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Another Photo of the Moto X Surfaces, Looking All Sorts of Matte

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Well, there is another photo of the Moto X. It looks a lot like all of the other photos of the Moto X that we have seen over the last couple weeks, meaning it doesn’t reveal anything else about this somewhat-mysterious-but-not-that-mysterious device coming out of Motorola. Actually, I take that back – Tim noticed almost immediately that the phone has a headphone jack placed directly in the center of the top, which for those of us who love bottom headphone jacks, is a huge disappointment.

Other than that, there is the speaker grill, rumored 10MP camera lens, centered flash just below it, Motorola indention-logo-combo, and a super ergonomically sexy curved backside. Ahhh, yeah.

To read our most recent recap of all Moto X happenings, hit up this post.

Via:  Weibo | Blog of Mobile

  • dave birney

    i cant tell you how much i hate curved backs. its only some of the time that i use my phone while its lying on a table, but with a curved back there is no way to do anything without it rocking all over the place. you either have to pick it up or hold it down at one side and try to do whatever it is you need to do. #firstworldproblems

  • Eric Ramos

    A low price point, good HD screen, 2000+ mah battery, and smooth performance is all I care about. The screen looks more like a 4.5-4.6 screen to me which remindes me of my galaxy nexus with less bezel on the bottom which is great. Specs don’t mean anything to me as long as its optimized well. And the phone is really well designed, not that many curved phones with soft touch backs anymore. I’m still excited for this phone.

  • Gnex

    Blaeh. Droid Ultra for me if it’s using last years tech. I don’t buy phones for their spec sheet, but if I’m gonna have it for 2 years I don’t want something that’s just ‘good enough’ by today’s standards.

  • Alan Paone

    Can you guys do some investigative journalism into why every manufacturer is putting the headphone jack in the wrong place?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    it looks so comfy to hold.

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    I understand from a Verizion POV
    why having multiple devices of the same model would help lure customers
    but why would Motorla do that?? Especially launching the mid-range
    option BEFORE the high-end version. Kind of backards, isn’t it?

  • James Hill

    It’s a headphone jack “vagina” design.

  • Jason Downing

    Time to get some bluetooth, but I definitely agree

  • LionStone

    The A200 works great in the car, truck, office, even my Ridgid work radio when I’m outside. It can charge and play simultaneously because the earlier model I guess couldn’t. It’s $45.00 on amazon.


    I haven’t tried these out yet but they claim “superb hi-fidelity”… they are $80.00.


  • Eric

    Matte is good, very good…

  • master94

    great another phone with a built in mute button. Move the speakers to a better place. Nexus 4 all over again

    • needa

      you must have missed the curved backside part.

  • I-Troll-U

    Please cut with the sarge says crap..

    • Bionic

      Nope, plenty of people here appreciate it.

      • needa

        they arent going to when all of your sarge says crap turns out to be wrong.

  • Alexander Anteneh

    and the noise cancelling mic

  • epps720

    I am not a fan of the look of this phone. This matte black looks really bland and boring. Phone desperately needs some character (I’m sure that’s why they have the color options).

    I’m with you on the headphone jack. My HTC One has it on top as well and it’s really annoying b/c I always put my phone top side into bottom of my pocket.

  • primarchlion

    So many pics, so little USB/micro-HDMI placement (existence?) info. It’s doubtful that the X will have mHDMI, but I’m hoping for it on the ULTRA/MAXX/MINI line. To justify my lapdock purchase =P

    • hkklife

      I’ll wager MHL (at best) on the X and the upcoming Ultra/Maxx/Mini will be the FINAL Moto releases to feature “real” features like microSD slots and microHDMI ports.

  • Bailers77

    Please stop moving the headphone jack. Those of us that put the phones into things an armband for running are tired of having to either cut a new hole, or figure out some other way to get the headphone in the jack. They design these things for the IPhone, for good or bad please just do what Apple does for placement.

    • tyguy829

      apple moved their jack too starting with the 5…..

