Tiny rendering of third generation Motorola Moto X surfaces

We have been seeing sporadic leaks about Motorola’s third generation Moto X smartphone over the past couple of weeks. The images so far have either been obscured to protect sources, or other photos have been of stripped down parts showing off the chassis of the device.

Another image as surfaced, albeit very, very small. Just 59x88 pixels, not even big enough to use as a thumbnail in our article. However, when blown up a bit, it can clearly be compared to other leaks we have seen, which lends to the credibility of the tiny image.

It looks like a rendering of a would-be press image. The pattern of the camera, LED flash, and Motorola logo against the metal band along the back is easily identifiable. If you look carefully at the right edge, you can just make out a change in the pixelated pattern that looks like Motorola’s volume and power/lock button arrangement.

The front reveals a bit less, but a familiar top and bottom speaker/mic arrangement will carry over from the previous generation device. Hopefully it will have two front-facing speakers like its larger Nexus 6 cousin.

Speaking of larger, the latest batch of rumors indicate the new Moto X will come in two sizes, one of which will feature a larger display, maybe 5.7-inches, while the other will retain the current generation’s 5.2-inch panel.

Given how well received the current Moto X has been, and how lean Motorola keeps the user experience, there is really only area we hope Lenovo’s new division will work some magic, and that is with the camera. The good news is that Motorola knows this is an area the company needs to focus on.

What features are you hoping Motorola will bring to the 2015 edition of the Moto X?

source: @upleaks (Twitter)



1. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Looks like an ugly Nokia low end windows phone. I expected better from Lenovo and Moto.

3. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

Except you can get it in wood and metal, and several other materials besides. You can't tell much from this tiny thumbnail.

35. joeboxer

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Motorolas design is actually very good, it may not satisfy evryone but in terms of quality and craftsmanship, moto is number one

5. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

come on, you can do better trolling than that.. is doesn't even look anything like a nokia..

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Exactly actually, Take the lumia 620 and add the camera lens plating of the Lumia 800(the silver slip covering the camera lens) and then voila. The new Moto X. Lenovo should do the design, their phones look much nicer.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I like Motorola ever since I had one of their dumb phones, I wouldn't troll them. They earned my respect with some of their products. This looks exactly what I described though, a lower mid range Lumia device.

42. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It looks like the two Moto Xs that came before it which are considered to be some of the most comfortable phones to hold. I do not think they're ugly at all and the only similarity between the Moto X 2015 and the Lumia 800 is the lone bar across the back and that hardly defines the entire image of a phone.

8. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

You're delusional

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If it doesn't have a better camera, actual flagship specs, front facing speakers like the Nexus 6, and better battery life than what's available on the X then it's not even worth discussing. We will see if 3rd times the cjarm.

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Since when do you care about specs? Wasnt you the one who was telling other users that they are spec whor*s?

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I guess he is refering to the spec of iOS devices? Which is more optimize and doesn't need Quad-Core chip to run.

11. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

Hmm since when have iPhones been underpowered in terms of CPU? Until the very recent S6 Apple have always had a lead in CPU power. iPhones run fast because they have a hugely powerful SoC, not because iOS is super optimised. Please don't oversimplify things when talking about dual core vs quad core.

12. TheMobileOS

Posts: 3; Member since: May 08, 2015

Sorry, forget to mention bout the CPU part, but I have no idea about the optimize part at all, thanks for the info ;)

13. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Wow, never know about that part, sorry my mistakes, btw, Thanks for the info pals.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7538; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apples hardware is definitely not better. In fact the major difference between iOS apps and Android apps are how they are compiled and optimized. Android apps are compiled on the device either at install time or runtime. iOS apps are compiled and optimized by the developers. However this severely limits Apple and its hardware. Where as Android is an agnostic platform and is not limited by its hardware. You can run the same apps on x86, MIPS, and an Army of ARM processors. This is why Android is on 80% of the world devices. It also makes things like Motorola's and Google's project Ara possible (modular phone), and completely impossible for iOS and Windows. Why do you think Apple came out and released Apple Swift in the first place? Its Apples new language and runtime (LLVM) low level virtual machine. Its because Android has light the way, and now Apple has seen the light. Apple would love it if its developers would start using Swift, because Apple would love its iOS developers to make OS/X apps as well. Write one app that runs on both their platforms. Then Apple would not be so tied to their processors which is currently limiting them. Android apps can run on tablets, phones, watches, TV's, HDMI sticks, Chromebooks, SBC's, Windows with Chrome, Apples iOS apps require the Apple hardware in order to run. Not only does it limit Apple to only using their processors. It cannot use others processors on the market, which they have surpassed Apples processors by leaps and bounds already. There is already over 2 GHz octa core 64 bit ARM processors that are much faster then anything Apple has to offer. Just look at what is in the iPhone 6/6+ which is a dual core 1.4 GHz processor with 1 GB of ram. You can only optimize so much before the hardware is just too slow, especially if you are using Apples Swift. Apples hardware has come up and bit Apple in the butt, especially if you want to use Swift. Swift is slow with Apples current hardware. Like it or not Android's approach has future proofed itself. Where as Apple with its Swift is trying to mimic what Android can do with its platform. Even Microsoft is trying to do the same with Universal apps. Android is not locked or tied into anyone's hardware, and it has a ecosystem of 1.6 million apps to prove it. Where as Apples 1.5 million apps are locked and tied down to Apples hardware ONLY. So if Apple got all its developers to switch to using Swift. Then Apple would be starting over again to build its ecosystem up again, just like Microsoft with its universal apps.

15. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

A processor is not measured by Ghz or number of cores.. An Apple A8 uses 2 MASSIVE cores , more than 2x the size of a Cortex A57 and thats why they are so powerfull.. A 1.4Ghz dualcore A8 is more powerfull than a 2Ghz Cortex A-53 Octacore chip; and a 1Ghz dualcore Intel Core M is even more powerfull

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

There is a lot more to it than that and although the A8 is powerful, a lot of it is Apple marketing smoke and mirrors too. I have 100 percent faith that if you put iOS 8 on a SD805/Exynos 5433 device, it would perform and benchmark just as well, if not better than an A8 iPhone 6. The issue here is that we can't slap touchwiz and a QHD on an iPhone 6 and we can't slap IOS 8 on a Note 4 to make a direct comparison. Too many variables and you have the Apple defense force marketing team skewing things enough to convince you that it's cut and dry that the A8 is superior when it really isn't.

23. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm not saying the A8 is more powerfull, i'm saying its a very powerfull chip.. The A8 is more or less at level with a SD805 or Exynos 5433 The point is , being a 1.4Ghz dualcore doesn't mean it inferior to a 2hz Octacore.. (most of those octacores from Mediatek or the S615 use A53 cores, witch are weaker )

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7538; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You actually did say the A8 is more powerful. You are trying to do damage control now. It comes down to this, Apple has shot themselves in their foot, and currently iOS has to rely on Apples specific processors. If Apple has the best processors, and best tech on the planet. Then don't you think with all their billions in the bank that Apple would have the best tech, and the fastest processors on the planet? Well we all know they don't. Maybe you didn't know that brrunopt. There is a few reasons why Apple came out with Swift, and is hoping that its developers start using it for the following reasons. 1) so Apples developers will start writing Swift apps that will work on both Macs and iOS devices. 2) If Swift takes off for Apple, then it can help to remove Apples dependency on Apples own hardware. 3) Apple made a Swift runtime (LLVM) for Linux, so it can tap into the plethora of IoT devices and SBC's. Swift is Apples response to Android and its agnostic ways. The future is going to be agnostic, which Android is already there.

44. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Yeah, you're smoking some serious cr@ck if you think the A8 is more powerful than an octacore. Maybe in singlethreaded that would be true or benchmarks that use up to 2 threads, but if you engage that octacore properly it will destroy the A8 in raw processing power. That being said Apple does a lot of things right and I'm not bashing the A8 in any way. There is a serious question about how useful these octacore ships are in today's mobile environment. More is always better, unless it's not. Apple has actually been sensible about playing the multicore/resolution game and doing slow incremental updates. The QHD craze on the new phones is a big mistake imo at this point.

45. -ARTE-

Posts: 80; Member since: Jun 14, 2015

Great post +1

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Since Motorola decided to charge full price for a midrange phone.

33. sgodsell

Posts: 7538; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What kind of crap are you spewing out. They make great phones.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Great is subjective

36. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

If $500 is full price then are the iPhone and Galaxy s6 Edge double price?

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They offer far more than what the X offers.

41. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I disagree. The iPhone's cost is a result of the brand recognition, supply and demand, not because it offers more. The same (Though to a lesser degree) applies to Samsung. And last year's Moto X was much less than the Galaxy s5 but has the same processor and had better benchmarks because it didn't have TouchWiz overlay baked over the top. So your argument is flawed without any points to back it up.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Better camera, better battery life, better support, better range of accessories, better ecosystem. I'm not disagreeing that touchwiz is a bloated mess. Kudos for trying to slightly change the subject. You really think I wasn't going to catch that?

6. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

What was wrong with the specs on the last model?

34. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Then why do you always discuss it? Go away troll.

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