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Motorola CEO Confirms the Moto X Phone, Will Build It in Texas (Updated)

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Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s new CEO, just confirmed in an interview at D11 that they are indeed making a phone called Moto X. He said that the phone will be the first smartphone built in the U.S. “We’re building it in Texas,” Woodside mentioned during his sitdown. They are going to employee about 2,000 people outside of Forth Worth at a 500,000 square foot facility to make the magic happen. 

This is their “hero device,” and it’s going to be “broadly distributed.” Between now and October, Motorola is going to launch a handful of devices though, but way down from the massive portfolio of years past.

Woodside even claimed to have one of the phones with him on stage, though he said he wasn’t able to show it. But should he have decided to pull it out, he mentioned that with new sensors, that the phone anticipates your needs. For example, it would recognize that he took it out from his pants and potentially wake itself or activate a service.

When asked if he was confident in whether or not Motorola could actually move the needle with new products, Woodside said that the “products we are going to ship throughout the fall. They are unlike other things out there.”

While this is mostly an assumption on my part, the first of the handful of devices he mentioned will be the XFON (XT1056, XT1058, and XT1060) that has popped up in pictures, in benchmarks and at the FCC. It will be a mid-to-low range device that will be distributed everywhere at an incredibly low price. Then during the holidays, we’ll see the hero device.

Update:  According to Motorola, the Moto X will arrive in late summer.

Thoughts? What’s up Bionic?

Via:  AllThingsD

  • Nathaniel Hale

    Motorola DROID 5: Verizon’s Next Flagship Slider?

    Anna Aoki

    Motorola have more than proved that they are able to party with the best for
    specs as they offered the Motorola Droid Razr HD along with the Motorola Maxx
    HD. The Moto X is coming out later on this month and it should come with Jelly
    Bean 4.3. But what we want to know is what happened to phones with keyboards?

    In the past Motorola has brought out some high end QWERTY phones which have
    the base of handsets which are touch-screen. The Motorola Droid 5 could arrive
    towards the end of the year and it is thought that the device could have the
    same specs of the Motorola Droid Razr HD or the Moto X.

    So what specs could the Motorola Droid 5 possess when it arrives? There has
    been a lot of talk in forums, with some of the most common being that it would
    come with a 4.5 inch HD display, the Tegra 4, a battery of 2800 mAh, a camera
    of 8MP, which can record video at 1080p and a front camera of 2MP. The handset
    might look similar to the Motorola Droid Razr HD and it will be slim.

    At the moment these are nothing but rumours of course. But if we were to bet
    on it then we believe that the Motorola Droid 4 may not be the last device with
    a physical keyboard, if you take a look at how successful it was last year.

  • DirtyDenim

    I’m putting A LOT of blind faith in Motorola. People always sh*t on Motorola phones, but the OG droid was at one point Android’s Jesus flagship phone- I loved mine, and I loved my RAZR MAXX.

    I want to wait for this phone to come out because it seems like this is going to be the second coming we’ve been waiting for, but it’s hard with the Verizon 32GB S4 around the corner.

  • Brandon McLamb

    Motorola is past due for a new device but I wasn’t looking for a “mid to low-range device” to replace my Bionic but depending on how “incredibly low” the price is I may just get one to hold me over til something better comes. Afterall, I’m going to be paying out-of-pocket since I plan to keep unlimited data.

  • thelolotov

    Dear Motorola,

    Just tell me if it has a keyboard so I can decide whether or not to care about it.

    Love,
    Me.

  • Higher_Ground

    my thoughts? Don’t use the phrase “make the magic happen” 😛
    But seriously, we’ve been down this road before. Targa/Bionic, the RAZR HD, and for 2013, the X phone. Take a hint from the rest of the smartphone manufacturers and release your phones before the start of summer. If they are good they will still be relevant come Christmas.

  • bananatroll

    BIONIC:

    Is it safe to assume that Motorola is done making DROID devices? I would think that to be the case with their new ownership, and DROID needs to be put out of its misery. Here’s to hoping HTC is the last one left on that sinking ship!

    DEATH TO DROID

    • Steve Benson

      Amen, the Droid name is tainted forever…far too many lackluster devices over the past two years.

    • Never thought I’d say those words, much less agree with the sentiment.

      • bananatroll

        The og droid was an awesome phone. I’ll give credit where its due!

        But those days are since past.

        RIP Og D1

    • Albert Reyna

      as long the razr line keeps going 🙂 love that hardware!

