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Verizon’s Moto X Variant Poses for First Picture

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There she is, folks. That is your first look at the Moto X variant headed to Verizon. No details have accompanied the photo, but we can clearly see Big Red’s “4G LTE” logo in the notification bar, along with a phone design that matches up to previous leaks. The phone pictured appears to be running stock Android or at least a version that is extremely close to stock Android. We’re looking at the stock icons, coupled with on-screen navigation keys. Most importantly though, the screen takes up almost the entire front of the device and is most definitely edge-to-edge with little chin or forehead. 

Clearly this is a test device, hence the “MOTOROLA CONFIDENTIAL PROPERTY” and “NOT FOR SALE” tagged across the top and bottom. The circular Motorola logo in the top left is also typically used on test devices rather than retail units. So when this phone launches, it could be almost brand-less outside of the little Motorola batwing that should be inserted into the indention on the back side.

And remember, this device won’t be a DROID in the sense that the ULTRA and MAXX will be. This is Motorola and Google’s baby that will be a flagship across all carriers.

To catch all of the latest in our most recent recap of the Moto X, you’ll want to check out this post.

So, what do you guys think?

Via:  +Android Central

  • s_a_m_i

    FUGLY!

  • capncoad

    Not enough gigawhizes and rambuses! Need more quantum fluxuators in the processor pipeline! WILL NOT BUY!

    • LiterofCola

      If it was any other phone that you didn’t care for you’d be saying the same thing

  • John

    I’m really looking forward seeing stock jelly bean on this phone

  • jackie moore

    looks like a sensor or something over the O in motorola on the bottom….. very interesting or maybe my eyes are bad

    • Michael

      thats the microphone. same place on all the razrs.

      • jackie moore

        ohhh ok that answers my mind boggling…thanks

  • NorCalGuy

    Whats up with the moto logo in the notification bar? Persistent notification?

  • maxx1987

    i’m surprised there are all these people claiming to be let down by this phone. NOT ONCE did google or motorola claim this phone was to have cutting edge hardware specs in terms of screen or processor and yet that seems to be why everyone is disappointed.

    • NorCalGuy

      Besides the moto CEO claiming that the moto x would be their next “Hero” phone, and with a statement like that he is aiming to take on the other big dogs s4, One and your not doing something like that with a midrange phone…

      • maxx1987

        true, but i don’t see how him making that type of statement automatically means snapdragon 800, 1080p screen or whatever else is considered cutting edge hardware. “hero” simply means their top priority, and there is more than one way to go about creating a hero phone. while the HTC One does have a snap 600 and 1080p screen, the ads always focus on their front-facing speakers and unique camera software. the new lumia is all about the camera despite having *only* a 720p screen and dual core. both “hero” phones. so i still don’t see how hero phone requires X processor or X type of screen, etc.

        • NorCalGuy

          Nokia at best is a mid range company, reguardles of what their hero device is so i don’t even really count them. I am talking about the top four or five hero phones moto is not in it to be the mid range phone they are competing with lg Samsung Sony and HTC so their hero phone needs to be that or better especially with comments like “they are unlike other things out there” that’s a bold statement for a mid to low range phone. I also see your point were a 1080 p screen vs a 720 on 5″ screen might make or break it but a need for a better processor than what my gnex is running is necessary. With all that being said he could just be referring to the snap on colors and your choice of wallpaper at checkout.

          • Eric Ramos

            Well if it comes with a dual core s4 it is already a big step up from your gnexs processor. And hero could mean different things for everybody. Maybe to Motorola and Google, it is bringing a nexus-like phone to the carriers, with no branding, and little to no software meddling by the carriers. And hopefully no delayed updates by the carriers, like it should’ve been from the start for any android phone.

          • maxx1987

            haha true it’s difficult to determine what exactly they mean when they say “unlike any other phone.” i see your point, but i also think that moto’s whole idea is a reaction to that point…we focus way to much on brute force of specs rather than software and experience when it comes to phones, why should that always be the most important thing that makes or breaks a hero phone? if moto can provide new and useful software features, outstanding battery life, a camera that produces excellent pictures, a good looking screen, a great and compact design, good call quality and a processor that allows me to get through all of my tasks without any hiccups, then that to me is the epitome of the smartphone experience, and in the end as long as it achieves that i don’t care what those individual components are. most phones fall short somewhere in the above list of features. the full experience seems to be moto’s focus here, and if they can deliver that then it will be more than any one phone has been able to provide thus far, IMO.

  • Back2Back

    Can anyone tell me what they think that screen size is?

    • Gnex

      4.4 inches. I guarantee it /Men’s warehouse

      • Back2Back

        Appreciate it!

  • maxx1987

    if this thing is optimized properly i will have absolutely no problem choosing this over something like the s4 or one. obviously me being totally sold on this thing all depends on what type of software/features they bring to the phone, but i also like the prospect of guaranteed updates for a long time, and a small but powerful android phone (finally that combo exists again!) with a focus on battery life and camera, the two most important hardware specs for me.

