This morning Motorola and Google introduced us to the much hyped and long awaited Moto X Phone. Now most of the tech specs for the Moto X have been leaked over the past months and for the most part they were dead on. There are a few small surprises however and we'll get to those in a bit. Pricing will be $199.99/16GB and $249.99/32GB on a two year contract and it will be available at all major US carriers, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and US Cellular. AT&T will have a lock on the color customizations at first with the other carriers carrying black and white versions in store at first. They reportedly will gain the customization options using the Moto Maker Website in the near future. The Moto X will roll out internationally as well but sans the customization options. Oh, and every Moto X also comes with an additional 50GB of storage on Google Drive...this is in addition to the typical 15GB free so that's 65GB total...that's a nice chunk of storage!
Of course the most ballyhooed feature of the Moto X are the custom color combinations and ability to 'design' your smartphone yourself and in this area Moto didn't let us down. With a choice of 18 casing colors to choose from for the back, 7 accent colors and either black or white for the front of the device. In the very near future (4Q) you'll also be able to choose additional materials such as real wood. All told you get a total of over 2,000 different 'combinations' so it's not hard to make a pretty original phone combo that'll stand out from your friends.
Now you customize your phone by using the Moto Maker Website
(when it goes live) and the company promises to ship the phone within a 4 day window, which is pretty quick if you think about it. You then have a 14 day return window if you don't like your phone. The customization options for the Moto X along with the MotoMaker website will be an AT&T exclusive at first, but Google has hinted that it expects other carriers to be part of the customization program soon.
Now as for tech specs, here's the rundown right from Motorola's Moto X site:
As far as the processor goes the Moto X uses the dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro running at 1.7 GHz and as part of the X8 architecture that we saw in the Droid phones introduced last week. Dedicated chips for sensory and language, plus 4 GPU cores plus the dual cores of the S4 equal the X8 system. Motorola is claiming that a lot of optimization was done to ensure that even though this X8 system is based on a dual core S4, that the phone runs with the best of them and does so while giving awesome battery life: 13 hours talk time , 24hrs + in mixed use.
The camera as rumored uses 'Clear Pixel' technology and the 10mp sensor captures 75% more light than competing sensors which should enable good low light performance as well as 1080p video captured at 30fps. There's a lot to cover about the cameras in the Moto X. The front 2MP camera also can capture HD video, which is unusual but cool.
One last interesting tech note. While they are not advertising the Moto X phone as 'waterproof', at least one tech site is reporting that the internal circuit boards of the Moto X are treated with a high tech waterrepellant process which should protect the phone from water damage. It'll be interesting to see what the company says about this.
Of course a lot of buzz was also made about the 'contextual' features of the Moto X. We all saw in the leaked Rodgers Wireless promo how you can activate the camera by merely shaking the phone twice. 'Touchless Google Now' is also a big feature of the Moto X, enabling you to activate and command your phone in all manner of instructions such as calling, getting directions, doing searches, finding the weather, etc, simply by saying, 'ok, google now' from as far away as 15 feet. The Moto X employs 3 separate microphones and the language chip, once trained will only follow directions from YOUR voice (pretty cool!). We'll go further into this tech in a later article.
Now in addition to the Moto X Phone what we saw this morning by Motorola is really the introduction of an entire ecosystem of products. Along with the Moto X the company is going to be selling a color matched headphones, earbuds and bluetooth speaker by Sol Republic.
Now there's tons more we're gonna go over here at MotoXform.net but we've covered most of the basics. The Moto X will become available later this month as well as in September across the U.S. and we're told other Moto X products (including possible new model phones with Moto X branding) will be coming internationally soon. You can get more info at the Moto X Website
. So what do you think forum members? What are your thoughts on the Moto X now that the cat is out of the proverbial bag?