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Moto X Phone Specs Leak Points to Most of What We Already Know, 10MP Camera Though

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On Friday night, well-known mobile industry leaker @evleaks posted up what it believes to be the specs for Motorola’s soon-to-be-released Moto X phone. As expected, thanks to an .ini file that we obtained along with countless other leaks, these specs match up to what we mostly already know of a phone which is currently codenamed XFON, that will be powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (MSM8960). We’re also looking at a 720p display, though the actual size has yet to be fully confirmed (likely a 4.3″). The phone will carry 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, run Android 4.2.2, sport a 10MP rear camera, and 2MP front camera. 

  • 1.7GHz dual-core MSM8960 Pro processor
  • 720p display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 10MP rear camera; 2MP front camera
  • Android 4.2.2

While those specs are not necessarily all that impressive on paper when compared to phones like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4, remember that Motorola is going for something completely different with their new line of phones. CEO Dennis Woodside said in a recent interview that new Moto phones will anticipate your needs depending on the time or situation thanks to advanced sensors and other new tech. So Motorola isn’t exactly going to try and blow our minds in the spec department – they plan to impress us with experience.

Motorola has said that the Moto X phone will arrive this summer.

I have to admit that the naming scheme is becoming quite confusing at this point. We know of a phone with the codenamed XFON that has variants in the wild for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, and believe it to be similar to the phone you are seeing at the top of this post. With that said, Woodside called the Moto X a “hero” device during his interview at D11, yet a dual-core phone isn’t necessarily what we would consider to be “hero” material. Moto X could simply be the branding for their new line of phones, much like how Samsung has the “Galaxy” tag.

No matter what, we are expecting this phone to arrive in the near future.

Via:  @evleaks

Cheers LiterofCola, Andrew, and Justin!

  • Bionic

    Again Sarge is proven right. The 5 inch hero X phone is now targeted for an October 16th release. No update on specs. Per sarge.

    So yeah, I’m not regretting my S4 purchase at all.

    • needa

      its not going to be a 5″. nor is it going to be 4.3. its a touch bigger than my gs2 but not as big as the s4. and i dont see any phone with a 5″ screen being smaller than the s4.
      i dunno who this sarge guy is that you worship (the way you talk about him on this post and others)… but nothing has been proven right or wrong until the phone comes out.

      • Bionic

        There are multiple x phones

    • EC8CH

      So when does Moto want to release their Flagship phones? In the late fall or the late spring? They need to decide and stick to it if they don’t want to make potential buyers hesitate because they are second guess something better might be coming out in only a couple of months.

      • Bionic

        Yup I agree. They need to be smarter.

  • Adan H.

    What I don’t understand is the how the majority of Android fanboys ended up being so uptight about specs. They’ll never be happy. Ever. Even though we’re finally at a point where mobile SoC’s have enough computing power to easily outpace anything Android and its app ecosystem can throw at it. A dual-core S4 Pro will laugh at the demands of a huge majority of users.

    Get over yourselves before thinking that every single potential customer of this phone will go through phone specs with a microscope before making their decision.

    • Travis D

      Agreed, it seems like the specifications of a smartphone is a dick-measuring contest to a lot of users on this thread. “I NEED the quad core-processor to open apps up milliseconds faster!”

    • Bionic

      It’s called lag, and I’ve yet to see a dual core chip which has zero lag like quad core chips do. Get over yourself.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        There is no such thing as zero lag. Even iPhones, with all of their vaunted smoothness, lag on occasion, sometimes quite a bit. It just becomes less perceptible as technology moves forward.

        That said, it is entirely possible that a dual-core device could be less lag-prone than a quad core one if it is optimized or if it less taxed. If you put any stock in benchmarks, the ones that showed up a while back showed the XT1058 as rather impressive in that regard, and helps make sense of the decision to use “older” tech in a flagship device. If it can render the frames on its screen faster than any other device, then it should be smoother in use than any other device. The fact that it isn’t pushing as many pixels as a 1080p screen is certainly helping in that regard.

  • superg05

    there suppose to be multiple x phones so people bitching don’t put all your eggs(thought) in one basket

  • Timothy Edwards

    Its barely better than a Razr M, what were they thinking?

    better be cheap, really cheap.

  • bananatroll

    No no no… It’s a 4.7″ screen!

  • keeley991

    Spec wise it looks very close to the HTC first, and the first is $430 off contract.personally is love to see this phone it the $200-$300 off contract price point. My RAZR M feels a little laggy and for me I can’t see myself spending more than $300 for a mid range phone.