  • blaine

    I remember when Motorola build a 1.5 million square foot manufacturing plant in my hometown of Harvard, IL and then closed it a few years later. Bunch of schmucks.

  • Brian Sargent

    I would love for Moto to convince me not to get the GS4. As it stands, I love the HTC1 but its not coming to VZW. GS4 looks nice but bloated does not begin to describe the device when it comes to unnecessary extras. Might give Moto a shot but they really need to give some details about the phone. Will not be pleased if I wait til the end of the summer and find out that the phone is garbage.

  • Geoff Johnson

    So glad I returned my S4, now I can’t wait to get this!

  • Oh yeah! I agree with the idea that there is a coincidence

  • Sirx

    So should we all get together and bake Bionic an apology cake? Or do we all give him/her/it one individually, or…?

  • Viet Hoang-Tran

    Droid 5!!!

    • Bionic

      no

  • jer85008

    Better be late summer. My upgrade is due on July 28th. Please don’t F this up Moto. Still holding out some hope.

  • Vasanth

    expected to kick on after the take over by Google. Hope its happening .

  • Yep

    Tim242 & Austin warren: I hope you two will be man enough to apologize to bionic for all the crap you’ve given him.

  • Trevor

    Hmm, looks like my time with my extremely recently purchased S4 may be short…

  • Bionic

    Yanno that X files movie that was titled “X files: I want to believe”

    well moto

    X phone: I want to believe. Dont let us down.

    • J

      Curious: so how many devices are there and when do you think they will come out? So there’s a smaller one and a larger one?

      • droidrazredge

        according to the press release one of the devices, smaller one, will be coming out this summer! According to the D11 the second device will be coming out this Fall.

        • J

          So which one do I ditch my VZW GNex for (assuming its on Verizon)??? Do I get the smaller one or wait for the big boy! hahaha

          • droidrazredge

            I would wait till this fall for the big brother of the summer one. The one in the summer will be like the Galaxy S4 Active and the Galaxy S4 Zoom, mid-ranged phones. The one this fall will most likely be high end.

          • J

            I’ll likely do the same. If you don’t mind me asking, what carrier/device are you on?

          • droidrazredge

            I’m on Verizon. I’ve been rocking my Droid Razr Maxx (OG) since July of last year because I was scared of loosing my unlimited data as I was using a 3G device prior to this, Droid X. Since Motorola recently updated my device to 4.1.2. I have no reason to be in a rush to get a new phone. I think your phone may be similar in specs to my phone as well.

      • Bionic

        We’re talking about an entire product line just like the galaxy line.

        • J

          Oh okay. But which was in Woodside’s pocket? The Moto X, right? Which one is that?? lol

          • Bionic

            i cant see in his pocket

          • J

            Ask Sarge, he MUST know

          • bananatroll

            His precious is in his pocketseees!

    • droidrazredge

      Not just the X files theme but also the DMX song “X gonna give it to ya” I’ve been having a good feeling this will be the perfect storm and Motorola is going to give it to us.

  • Bionic

    Oh and i forgot to mention, maybe the nexus brand is dead and X phone is the THIS YEARS nexus, just a thought.

    Key lime pie anyone?

    • droidrazredge

      YES YES YES! Music to my Ears! My Droid Razr Maxx (OG) will serve me well until October especially since it was updated recently.

  • TheWenger

    Bionic.

    • Bionic

      yes?

  • Bionic

    Alright guys here are my thoughts.

    The last thing we heard from sarge was that motorola was in turmoil in much the same ways HTC is, people changes, financial trouble, the whole shebang and that google simply was not happy with them. The patents have not worked out in the way google thought and now motorola tried to present a crappy version of the x phone to which google basically said “wtf is this crap?” and that is when they gave it back to motorola and some chinese lady claimed google left the program.

    Now, I do not know if google truly exited the program or not, but what I do know is that google wasnt happy, per sarge.

    Now, after hearing that and the fact that motorola had shown us nothing, this fanboy was pisseddd and over it, that is when i started considering the S4, and make no mistake, im still considering it.

    What I BELIEVE has happend, and sarge has not said this, this is my personal belief and I will wait to see if he has anything to say on it or not. I believe the 5 inch X phone was redesigned Bionic style. The main ideas they had stayed but perhaps the internal have been changed to a newer cpu such as the 800 or at least the 600, but again, just my theory.

    The CEO said they need to hire people by August, so that would mean that X phone 5 inch mass production is scheduled August. Ok great, but are they going to leak anything else or just leave us hanging?

