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Moto X “XFON” XT1055 for U.S. Cellular Stops by FCC

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When Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside sat on stage at D11 a few weeks back, he confirmed that his company would “broadly” distribute their next wave of smartphones. With today’s FCC filing of the Motorola XT1055 headed to U.S. Cellular (LTE band 12), an XFON variant, we now have at least four variants of this phone confirmed for U.S. carriers. 

The listing helps us add another model number to an ongoing list that represents the XFON, which could very well be a part of the new Moto X line of phones. We know that the XT1060 is Verizon’s variant, XT1056 is headed to Sprint, and the XT1058 is on its way to AT&T. The only major U.S. carrier we have yet to see a filing for is T-Mobile.

As for specs, the device is expected to run on a Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, carry 2GB RAM, 16GB of storage, 10MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 720p display, and run Android 4.2.2. Since that sounds mid-range, we are expecting Motorola to introduce new sensors or software that can predict your every desire as it happens. Well, it’ll at least do things like turn your camera on when you pull your phone out of a pocket, but only at the precise moment you need it to happen.

We have no confirmation on a release or price, though we are expecting it to happen soon.

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  • TairyHessticals

    Just get the one. If you keep waiting for the next big thing you’ll only be waiting for the next big thing

    • needa

      nah, ill just keep waiting for the next big thing. it saves me a ton of money.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    it’s not out yet so imma see what they’ve cooked up. it’s been awhile for moto

  • Sporttster

    After seeing these specs, I’m now considering the HTC One as my replacement phone. Rather disappointed….

  • Dave

    I don’t know. I guess I’m kind of excited at what they’re capable of…if the camera is excellent, the display is decent, battery life is long, and the UI experience is smooth, then why not? I can see them pricing this low enough (off-contract) to make some inroads with a new consumer base on a new brand.

    • mark

      my sentiments exactly.. so long as it’s snappy I couldn’t care less about the fact that it’s dual core and 720p

  • 18footJ

    So this is definitely the mid-range version kind of like the Galaxy Mini and One Mini.

    The Motorola CEO confirmed a Moto-X for an October release, to compete with the iPhone 5S I assume.

    • NexusMan

      Actually, he said it’s coming “by October,” which means some time between now and October.

      • 18footJ

        Yes, you’re right.

        But he also said there will be several Motorola devices this year, so I’m hoping that the Moto-X will be the flagship and the XFON is the mid-range.

        • needa

          i kinda doubt it. i dont see more than one moto phone being released this year on all carriers at once. it is so rare that you see it with any phone. much less two from the same oem.

  • DainLaguna

    S4 pro is dual core?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The MSM8960T is, yes. The APQ8064 is the quad-core S4 Pro variant which is in the N4.

  • jordanb

    You would think that Motorola would “accidentally” leak or even just come right out and let us know the specs of the other hero X phone, if there was one. They have to see these things and realize by not informing they are losing customers(people that were waiting for the X, that see these specs and went and bought, or are going to buy something else now) and losing major marketing perception, even if their is something better heading our way. Which I doubt because of the reasons I just stated.

    • Larizard

      I thought this was a very odd marketing strategy for Motorola, too. Everyone is holding their breath for the “X-phone”, and then they release a mid-range device first, practically killing all the hype that came with it.

      This is the first Googoorola phone. Everyone has high hopes for this. If Motorola fails to deliver, I’m not sure if there is any second chance.

  • If this is anything like the Droid X… count me in!

  • A.Miller

    I’ll buy off contract if 250 or less — might be willing to hit 300.

    With stock or near-stock phones, though, what do I do to get a better camera? That’s the one back thing about stock Android. Any suggestions?

    • r0lct

      The latest G+ now integrates Snapseed features. On the backend they will do HDR, smile (combo multi-pics with best smiles) and motion. So there’s still some additional features they need within the camera app, but they are making progress.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Motorola needs a quad-core. Although a Snapdragon pro 4 Dual-Core is no slug. and 2 gigs of RAM is a step up. The extra features will eat up the extra ram. Come on MOTO Snapdragon 800 and a 1080p display at least.

    • chris420o

      why cant i get this phone…amazes me how some random dope on the internet can create such an amazing concept with photoshop and high paid developers/designers with large companies like motorola cant

    • Daniel Rosseau

      At least? Really? Are you willing to pay $1000 for that? Why are people sooo into specs? Everyone on here says the N4 doesn’t lag one bit…..so why do we still need the Snapdragon 800? Give me a phone with great battery life and a great camera…..on whatever processor and screen needed to make it like that. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy the pace of spec improvement but there definitely isn’t a NEED for it until we’re playing high res games on our phone mirrored to our TV.