  • Chicostyles

    These are just the entry level phones coming out

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      if that’s entry level, what the hell are they calling mid-range, the S4??

  • Chicostyles

    I saw a moto rep have a 5″ moto phone w/quad core heading to Verizon in the fall

  • Moto X Forum

    I’m interested in the customization options and sensor integration that has been hinted at.

  • yummy

    X XFON XBONE ONE X
    mmmmm, bacon…..

  • Marsg

    S4 pro and its coming in fall of 2013, if I’m going to upgrade from my GNex I’m going to get the best in terms of processing power, why get a phone with the S4 pro when everyone else will be releasing devices with the snap 800 which is almost twice as powerfull from the s4 and 5 times more powerful then my Gnex

  • XphoneTroll

    Galaxy S4 FTW…

  • Geoff Johnson

    Any news on the battery? The best thing about the MAXX HD is the huge battery!

  • EvanTheGamer

    Look at those specs! WOW! SO much power in one tiny device!

    You can have it. lol

    HERE I COME, SGS4!

    • XphoneTroll

      What are you waiting for.. Loving my S4

  • xnay

    S4 Pro is the technology of the yesteryear, as well as the 720p in a flagship device.

    • Balaal Ashraf

      i havent seen a 4.3″ 1080p screen..

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        500+dpi screens were only recently created, so to have one in such a small device so quickly would be insane.

        While I want to have the latest tech as much as the next Android fan, perhaps we have finally made it to the magical point where better specs don’t make a better device. One can dream, at least.

  • NexusMan

    I soooo hope these specs are NOT correct for the Moto X. I would prefer a 1080p display, but the deal breaker is: I absolutely can NOT deal with just 16gb of storage.

  • zombiewolf115

    dual core? i see no need to change from my nexus 4 then. and here am think ill go back to moto with this xphone expecting it to wow me. moto step your game up

  • chris125

    I hope it is a better than the normal moto camera because no matter how many MP, they are terrible.

  • SA_NYC

    Provided the battery life is great, I can live with the dialed-down specs, with one exception: the smaller screen. I can’t go back from my GNex’s 4.8″ (I believe it’s 4.6″ usable, i.e., net of the on-screen buttons). I want to go up if anything, not smaller. Darn it.

    • j0nfer

      its 4.65″ net screen with on screen buttons its about 4.4″( some system appsc can confirm this)

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    Ya know I don’t care about dual core…but no 1080p HD screen and its a pass for me. I hope they don’t shoot themselves in the foot with that move. They really need to overcome the crappy Motorola screen trend.

  • joejoe5709

    Not enough to make me leave my GNex. I’m not saying I need a beast, but this is barely better than 2011 standards let alone 2013 and beyond. Heck, my GNex has a larger screen and already has 4.2.2. And I’d really rather not settle for anything less than a Nexus if I can help it. This is probably one of the better mid-range phones coming out. Sounds more like a MotoM successor which is fine. That’s a great phone. Let’s hope the rumorz are true and the hero phone hasn’t broken cover just yet.

  • droidrazredge

    Apple has done more with less hardware specs. If Google can optimize the crap out of android with these specs then we wont need an 8 core cpu with 4GB of RAM.Google knows this which is why some leaked info points to a very optimized build of Android, the next release may work on on devices with as low as 512MB RAM.which basically means it should run on phones up to 3 years old or more.

    The timing of the release coincides with previous reports and matches up with the fall debut we saw with 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Also worth noting, the upcoming Moto X
    products are slated to debut around this time frame. Could the two launch together and usher in a new experience? Sounds like it.

    • Defenestratus

      lipstick on a pig.

      While the OS might be super optimized for those crap specs, the apps that it runs certainly won’t.

      Plus there’s no way you can “optimize” a 720p screen.

      Today’s standard is 1080p. Its that or go home in the screen department these days.

      • droidrazredge

        I can agree with you in the screen department. I was not thinking of the screen when I was writing this. I was going more for the internal components. I was just thinking if the next version is really optimized it can help alleviate the fragmentation problems that Google with people being on older versions of android from here on out. It’s kind of sad that 36.4% users are still are on android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and another 25.6% are on 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

      • Diablo81588

        You couldn’t tell the difference between the two if the only difference is resolution. Especially not that the potential screen size were talking.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Actually, the funny part is, you can optimize a 720p screen. If you build it right and calibrate it properly, then it could conceivably look better than a 1080p screen. Remember that the iPhone 5 is still regarded as one of the best mobile device screens (only recently gained competition from the 1080p screens on Android), and it is less than 720p.

