Will the Moto X launch right after Thursday's announcement?

Will the Moto X launch right after Thursday's announcement?
Founder of Android and Me, Taylor Wimberly has been posting a steady stream of rumors on his Google+ feed about the upcoming Motorola Moto X. He has posted with confidence about the possibility of various material options for the backplate as well as the overall design of the device including Moto Magic Glass. Today, Taylor isn't so confident in his info, and neither are we.

According to Wimberly, he has received "unverified" information that the Moto X will begin shipping to carriers tomorrow (July 29th), so that the device will be ready for launch right after the announcement on Thursday. Wimberly calls the rumor "crazy", and is working to confirm or deny the info, and our source has already confirmed it. According to our source, it is true that the Moto X is already shipping to carriers.

Earlier this week, our Motorola source told us that the Moto X would be launching "somewhat simultaneously" with the new Motorola DROIDs on Verizon. Assuming our source is correct (and they have been correct more often than not with Motorola info), that would put the release date for the Moto X somewhere in the neighborhood of August 20th; and, remember we've seen leaked docs saying the Verizon release would be August 23rd.

So, it's hard to say what is happening, but it seems that the plans may have changed since the DROID announcement, because it seems unlikely that the device would ship to carriers only to sit in storage for 3 weeks before being released. It's looking more like we will see the Moto X sooner rather than later.

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Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)

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22 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Everything said about the X has been nothing but rumor and speculation. Unless there's something concrete, I don't see it releasing anytime soon.

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And you're a blind simpleton fool. Motorola conference is this Thursday so just wait so we can hear what they have too show the long awaited X PHONE for full specs.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't get your panties in a bunch. They said the same thing at another Motorola event and it got shot down.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

There was a press conference in July that was suspected to announce the Moto X but turned out to be fake, yes. But this time, Motorola sent invites that actually said "Meet Moto X" on them with the date August 1st. http://www.phonearena.com/news/More-details-released-about-Motorolas-August-1st-event_id45701

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Not everything. We know it's going to be announced August 1st, it's going to have an OLED based 720p display, it will have a dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU (possibly in Motorola's own X8 configuration with 2 additional cores dedicated to certain tasks), and it's almost certain that you'll be able to customize the color (and maybe material) of the back plate, side trim, and front panel of the device independently.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"(possibly in Motorola's own X8 configuration with 2 additional cores dedicated to certain tasks)" Isn't this (the 2 additional cores) what differentiates the X8 from the S4 Pro? I thought the Moto X was confirmed to have the X8 SoC?

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It is, without those 2 extra cores it's just an S4 Pro, that's what I was saying. All we've seen from benchmarks is a dual core processor with Adreno 320 for the GPU, which is the S4 Pro, but that doesn't confirm whether it's the X8 SoC because the benchmarks don't recognize the other 2 cores. That's why I'm hoping it is the X8, but we'll have to wait until the official announcement to be sure.

13. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I don't think its an S4 pro. The new Nexus 7, while thought to be a quad-core S4 pro, was actually basically an underclocked S600 -- it could explain why the Moto X and new Nexus 7 could score noticeably better. Software optimizations can help performance certainly, but the leaked scores were a bit of a stretch.

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's what I was confused about with the benchmark scores. Benchmarks placed it among the quad core Snapdragon 600's, and this is supposed to be a dual core S4 Pro? I mean, the benchmarks only recognized 2 cores and Adreno 320 as the graphics, that's consistent, but it shouldn't score so high. Not even software optimizations can stretch it that far. That's why I first thought that maybe Motorola put something in the software that makes benchmarks think it's not what it actually is, to keep the specs from being leaked out I guess. I don't know what else it could be though. I remember you saying on a previous article of the Moto X that it might be a dual core variant of the Snapdragon 600, but I don't think Krait 300 is such an improvement over Krait 200 in the S4 Pro that it would boost benchmarks to the point where it's as powerful as the quad core variants, even when paired with major software optimization.

4. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

FCC Filings are not rumor and speculation, they're a matter of public record and in black and white.

7. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

And when the Moto X launches successfully in a few weeks, then what will you squawk about?

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ummm. If you want 'facts', don't waste your time on sites that aren't published by the respective manufacturers. The whole attraction of the non-manufacturer sites is the speculation. Some sites are more accurate than others, which gets them greater following compared to the sites that always miss the target.

17. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Can u name a few sites that r better.. I for one could careless what this site says just fun to read comments better than the story lol

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I've said this to you before, ANY information about ANY phone that comes before the official announcement is rumor and speculation. I thought that was understood by all, but you continue to be surprised by this. Try and take it to heart this time. I find it funny that you have no problem speculating on the rumors that come out for any Apple products, as if those leaks are somewhat more credible simply because they are for an Apple device. If anything, those leaks should be met with more skepticism due to Apple's iron fisted secrecy regarding upcoming products.

19. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But Apple has never announced a device and then cancelled it. See, there was that one time that Motorola announced the Droid Bionic at CES '11 and then cancelled the phone. And then there was that other time that Motorola announced the Droid Bionic at CES '11, and then they cancelled the phone. And don't even get me started on the Droid Bionic. What a fiasco that turned out to be. Almost as bad as the Droid Bionic. So what we've seen is a persistent pattern of announcement and cancellation on the part of Motorola. Why should we expect the Moto X to be any different from those other 1 phones?

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Myx.........? Oh I see what you did there.

21. maxx013us

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2013

Get your facts straight ... Droid Bionic was not cancelled but delayed by 4 months. Instead of launching in April 2011 it was eventually launched in Aug 2011.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

No, the Bionic (codename Etna) displayed at CES 11 was out and out cancelled and the name was reassigned to a different phone (codename Targa). You don't delay a phone for half a year and then change the SoC and body entirely. That thing was dead. Only the name carried on. But that's ancient history to everyone except Mxy.

5. rtol1

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Didn't Dennis Woodside mention something along the lines of the phone arriving late summer? I'd imagine that would mean closer to the end of August. That would give Motorola some time to build enough supply of the phone to distribute to the carriers and other sellers that should meet consumer demand.

6. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

I hope the phone cost less than 300$ unlocked and that you can pick one in amazon

16. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Is there anyone can suggest which video player is compatible with 4.3jb for gnexus? Even mx player is not compatible with it, that's the one flaw of nexus, there's no native video player and lack of video codec.

18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

try vlc..

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