    This motorola fanboy needs more information, we need specs from motorola, otherwise what is to prevent people from buying samsung?

    So no, i was not bullshittinggg you guys when i said I was thinking about an S4, because I still am thinking about one. However today’s CEO comments have me intrigued to say the least, what more can these sensors do?

    All of the information I have passed along has come true has it not? We are getting multiple X phones/devices like sarge said.

    Again, i believe the 5 inch has been redesigned but I need confirmation on that.

    Those of you accusing me of bullshittingggg you I can assure is not the case I am not doing this to piss people off, im doing this because moto products have been great to me and I want others to share in that.

    Will I buy an S4 this month? Im not sure, I think im going to TRY to wait, but motorola has a lot to prove to me and you as well. If they were smart, they would leak more information, and quickly.

    • Ian Smith

      ummm yeah, if you could just get the whole “per sarge” phrase out of your vocabulary, that’d be great. but here – have an upvote bud.

      • Bionic

        If i dont put that, it makes me look like the source, which im not.

        • Geoff Johnson

          You could just say “per my sources”, why do you call him Sarge?

          • nvitone23

            there is a reason…

          • Bunch of butt buddies. Get off each others D’s.

          • nvitone23

            no one likes you

          • LiterofCola

            You’re still an idiot

          • Bionic

            cuz that is his nickname, why do you care so much? Do you like information or not? If not, stop reading

          • Geoff Johnson

            If that’s his nickname, then I assume other people know him as “Sarge” as well, so wouldn’t that get him into trouble?

          • Bionic

            no, it wouldnt, cuz its not his real name, its his nick name on the interwebs

  • droidrazredge

    So just a thought, I suppose nobody noticed yet that October marks the season for a very special line of smartphones that are in their 4th Generation at the moment…….Could the “Hero Device” be a Nexus phone ?

    • justin

      Moto just issued a press release saying it’s coming this summer. BAM

      • droidrazredge

        Isn’t that just for the XFON Ghost not the Hero Device ?

        • justin

          Who knows! haha, let’s hope it’s ASAP (with reat quality!)

        • Bionic

          yes those are all ghost

        • YouSeeLA11

          Actually, XT1055 is a Motorola tablet, the rest are Ghost model numbers, for Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, in the order you mentioned. There will be a T-Mobile version too passing shortly through the FCC, along with a global (Brazil) version.

          Some are saying the Ghost could come with a quad-core…Moto X has an S4 Prime clocked between 1.7 GHz and 2.0 GHz as of now.

      • Bionic

        could easily be ghost

        • justin

          We shall see!

    • Bionic

      this

  • justin

    Is anyone else waiting around for 11pm ET for Bionic to announce he will no longer be getting an S4 (is he getting one, because I can remember)?

    • droidrazredge

      lololol I am. I’ve been waiting for it sense I first read this post from Kellex

  • snowmanjack

    Can.Not.Wait.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    none of this get me hyped then the entire device leaks and gets delayed 5x stuff tho.

    Going along the rumor of a touch enabled back, the whole pants thing would make sense.

    New sensors + how google combined code for some sensors? (or whatever they did to advance gps and motion detection) sounds good.

  • DroidSinceDay1

    nvitone23 swinging from the sack lmao

    • nvitone23

      just another one jealous that I know what you don’t…haters gonna hate

    • nvitone23

      how about you find a hobby instead of b*tching about me…you have two comments, and they are both hating on me, I must be doin something right

  • Guest

    Oh, how I hope Motorola doesn’t start playing the 1080p game.

    • motomaniac

      Moto X will be 720p

      • YouSeeLA11

        Nah, Moto X will be a 5″ 1080p flagship…the Ghost/XFON will be ~4.7″ 720p with on-screen buttons

  • justin

    If it is not on Verizon, a tear will be shed. A very large tear.

  • justin

    If it is not on Verizon, a tear will be shed. A very large tear.

  • DroidSinceDay1

    nvitone23 shut up man damn. u sound like a lil crybaby sissy defending Bionic and Sarge. this fool is “in the know” yall better respect it bahahahaha Lame

    • nvitone23

      find a hobby bro…

  • tuan

    the verge is saying that the X phone is going to released this summer…..

    • tuan

      Moto has made an official statement and it says available this summer.
      http://mediacenter.motorola.com/News-Bytes/Moto-X-The-First-Smartphone-Assembled-in-the-USA-3c2e.aspx

    • BrianLipp

      they also said Moto said carriers are “excited about it” and i hope to GOD that one of those carriers is Verizon. You hear that Verizon?? DONT PASS UP THIS PHONE EVEN IF YOU CANT PLASTER IT WITH DROID BRANDING!