        Also, if the OS is fully optimized and streamlined, then the apps will run better, as they don’t have to fight the OS for resources, and the OS is more agile in handling the bad code. Even if the app is terribly optimized, an optimized OS will run it better and more efficiently than a non-optimized one.

  • dannyWHITE

    This is what all da hype for the X phone is about….a dual core processor and 720p display??

    • Kevin Verdesca

      this is probably a mid range device that they are going to release, not the hero device

    • EvanTheGamer

      What a let down. I bet Bionic is pretty disappointed after he was RAVING about the mythical X-Phone over the last 6 months

      • KleenDroid

        In sure it will be a decent phone for the kids.

        • EvanTheGamer

          Yeah, for kids…but I’m a grown ass man, and I choose…the SGS4!

          lol

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        He did a 180 about a month ago when he got some “bad news”. He ended up getting an S4, and seems pretty happy with it. And as we’ve seen from Apple, being a little behind on specs does not a bad phone make.

        • Bionic

          Yup. I’m not expecting good things from Motorola until early 2014.

          • EC8CH

            If that’s true then the Moto X hero phone due out late 2013 is just another “Bionic”…. delayed phone send back to design before release only to be quickly replaced by a better model within a couple of months.

            I will be holding myself back if/when the hero device is released this year knowing what a cluster the Bionic was.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            I’ll just wait until the reviews come out rather than purchasing day 1 like I did with the Bionic. That said, I’ve actually been enjoying my Bionic, I was lucky and got a good one from the start, and every update has made it much better than the one before.

      • Bionic

        How many times I gotta say there are multiple phones.

        • Blootz

          I’m sorry bionic it’s time to come to the dark side… Samsung will have her arms open for you. :) their’s nothing we can do its time for Motorola to go.

          • Bionic

            Where have you been? I already got an S4.

  • YouSeeLA11

    Evleaks has the Ghost/XFON midrange device confused with the Moto X flagship/hero device due out later this summer…which seems to be October at this point. Please correct this, as it is only further confusing the interwebs…Thanks!!

    • chris125

      evleaks is pretty accurate so maybe he doesnt and it is going to be more focused at software side of things rather than hardware

      • Kurt Caldwell

        Cant be if these same specs for the xfon was just passed through the FCC last month.

        • chris125

          How exactly? The specs are pretty similar to what was leaked from fcc

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            The FCC filing states compatibility with 802.11ac, which the MSM8960T does not support. Something smells fishy with all this.

    • Moto X Forum

      Serious question here. Can anyone post a link that definitely shows that the XFON and Moto X are two different phones? I know many believe they are…and you might be right…I’m just trying to substantiate it. Thanks MotoXforum.com

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but October would fall outside Summer time.

  • Kurt Caldwell

    I think people is getting confused with the Motorola Xfon and the Moto X.They are two different phones and obviously there talking about the xfon the midrange phone that just passed through the FCC in may with the same specs mentioned above so be patient.

    • Gus

      Well it certainly doesn’t help when Kellex puts “Moto X” phone right in the title of this post… of course people are confused ;)

      • Kurt Caldwell

        i agree with you all these blog sites have been doing the same thing but its Motorola fault too they should of differentiated the name a bit the Moto X and Xfon sounds to alike IMO. I actually would of like the xfon being called the ghost

        • Jack Hoffman

          While I hope you are right, you don’t by chance have a source other than Kellen on this do you?

  • beaumac

    I think they are building a budget phone we GNex users can buy OFF CONTRACT. Meaning it will probably be 199 or 249. These specs with a 2600mAh battery would mean all day life. Couple that with a great camera and you will win over most GNex users as those are really the major flaws of the phone. The extra gig of RAM will be welcome too. I don’t want a S4 or H1 if the battery life is going to suck because it has to power the screen and processor.

    Also, if I can buy this phone for cheap with no contract I will be likely to buy the next variant next year instead of having to wait 2 years.

    • Marsg

      I don’t think its that big of a difference from a Galaxy Nexus really, it terms of CPU power it really isn’t much, you’re looking at maybe 1/10 faster loading times, but at the same time you are loosing .35 inches of display, the only big improvement to this phone compared to the Galaxy Nexus will probably be battery life and camera. is 250$ really worth an extra 2 hours of battery life especially since a extra battery pack only costs about 20 bucks, and these days you can get a decent point and shoot for like 150-180. Hoping the next Nexus is LTE enabled.

