more of a competitor to the Nexus 5 yet it costs significantly lot more.

34. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So you think it should be free on contract to begin with? What the hell are you smoking?

36. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

No. I could care less about a contract. The off contract price should come in at roughly $399. The phone specs are relatively comparable to the One Plus and Nexus 5.

37. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually, the phone specs are more comparable to the Galaxy S5, which is about 600 bucks or more unlocked. So you're completely full of sh.it.

38. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

This x's, camera is inferior, it lacks memory expansion, and it's battery is smaller than a 6 month old phone (S5). If you want to further compare it to the s5, where's the fingerprint scanner? This phone, although nice if the price is right, isn't top end, and doesn't deserve that off contract price.

39. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

A 13 megapixel camera is nothing to sneeze at, memory expansion isn't for everyone, and if the battery life of the original X was any indicator, it doesn't need one as big as the S5's. The processor and the base memory options are the same, the screen is the same resolution (and slightly bigger) the design is sturdier, and it has a more complete design philosophy than the S5, rather than a collection of gimmicks. If you're a spec hound, the Moto X series is not for you. However, to pretend that the phone doesn't have enough to it to justify a 500 dollar retail price is goddamn ridiculous.

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Okay, that is officially way more kickass than I imagined. Way to mofoing go, Motorola!

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Ugh... I totally want the new Moto X, I'm holding a first gen Moto X in my hands now and I love it just like I loved my old Moto G before it. However my new OnePlus One is being delivered tomorrow. Now the question is: trade the OPO for a NMX? They have the same resolution screen but the NMX has a slightly smaller screen, the NMX has less RAM, same processor but with touch less control tweeks, the NMX has significantly smaller internal storage, both have 13 MP rear cameras, but the NMX has a much smaller battery.... Not to mention it's WAY more expensive than the OPO... I dunno, I'm soooo confused. I'm not sure the NMX would be better than the OPO..... But I'd probably like it better... Maybe?

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's worth noting that the NMX will still run like a dream even with the lesser specs. The NMX is still supposed to have full day battery life, though we'll have to wait for tests and reviews to bear that out. The NMX can be had with 32 gigs of memory instead of the 16, and you know that there's no chance of the NMX blowing up inside your pocket.

3. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

2300mAh battery? Are you kidding me? No matter how efficient the 1080p display is or how power efficient android L gonna be, battery capacity is too small. I'm super sad.

4. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I wish the Moto X had a removable back with the same options as the Moto Maker instead of picking a permanent back cover.

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That 2300mAh battery is way too small. Didn't the learn anything from the OG Moto X?...

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You mean the device that lasted all day?

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

But its battery life was still mediocre. This device is much larger and only has a marginally larger battery. It doesn't look good...

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The Moto X was the first smartphone that never made me worry about its battery life, and before that I had the Atrix, Galaxy Note, Droid X and Cliq.

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

My Moto X loses 25% battery per hour when in use.... That battery life is pretty freaking bad.

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Define what you mean by "in use." My Moto X only loses that much at full brightness doing some pretty heavy browsing or game playing.

28. MobileNico

Posts: 96; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

My Moto X barely loses 10% per hour while in use... What do you have running that's killing your battery so quickly?

35. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Mine just loses power sitting in my pocket, barely last half a day. I'll never.......ever......by a Moto device again.

27. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Only as per their ad... NOT in real life... Now they have added more sensors, more powerful cpu with more number of cores and bigger display and high resolution PLUS more sensors --- all for just 100mAh bigger (less than 5% increase) battery... I don't think people will once again believe their bluff about all day battery life... P.S. I am using Droid Maxx and OnePlus ONE now...

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I didn't see anything about whether or not the phone has wireless charging. Do we know anything about that, Phonearena? Also, is the price bump to the 32 gig version going to be 150?

11. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

What a pathetic phone. $500 for the non expandable 16 gig costs waaaay waaaaay too much money And let us not forget the battery, ugh.... Smh I'm predicting a price drop in just several weeks. There is no way this POS is gonna sell.

12. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Finally a 32gb version for UK BUT once again stupid Motorola dies not like making money, that battery is just too low. Role on Nexus 5.2" screen

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