      • LiterofCola

        womp womp

      • Bailers77

        I know, and the new armband I bought had the hole in a different place. The old bands worked fine with my Rezound, the new ones, not so much.

  • Trevor

    Love phones with a matte back. So much better grip-wise.

  • Elliot Kotis

    I like the matte finish, matte finish screen maybe? (Non-gloss).

  • Bionic

    That’s not the headphone jack, its the deflector dish.

    • bananatroll

      dude where are the volume buttons?!

  • danofiveo

    The position of the headphone jack is a non-issue for me. I almost exclusively use Bluetooth.

    • Reginald Jefferson

      I’m in the same boat. Headphone jack position doesn’t really matter if you’re wireless.

      • Nicholassss

        or if you just flip the phone around. i use wired headphones but ive never really cared where the jack is, as long as it works.

  • Jonathan Lamonte

    As long as this has a good camera, better battery life than the Galaxy Nexus and a price tag of $199 with no contract through Verizon, this will be my next phone!… Until something better comes along where I can buy it on contract 🙂

    • Alexander H

      For $199, that’s the price of a flip phone. Even garbage smartphone is 250+ on Verizon.

      • Alan Fortte

        Remember that this carries close to Nexus 4 specs and it’s almost a year later. I’d pay $250-300 for the Moto X if it is indeed available unlocked from Google or directly from Motorola which is likely.

    • bkosh84

      $199 off contract?!? Haha, how strong is the weed you’re smoking?

  • The_16th_Doctor

    guys, nowadays, you can change the orientation of the phone. if you want the headphone jack on the bottom, just flip the phone, on the side, just twist it. it really doesnt matter

    • Bionic


  • TrevorKai

    Looks a bit thick. . .

  • Fabyloso

    Why do phones continue with putting the Speaker on the back?? I love the HTC for this, but hate the HTC One for many other reasons.

    • Bionic

      ever notice how much bezel the One has? Not everyone likes that

      • Fabyloso

        I agree! One of the main reasons I hate the One.But still, I’d be happy with one speaker at the top, rather than the dual (which creates the huge bezel).

  • Bionic

    Today’s nugget of info. The likelihood of a Snapdragon 600 being inside the October hero device is becoming more likely but not confirmed. Per sarge.

    But the 800? I would be SHOCKED

    • tyguy829

      S4 Prime = S600. just a rebranding

      • Diablo81588

        Wow, didn’t know that.. The specs are identical. What a marketing scam!

        • hkklife

          Wait, the S4 Prime is an S4 Pro with the radio removed, right?
          Still a notch slower/older/less efficient than the 600, right?

    • Joe

      That would be fine if the price is under $350

  • NorCalGuy

    Enable 180 rotation problem solved headphone jack on the bottom

    • does this have capacitave buttons or on screen?

      • Steve Benson

        on screen

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        On screen most likely, if the previous leaks were to be believed (which, I do)

  • Bionic

    This is the Generic model which will go into carrier stores, if you want custom colors you will have to order online.

    • bananatroll

      16gb of storage at the store and 32gb upgradeable online?

      • Bionic

        not sure on that, sarge originally said 16GB

        • hkklife

          Still looking like the microSD slot has been axed on this one and the hero? Well, I could survive with 32Gb internal on the hero device, at least for the immediate future.

          • Bionic

            yeah im pretty sure there is no SD slot

  • Raj Bhatt

    If it is metal covered with matte rubber like the OG then I’m into it. But from pics it looks like matte plastic. Mediocre outsides to match the mediocre insides?

    • Bionic

      its a budget phone

      • MikeCiggy

        lame… not the hero device we all wanted.

      • Raj Bhatt

        Seems like it. I am really hoping you are right about the monster version coming out later!

        • Bionic

          Well……..what is usually in October in the googleverse? Hmmmmmm…….. Could October possibly mean 5.0 running on the Moto X2 (or whatever they call it)

          Just a thought 🙂

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Plastic can be done right, and feel not only premium but nearly indestructible. You just have to very very careful during the initial design, material choice, and production processes. Samsung, for instance, is obsessed with glossy finishes, which feels unnatural in the hand, and greatly detracts from its feeling of overall build quality.

