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New Motorola Device Leaks, Looks All Sorts of Google-inspired

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A new Motorola device surfaced last night, giving a glimpse at what the now Google owned company may have in store for the future. The device goes by model number XT912A (RAZR was XT912) and is definitely not the oft-rumored X Phone (or is it?). What we are looking at is a mid-range device, but one that certainly looks more stock and less Moto than we have seen in some time. 

The device is sporting a 4″ 720p display, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2200mAh battery, and almost pure stock Android. The skin from Motorola has been broken down to almost nothing, with the newly featured left-side quick toggle menu seen on the RAZR HD now gone. You’ll see stock themed on-screen navigation keys, though those have been around since Jelly Bean on most Motorola phones. It really does look stock, outside of the circle Moto clock widget.

More importantly, this is a drastic change in styling for Moto when compared to the recent RAZR HD launches. The kevlar is gone and in are soft rounded edges, a circular camera, along with what appears to be a cascading edge-to-edge display edges similar to the Nexus 4.

Does this phone scream “Google!” or is it just me? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Via:  Engadget

Cheers Sean, Justin, Brian, and Ashot!

  • shortbus25

    No volume button??? Looks OK though! Android 4.2 decent phone!!

  • nobody72

    bigger battery and sd slot.

  • Rich Koos

    How is everyone saying this is a 4inch screen?! You can clearly see that when it’s stacked next to the iphone 5, the phone meets the screen size but then the on screen buttons are there adding extra screen. It is maybe 4.3″? Sorry i’ve seen 4″ all over for this phone.

  • Mike

    ATT 4G LTE logo. No verizon.

  • duke69111

    Where are Motorola’s phone made?

  • Bobby Cornwell

    I’m really diggin’ that Moto logo on the top left. It’s a nice refresher over all that Verizon branding that’s been going on lately

  • Alexander Garcia

    This is a beautifully designed phone. Kinda like a Nexus. But it is still not the “X-Phone”. 😉

  • XvierX

    Where is the volume rocker?

    • Bryan

      I was wondering the same thing.

  • Boo no Kevlar … thats the ONE thing they should have kept!!!!

  • Love it

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    That gimped battery 🙁

  • a) youth.in.asia

    Hey! Welcome to Boost Mobile…

  • atrix how it should have been?

  • Personally, I much liked the design of the HD series (except the camera and Kevlar), and was hoping that the Google-Moto design would keep a bit of it. I’ll try to keep an open mind until the X is shown.

  • Tim Buchanan

    Do you see the way the light hits the screen? Almost looks concave.

  • Unlike current Motorola phones with they’re awesome design and kevlar back, this phone dies not stand out. Put it in a pile next to other phones and you won’t be able to tell them apart.

    • Dain Laguna

      they were rectangle slabs. aside from the first droid razr, the design wasnt all that nice. the hardware felt good. the kevlar did too, but didnt really make it anymore durable.

  • That Moto logo.

  • Du

    Sign me up! Unlocked bootloader too, please?

  • John Jenness

    Uck. I like Motorola for their quality hardware…this is not doing it for me. If I wanted plastic I’d buy something else.

    • Dain Laguna

      just because they are using a soft touch back, doesnt mean there isnt quality hardware on board. i like the minimalist look. less gaudy than the kevelar

  • Stevedub40

    Holy crap, looks like my DNA!

  • middlehead

    If that’s a 4.3 or 4.5 HD screen, I’d buy the hell out of that.

  • tharealoc

    it looks like an htc phone….and i personally liked the kevlar…it is super durable..oh well this still looks good

  • flosserelli

    Hopefully that ginormous Moto logo will disappear and they find a better way to cut speaker holes in the back. Those speaker holes looks like they were made with a pushpin.

  • Jack

    That phone has the same screen size as the Nexus 4. If you look at the video when he holds up the iPhone 5 next to it the iPhone screen fits in between the Status bar and Nav bar of the moto phone same as my brothers iPhone 5 compared to my Nexus 4.