  • iamnotfan

    Android 4.3 , may do more with less power

  • Grant Morin

    I can see this phone having amazing battery life.

  • Eric

    If this is the phone they are not blowing me away with design….

    • EC8CH

      Very similar to the Nexus design which IMHO is one of the best phone designs ever.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Nexus mini with almost no bezel, a good camera and no perceptible lag? In my hand day 1.

        • EC8CH

          This should be a great option for people who want smaller android phones. I however have never felt my G-Nex is too big, so I’ll wait for a 4.7-5″ model.

      • Eric

        This one is too square.

  • cristian

    I doubt that’s the x phone why would a phone that’s meant to compete with the s4 and HTC one gonna have a 720p display. Those are the specs for a mid range phone not the X.

  • roberthenderson

    Where do I start, so many reasons not to buy this

    • Phil Oakley

      On the other side, there are many reasons to buy this. What are your reasons not to?

  • Kyle Ibbotson

    I hope this is motorolas first phone that is made in the USA. It would make the phone more attractive.

  • kfath1978

    And I will be waiting for the next nexus phone….

    • Kenton Douglas

      it’ll be interesting to see how quickly they can get updates to this

      • Marsg

        If its going to be running stock Android as its rumored, than as fast as the Nexus device’s I would guess.

  • Alex B

    So far it fails to anticipate my need for more storage and a bigger screen.

  • edude03

    Wait, dual core? Now I love my specs as much as anyone else, but if this thing isn’t either dirt cheap (cheaper than a N4) or doesn’t have crazy battery life (like a day+ of heavy use) then moto is on some heavy drugs.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Remember when we thought these specs were beast? Gotta love technology

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    This isn’t impressive by today standards. That doesn’t mean the phone is bad, but I think this is like the HTC one mini/sgs4 mini. But Moto needs to hurry the hell up with their hero device because then the new iPhone will come out and then the note 3

  • Jonathan Lamonte

    If these are the specs, I’d actually be okay with it. Will I ever use a 1080p screen to watch movies? Nope, the 720p display will do just fine. Do I need a quad core CPU? Not really. I’d rather have lower internal specs and focus more on battery life and hardware optimization.

    • KleenDroid

      Since getting the S4 the battery life is fantastic. It easily lasts all day. Coming from my Gnex it is a HUGE improvement. And I’ve never watched a movie on my phone before but since getting my S4 I’ve watched a bunch of them.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        The question is, if battery on the S4 is fantastic, and this device has lower specs and the same size battery (presumably, considering the previous rumors suggesting something in the 2600 mAh range), wouldn’t this device have astonishing battery life, especially if it uses new low-power sensors as has been mentioned by the CEO?

        • KleenDroid

          I would certainly imagine so. I think any phone with these size batteries will have very good battery life. To the point that we don’t have to worry about it anymore.

      • Jonathan Lamonte

        Oh, by all means, I totally agree with you. Having a 1080p screen would be awesome for the Moto X! But after using my Galaxy Nexus, my priorities for a phone drastically changed from having the latest and greatest hardware to having a great battery life and camera (the GNexus is abysmal in both of these aspects). The S4 seems great but in terms of screen size, I think 4.7 inches is my limit.

        • KleenDroid

          I know what you mean and I was also happy with the size of the Gnex. But I bet you would be surprised like I was that the S4 feels great. I don’t think I could do the Note but the S4 seems just right.

          The battery life is great and the camera is great. And so is the 1080p screen. However it has messed me up on a couple games that don’t adjust size. The high resolution made the game so small it is hard to see and play properly. Maybe there is a resolution for this that I am not aware of.

  • Goldenpins

    Id leave my GNexus if that phone has a 1080p screen. so hopefully the leak is a little off.

  • Scottatron

    I still feel that this for a different handset, most likely the “XFON” is not the Moto X that was discussed at AllThingsD….

    • Daniel Walsh

      I think they’re different phones.

      • Moto X Forum

        I’m not so sure they’re different phones. Would be weird for them to have two different phones with ‘X’ as a prominent part of the naming. I think ‘XFON” is the device id that Motorola is just using and they plan on branding it ‘Moto X’. Just my thoughts of course but seems logical.