      • Raj Bhatt

        Agreed, the glossy plastic just feels unnatural.

  • Bionic

    I have yet to experience bluetooth audio which matches a good set of old fashioned headphones

    • Jacob Svonavec

      Granted they aren’t as good as wired, but the only good ones I have used are the Motorola S9 HD, which sadly aren’t made any longer. They actually had great sound quality for the price ($60-80 Amazon).

  • Bionic

    I like headphone jacks on the top

    • I dont want a cord hanging down over my hand when im watching something or playing a game.

      • MikeCiggy

        I watch movies and play most games in landscape. Kind of SOL on the wire hanging down..

  • chris125

    Boo cheap plastic boo /s

    • Andrew Remmers

      I’ve said this before its about the feel of the plastic. The final finish has a lot to do with the quality feel of the phone.

  • JonathonFlores

    I was super excited for this phone..why am I not, anymore?

    • EC8CH

      Woodside himself said that the “x phone” was actually a series of devices. So if this first one doesn’t do it for you wait for the next device which will most likely be higher spec’d.

      • Andrew Remmers

        Honestly can’t wait for the higher spec one, Ill still probably get this one though Gnex is dying.

        • JonathonFlores

          Dude, my Gnex is on thin ice and I dont know if it was the update to 4.2.3 from Verizon or the latest updates from Carbon that have my signal just cutting out to no signal evey other minute. Might have to revert to CM to see if that helps. My RAM is always hogged up my battery is lasting only a few hours. I have the 2180. I’m over it haha

          • kph3

            Have you performed a factory reset? My GNex was acting all weird after the last update and some apps and notifications didn’t work right. Backed it all up and did a reset…now it works perfect and I wish I would have done it a long time ago. Wasn’t as much of a pain as I thought it would be.

    • Bionic

      cuz this is only the mid range one

      • JonathonFlores

        You said the big brother was coming out when?

        • tyguy829

          october 14 according to our friend ‘sarge’

        • Bionic

          October. Subject to change of course.

          • JonathonFlores

            I understand from a Verizion POV why having multiple devices of the same model would help lure customers but why would Motorla do that?? Especially launching the mid-range option BEFORE the high-end version. Kind of backards, isn’t it?

          • Bionic

            There are many possible reasons. I cant answer all of these questions but consider the iphone crowd, this budget phone if its optimized with cool sensors can take some customers away from Apple.

            Also, something I have thought about is this, perhaps this phone is only mid range because this is the tester. This phone is designed to test these new sensors and the market’s reaction to them.

            Its called product penetration.

          • Steve Benson

            I love penetration.

          • Bionic

            ummm……..receiving or giving?

          • Steve Benson

            It depends on the situation…

          • Bionic

            Megan Fox

          • Steve Benson

            Of course.

          • JonathonFlores

            i lol’d

    • T4rd

      Because you have AIDS.

      Everyone has AIDS. (Cue Team America musical)

  • Keepfiring

    This was probably already evident from previous photos, but I’m glad to see the power button isn’t on top. That’s bugged me on any reasonably large phone.

  • Defenestratus

    Uninspiring phone with uninspiring specs has an uninspiring exterior.

    • Fresh360

      I want to downvote this so bad because the truth really does hurt…I so wanted this phone 2b great ; (
      Still hoping the actual Moto “Hero” device arrives 4the quarter and this is just our inroduction to the “NEW” Moto.

      • EC8CH

        I bet this is the case. Kinda makes sense to release your big gun around Black Friday anyway.

        Here’s to hoping the “Hero” shows up around Thanksgiving.

        • Bionic

          not to mention we will probably be seeing 5.0 in october and who’s to say that the hero X phone might not be first to feature it? 🙂

          • needa

            because motorola gets the exact same treatment as all of the other android oems.
            holy crap will you ever stop trying to fuel unsubstantiated rumors.