      • droidrazredge

        Motorola and Verizon always like to make love! This will be on Verizon for sure!

      • droidrazredge

        Motorola and Verizon always like to make love! This will be on Verizon for sure!

  • Michael

    Holidays?

  • My upgrade is waiting.

  • schwartzman93

    Motorola just made a press release saying that it will be out this summer http://mediacenter.motorola.com/News-Bytes/Moto-X-The-First-Smartphone-Assembled-in-the-USA-3c2e.aspx

  • NemaCystX
  • Bizzle9

    Reading Woodside’s comments, it really appears that the Moto X phone is aiming to be an inexpensive, low-to-mid-range device. The leaked XFON images and specs seem to corroborate that fact.

    So I ask, why are people excited about that? I find that pretty disappointing.

    • Pete Labozetta

      Hope you don’t take offense to this, but it seems like you’re the only one interpreting Woodside’s comments like that. Not saying you won’t be correct, but I was one of the folks who were under the impression that the “Hero” phone he was speaking about would have top of the line specs and other innovations. It wouldn’t shock me if the low-to-mid range device that we’ve seen pass through the FCC is an entirely different phone.

      • Bizzle9

        Honestly, I hope you’re right.

  • Michael1234

    To S4, or not to S4, that is the question

  • Yupppp

    Bionic should have been on the freaking panel for this interview.

  • Chris

    Nice. A product thats made here in the states where it should. Better quality and an over all better phone.

    • cb2000a

      I have to admit I might consider this over the Note 3. I like supporting products made here (70 percent is good enough). This has the potential of being a very well made phone and I really really hope it has an unlocked boot loader.

  • Bionic

    voice to text on my Bionic sucks so I’m not going to say can make my comments but it home I will post something around 11 p.m. Eastern Time its not like I have any ground breaking news but I will just give you my thoughts on why I was about to band and abandon ship and why I might wait now

    • finch300

      so.. no gs4?

      • droidrazredge

        My how much a difference 24 hours make

  • WestFiasco

    Hm, i’m not sure if this is too late or not.

  • motomaniac

    It will still have kevlar and nano coating FYI

  • S9779

    Fantastic I would love to buy more American made tech

  • Rodeojones000

    But so many people on here were telling me it wasn’t real.

    Seriously, though, unless this turns out to be a complete failure like the Bionic, or unless Google releases a VZW compatible Nexus in the next few months, this’ll probably be my next phone. If the mid-spec device we’ve been seeing is less than $300 off-contract I’ll probably get one to hold me over until this game-changer is actually released. Either way, I’m excited to read about a potential high-end Android phone that isn’t the lackluster (in my opinion) S4 or the ugly HTC One.

    • Chris

      Things change. Rumors change. No one knows till it comes out….

      Google won’t do another nexus till the actual new nexus comes out. end of story.

      and ugly HTC one? I guess if you like a glitter back full of plastic maybe…

  • USAallDay

    an American made smartphone? Sign me up, I don’t even care if it has blur all over it, I just want a phone that’s made here rather than by 3 year olds.

    • eli

      [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/LwFFrF0.gif[/IMG]

      • Chris

        He didn’t mention race.He just said 3 year olds

        • eli

          i know. I agree with him, but I rarely get the oppertunity to use that gif…..so I did.

    • Tyler

      Motoblur is dead my friend. The new ui is very close to stock.

  • Rolando Marrero

    They had me at made in USA! As long as specs are comparable.

    • droidrazredge

      I know how you feel! I thought the same thing.

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    Great the moment I buy a new phone “nexus 4” I see this -_- oh well . . . wow me Moto and I’ll will rejoin you once again.

  • r0lct

    Death to DROID, long live Moto

  • buddyruff777

    From my way better than I expected but had to buy on a budget after I destroyed my LG OG Motorola Atrix HD…I say I will look hard at the top end Moto phone when my contract renewal comes up…so I hope they bring a real contender to the game.

  • AC

    YYYEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

  • Keith taylor

    Still waiting for the day we can build custom phones with what we the consumers want.

    • Chris

      the nerds will get mad when they add parts that are not comperable with each other…. then again the nerds wil be the only ones who do this. Average joe is fine with what ever they get….

  • jbdan

    I owned a Bionic for one week….only moto device I’ve experienced (HTC & Samsungs). Love my GS4, but won’t have any problem letting it go for this!