      • chansterrrr

        Because maybe the S800 actually has a little bit better battery while having better performance? Why not have the better processor that saves battery AND is faster?

        As for 1080p, 720p is fine for me but people always want the best.

  • chris420o

    once again…i weep when i read the xfon specs…the phone that was supposed to save me from my galaxy nexus experience and bring me back to the glory of the og droid days where i have the best phone out…this is just weak i want quad core i want 4.65-7″ i want 1080p i want huge battery i want an amaziong camera i want minimal bezel edge to edge display i want no on screen buttons or branding like nexus devices i want AMERICAN MADE MOTOROLA BUILD QUALITY and i want at a good price like the n4…why cant u give me what i want

    • WickedToby741

      Motorola probably isn’t very high on the supply chain. Why would they be able to score good deals on components when HTC is even struggling to get them? All of the good suppliers are supplying to Samsung and Apple so everyone else is left fighting for the leftovers. Motorola probably said “screw it, the only parts we can get reasonably are last year’s” and hence you have this. I mean the specs are disappointing but honestly I’m over specs. I think it’s more valuable if they can provide a good experience with updates, reliability, and assembly in the US. But they have yet to prove they can even do that.

      • chris420o

        I dont agree with this…if there is demand there will be supply

        • KleenDroid

          Correct, you just agreed with his point. There has not been a demand for Motorola phones. So the supply goes to Samsung and Apple.

          • chris420o

            no i dont see how i did…so what your saying is if motorola is coming out with a new phone and wants to buy the latest snapdragon processors that they arent going to sell them those processors because there is, as u say, “no demand for motorola phones?”…yeah because that makes total sense…what do they care if there is a demand from the public for phones from moto when its moto whos buying it from them and their making money regardless

          • KleenDroid

            What I am saying is that they have not been a high selling manufacturer so the first dibs go to high selling companies.

            If there is a limited supply the companies that have demonstrated high sales get first choice. If the supply were endless it wouldn’t matter.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Except in the business world it doesn’t work that way. Unless HTC and Samsung are purchasing every last unit they have the capacity to make in a given time period, then Motorola could get shipments like anyone else. Qualcomm really does not care who buys their products, only meeting their ship dates. Whoever pays the most, or is a more strategic partner that will eventually sell yet more units of the next design, gets the priority. But priority only matters at the beginning of a production run, since that is when supply is behind demand. At this point, they are likely running below full capacity so that they don’t waste many units.

            So, with Motorola going to the S4 Pro, they are likely getting a pretty significant discount for buying up spare inventory, rather than paying a premium for the current “world’s best”. At which point, they can put the savings into reduced unit cost, into advanced low-power sensors and/or radios, or both.

          • WickedToby741

            But they are shipping just about every one. That’s why for the Galaxy S3, Samsung was actually making Qualcomm’s chips for the S3 in Samsung foundries. I guarantee that problem didn’t get better with the S4 and One. And sure you could and say that others like Sony don’t have problems getting the latest chips, but they’re not about to launch a multi-carrier flagship device. Qualcomm is going to flatly tell Motorola they just don’t have the capacity to support a high profile device, which this would have been if they could line up the suppliers. We’re not talking about a couple hundred phones here, and Qualcomm already has existing deals with other manufacturers and upcoming deals, and they’re higher profile manufacturers than Motorola. And that’s just using Qualcomm for the example not to mention other components like the screen.

          • KleenDroid

            I am sure that whatever they put out will be nice. And I really do hope they pass the huge savings on to their customers.

          • Aaron

            That still doesn’t hold water. If there is limited supply and contracts in place, that is one thing. But as far as sales, what does that matter to parts manufacturers? They get their money up front from the OEMs.

    • chris420o

      I just dont see any reason why i would buy this over keeping my droid razr hd? i mean what reason is there? 1 gig more ram?

    • KleenDroid

      I know. If I didn’t know it was true I would call someone a liar if they told me Motorola was owned by Google.

      But I guess there are plenty of phones to sell in the low to mid range segment. Lots of parents buy phones for their kids. Business phones and phones for grandparents. And for those that can’t afford a higher end phone.

      If it’s a good phone in its lower end tier I am sure it will sell just fine.