  • Sean Plantz

    Gimme Maxx like battery life and im sold. Although, moto really did make the maxx HD nice with the last update, it really fixed everything I had issues with. I may hang around with it until next year..

  • kashtrey

    I’m guessing that Moto icon in the status bar is going to be a persistent one that controls all those amazing new contextual features. Is that similar to the Smart Action icons?

  • Allan

    I’m getting less and less excited about this phone…

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I feel like maybe the Moto Droid stuff coming out may just be the last, final, god forsaken pre-google moto crap. Hopefully it really is the end

  • chaoslimits

    I’m 6’2″ and have large hands. I’m also tired of huge screens. 4.3 is fine.
    Please make this cheap and unlocked.

    • LiterofCola

      I’ve had a 4.3 size screen for two years, time for an upgrade

  • Bionic

    Not much else I need to say now.

    • azndan4

      Then why did you say anything?

  • guest

    Aren’t Android app icons all a default size no matter what size the screen? If so couldn’t we use that ratio to get a screen size? Just thinkin

  • twiz0r

    I really don’t get the hype about this phone. IF the internal specs are true then I don’t see why anyone is talking about it. Yay for stock android and all but…

    • maxx1987

      because internal specs are not everything. moto x is supposedly all about unique software and customization. that’s a completely new game in the android realm. i for on am glad they’re shaking things up and am excited to see what they have up their sleeve.

    • Chris Schmucker

      If you optimize the code correctly you don’t need a quad core. Though having the option to have a quad core is nice. A dual core with optimization, running stock android should theoretically be able to keep up with an S4 etc.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Again i would like to point out how comfortable it looks to hold. Something about the curves

  • Dan

    Wonder if the transparent nav bar is a OS 4.3 thing.

  • Caleb Boerner

    Hey look! Its the the Motorola Droid Galaxxy Nexxus II! Now with customizable backplates!

    • jbreezy

      was just sitting here looking at my nexus thinking it looks exactly the same/similar

  • TheRobotCow

    I love how many people just bitch and complain about every device there that Droid-life is sharing with us. Instead of moaning about on-screen buttons/capacitive buttons and be glad that Google and Motorola are working together and are bringing a device to every carrier, even the devil itself, err… i mean to Verizon. It may not be a Nexus but lets see how this goes and where this leads to!

  • Proud S4 Owner

    Ummmm no. Moto X would be a downgrade from the S4. I’m good where I’m at.

    • beng8686

      You don’t even have specs yet… Stop jumping to conclusions so fast

  • roberthenderson

    so I still won’t buy a screen with on phone buttons, I will say that these are much less ugly than the ones on current Motorola phones.and kudos to them for minimizing all of the bezels.

  • Flat_Stanley

    Assuming this comes out at a lower cost (<$650), how will Verizon handle the subsidy? Would this be free-on-contract? It really irks me that there are no non-subsidized plans available from Verizon

    • Skittlez

      look at the Nexus 4. $350 off contract. $200 on-contract. I figure it’ll be the same deal

      • umbrellacorp

        Which I don’t think helps him if he’s using Verizon unless you are telling him to examine other carriers’ methods of how they price the Nexus 4.

        • Skittlez

          why wouldn’t it help at all? it’s a possibility. it’s just an assumption, just like he did in his original comment. So you’re saying no other carrier offers, say, the S4 at the same subsidized price as Verizon?

  • Geoff Johnson

    A big selling point of on screen buttons is to have a larger display in certain situations when buttons aren’t needed, but the bottom bezel of this thing looks the same as the S4!

    • JonathonFlores

      And that’s bad?

      • Geoff Johnson

        Yes, they could have easily used either capacitive buttons on the bottom bezel, making the screen always larger, or increased the display size.

        • JonathonFlores

          Google isn’t going backwards to capacative buttons. It just makes more sense to have on screen buttons. How much bigger can it get?? lol

        • Skittlez

          i never understood why people cared about the on screen buttons. when you’re watching netflix or youtube, the buttons disappear until you summon them back. i think it’s an awesome thing. makes the phone look waaaaay better when it’s off too.

          • Geoff Johnson

            Capacitive buttons are pretty much hidden when not lit up anyways, and it gives you more screen space 100% of the time.

          • JonathonFlores

            You’re telling me if my gnex ships with a 4.65″ screen (that includes on-screen buttons) and the “usable part” of the screen is 4.3″, then it’s smaller than a Droid Razr’s screen that ships with a 4.3″ screen with capacaitve buttons? That’s basically what you’re saying. You’re provided EXTRA screen space for the on-screen buttons.

          • Geoff Johnson

            No, the Droid RAZR had insanely large bezels. Look at this leaked image of the Moto X compared to the S4. The S4 has capacitive/physical buttons and has the same size bezel (if not smaller) than this leaked phone. If you’re going to make a phone with on screen buttons, the bottom bezel should be much narrower.