  • Brent Cooper

    AAAND ITS REAL

    • Guest

      no need for the silly cartoons kid.

      • RadicalPie

        Ummmm definitely a need…

  • EvanTheGamer

    Great. Just great.

  • Bionic

    I will comment further but I personally believe that we’re looking at a redesign of the quoted hero X phone and that is why we’re looking at a later release the mini x phone is just to get the market salivating

    • Jack Hoffman

      Kind of thought something like this would happen when that “google abandons xphone” rumor came out from that Chinese “insider”

  • Guest

    AAAND ITS REAL

  • EC8CH

    This could turn out epic like the OG Droid…

    Or epic like the Bionic.

    • PhoenixPath

      “Or epic like the Bionic.”

      What’s the extra “the” for? 🙂

      • Brendan Small

        “Or epic like Bionic.” Lrn2Englsh

        • PhoenixPath

          Can you say, “woosh”?

    • radiohead14

      i truly hope it’s got a camera as good or better than the S4

  • Bionic

    haha way to call me out Kellex anyway yes this is what I have been forwarding You guys from Sarge for many months now. I get off work in a couple hours so give me a chance to get home and I will comment further

    • droidrazredge

      oh there he is =p. Guess he did not jump of the Golden Gate Bridge after all

    • motomaniac

      what do you know about Artic Fox????

    • bakdroid

      So I thought you said it was all BS and Google pulled the plug and you were buying an S4. Now you say you were telling us this the whole time. Someone doesn’t know what blog…I mean insider…they want to “leak” this time around.

      • Bionic

        Oh trust me I still may.

        • James_75

          Not sure why anyone would judge you poorly if you do. I sold my DNA to get an S4 on VZW and plan to just sell it if the X turns out to be the real deal.

    • Hungry Hamburger

      So since Motorola is pushing for a later date, does that mean we might get to see the Snapdragon 800 in the X Phone?

    • ugh

      • droidrazredge

        LOLOLOL this made my evening.

  • Brent Cooper
  • droidrazredge

    Makes me wonder if Bionic was dissing Motorola on purpose to get our hopes down because “Sarge” told him that the X-phone would be lights out for every other
    phone manufacturer because of it being a game changer. Bionic,knowing this and being the troller at heart that he is, was basically making us feel bad about Motorola because he knew that Motorola would be dropping Bombs soon. He had no intentions what so ever of coping-out and getting a S4 at all.

    • Bionic

      no there are plenty of things going on at Motorola right now that I really dislike

  • Brent Cooper

    Bionic, where are you?!?!?

  • Chad

    Deep down, we all want an awesome device from Moto. I mean, they’re the ones that started this beautiful thing called anDROID!!

    • cb2000a

      Well actually HTC started it, but it took the Droid to bring it to the masses. Still have my OG Droid.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Maybe that’s Sarge O.o

    • droidrazredge

      Could Sarge == Dennis Woodside ? Now the plot thickens…..

      • Hungry Hamburger

        That’s not the only thing that thickens if you know what I mean… 😉

        • WickedToby741

          To far…

  • motomaniac

    I could tell you all more about it, but i’d have to kill ya….

  • thedonxr

    Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!! Its real!!!!!

  • Jonathan Gonzalez

    GG Bionic….GG

  • droidrazredge

    The best piece of news that I heard from this whole article is not the fact that the X-Phone is indeed superior to anything we have seen before but the fact that the phone will be made in the US. We need more companies to adopt this idea because outsourcing is a cheap and cop-out that many tech companies do. This not only hurts the employment workforce of the US, but the economic system of the US. We need more of the manufacture back in the US and not outsourced to China, Indonesia, and Taiwan. GJ Motorola, maybe this is what will be needed to show other companies that products can be made in the US without having to use cheap labor in other countries.

    • Ian Smith

      amen. apple has more than enough capital to develop manufacturing plants here in the states but they still cop it all out overseas to foxconn. that infuriates me. this will probably mean a higher priced device from motorola though but i will gladly pay the premium.

      • michael arazan

        It’s about time for American Business’ to invest in the United States again.

        These corporations ship jobs over seas, hide their money over seas, pay 2%-0% in tax loopholes (Apple paid 2% in taxes last year on 35 billion dollars in profits), but want to live here for our security and freedoms.

        These corporations need to pay their fair share in taxes and jobs or GTFO

        • Ian Smith

          2% is ludicrous!