    • It was reported as a 4.65″ screen in another article I read on a different site, looks like they’ve missed the .65 part here.

  • Dain Laguna

    Personally, i like it. if it uses that soft touch back that is used on some htc phones like the dna, i’m all for it.

    at the end of the day, if the screen has no noticeable pixels and is a solid 720p display, and the software experience is up to snuff, id take this over any skinned device, htc one and gs4 included.

    my move from a galaxy nexus to an evo lte/one x has reminded me that specs mean NOTHING.

    (hear that guys? nothing)

    Nothing if the software and hardware arent optimized to work with each other. my galaxy nexus has paltry specs compared to my evo lte, but sense manages to muck up the experience so much, that that s4 under the hood might as well be an old tegra 2.

    make it fast, make it smooth regardless of the benchmarks, give it a good, solid camera, and decent battery and i’m sold.

  • Josh Oberg

    I like the circle Widgets personally

  • paul_cus

    Was that the Sony Xperia ringtone I heard at the end of the video? Nice.

  • Roy Harper

    check out the bottom bezel. Much smaller than anything else out there now, and perfect for on-screen navbar

  • paul_cus

    It screams Galaxy Nexus. This is why I bought the RAZR i. I knew the design language was really going to change, and I wanted one last super industrial phone. Know I’m probably in the minority on that. I do like the Motorola logo up top on the front of this phone, though. I’m surprised they ditched the quick settings menu on the left, it’s really useful. At least they kept the Circles widget. Things are certainly changing at Motorola.

  • adbFreedom

    The real question being …. Is the bootloader unlocked? That’s when we will know Google has taken over Motorola. This device with a 4.5″+ screen, 1080 display, quad core, moto battery life and an unlocked bootloader = my next device. This is much more exciting than the GS4 news, I may be able to return to Motorola again (hopefully soon)

  • evltwn

    So looks like Moto is going away from HDMI output and that SIM card tray looks small. Could Moto also be going away from expandable storage?

    • bananatroll

      If any phones to be released by Motorola have expandable storage, they are the last stale bread crumbs from poor baker known as sanjay jha. No future devices released under Googles ownership will have expandable storage, and you can take that to the bank.

  • If moto is really starting to move in this direction (as close to AOSP along with a sleek device design), then I may switch back.

  • Buckoman

    I think that this is going to be alongside the X phone at I/O.




    Matias Duarte is breakdancing on stage, Google Glasses are falling from the ceiling like confetti, and stobe lights are flashing at seizure level.

    Oh, and we made this little guy for those who can’t really afford the X phone.


    Tim Cook cries himself to sleep on his iPillow.
    Or it could go completely rationally and be a normal keynote.
    Either way, I can’t wait.

    • Steve Benson

      Comment of the day!

      Love the Google Glasses falling from the ceiling!

    • Kevin Hill

      I legit laughed at the Tim Cook part.

    • JB

      This comment seriously made me cry laughing

      • NemaCystX

        It kinda reminds me of the “you get a car, you get a car, and you get a car, EVERYONE gets a CAR!!” Oprah moment. I still remember that as if it was shown on TV yesterday lol

    • michael arazan

      2 different tech sites say they have talked to a Google employee and that the motorola X phone will actually be called the Nexus X, but will share the nexus name but not the nexus branding, which is odd, and will have stock android like a nexus.

      • I call BS on those tech sites’ sources.

  • Verizon

    I amount of hate found in these comments is absolutely pathetic.

  • elemeno

    Photo 2 looks like the screen is overly-saturated like the RAZR lineup.

  • Jigga_Z

    I’m excited about this! While I do prefer a slightly larger handset, I know there are people who want something 4.3″ or smaller, and so far it’s been hard to find something solid to suggest unless they’re on Verizon (in which case I would recommend the Razr M.)

    There’s lots of competition for large handsets, and I think that’s really good, but I would love to see the same kind of competition with smaller handsets. There’s a whole niche market out there that’s severely untapped because of a lack of strong hardware.