      • chris420o

        I mean i can understand that…but from a company that has in the past put out top tier products to settle for the mid range segment is disappointing…especially after refering to this phone as a “hero device”

        • KleenDroid

          It could be a hero device for Motorola. I was somewhere that the mid range phones were going to be the biggest sellers.

    • DainLaguna

      To be fair, I don’t see anything here about it not having an edge to edge display, big batter, or a crap camera.

  • Butters619

    I really want to see the price point they hit with this phone. That will determine whether this phone sinks or swims. Pretty much it needs to be free on contract and $300 off contract to stand a chance.

    And still praying for a more powerful x-phone.

    • DainLaguna

      Free on contract? Outside of benchmarks, if love for you to be able to prove how ‘midrange’ this thing is outside of specs on paper.

      • Butters619

        So outside of specs and benchmarks, you’d like me you prove how this is mid range?

        Sure the average consumer doesn’t care about benchmarks and in the real world probably wouldn’t notice, but they aren’t going to be completely ignorant to the specs either. Regardless of what extra features this has, the average consumer isn’t going to buy a dual core 720p phone when they can get a quad core 1080p phone for $100. It doesn’t matter how many cool sensors it has, that is a really tough sell. And I used to work at Best Buy. Those sales reps pitch on specs and popularity, not bonus features.

  • nina

    everytime i wait for another great phone to replace my nexus, something better comes out. i gave up on the waiting and decided to go with whatever is currently out. i don’t have to wait till it hits vzw 6 months later AFTER the fact, and well there’s also accessories widely available. 2gb of ram sounds fantastic in this build, but yeah..i’m just impatient.

    • NexusPhan69

      I’ve had the exact opposite. Every phone Verizon actually gets just never appealed to me over the GNex. I’m anxiously waiting for a phone that I actually want over the GNex. Just hasn’t happened yet for me. I get a subsidized phone next month and it’s looking like I won’t have any options that I want.

      • nina

        i feel the same, and so it’s why i upgraded this month to a note 2 ( i can’t wait till oct/dec. for the note 3). i have a feeling that after going to a quad core, i will never go back to anything less-

        • NexusPhan69

          That was my top pick. I used a friends for a day and it was just a little too big. Maybe I’d adapt to it over time but (man it’s a beautiful screen on that thing) but buying a Note 2 in late July seems like a bad choice. I’m still praying something amazing comes along ASAP.

          • nina

            but why is it a bad choice, buying wise? because it’s ‘dated’ and the note 3 is coming out? i disagree. a phone is only as good as the person who intends to use it for their use.

  • lgreg64

    This is great they need their phones on more than just verizon network. But we will still have to wait for the high end model later this year.

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  • AxemRed

    I’m starting to feel better about this phone. I’ve never been a fan of huge screens, and I think that 1080p is probably unnecessary for a small phone. The duel core processor really had me down, but I’m going to look at some benchmarks and impressions before I count it out. As long as the reviews are good and the battery is big, this will probably be my next phone.

  • shecalledmejay

    I’m just looking for my Gnex replacement, a good phone with on-screen buttons.

    • Raj Bhatt

      This is not the device we are looking for.

      • Daniel Rosseau

        This is a huge improvement over the GNex. Add a Maxx size battery, LTE, and a good camera, most people would love this phone. I’m willing to bet most people could care less about 1080p vs 720p. I personally care way more about the battery than the resolution. Stay in that 320-330 ppi and I’m happy.

    • WickedToby741

      This really almost is like a GNex 2. It’ll even come with Verizon’s delayed updates!

    • michael arazan

      I’m going to buy it to replace my gnex if it retail’s around $350 as it should full retail, anymore and it won’t be worth it. I hope Moto keeps the sd card slot

  • Dominick White

    I just want them to release this phone/s already so all the hyperbeasting will stop. It just feel like damn bionic hyperbeasting all over again, and we all recall how that turn out.

  • Shaunwin

    So is Motorola going to use the “X” like Samsung uses “Galaxy”?

    • EC8CH

      X……………. actly 😛

      use… abuse… whatever

  • Since US Cellular is the 5th biggest carrier in the US (which is kinda like being the tallest midget), we’ll throw them in the mix. The XFON is now verified for four of the five biggest carriers in the country. All we’re missing is T-Mobile. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one. T-Mobile and Motorola have never had a very good relationship. T-Mobile always gets Motorola’s bargain basement phones, if they even have any at all. Anyone remember the Cliq, Cliq XT, and Cliq 2? Oh god, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. But, as ashamed as I am, the Cliq XT was my first Android phone and got me started on this path, so I guess it wasn’t all bad.