      • A big part of the problem is China has a lock on rare earth metal mining, and will only sell it to companies that manufacture with it in the country. Rare earth metals aren’t actually rare, but only China’s dirt cheap labor can mine it profitably.

        • Ian Smith

          had no idea – interesting. thanks.

        • Tim Cartwright

          Not quite true. We have a ton of rare earth metals here in the US, but mining for them is quite destructive to the environment. Hence the “lock” that China has on rare earth metals. Which is why the US refuses to to do what China does. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/26/rare-earth-metals-technology-boom

          • The metals aren’t rare, they are both as you pointed out destructive, but also very labor intensive to mine. Everytime a competitor tries to rise up China just drops the price so low that they eventually go out of business.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rare_earth_element

            “Despite their name, rare earth elements (with the exception of the radioactive promethium) are relatively plentiful in the Earth’s crust, with cerium being the 25th most abundant element at 68 parts per million (similar to copper). However, because of their geochemical properties, rare earth elements are typically dispersed and not often found concentrated as rare earth minerals in economically exploitable ore deposits.”

    • Higher_Ground

      In all fairness, aside from Apple, all of the other manufacturers aren’t American. LG and Samsung are Korean, HTC is Chinese.

      • endurotech

        HTC is Taiwanese

    • JoshGroff

      If I wasn’t already planning on buying it, this would sway my decision.

    • Bigwavedave25

      I agree with you 100%. But it all has to do with being able to manufacture a product at a competitive cost. US manufacturing is more expensive, period. Motorola needs to be able to have a product selling price that covers mfg plus profit margin while hitting a price point that keeps the product competitive in the market. Maybe just the X will be US made because of a higher margin and the XFON will be made elsewhere.

      But very glad to hear about the prospect for US production!!

  • eli

    This just in…. Bionic is at the top of the golden gate bridge

    • Captain_Doug

      JUMP!

  • Chezitman

    It better have onscreen buttons! I’m looking at you HTC!

    • Tyler

      RAZR hd and RAZR m both have on screen keyboards and since Google is pushing on screen I doubt that it would have physical.

      • Chezitman

        That’s correct. But like the HTC, I’m not sure why they went against onscreen and towards physical. I’m just hoping they go the correct way and not a step back…Fingers crossed on this one.

        • HTC has a disturbing history of pretending on screen buttons don’t exist. But, on the HTC One I think they simply didn’t have room to pull the screen down over the physical buttons.

    • Geoff Johnson

      The problem with the current RAZR M and HD is that even though it has onscreen buttons, it still has that huge bezel at the bottom. If you are going to remove physical and capacitive buttons, at least make the bezel smaller.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    Great it is being built in the US, now give us some damn information.

  • BigMixxx

    OMG!

    X phone coming…note to self, no lapdances while x phone is in pocket.

    ok.

  • tharealoc

    Cue Bionic in 3…….2……..1……

    haha….really though…OMG!

  • J PARKER

    YES HELL YES

  • shdowman

    So, from what I have “heard” is that this will be the first phone that is like a computer. Meaning that you will be able to upgrade processor, ram, etc over the life of the phone.

    Don’t shoot the messenger..

    • finch300

      in your dreams

      • shdowman

        Only what I heard…not saying whether it is true or feasible. I gain nothing by typing that.

    • bose301s

      Just way too hard, unlike the PC world the phone isn’t standardized. Exynos vs. Snapdragon vs. Tegra all use different pinouts, voltages, etc. And everything changes from one generation to the next basically, not like Intel and AMD who use a standard socket for multiple generations of chips.

      • It would be like all those laptops that had “upgradeable” GPUs. Sure you could swap it out…but newer GPUs never used the same socket.

    • EvanTheGamer

      This will never happen ever.

      *shoots the lying messenger*

      lol

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Woodside: “I’ll save the details for later, but you’re correct that battery life is a huge problem. Motorola has some of the world’s best engineers and systems designers who spend their lives on that problem. There are two processors in the device that creates a system that allows you to do such a thing.”

    Two processors? Now I am wondering if one is dedicated to supporting battery life? That could be interesting.

    • bose301s

      Probably a big.LITTLE Cortex A15 then, basically 2 processors in one, A15 architecture for heavy lifting and A7 for power saving.

      • Yup, so pretty much what the S4 with Exynos is doing…

        • bose301s

          Not pretty much, exactly what the Exynos in the S4 is doing.

          • WickedToby741

            What interests me is that’ll this sounds like they may be designing their own processors instead of using someone else’s.