  • Cool midrange phone for tweens. I would get my little sister a yellow and pink combo, maybe.

  • BRIM

    Versace Versace this new Moto X is nothing but crappy

  • Mordecaidrake

    Shame the headphone plug is on the top, and likely it’s going to suck 🙁 Motorola hasn’t been doing anything good lately.

    • Butters619

      Motorola hasn’t been doing anything good lately.

      They have the best battery life of any phones out. They also have the lightest closest to stock skin. Please tell me again how they have’t been doing anything good?

      • Mordecaidrake

        I have the Razer HD MAxx and it’s got an awful camera, awful performance, randomly reboots, loaded with bloat. Need I go on?

        • chris420o

          honestly i slapped on the new jb cam apk and the camera works a lot better i recommend it

        • Butters619

          I never said they were perfect lol. But they have done some good things.

        • MikeCiggy

          Warranty replacement? Haven’t seen this many complaints from others.

      • hkklife

        Best reception too.
        Best battery life, best reception/RF, best manufacturer UI/skin, close to the top on build quality
        However, WORST cameras on any current flagship device, dated specs, aversion to big screns and a glacial release cycle. Here’s hoping all that changes starting this October!

  • EC8CH

    I like the functional looking design. Kinda like the N7… nice contoured soft touch plastic instead of the glitzy “high end” materials.

    Please continue with this design style for the larger screened X Phone.

  • Butters619

    Even with Apt-X I find bluetooth audio quality to be nowhere near a wired connection. And that doesn’t even consider that bluetooth accessories are unnecessarily expensive.

    So you go with the higher priced lower quality option. I’ll stick with wires.

  • JonathonFlores

    Takes me back to the old DInc days… so long ago.

  • hkklife

    Everything hardware and pricing-wise is shaping up to be more of a disappointment with each passing day.

    • turdbogls

      dont confuse the Moto X (seen here and everywhere else) with the X Phone which is supposed to be higher end.

      this phone has mid range written all over it.

      • Bionic

        exactly what I have been telling you guys

        • MikeCiggy

          Stupid naming conventions? How can there be the Motorola Moto X and the Motorola X Phone.

          • Bionic

            Because the hero device name isnt official and can still change, Hell, i bet it will likely change.

          • MikeCiggy


          • Steve Benson

            Any new info on the Moto Nova?

          • Bionic

            Nope. That phone is so far away its hard to keep track of. The name,specs,size, everythign could change between now and 2014

          • Steve Benson

            Figured. My contract with Big Red is up in December so if the Nova comes Q1 that would be perfect timing for me to move on.

          • Joseph Barrientos

            agreeing with you on this, like if anyone remembers the droid x was codenamed the droid shadow for about 4 months until the name was released, plus “x phone” indicates that the name is unknown.

    • jose

      Typical hyperbeasting. Everything Moto has been hyperbeasted into oblivion and ends up being a huge let-down. Us tech nerds just set ourselves up for disappointment. Moto will never come out with anything mind-blowing. You heard it here first.

      • hkklife

        I don’t recall the OG Droid being hyped THAT much back in ’09 but I was rather optimistic for it after being disappointed by the G1 a year earlier. Other than a criminal lack of internal storage, the OG definitely exceeded expectations.

        I’d also argue that the original Droid X lived up to every bit of the hype (aside from the annoyance of Blur and some major issues with the eventual GB update). But yeah, every Moto release in the past 3 years has been a day late, a dollar short, and pretty underwhelming.

  • Butters619

    Matte black rubberized back. It’s what I have been praying for for so long.

    Reminds me of the old Treo 755p which was a great phone. (well except the camera/speaker is a lot cleaner on this phone)

    • hkklife

      Treo 755p and its soft-tpuch paint was indeed a classic. The Centro was just a slippery, cheap little projectile in comparison to the awesome 755p.
      Palm and Moto really had some nice devices back in those days. Long before Android, I cut my smartphone teeth on Palm OS devices and still carried a Moto flip phone (V60, V710, RAZR, KRZR, V9M etc) in the other pocket because the Treos were such lousy phones

  • I-Troll-U

    headphone jack on top… SCORE!!!!!

