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Motorola Device Codenames: “Yeti” and “Sasquatch” to AT&T, “Ghost” to All Carriers

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Last week, a never-before-seen Motorola device surfaced that caught most of us by surprise. The device, sort of deemed “mid-range” is actually far from being mid-range. In fact, the more you look at the specs, the more you can see that it’s as good as the Nexus 4, just not necessarily where the Galaxy S4 or HTC One sit because it lacks the newest processor available and a 1080p screen. But that device with model number XT912A could be our first preview at a new Google-powered Motorola. Gone was the kevlar backing and RAZR styling – in was a more rounded Nexus design. If this is Motorola’s next, though, will it be good enough to compete with Samsung and HTC’s newest? Or does Motorola have something else in the works. It appears as if they do. 

“Ghost”

The Motorola “Ghost” is, as far as we know, the codename for the device we saw pictured last week as model number XT912A. A GLBenchmark for the device already exists with AT&T branding, so we know that it’s at least headed there. We’ve also heard from enough sources to expect this device to potentially arrive on all four major U.S. carriers. This is not the X Phone, but with somewhat older insides (processor and display), there is a chance that this phone drops in at a ridiculously reasonable price. We’re not sure if it’s going to the Play store or not, but it may stil be worth a look.

According to the benchmark, the “Ghost” is running a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (MSM8960) clocked at 1.7GHz with a 720p HD display. It will have on-screen navigation buttons. The most recent benchmark showed it running Android 4.2.1, but Motorola now seems fully committed to having the newest version of Android on its phones and should deliver 4.2.2.

“Yeti”

The “Yeti” is yet another codename floating around as a potential future Motorola device. The only signs we’ve seen of this device, also include AT&T branding, so it could be another along with the “Ghost” that AT&T will get a shot at. All we have so far is the name mentioned with it running at least Android 4.2.

“Sasquatch”

The Motorola “Sasquatch” is the last codename that we are starting to spot, most recently at 0xbenchmark on March 13. We don’t have specs, but we do have it running Android 4.2.2 along with another mention of AT&T. As with the “Yeti,” we don’t have specs, just a mention that it’s a new Motorola device in the pipeline.

So without much to go on for the Yeti and Sasquatch, we’re simply sharing this to get both phones on your radar. Also, with both only showing as being attached to AT&T, we can’t help but wonder if these will follow in the footsteps of the Ghost, which is being tested on AT&T, but is largely thought to arrive on all carriers.

Be on the lookout.

Via:  GLBenchmark | 0xbenchmark | Blog of Mobile [2]

Cheers M!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kane.7545 Michael Kane

    May is three 5th month in the year, it would be ideal to release the X phone in May….just saying

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Ah, Motorola. Always taking the “day late, dollar short” concept to new depths.

  • j973

    Whatever Google/ Motorola has planned for the X Phone I hope the battery is good have the maxx hd the standard should be set with 3000+ battery I can care less about all of the other specs

    • Bionic

      The x phone battery is 3500mah

      • j973

        Sounds awesome thanks for info

      • nvitone23

        As far as the build quality, anything? Kevlar, plastic, metal of some sort?

        • Bionic

          Not yet.

          • nvitone23

            Ok. Thanks for being so good about sharing what you know!

  • paul_cus

    I know it’s just a codename, but Motorola should totally leave it Ghost.

  • Bionic

    Who in the hell photo shopped that “ghost” logo? its hideous. Just use the ghostbuster logo, LOL

  • NorCalGuy

    Even if “ghost” keeps all those specs and drops on Vz with LTE and an unlockable bootloader it will defenetly replace my GNex. Not that I have to have a new phone now but a new camera and some better signal would be great imporvments on my GNex.

  • bananatroll

    I’m betting these are the last of Sanjay’s crap that has been in Motorola’s pipeline for months. I’m gambling that we will see one last DROID device from motorola, one last ATRIX, and maybe another PHOTON before the Google Optimized devices release as the X phone series on all carriers.

    • Bionic

      i can tell you for sure that the x phone is indeed the first phone under google’s rule, all of these others are old stuff. per sarge

      • bananatroll

        Thank you bionic! Yes, I was thinking that this might be the case. So would I be off by assuming the x phone will not be announced at this year’s IO? But rather the ones mentioned in this article?