          • That doesn’t interest me, it horrifies me.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I realize that is what it probably is, but that isn’t what he made it sound like. Technically the Cortex A15 is considered one processor. He made it sound sort of like there is a processor controlling the battery or functions of anything requesting power. I would guess it is Cortex A15 style though.

        • bose301s

          There are always power management ICs in the phone, no matter who makes it,

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I know there are ICs, but ICs aren’t always a processor of sorts. I guess I am harping on the fact he said there are two processors in it to control battery life.

  • Qwerty

    I cannot even begin to describe how restless I’m becoming waiting for this device to be officially released. My GNex has been acting up and although my contract will not expire for another year, I am willing to pay retail price for a new device. I’m not entirely sold on the S4 and although the One isn’t on Verizon, I don’t think I’d be entirely sure if I’d be content with it. Show me what my options will be Moto!

    • Scott

      Exactly how I feel. Please have a reasonable off-contract price so I don’t have to sacrifice unlimited data!!!

      • Qwerty

        I can’t wait until October though… 🙁

      • DirtyDenim

        DO NOT DO IT.
        Let them pry it from your COLD DEAD HANDS.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Also, he is saying other phones/products will be released before the Moto X is released.

  • Hungry Hamburger

    But but… It’s a unicorn phone

  • EC8CH

    Bionic call out…. Awesome!

  • ddevito

    Did anyone catch what he said about this phone being contextually aware of its surroundings? I must say I’m intrigued.

    I want a stock, cheap(er), motorola android phone with a kickass radio and sparkling battery life.

  • Chris

    Unrelated: is Disqus not working for anyone else?

    • Tyler

      Yeah I cant even post anything.

  • finch300

    remember…..he is getting the gs4

    • Fozzybare

      oh really? i didnt see that. damn

      • Dylan Patel

        Yeah, he lost hope in the rumors so he covered his ass by saying he didn’t want to wait.

        • nvitone23

          not true at all…nice try buddy

          • Dylan Patel

            That is exactly what originally. Do you remember what he claimed originally and the more recently?

          • nvitone23

            Let me clear this up for everyone… its not that he “lost hope in the rumors” on the x phone because to us, they aren’t rumors, they are facts…what he did lose hope in is the state of Motorola and whether they will collapse and his future phone will not be supported…THAT is why he is considering switching…you don’t have to try and tell me what is going through his mind because we are both “in the know” and communicate about these things very often

          • Dylan Patel

            Nice try Bionic.

          • Dylan Patel

            Nice Try Bionic

          • finch300

            soon he will reply from his gs4

        • droidrazredge

          I wonder if Bionic did that on purpose to get our hopes down because “Sarge” told him that the X-phone would be lights out for every other phone manufacturer because of it being a game changer. Bionic was basically making us feel bad about Motorola because he knew that soon Motorola would be dropping Bombs. He had no intentions of coping-out and getting a Samsung at all.

          • MicroNix

            I’d like to see a Moto comeback like that, but lights out for every other phone manufacturer? Not a chance. You heard it here first. Just like the previous hypebeast, I’m betting nothing more than a common 2013 phone with maybe one new feature. Samsung is so far ahead of Motorola right now in *features* that it would take one hell of a game changer to change public opinion about Samsung products and convince people to defect to Motorola.

        • tomn1ce

          Maybe he hasn’t pull the trigger yet on the GS4 and is going to wait for the Moto X specs to be officially announced…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Well he did say they are relaunching the product line so I’m assuming XFON is one of the devices. But I’m pretty sure we can expect MOTO to launch a HALO device on Verizon.

  • Chahk Noir

    I really hope Woodside doesn’t throw away the baby with the bathwater during his googlifying of Motorola. As terrible as (most of) their devices were in the past, some things like fingerprint scanner and lapdock of Atrix for example, were actually innovative enough to warrant a second chance.

    • EC8CH

      Just make a decent phone first before worrying about things like lapdocks.

      • Chahk Noir

        That goes without saying. If Motorola is to have any chance against Samsung in the marketplace, it need to differentiate their phones. Un-skinned Android will only take them so far. I strongly feel that solid hardware is the way to beat Sammy here. Big battery, pentaband GSM w/LTE (maybe even a concurrent launch with CDMA variants,) lots of internal memory (32/64 GB versions) and an SD Card slot are a good start. Once you have that, throw in a few bells and whistles like Samsung does with S/Note lines.