  • DrewNusser

    It’s effing ridiculous that a 720p display, 2GB RAM, S4 Pro, and basically pure Android is considered mid-range right now. That basically describes my Nexus 4 (but with .7 inches more in the screen size), which feels FAR from mid-range.

    • jnt

      150% agree. It might not be top top top range, but mid-range it is not… maybe like three quarters to the top range? 😛

      • DrewNusser

        And after watching the video, there’s no way that thing has a 4″ display. When you see it next to the iPhone 5, it looks the same size as the Nexus 4. This is basically a Motorola Nexus 4 with a different back ans slightly different port placement.

        • Steve Benson


    • andrew galvin

      Well, considering this phone is a ways away from actual launch, and it is matching a phone that was released in November (nexus 4) in a market where the s4 and HTC One are dropping with better specs, it will be mid range. Using the competitive specs from last year wont make your phone high end or flagship hitting the market months after a phone which near equal specs. This will be a very solid device sold on contract for $200 instead of $300.

      • DrewNusser

        Agreed. It will obviously be a little bit behind, spec-wise. I was just pointing out that it’s crazy that a phone with the processing power of a decent laptop from a few years ago, and the same amount of pixels as my 42″ TV is now considered mid-range.

        • andrew galvin

          singularity my friend…

  • I’ve yet to upgrade my old Droid 2 phone and REALLY like the looks of this. Reminds be of the Razr M with better specs and not a jumbo phone size like nearly all of the new phones are these days.

  • Bionicman

    just want to remind everyone i called the RAZR X a few days ago lol similar model name to the RAZR? check. last years specs? check.

  • Jarid Willman

    I usually hate people that post this since it’s so overdone, but SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

  • I like this new design they are going with… If they keep this up may consider a Motorola phone, consider I have never own one before

  • Butters619

    Soft touch plastic. Thank you Moto.

    • EC8CH

      Yes, I don’t care if it’s plastic… just make it a nice soft matte plastic.

      Better than cracked glass, scratched aluminum, or high gloss plastic any day.

      • john

        worse than badass kevlar. At least the x phone will have kevlar

        • EC8CH

          I’d be down for a kevlar back too. That means it will definitely be sealed shut, but that’s where all phones seem to be going these days anyway.

      • Butters619

        Yeah aluminum and glass looks good when you first buy it, but does not stand the test of time.

  • One good thing about Moto phones is that they support them with accessories. That’s one huge disappointment for about Android in general. The phone makers do not get the accessories like iphoners do.

  • rei_load

    Besides the ugly Motorola logo on the front, this phone looks great. Definitely larger than 4″ so probably 4.5″ or 4.7″ if we compare it to that iPhone 5 that was next to it. Mostly stock with a sort of Google look and HTC back. I would be down with having this phone if had decent battery life.

  • xFenixKnightx

    Not feeling it. HTC One in silver has my heart. So sexy!

  • chris125

    Here is a phone for all those complaining about phones being too big and smaller screened phones not having top of the line specs.

  • chris125

    That looks sweet, hopefully something like this comes to verizon

  • alrey

    I hate that design, the razr have a more of a rugged look and tough. Looks nothing like moto. I hope this is not the final and future design! But i love that almost stock android 🙂

  • blah

    I can tell you that most women I know don’t want a 5″ phone. They’re happy with around 4″ screens because it fits in their pants pocket. People can make light of this all they want, but they also want high end phones. My sis-in-law went to the iphone from a droid2 because the other phones were “way to big”. When I tell my wife about the new phone she can be getting, she is visibly concerned about a phone being too big to fit into her pocket.

    • Tim242

      Most Note II’s I sell are to women. They usually carry their phones in purses.

      • RTR2011

        That because the Note ll is too big for most pockets. That’s why I havd an S3 and not the Note ll.

  • Tim242

    All sorts of Google inspired, but definitely not a wow device. Very disappointed