        • Bionic

          wrong. The x phone will indeed be the star of I/O, per sarge. If that changes ill let you know per him.

          • bananatroll

            :-D

  • YourFriend

    I found this while browsing about the Razr HD’s 4.2 update info: http://www.droidrzr.com/index.php/topic/6282-i-wonder-when-we-are-going-to-get-42/page__p__179884#entry179884

    The poster posted the phone from his “Motorola Ghost XT1058″, interestingly enough, this was about 2 months ago.

    • Bionic

      he’s lying, and he’s an idiot

  • Dillon Brown

    I think we are being trolled hardcore by googerola. The X phone has been referred to jokingly as the unicorn phone on the interwebz for a while, and these are all mythical creatures. Over at AnandTech there’s rumors of the X phone actually being a line of devices. So these could all be X phones.

    • flosserelli

      I was thinking along the same lines. However, I think the X phone is a real *idea* but how far along in actual development is anyone’s guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kerb7777 Pat Kerby

    We want a new one for Verizon! No one likes AT&T anymore!

  • nvitone23

    Where’s Bionic when you need him? haha

    • hkklife

      Apparently “Sarge” got found out and Moto put a stop to the leaks. Last I heard, Bionic JB update is in very early testing stages but is by no means a 100% guaranteed deal at this point. And the X Phone is not gonna be available anytime soon but new Moto product is rumored for ~July release.
      It looks like 2013, at least on VZW, is again gonna be a banner year for Samsung, simply due to the utter lack of compelling hardware from anyone else on VZW.

      • your mom

        dumbass

      • sargentmajord

        Idk what ur smoking but I haven’t been found out an I never will they know I am doing this stuff sooo… Ur comment is redundant

      • Bionic

        thats total BS, sarge is doing just fine

    • Bionic

      im right here

  • http://twitter.com/kanagadeepan Kanaga Deepan N

    Vampire for Verizon, Godzilla for Japan, Dracula for T-Mobile, Witch for Sprint, Predator for US Cellular..

  • http://www.facebook.com/leo.goretsky Leo Goretsky

    Hoping that the X phone is styled like the Pixel

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Sounds like moto has some phablets in the pipe

    • hkklife

      I surely HOPE so but I have a feeling that they are sort of in a rut and stuck in the 4.7″ range. Add the virtual buttons to that and even more usable screen space is taken up. It’s simply past due time for Motorola to release an ultra-narrow bezel 5.2″ 1080P phablet with virtual buttons and the usual Maxx-style battery and Moto radios & build quality.

  • jisaac16

    What about code name: chupacabra??

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.bernard.7 Ronald Bernard

    Not sure if anyone saw but on other sites that will not be named due to my undying respect for Droid Life. But the Moto device pictured last week is RUMORED to be an early prototype of the X-phone. Supposedly going to have rear panel touch sensors. That is SUPPOSEDLY what the Moto logo on the back is. Anywho just thought i would put my two sense in, really hoping that what the rumor’s are saying are true. If so the Xphone will be legen..(wait for it)…..dary!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

    Why is it that sometimes , the code names of these phone sound so much cooler than the names they official use

  • Ben Modica

    Sasquatch might be an appropriate name for the “X Phone”, because I’m starting to get the feeling that it doesn’t actually exist.

    That being said, if it does I’d be very interested.

    • Rodeojones000

      This made me laugh. Thanks.

    • Bionic

      nice joke, but the phone does exist

  • http://www.facebook.com/GHXOXST Arnoldo Lazaro Rivera

    GIVE ME THE BEAST OF THE X…TAKE MY MONEY!

    • Tim242

      It will be a beast of the pentile amoled.

      • Bionic

        wrong, its using LCD 3

        • Tim242

          I sincerely hope so. My Note II has a non pentile screen that looks pretty good, but I much prefer SLCD.

          • Bionic

            its at 440ppi, per sarge

  • Joe

    I’m ready for more Nexus 5 rumors. Just bought a GNex from fleaBay to replace my OG Incredible. I can’t take the lag on CM10 anymore!

    • Rodeojones000

      Check out AOKP PUB builds for the GNex. Fantastic options regarding customization, but tons of added speed and smoothness thanks to stuff way too technical for me to understand.