    • Drome

      it is much better on the bottom. more ergonomic to put in or pull out of your pocket since you hold the phone in front of your face with a bent arm. you simply unbend your arm and put it in. if it is on the top you have to reverse your grip to slide it in or pull it out.

      • Diablo81588

        It’s not that complicated. I do it with no problems on a daily basis.

        • Drome

          i have had it both ways. I have an HTC one now and it is on top whereas my gnex had it on the bottom. I prefer it on the bottom for the reasons i stated. i also prefer the wake button on the right side instead of the top.

          • Diablo81588

            I will agree with you on the power button. The side is much easier to control with one hand.

  • chaoslimits

    Comeon Moto. All I wanna know is how large the battery is and the bootloader status.

    • Kamesen

      I can almost guarantee you it will have an unlocked bootloader.

  • I have yet to hear any music through bluetooth that sounds listenable. What’s your secret to getting good audio?

  • chaoslimits

    I’ve had a phone with both layouts (jack on top and bottom) and honestly, it hasn’t made much of a difference to me.

    • William_Morris

      The Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 both have the jack on the bottom. I’ve grown accustomed to this setup and find it more functional when I’m walking around wearing earphones.

      • 100% with you! Makes life so much easier, especially when I plug the phone into my car if the headphone jack is on the bottom.

        • Free2Live

          Total opposite for me when plugging in to stream in my car. I have the perfect place for the device to stand upright & having the jack on top is much easier. Always drove me nuts on my Gnex having it on bottom and one of the main reason I sold it. Owned to many Moto prior that always had it on top which just works better for me.

          • Geoff Johnson

            Just flip the display 180 degrees, I do that on my Note 2. Simply put the top of the phone in the cupholder and the display will switch so the bottom is now the top.

        • tomn1ce

          As long as the microUSB port and the headphone jack are on the same edge of the device I don’t really mind where it is, top or bottom. This will have wires coming out of both ends of the phone whenever I’ll be driving -_-

          • Corey Foltman

            top, bottom, either side…as long as they are on the same side

          • Guest

            Wrong person ugh.

        • MikeCiggy

          Actually in the car I feel the top would be better. Than there is no interference from the wire. However when putting it in my pocket my phone is almost 100% in my pocket up-side down. When I reach my hand in and pull it out it ends up rite side up.

          • Tristan the Marine

            I don’t understand this. I put my phone in my pocket top-up all the time, and when I pull it out and use it I don’t have to fanangle it or go through some contortion to get it that way. It just kinda slides into being upright.

          • Alan Paone

            Do you often drop your phone? You wouldn’t if you were putting it in your pocket the normal way.

          • Tristan the Marine


        • LiterofCola

          It’s actually the opposite when in my car, having the port on the top really helps.

        • Elliot Gardner

          It’s 100% personal preference… in my car the audio comes from above, so it would be nice to have the audio jack on the top. For my specific situation it would actually be nice to have the audio jack on the top and USB on the bottom. The argument that it’s easier to put in your pocket makes no sense. The only good argument is having audio and USB on one side.

          It’s getting old that everyone on DL mentions the location of the audio jack… when I first saw the picture, before I read the article, I knew you would mention that.

        • Tristan the Marine

          As a person who doesn’t really walk around listening to music, having it on top doesn’t annoy me. As a person who uses an armband while working out though… Having it on the bottom would drive me nuts

      • chaoslimits

        I currently use the Galaxy Nexus and my previous phone was a Droid X.