        • Bionic

          There are multiple x phones. I’ve told you guys this over and over.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          The Motorola CEO even said in that interview that there would be several devices launching this summer before the “Hero phone” so from that and Bionic’s information it would seem multiple phones are coming.

      • Larizard

        i think it’s weird how they plan to release a mid-range phone first, when everyone is holding their breath for what Googoorola has in store. You’d think they at least release the hero device first to silence the critics of the acquisition.

        Strategically, it just doesn’t make sense.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          It does if you figure that while they release the mid-range first, they can still show their flagship with a fall release. And they’ve been able to keep the heat off their flagship through strategic “leaks” for their mid-range device.

          • Jonathan Lamonte

            They did say in their press release that the “Moto X” (which they described as their flagship device) will be coming out this summer. While your theory does make sense, their press release suggests otherwise.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            It is entirely possible that they will have both ready for a summer launch, and have kept an early-iPhone-like lockdown on their flagship. There are some anecdotal reports from random people about Verizon/Motorola reps with unknown 5″ Motorola devices. I guess I’m just trying to keep my hopes alive in the face of the stark reality that the next Motorola device won’t be everything I hoped it would be.

        • Eddie Jr

          Didn’t the RAZR M launch before the RAZR HD as well? Seems like the same pattern.

  • Ryan MORGAN

    LOL so basically a Nexus 4 made my Motorola. No, the Moto X will be on par with the S4 and HTC One.

    • Phil Oakley

      The Nexus 4 is generally better spec’d than this device, but specs don’t really matter any more.

    • Kenton Douglas

      That’s the plan. Nexus to sell directly to users (contract free), and Motorola to work within the carrier model (subsidised). That’s probably why there isn’t a version for T-Mobile immediately.

  • Daniel Walsh

    This is the XFON, not the Moto X.

    • Phil Oakley

      Yup. They’re not the same phone.

    • Kenton Douglas

      Correct. The author seems to struggle with the notion that Moto will be releasing more than one phone. Not sure why that is.

      • Moto X Forum

        From my understanding the XFON is simply the device id that the Moto X is being called. with the ‘branding’ using Moto X. One and the same. I highly doubt they’ll have both a Moto X and an XFON.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          You are correct in that they won’t have a Moto X and an XFON, however Moto X is not a single device, but their new phone branding, as explained in the article. So as far as the consumer is concerned, the XFON is unlikely to ever exist, as it was probably an internal designation of some kind.

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      Ah…that makes a lot of sense now.

    • tyguy829

      that’s what i thought, but if you look at the actual tweet from evleaks, it does explicitly state “moto x”. I know the names are very similar, but evleaks usually know what they’re talking about. i’m getting a bit worried that this is the ‘hero’ device…

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        If this is the hero device, it had better do flips. They may not be competing on specs as they’ve stated before, but if this is their flagship they’re going to be blasted by the media if it isn’t the most perfect device on the planet, and they know it.

        Perhaps we’ve all been looking at the wrong way. A Moto X and a Moto XL for the flagship. Moto X in July/August, XL in October w/ 800, 5″ screen, and a massive battery. I’d buy both lol.

        • Blootz

          I’ll wait for the motto XXL

        • Jonathan Lamonte

          Moto X Maxx XL HD+

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Old joke is old.

        • CasperTFG

          Yes. Please…a 5″ screen or larger.

  • Franky

    I just hope for s3/one x quality screen and also for the camera. Latest moto
    devices have been lacking in those two areas :- imo

    • Kenton Douglas

      Can anyone really tell the difference between the screens on a HTC One X v HTC One? I can’t

      • antny

        moto cameras are slow as hell.

  • hoodieNation

    I don’t need a new phone at all (my S3 is working fine), but for some dumb reason i really want that one.

  • http://rk.md/ Rishi

    I can totally see this being a hit with Galaxy Nexus owners but not sure it’ll gain much traction with S3/S4/Note 2 owners. It’s good to see Moto/Google putting out a product like this! Gives me hope for the future.

  • troy studnicka

    blah no thank you going backwards in specs no thanks. I’ll keep my quad core 1080P screen and my galaxy s4 woooooooo!!!!!!!!

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      This particular upcoming Motorola device isn’t meant to be a flagship phone.

      • EvanTheGamer

        They made it sound that way especially after all the hype building over the last several months. lol

        I would expect a pretty powerful phone, both specs AND experience-wise.

