After much speculation, and a whole lot of hype, Google has finally (and officially) announced their first Motorola Mobile smartphone, the Moto X. Despite all the build-up over the past few weeks, the actual smartphone failed to live up to many fans’ expectations, provided hardware improvements that are only slightly upgraded from the Nexus 4 (it doesn’t need reminding that this smartphone was released almost a year ago). One of the biggest talking points about the Moto X is that it is uniquely customisable, in terms of its looks. As for the hardware, the X is fitted with Motorola’s new X8 Mobile Computing System: Snapdragon S4 Pro with 1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, Quad-Core Adreno 320 GPU, along with two unique Motorola processors (one to handle language interpretation and a ‘contextual’ computing core, which managers the device’s sensors. Only time will tell what this all means to the end user.
The Moto X sports a 4.7”, 720p, 316ppi AMOLED display, with 2GB RAM, 16/32GB internal storage, 2200mAh battery, with LTE thrown in for good measure. The rear-facing camera houses a 10MP Clear Pixel lens, 2MP front-facing camera, both of which records video at 1080p. Other “less-important” features include Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, GPS and GLONASS, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, Miracast Wireless Display, NFC and a nanoSIM (which may be an issue for some). Word is that the smartphone will be available at US operators at the end of August with the 16GB model at $199 and $249 for the 32GB. Rumours have also been doing the rounds that Google will offer the device via the Play Store as well.
* Correction: The prices given above indicate the as pay-in on contract. The off-contract prices are $574.99 for the 16GB model, and $629.99 for the 32GB version.