  • trophynuts

    soooo….it has a pants sensor.. sweet

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Got to detect what is going on in your pants…

      • michael arazan

        And then takes picture and post it to twitter and facebook automatically, perfect for football stars and congressmen

    • sonicyoof

      It knows what you want… in your pants.

  • Chris Schmucker

    Girlfriend: “Why are you crying?”
    Me “Its real…..its really real (sob)”

  • Franklin Ramsey

    He is currently talking it up as if it will rival the S4 or the HTC One.

    • chris125

      Well unless it comes out soon, that isn’t really anything special. IF it doesn’t release until later by then HTC will be on the One 2 lol

      • Franklin Ramsey

        True. I’m surprised they way he is talking it up. Things like how users will interact with it are very different than the way rivals do it, and it will know what you want to do before you do. Almost creepy.

        • rodney11ride

          I like creepy…

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I’m liking Google Now and that can be sort of creepy sometimes.

        • chris125

          If it can do half of what he says well I will be surprised. but at least now all the rumor sites will have lots of materials for “rumors” to kick up until this device actually launches.

        • Higher_Ground

          I like that, the “HTC 1-2”

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        October is apparently their general time-frame, which is about right since that’s a year since their last flagship.

        That said, I’m hoping they will be one of the first out of the gate with the S800, or even one of the new Bay Trail processors. That, along with a ridiculously good screen and a huge battery/super-long battery life will go a loooooong way towards making a great many users very very very happy.

        One thing though: ditch the Maxx, and just make the slightly thicker phone with the insanely huge battery. 4000 mAh MINIMUM Moto. Make it happen 😛

    • bose301s

      Glad to hear it, my contract with Verizon expires on December 15 so I will be looking into all carriers and phones then, hopefully this one will be awesome.

  • nvitone23

    Now let me see those apologies to my buddies Bionic and Sarge! I told you so…

  • Trevor

    Actually, he’s been hating on this phone all of a sudden based on what I’ve seen. It was pretty funny how quick a turnaround he made.

    • nvitone23

      because if this phone can’t save this company, nothing will and they WILL get bought out…

      • calculatorwatch

        They already are bought out…
        I don’t get what you’re saying. Sure Moto might remain structurally separate from Google but you know they still have access to their mountains of cash if they need it. The worst case scenario is that Google takes over operations and restructures everything, but aside from pissing off Samsung, HTC, etc, that wouldn’t be so bad.

        • nvitone23

          Yes, but if they fail under Google, Google will not take over for them…they will likely get sold to Samsung…lots of reasons why but not gonna get into them…sarge has mentioned this

  • chris125

    I am interested to see what they unveil, hope they don’t disappoint though. It is going to be hard to live up to all the hype and rumors but I think Googlerola can do it

  • Rene Barba

    Bring on the leaked photos!

    • EC8CH

      I’d love to see the hero device assuming it isn’t the xfone we’ve already seen (which I think looks pretty sweet for a mid tier device)

  • Trevor

    Beautiful! As long as it doesn’t suck

  • Franklin Ramsey

    He also just said it should be coming out around October.

  • rodney11ride

    built in the u.s….. workers from oversees, parts from oversees… big deal they found a warehouse under foreclosure… lol

    • Trevor

      Baby steps

      • rodney11ride

        i know… i couldnt resist trying to poke fun at it… hey im all for it being built here… if they can keep the cost down

        • Trevor

          Haha yeah I figured. I’m all about made in the US as well, as long as it works and isn’t super expensive vs being manufactured elsewhere.

          • ToxMarz

            Hopefully they thought to install the suicide nets to catch the jumpers, cause if they ain’t jumping we’re paying too much.

          • PhoenixPath

            So not politically correct…but funny as hell.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well he said about 70% of the components are made overseas. That is better than nothing considering a number of the components simply aren’t made anywhere else.

      • TheWhiteLotus

        He said 70% of the phone will be made in the US, not overseas.

      • Josh

        That’s not what he said. He said that 70% of the phone will be made in Texas. The complete opposite of what you said.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I am sorry, I was listening to the live blog at work. Hard to focus on doing my job and listening to possibly my dreams coming true at the same time.

    • Josh

      Dennis Woodside, the CEO, said that it will be made with parts from the US. Either way, its better than a phone made in China.

    • Ian Smith

      don’t you dare tell me why i’m down voting you.

  • nb

    “Motorola has always been good at managing power on the device but also at different sensors. The new phone will know when you take it out of your pocket, for example.”

    BRING IT ON MOTO X

  • Steve

    now im definitely getting one..