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    Am I the only one who is a little confused? Google JUST had their I / O event a month ago so it would seem kinda ill planned if they were to hold a special event anytime soon just to announce a new device.

    • Jeff Tycz

      except the isnt google…..

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        Google bought Motorola so it would only make sense that if they were gonna have a huge product launch they would have wanted to do it in front of the millions of developers and investors that were watching Google I / O.

        • Phil Oakley

          Google runs Motorola as a separate company entirely. It’s just owned by Google.

        • Jeff Tycz

          The are 2 separate companies so no

  • kixofmyg0t

    Except we have a problem.

    According to the FCC filing the XFON supports 802.11ac….which the dual core S4 Pro doesn’t.

    So either Moto got QCom to make that for them or the “leak” is wrong.

    • edude03

      The SoCs Baseband might not support it, but if they’re willing they can make it work with a different baseband or connect a separate wifi module via I2C or SPI or whatever.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        It doesn’t make any sense to have a secondary wifi module for 802.11ac unless they turn off the built-in wifi module. And even if they did that, it would still not be nearly as efficient as the built-in module, which considering they are looking for maximum battery life, would be a bit odd.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Its a tough call really. I’m one to trust the FCC filing, as if it wasn’t there it wouldn’t be certified, which means that a) the FCC filing isn’t this device or b) Motorola is trolling everyone.

  • chris125

    If it’s not $200 or less off contract it’s a fail. Not sure what they are going for with those specs when you can get a top of the line nexus for $350

    • kixofmyg0t

      The Nexus isn’t top of the line anymore.

      • antny

        spec wise, no. but vanilla > touchwiz > sense except for the camera software

        • kixofmyg0t

          But that’s what we’re talking about, specs.

          • Kenton Douglas

            What percentage of users do you think buys a phone based on specs alone?

          • LiterofCola

            A lot.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Maybe in tech circles, the general public buys what they’re told by the rep/friend/coworker/review.

    • Kenton Douglas

      Which other major manufacturer sells a phone of this spec for $200???

      • chris125

        what manufacturers sell a nexus spec’d device at 350?

        • Kenton Douglas

          What would you say the difference in build cost is between this phone and a Nexus 4? Is there a $150 dollar difference?

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Build cost, the difference is probably ~$1-2 depending on how expensive that camera module is, likely trading the less powerful processor for the (hopefully) upgraded camera. However, build cost is only about 1/3 of the SRP, you need to factor in overhead and profit margin, which would make even a mid-range device like this come in around $450, which overall isn’t a bad price. If they can pull off even a promotional price of $300, they won’t be able to keep these in stock.

            Also, Google subsidizes the N4 from the play store, its SRP is $427.99 (according to T-Mobile). Even if that is the 16GB (website doesn’t say), that’s still $78 less in the Play store.

        • PhoenixPath

          None. Goggle doesn’t manufacture anything. :-)

          That’s what you were going for, right?

          • Princesation

            Chrome Pixel?

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            They just designed it, someone else builds it.

          • PhoenixPath

            Smartass. :-P

            (That’s not a smartphone, nor is it “nexus spec’d”…)

          • Princesation

            Haha I know its not but it is supposedly manufactured by Google

          • PhoenixPath

            It is indeed. Hopefully a sign off things to come. :-)

    • Robert Goddard

      I agree, when I first heard the rumors of the “X” it was supposed to be a $300 off contract price. That is great for us VZW on unlimited. If sold in the Play Store for $300, I would probably buy it.

  • Dan

    It’ll definitely be an upgrade to my galaxy nexus

    • Miloš Mirković

      This.
      With right price this phone could be just what i need (also GNex owner), we still need to see how big the battery is, though.

      • aQuickBit

        And that size if perfect for my hands…i have no desire for phablets

        • Tyler Durden

          The S4 is perfect. not a phablet and it’s great. Get the GE.

          • Tim242

            Word

          • XvierX

            Just got my S4 yesterday and I love the beautiful display. It could just be my imagination but I still feel that the note 2 was a hair quicker. Overall the size just feels more comfortable than the note 2. I’m a fan.

          • Kyle Fullmer

            I’m interested in the battery life of the S4 vs the Note2. I currently have a Razr Maxx HD and hate how laggy it is all the time. I’m ready to have AOKP back in my life but battery life is a big deal for me.