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=37955371&posted=1#post37955371

      The thread is for the Nexus 4, 7, and 10 as well, but you’ll find a Toro download link in the OP. The ROM is my daily driver on my GNex as well as my Nexus 10.

  • Stewie

    The “Pen-Tile”, the ….

  • Greg

    I think Yeti is a great code name. I should be a performance beast to use the Yeti name!

  • NorCalGuy

    Finally something to get excited about at least it won’t have a big ugly button in the middle

  • Tirionfive

    Looks like the Xphone plans for this year got “Sasquatch”ed….

    Damn it, Was looking forward to a flagship from Moto to convince me not to go with the S4. And Nexus is out of the question…. Damn you Verizon.

  • Stewie

    They need to be more inventive, say the “Repeat”, the “Behind” the “Locked Down” the ….

  • Dave

    Looks like Google was right when they said Motorola had nothing exciting coming up the pipeline.

    • Bionic

      CFO’s know nothing of product development. That idiot had no idea wtf he was talking about

      • paul_cus

        This

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.moch.10 Chris Moch

    I’m holding out for the “Wookie”

    • R

      I think “Loch Ness” is next

      • R

        Or was it the “Chupacabra”?

        • Austin Warren

          Mexican Staring Frog of Shri Lanka

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Whatever these are AT LEAST we have some kind of movement from Motorola.

    • Christopher Chin

      The only movements we’ve had from Moto lately are bowel movements.

  • nwd1911

    For myself, Rezound owner grandfathered on unlimited data, the phone we saw last week is VERY interesting to me. Coming from a Snapdragon S3 with 1 GB RAM (and HTC overlay), any quad core with 2 GB RAM and the latest OS is a huge jump forward. This is the phone that interests me most in 2013 due to the potentially low price tag. For the record, I am a huge HTC fan, starting my android career with the Incredible.

  • austin

    Ghost looks interesting

  • MotoRulz

    While I certainly hope that they steer away from the Razr look I’m not interested in a phone that looks like the Gnex or Nexus 4. Please Motorola be bold..

    • EC8CH

      I think the G-Nex/N4 design is great. Very ergonomic and efficient use of space. Plus still the only phones with no buttons or logos on the front, just all screen the way it should be.

      To each their own.

      • MotoRulz

        I want ergonomic, efficient use of space, no buttons, no logos. I just want a bold fresh look, something different. These small design iterations are getting boring.

        • bakdroid

          Have you even seen the leak of the new Moto phone that is being discussed? Obviously not since you have no clue what you are talking about. And as for the jab about the GNex and N4….have you even seen these phones?!? You just described them!

          • MotoRulz

            I didn’t know you Gnex groupies were still so offended anytime someone doesn’t mention your phone as the best phone ever. I never even took a jab at the Gnex or the N4 I simply said I’m not interested in a phone that looks like them. I want something new. that is all..

          • bakdroid

            First off I am not a GNex groupie. I think that phone is a POS. I am pointing out that you said you want no buttons and no logos which is exactly what the GNex and Nexus 4 look like on the front. Yet you say you want something different. What then?!? A phone that doths a hat?!?

          • EC8CH

            what type of hat… a blowler perhaps?

    • Droidzilla

      It’s not often that I disagree with every single thing someone wrote, yet here we are.

      • MotoRulz

        I sure am glad I don’t need your approval before I post MY opinion, yet somehow you think I do..

        • Droidzilla

          Why? You posted your opinion, then I posted my opinion on your opinion. I never said anything about how you shouldn’t share or that you needed my approval. It’s going to be OK. Take a deep breath and understand that not everyone has to like what you say, and here on the ol’ intertubez people will often share their disprove with your outlook. You’ll get through this, I promise.

          • Austin Warren

            I deal with it every day. It’s a tough disease.

          • Droidzilla

            Butthurtitis is a scourge of internet forums. I hope we find a cure, soon.

          • Austin Warren

            Couple shots of tequila and it’s all good

          • MotoRulz

            Thank you for your brief albeit very informative explanation of the “ol’ intertubez” I will keep that in mind whenever I post something. By the way did you learn that at the local YMCA tech class?

          • Droidzilla

            I’m still taking BASIC classes while studying up for my GED in prison, but I hope to one day aspire to taking YMCA classes. Thanks for the encouragement and for believing in me!