    • tomn1ce

      I can’t remember when was the last time that I saw a Motorola phone in a T-Mobile store…

      • Yeah, I’m almost positive they haven’t had one since the Cliq 2, and that launched about 2-and-a-half years ago.

    • KG

      Well, we have XT1055, XT1056, XT1058 and XT1060 locked down, which leaves at least 2 model number “holes” in there… XT1057 and XT1059 will probably exist in some shape or form and are likely reserved for a US carrier. My guess is TMo and MetroPCS

      • MetroPCS being owned by T-Mobile now, I’d be surprised if Metro launches any new phones anymore. T-Mobile will be ending MetroPCS by 2015. One of those model number holes could definitely be for T-Mobile. The other is anyone’s guess…C Spire maybe? Samsung thought enough of them to let them launch the Galaxy S 4…

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          MetroPCS has already started selling T-Mobile-based devices.

          • Yeah, but that means they’d probably just sell the T-Mobile version, which (logic would dictate, anyway) wouldn’t be a new model number. I think it’s logical to expect that T-Mobile and Metro would sell the same phone at this stage…

  • Detonation

    Still hoping this is just the mid-range version and there is a more powerful, flagship that will come out later.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Droid X, XFON, Moto X… I think they ran out of things to call phones

    • Warwick

      Imagine if they release a modern Startac like they did the RAZR lol

    • Steve

      Do you guys remember the Moto Q?

      • boybert

        Yup had a black one – was a great phone

        • jacob

          lol, no it wasn’t… windows mobile…

  • Greyhame

    Wish Motorola would just announce the phone already, and give us a hint of their marketing plans.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Just remember if you think those specs are low end just look at the iPhone 5.

    • Specs are pretty irrelevant. It’s about experience and hopefully it’s good on this phone.

      • LiterofCola

        Sorry, specs are not irrelevant.

        • steve30x

          yeah give him a single core phone running 4.2 and lets see how irrelevant that phone is.

          • That would be a BAD EXPERIENCE, steve. Experience matters, not specs.

          • Blue Sun

            Outdated specs & poorly written software (MotoBlur, Sense, etc) drive experience.

          • EdubE24

            Hell give him an S4 running 4.2 and let him see the lagginess himself!

        • They really are. People walk into stores and buy a macbook air not based on specs and buy a samsung galaxy S(X) not based on specs.

        • DainLaguna

          Optimization matters more. Why do you think the iPhone owns so many benchmarks despite having so so spec s compared to android flagships?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      IPhone doesn’t run android. It’s not a comparison.

      • Greyhame

        Agree. Apples and Androids here… two different things.

      • Rabid Rotty

        Oh I guess you didn’t see iOS 7 lol

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    • Dominick White

      Not low end, mid range.. And yes the iPhone is mid range phone.

  • “Screw you (insert big carrier here)!! I’m leaving once my contract is up and going to U.S. Cellular!!” – No one. Ever.

  • Very excited to see what this phone is all about.

  • Daniel

    Sounds like they’ll have a few versions on each carrier, like a smaller one and a larger, higher-end one…if not more…I’m holding out hope for a Verizon Droid 5-version with qwerty slider, if so it’ll be a day 1 purchase

    • Michael Pahl

      My first true Android was an LG Ally. I am a big fan of the keyboard…. however even i’ll admit they are not the future. Swype, minuum, swiftkey, even stock Google Keyboard available on Google Play are all faster than a qwerty…

    • boybert

      Here’s hoping for D5 too… but I’m starting to doubt it

    • WickedToby741

      I want to see a Droid 5 phablet. 5″ or 5″+ 1080p screen, on screen buttons, slide out keyboard, Qualcomm 600 or 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 13 MP camera. It would be such a big phone with the huge screen and keyboard.

    • bananatroll

      don’t hold your breath. The DROID brand is all but dead to moto. It doesn’t meld with their new Google-owned marketing setup.

      Remember when Google made the statement of drastically cutting their handset line up to fewer, stronger, and more broadly offered?

      This is why you will not see more DROID devices from the company. No more physical keyboards. No more motoblur, ninjablur, HDMI connectors, micro SD slots, removable batteries, etc, and they will run pure android with a tiny amount of user removable bloat apps.

      DROID is over for moto!

      Motorola is moving to a uniform-type line up, much like the iPhone/Galaxy series…

      But the intention is to present the Google experience as it was intended, and to offer a totally uniform experience that can be carried from one moto to the next.

      The XFON is only the beggining.