          • XvierX

            After four random reboots I returned the S4 to Best buy yesterday. Battery life was not impressive at all in my opinion but then again I always use my phone heavily on the first day or so. I’m back on my Note 2 and have no regrets. What I love most about it is it’s performance and reliability. I’m a huge moto fan and I went to the Note 2 from a Razr Maxx HD out of curiosity and was blown away. Battery life on the Note 2 was decent but you may still want an extra battery on the charger. I think I’m going to wait and see what the Moto X phone and Note 3 have to offer later this year. Short story long, I’d get the Note 2 if I were you.

          • Kyle Fullmer

            Thanks, I am going to try some new roms on the HD and might try some of the unlocked only roms in an attempt to speed it up. When it runs well it is an amazing phone.

          • aQuickBit

            No desire to spend >$300 on a phone that I can just root and flash anyway.

        • Tim242

          The RAZR has a 4.3″ screen, yet the phone is bigger than the GS4 with its 5″ screen. The point? You can’t judge a phone’s size by the size of the screen.

          • calculatorwatch

            If the X looks anything like the leaked pictures it will be quite a bit smaller than the GS4. Personally I appreciate the utility of a 5″ screen especially one as pretty as the S4′s, but there’s just something so nice about the feel of holding a smaller phone. When I hold my Gnex and then try holding my old OG Droid the Droid just feels so much nicer in hand. Plus I got to check out a RAZR M on display once and it just felt like the perfect phone size.

          • Christopher Grame

            Yeah dude i had the gnex for about a year before moving on to the razr m and i have to say that the m is so much more comfortable

          • aQuickBit

            I realize the bezel on that thing sucked, but they (as an industry) have been shrinking them so I am assuming this will be a good sized device. It is is anything like the Droid RAZR M (or Incredible 4G) then I think we will be good.

    • maratu

      My Gnex has officially started dying- I can’t get the camera back for anything :(

      • nate

        its kinda funny that your pic reflects that lol

        • EC8CH

          indeed

    • nate

      I wonder what % of readers here have a gnex lol.

      • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

        Good pole question! I’m one of’em also.

        • PhoenixPath

          Poll.

          • Tyler Durden

            Oh the joys of missing one letter.

          • PhoenixPath

            Not missing; substituting.
            Not a letter; a word.

            … and before you ask, nope: nothing better to do today. Just chillin’ and grillin’. :-D

          • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

            ok, so you must have thought i meant you should ask a flagpole this question. sorry to mislead you there.

          • PhoenixPath

            Obviously, since I actually used the correct word, I knew what you meant, ya ding-a-ling. Try again?

          • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

            if you can tell what I meant even if there is a typo or grammar error, then keep quiet and add real value to the conversation (and I know you know what i originally meant, it’s more obvious than my sarcasm!)

          • PhoenixPath

            “if you can tell what I meant even if there is a typo or grammar error, then keep quiet and add real value to the conversation”

            You’re actually going to sit there and tell me what to do?

            Um…no. If you can’t take a little occasional snark from someone indulging their OCD on a slow day, I gotta tell ya…the internet ain’t for you, buddy.

            I’ll add value at my choosing. I’ll pick on thin-skinned, touch-typers as I see fit as well. OCD doesn’t have to be all bad…Heck: some days it can be downright hilarious.

            If you don’t like it, well, you can do whatever the hell you want. Free Country and all. I might have a few suggestions though, if you find yourself running a bit short on ideas.

            Smile. Nothing on the internet is personal.

          • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

            I hope you feel better about your CDO now. (and that’s not a typo. i meant to do that.)

          • PhoenixPath

            Woah, cowboy… Who said I felt bad about it?

            Someone needs to learn to read as well as write…

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        There was a “what is your current phone” poll not too long ago and quite a few people have a G-Nex, myself included. I would assume most are still on a two year contract with the G-Nex.

        • NexusMan

          The majority of people polled were on the G Nex

          • Jon

            That’s what he said.

          • Timothy McGovern

            “That’s” – he

        • Mark Nealon

          I have a G-Nex off contract. The reason I don’t have anything newer is because nothing better is available. All I need is stock Android with soft keys and a removable battery, but no new phone meets all three criteria.

      • Brandal Wagener

        On a completely unrelated note. Go Hawks

        • GBR

          Nebraska continues to dominate them!!! GBR!!!