          • hashtagtroll

            #themindisaterriblethingtowaste

  • Dan

    I actually really liked the kevlar backing on my Razr. Wish my Note II had that.

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    xPhone please?

    • Bionic

      patience, may = google i/o

  • ERIC REED

    These names make me want to play Ski Safari!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jose.salas.982 Jose Salas

    Can’t wait for these to be announced, I wanna get rid of my iPhone !

    • Austin Warren

      Feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems and an iphone ain’t one.

    • http://neuralmisfirings.com/ Glenn Dixon

      Nexus 4 – jus’ sayin’

      • Butters619

        The lack of LTE makes it a silly choice if you have an AT&T unlimited data plan.

        • http://neuralmisfirings.com/ Glenn Dixon

          Wow. It’s like reading the words “Nexus 4″ just pulls a string and makes you say “No LTE No LTE” over and over. Such a strange fixation. This article was NOT about AT&T-only phones, FYI.

          • Butters619

            I never said it was. But the article clearly pointed out 3 phones that have shown up for AT&T. And I would be willing to bet Jose has AT&T.

            Calm down. The Nexus 4 is a great phone if you have t-mo.

          • michael arazan

            It almost sounds like Motorola is trying to get rid of old surplus stock hardware and forming a medium/ high level phone to sell off fast and probably will be priced to sell fast too. Then resupply with updated new hardware for a new top tier device.

  • r0lct

    So if it takes 18 months to launch a phone and we don’t know where in the product cycle these are it makes it tough to get excited.

  • Austin Warren

    In all honesty, that Motorola phone shown last week would never be able to compete against the HTC one or S4

    • chris125

      Clearly it isn’t aimed to. Most likely to be a cheap off contract device.

      • Austin Warren

        Cough nexus 4? You can’t get cheaper than $350

        • chris125

          Maybe this is like the nexus for Verizon/sprint

        • r0lct

          Why not? If they can sell a Nexus 4 for $300 why can’t they sell the same spec’ed phone a year later for less?

          • Austin Warren

            They’d never make a profit. They most likely have a very small margin already on the Nexus 4

          • r0lct

            They make their profit on the play store and ads. If they were considering profit a top priority they wouldn’t be giving away Android to the OEMs.

          • Tim242

            They may give away Android, but Gapps cost $$$

          • r0lct

            Agreed, ads and services is where they are looking to make money, not hardware, or at least not yet.

          • Rodeojones000

            A small profit margin is still a profit margin. It’s not likt they’re going to sell these devices at a loss.

          • Ronaldo

            YOU BOUGHT THE WRONG PHONE!

    • ERIC REED

      And the Samsung troll has arrived…

      • Austin Warren

        Look how I included HTC and not just Samsung.

        • ERIC REED

          Look how you post something Samsung in every post..

          Troll

          • Austin Warren

            Wrong again.

          • ERIC REED

            No I’m right…

            Troll

      • Tommy Thompson

        How is he a Samsung troll if he said it couldn’t compete with the S4 OR the HTC One??

        • ERIC REED

          Please go look at the last 4 blogs. He mentions Samsung in every one of them. Look at his post in the last week, you can’t miss them, he trolls every post multiple times with his love of Samsung!!

        • Rodeojones000

          This guy actually replied to me in the Nexus 5 rumor post about how he is purposely trolling. And if you’ve followed DL for the past week you will have noticed his idiotic tolling ways. It would be different if he had something of substance to offer to the conversations, but that isn’t the case. He is THE quintessential example of an internet troll.

          • MotoRulz

            LOL Quintessential.. I’m sure Austin had to look that up.

          • Austin Warren

            Actually, I did

    • MotoRulz

      You are absolutely correct in that.

      • Joshua Percell

        Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

    • Rodeojones000

      Quite the generalization. Depends on what you’re referring to when you say “compete” and what you find to be important features in a new device.

      Based upon the info presented here, I would take this Moto phone (assuming it is indeed running near stock Android) over the S4 or HTC One and I wouldn’t have to think twice about it. A Motorola device marketed as a mid-range phone (and thus mid-range pricing) with specs about the same as the Nexus 4? Sign me up!

      • Austin Warren

        You’re 1 person out of the 6 billion in the world. Compete as in, sell a large amount.