      • CapnShiner

        I just don’t understand how it is an advantage to have the headphone jack on the bottom of the phone. If you are walking around and listening to music, the phone is most likely going to be in your pocket, your hand, or some kind of carrying device like an armband. If you put the phone in your pocket and the jack is on the bottom, you would have to put it in your pocket upside down. If you’re holding it or it’s in an armband, what difference does it make where the headphone jack is? If you connect an aux audio cable to it in the car, how is it better to have the jack on the bottom? Most cars have the aux input in the dash somewhere near the stereo, so if you have it connected from there to the bottom of the phone your phone will be upside down. Regardless of the situation, if you have something plugged into the bottom of your phone it becomes very uncomfortable to try to use the phone with one hand. I cannot think of any situation in which that would not annoy me. That being said, I wish the USB port on my GS3 was on top like the headphone jack. The only advantage I can think of for having the USB port on the bottom is for docking and I don’t do that. It’s too bad wireless charging is so expensive.

    • Spoken Word™

      Exactly! You acclimate to whatever position it’s in.

  • It looks thicker than I expected. Based on how thick a 3.5mm headphone jack is, this thing looks about as thick as the ass of my GNEX. Slightly smaller, but still close. That’s kind of disappointing :-

    • If it’s thick full of battery, I’m all for it.

    • Bionic

      Super thin phones are so over hyped. I came from a Bionic with the extended battery door to an S4. The S4 is almost too thin in my opinion, which is why i put a pretty thick slim armor case on it.

  • TooBigToFit

    Doesn’t look super thin. Hopefully, that means a massive battery.

    • That would be an okay trade off. If they announce anything below 2800mah though, then that thickness is not alright for a 2013 flagship device.

      • turdbogls

        still dont think this is a “flagship” device. 4.3-4.5″ 720P screen and dual core processor is mid range these days.

        i think the “xphone” is the flagship device coming later this year. but i could be wrong…so many Moto devices coming out right now i get them all confused…lol

        • Xious

          I agree with you as far as the dual core processor. That is subpar for anything other than a low-midrange device. However, I completely disagree about the screen size. A phone should not have to have a 5″+ screen size to have the best processor in it. Give me a 4.5″ device with the same internals as the 5″-5.5″ device and that device would be awesome. Less processing for the screen and more processing for everything else.

          • Tyler Durden

            Bigger screens = more functionality.

          • Xious

            There’s nothing functionally that I can do on my Nexus 7 that I cannot do on my Galaxy Nexus. So I don’t agree with that remark. You may get a little more screen real estate, but that does not make it a “flagship” quality.

          • I think turbbogsls was more referring to the quality of the screen instead of the size because a 720p 4.3inch display is something like what a 2011 HTC Rezound would have..NOT what a 2013 flagship device should have.

          • turdbogls

            exactly. While i would be completely content with a smaller 720P screen (PPI goes up as screen size goes down) I still think you need a 1080P screen to be high end…not saying it is necessary, but when every other high end phone has a 1080P screen, anything less is just that….less.

          • It’s so hard to believe we are actually having a conversation where the main point is that a high end phone has to have a 1080P display….it seems like just yesterday everyone was gawking over the HTC Rezound with its 720p display… lol

          • turdbogls

            haha….so true.
            I have said it before…720P is just fine for me and my 30yr Old eyes…but i am not going to complain about 1080P at all 😛

          • Kuzy

            HTC One 4.7″ screen

          • turdbogls

            and also 1080P resolution, and quad core….not sure what your point was here…

        • Oh make no mistake, this little fella is their flagship. They wouldn’t pump $500 million into just marketing for it if it weren’t. I think, unfortunately, we’re all in for a let down once some of us actually get our mitts on it. It’ll end up being just like a GNEX without the benefits of being a Nexus device

          • turdbogls

            the only letdowns on the Gnex were the camera and battery life. and i highly doubt google/Moto will let that happen with this phone. looks thick enough to take a large battery, and they are boasting about the 10MP “clearview” camera.

    • NexusPhan69

      This is the dual SIM international variant. The dead giveaway is the speaker on the opposite side to make room for the extra SIM card (we saw this in the leaks of the chassis the other day). It’s likely cheaper and thicker than the ‘mainstream’ Moto X.