      • SkylaC90

        I still have my ride or die Gnex with me, waiting for something to blow my mind before getting it, at least i’ll hold out for a 32 to 64gb version of the Galaxy S4 on Verizon. or the S4 Active

      • http://www.venu.in/blog Venu Vedam

        Well, I am still using a Nexus S. :)

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      Not much of an upgrade over the Nexus 4. No glass back, LTE(I don’t recall?), (potentially) better camera, and a (presumably) larger battery. I wonder what price point this will hit. Not to mention a step down for the processor.

      • 4n1m4L

        Glass back is an upgrade??

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          No, that was one of the downsides. “No glass back” on the XFON is an upgrade, as well as “LTE(I don’t recall?), (potentially) better camera, and a (presumably) larger battery”.

          • MyStroPro

            But it isn’t “much” of an upgrade…

          • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

            Well, when I was expecting the Snapdragon 800 and a 1080p display, it sours some of the specs that my Nexus 4 already has. I think it’s a good upgrade, but I just think that it might not be worth it from a Nexus 4.

          • MyStroPro

            The one thing I’m hoping for still – an external SD slot

          • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

            I doubt it, since this is the first Google inspired phone. I could be wrong though.

          • MyStroPro

            I know… which sucks since my SD reader is faster at transferring music than using the phone’s connection.

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        I would be very surprised if it wasn’t LTE capable.

        • Tyler Durden

          Well thank god it’s not 8gb, no SD, and no LTE. Nightmare device right there

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            I know, it would really suck to be able to buy an unlocked quad core phone for $299.

          • michael arazan

            Would love to see Moto sell it through their own store, especially a verizon version

          • _shall

            :-( I quite like my nightmare device.

      • michael arazan

        I’m hoping $350 at the maxx, I hope all the added software doesn’t kill the memory like the samsung gs4, bad enough to have 16 gb not including os. Hopefully moto will still include the SD card, as long as i can install 4-6 gb of apps and games, the rest I can store on sd

        • Droidzilla

          If this is $350 on contract, it’s full of fail. This should be $99 on contract.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            They are not saying $350 on Contract. They are saying off contract. But I’d hope it would be less than $350 off contract also.

      • Jordan Williams

        The glass back is pretty, but at the same time I don’t like not being able to set my phone somewhere angled and know that it won’t slide off…. :|

    • LiterofCola

      I hope these specs are wrong to be honest so I can upgrade from my Razr Maxx, if not, I certainly hope the Xperia Z Google Edition rumors are true.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        At the very least, the processor, RAM, screen, and design will be an upgrade from the OG Maxx. Only thing yu would give up is potentially battery life, but we don’t know how larget he battery is on this one so that’s difficult to judge.

        All in all, it looks like a solid mid-range device. With the right price, it could sell really really well.

        • LiterofCola

          Yup, if I were in the market for a mid-range phone I would most definitely pick this up.

        • EC8CH

          if it sold retail for Nexus 4 prices it would be a solid deal.

    • MotorolaFTW

      +1

      but I think this is not going to be Xphone..) This thing was codenamed as “XFON” by evleaks, evleaks was good at predicting some HTC details, but HTC is located in Taiwan,

      while Motorola will be designed and assembled in the USA, so evleaks may not have access to Motorola’s information/prototypes and PROPER specs.;)

      720p is absolutely unacceptable!

      Awesome 2Gb RAM doesn’t go with 720p and with 10Mp camera.
      Android 4.2.2. why not 4.3KLP or even 5.0KLP? ;)

      Motorola X made in USA > iphone 5/5s/6/7… made in China.

      • Chris Stuart

        GS3 has 3gb of ram and 720p. This phone will complement the nexus phones well because it could even cheaper than the n4 off contract. If you want better specs it looks like the gs4 or HTC one nexus edition are the way to go, but you pay for it

        • MichaelFranz

          S3 only had 1.5GB of ram in the US I believe

          • Timothy Sternig

            Actually it was less than that. It only had 1gig.

          • Stev J

            GS3 USA = 2gb RAM
            GS3 International = 1gb RAM

          • Marsg

            only 1.5 GB of usable RAM, the S4 only has 1.82Gb

      • carlisimo

        The smallest 1080p screen we’ve seen so far has been for a 4.7″ screen; asking for 1080p on a 4.3″ screen is ambitious. It’d probably be overkill, too.

        720p on 4.3″ is 342ppi – that’s plenty, imo.

        • Kyle Fullmer

          Yes, any more and you are just spec whoring.

    • EC8CH

      Yes, but I’m still waiting to see what the “Hero” device looks like.

      They should sell this for Nexus 4 level retail prices.