        • Rodeojones000

          OK, so it won’t sell as much as the other two phones you mentioned. So what? Why is that relevant?

          • Austin Warren

            Because for a business to stay in business, you have to make money.

        • Joshua Percell

          7 billion.

          FTFY

    • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

      Anything could beat the s4…

      • Austin Warren

        Not even going to respond.

      • jak_341

        I will assure you that the S4 will outsell whatever Moto offers by 4x.

        Can’t stop the Sammy freight train!

        • bakdroid

          Phone sales has nothing to do with a phone being great, i.e. the iphone.

          X-Phone!

        • Dave

          Industry experts have said that by second quarter, when theS4 is released, Samsung will represent 7 out of every 10 activations. Like them or not, that’s pure devastation.

        • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

          Sales don’t have anything to do with a great phone. Most people will see samsung ad’s and buy it without research.

      • Rodeojones000

        Don’t feed the Droid-Life internet troll.

        • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

          I love how you call me a troll because I don’t like the s4….

          • Rodeojones000

            I think you misunderstood me. I wasn’t calling you a troll. I agree with your opinion of the S4. I was telling you to not reply to our resident troll Austin Warren. Maybe if we ignore him he’ll finally go away.

          • Austin Warren

            Yeah, because all my posts are trolling. /s

          • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

            Oh, yea I’ve seen him around alot lately…

  • Nex

    Please be the X-phone

    • Austin Warren

      Area 51 phone.

      • rals

        I want to Believe

        • Austin Warren

          Mulder, is that you?

          edit…..nobody watches X Files?

          • JoshGroff

            Apparently not, tough crowd.

          • Austin Warren

            I am disappoint.

          • Ayush

            Don’t worry I got you :D

          • tomn1ce

            Where’s “Scaly”…did I get it right? -_-

          • Austin Warren

            Scully* close! Haha

    • Dave

      If this was the X-phone it would be the fail of the century. I’d expect a more powerful device….

      • ERIC REED

        Right next to the Bionic..

      • Justin Winker

        I’m thinking if the X phone is supposed to stand up to the S4 and One, it needs to have at least a 1080p screen, Snapdragon 600 or better, 2 gigs of RAM, etc. The touch-back feature would also help. I honestly hope Moto gets it right this time – it would be awesome to see Moto back in the top 3 with some decent hardware and software.

        • tomn1ce

          It would be better if it comes with the snapdragon 800, 5″ 1080p display and the same size as the G-Nexus…..

    • Bewara2009

      For the last time the X Phone does not exist!

      • Rodeojones000

        No one knows this for sure. Maybe it does. Why does it bother you so much if someone chooses to wait and see if it does exist?

        • Bewara2009

          Yeah Ok Dr. Phil whatever you say…

          • Rodeojones000

            Man, you trolls are out in full force lately. Are you by chance related to Austin Warren?

          • Austin Warren

            Whoa, don’t compare me to this guy

          • Rodeojones000

            My apologies.

          • Austin Warren

            Apology accepted.

          • Bewara2009

            Hey everyone this dude does look like Dr. Phil look at his picture lmao. I’m not a troll I.. Just saying the facts.. X phone not real just some rumors.. 8 months later still nothing but rumors… I’m sure if it was real. We will know by now…

          • Dillon Brown

            I think you got some issues dude, I think you need to see an Analrapist. You should check out Dr. Tobais Funke, I’ve heard he was the first and still the best.

          • Dorian Brooks

            I like “Arrested Development”

          • Austin Warren

            Dude, thats Tobias Funke. He blue himself.

          • Ian Winchell

            you forget to add, “it’s my body i’ll do what i want”

      • KleenDroid

        After the Motorola exec said the pipeline was filled with stuff left over from before google for some time I think you may be correct. X may refer to some phone but itwill probably be nothing to get excited about.

        Moto makes decent mid grade phones. And I hope someday they get the desire to step it up.

        • Bewara2009

          exactly… plus for you bud

      • Bionic

        wrong

    • EC8CH

      GOO MO TOX!

    • Bionic

      its not the x phone, the x phone specs are wayyyy better

  • http://twitter.com/Crispityyy Chris Spells

    AHHHH yea…the HYPEBEAST has awoken =)