      HTC might offer another DROID though.

      • Larizard

        This just in: @DroidLanding just tweeted. lol.

  • ddevito

    Leave it to Motorola to confuse us with their marketing.

  • besweeet

    Gah… I think a lot of us seeing “Moto X” immediately thinks of motocross, so I think that a smartphone name of “Moto X” might be a little confusing to some. Although a Google search for “Moto X” shows phone results. Bing shows motorcycle results.

    • MikeCiggy

      Lol, add this to the Bing commercial. Sorry Bing you ‘assumed’ wrong when I typed Moto X.

    • Blue Sun

      The first thing I think of is my old Motorola Droid X. It just seems like they are reusing a letter they’ve already used for a device.

  • Warwick

    Waiting to see what Moto has in the fall season.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Wait so when is vzw going to get any new phone other than Samsung? I guess I’m asking,dreaming or wishing far to much.

    • jh123416

      The VZW version already passed through the FCC weeks ago

    • tomn1ce

      Didn’t you hear, they’re getting the Samsung S4 Mini in a few weeks….lol

  • jh123416

    I’m extreeeemely confused. Why is it called the “Moto X XFON”? Is that because Moto X is now a line of phones?

    • AxemRed

      I’ve read a lot about this and shuffled the info around in my head enough that I think I have it figured out:

      Moto says they’re releasing a phone called Moto X in late summer. This phone seems to be on schedule for a late summer release. So this is the Moto X that Moto announced.

      Bionic said that Moto X will be a line of phones, that this phone is a midrange phone, and a large, more powerfully-specced phone would come out in October. He also said that Moto X is a line of phones.

      MY thought is that Moto will try to build a brand similar to Samsung Galaxy or HTC One. This is the first one, probably just called Moto X. The bigger one in October will probably be called Moto X _____ (fill in the blank.)

      • cns2007

        “MY thought is that Moto will try to build a brand similar to Samsung Galaxy or HTC One. This is the first one, probably just called Moto X. The bigger one in October will probably be called Moto X _____ (fill in the blank.)”

        I can see this, but it’s an odd approach. IMHO, you release your flagship with all the bells and whistles, before you introduce a lower-end version of it. By doing it this way, I feel you’ve tainted the brand and when the flagship is released it will still be associated with the lesser version in the public eye. Only those that frequent tech blogs such as ourselves, will know the true difference.

        • WickedToby741

          Well Samsung and HTC are both doing it with mini versions of their flagships so I guess I don’t see the big deal. If Samsung and HTC both think they can do it without tainting the overall brand it’s reasonable for Motorola to think the same. Besides, most consumers care more about the overall experience than the specs. Arguably the S3 is still enough of a phone for most people and that’s practically what this is spec-wise. Motorola really has to sell the experience, not the specs.

          • cns2007

            But both Samsung and HTC released the minis afterwards, not before.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I understand where you would think releasing the high end phone first would be the logical conclusion, (Samsung released the SGS4 and now is launching the Mini) but Motorola seems to do it the opposite way. Launch the mid level, sell as many as you can in 2-3 months, then release a slightly higher end version and sell more as seen from their past releases.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            More likely is that they are releasing the mid-range immediately for those who want it, while announcing their more powerful flagship and stating its availability in a few months. They did this exact same release schedule last year with the Razr M and HD, as the M was available the week after their press conference and the HD/HD Maxx were available 2 months later. It is not so much sales pitch as it is that the midrange device is likely easier to get parts for.

          • Larizard

            That’s the only way I can see it working out: If they announce both the mid-range and the high-end device, at the same press conference. If they don’t, they will pretty much kill the hype around the hero device.

            Did anyone here, in all seriousness, shouted for joy when the Razr Maxx came a few months, out of nowhere, after the original (new) Razr? Sentiments here at Droid-Life was ranging from disappointment to rage.

        • Larizard

          THAAANK YOU.

          You don’t release a mid-range, spec-from-last-year device, when you’re a company who has been bought by Google; when you’ve been adamantly defending/making excuses about the current “pipeline of devices” that you have to go through.

          It’s a very odd move that will kill all the hype that is around the higher-spec device, if there is one. Then you’ll be driving consumers away from your brand into the arms of Samsung or HTC.

  • Robert Macri

    I really wanted to want this.

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      I want to see a Droid 5 phablet.
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      • S2556

        That’s a dirty spam link.

        • WickedToby741

          And it’s using my comment elsewhere in the comment section to hide the spam!

  • Ian Smith

    at least you tried