          • Skittlez

            not a big deal. i don’t need my apps to be larger. just my videos really. i guess it’s personal preference. i love having only screen on my phone. thats all thats necessary

    • Flat_Stanley

      I think that’s an oft-quoted benefit that has never panned out in real life. It takes so little space for capacitive buttons that I think the point is moot. At least, that’s what I’ve observed.

    • kashtrey

      I just don’t get why everyone always goes straight to this argument in the on-screen vs capacitive debate. The main advantage at this point for on-screen isn’t reduction of bezel seeing as some bezel will always be necessary for ergonomics and such but rather flexibility. You can never hide capacitive buttons, you can never contextually change capacitive buttons, you can never customize capacitive buttons.

      Can anyone really argue that all the convoluted double tap this for menu or press and hold for Google now that capacitive phones have to implement are well thought out, elegant, and intuitive solutions?

  • Captain_Doug

    Looks amazing. Can’t wait to own it.

  • bratliff

    If this comes out at the rumored 350$ unlocked.. My note 2 may be gone. I miss Motorola UNLOCKED hardware.. As long as the screen is 4.7 or bigger. I can’t go smaller than my old gnex..

    • ericerk

      Rumored *199

      • bratliff

        That’s upgrade price.. Vzw isn’t getting my unlimited.. No sir.

        • ericerk

          Rumored off contract Price. What so special about a 199.99 phone on contract. Thats the Same Price of the S4 with a quadcore 1080p screen.

          #ArguingAboutRumors

          • kashtrey

            DL quoted WSJ and inferred the $199 was ON Contract. I don’t have a WSJ account so couldn’t read the source myself, but if their interpretation is correct, than this phone is pretty DOA. In any case, I would be hopeful but doubt that 199 price.

          • wolfedude88

            It is also rumored to be 199 with contract and 599 w/o

    • karendar

      Rumor is 4.4 inches…. But keep in mind it’s a thin bezel and 720p

      • bratliff

        Yeah definitely a wait and see.. Love the rumors

  • Hunterh2

    So I got my galaxy nexus day one on verizon last year and I am having trouble deciding what to get. Who else here is in the same position as I am and if so what phone will you guys get?

    • JonathonFlores

      Same boat. I think I’ve made my mind up and decided not to go with LG *IF* it does go to Verizon. I need on-screen keys and for the right price, I may get this one or a Note 3. I can deal with one button I guess, if I can unlock, root and flash. Google will announce a new Nexus in Nov and the big brother to the Moto X in Oct (still unconfirmed).. I’m torn dude. I dont want to get this if a spec’d out version is to come out in october. Then again, I will be opening a line with Tmo for GSM benefits.

      • twiz0r

        Which the new nexus will not be on Verizon so scratch that idea

        • JonathonFlores

          Why I’m getting a line on tmo :) gsm benefits

    • Rafa Sandoval

      Same here. Its rumored that there will be a mid range moto x and then a higher specd one. I’m gonna wait and hope that its true.

      • Raj Bhatt

        I’m doing the same thing. But I know that if a higher spec device doesn’t come, it will be a few months into this phone’s life and I won’t feel right buying it anymore. So I’ll prob just buy this one on release day haha

        • Rafa Sandoval

          I feel like we will know if there will be a high range device before the mid range gets released. .. I hope lol.

          • kashtrey

            I believe Sarge and Bionic have all but confirmed the existence of a high end Moto phone that’s more or less the X but with cutting edge specs the 800 processor 1080p display etc that is supposed to launch in the beginning of 2014.

    • KleenDroid

      I was first in line day one for my Gnex. Loved it.

      I was also first in line on day one of the Verizon S4. Also love it.

      The roms are getting better everyday. First that needs to be done on any Verizon phone is a good debloating. From there it is personal taste. The Google Edition rom is also very nice.

      Whatever you get on Verizon make sure the bootloader can be bypassed and you should be good.

      The S4 can be properly rooted, bootloader bypassed and fixed. What I mean by fixed is that there is always something that needs fixed on every phone. The S4 stock has some lag in places believe it or not.

    • pubasnacks77

      Got a GNex at launch as well and I’m totally up in the air about what phone to get next. A month ago I was 90% sure I would get the S4 but something told me to hold off for something better down the road. I really want a phone that’s powerful spec-wise but I would get the Moto X if it’s priced reasonably off-contract (say under $400). I still don’t know what I want to do.

      • Jason Parr

        Me either, however if this is sub $400 no contract, I keep unlimited, it is a win for me. I can’t justify using an upgrade and losing unlimited data at this point. At least off contract if anything changes I can leave on my own accord and not have to pay fines for breaking contract.

      • junhawng

        I was going to get the S4. But the design wasn’t really changed, so I think I’m going for the LG Optimus G2! :D It has the Snapdragon 800 Proc. AMAZING PERFORMANCE.

    • Caleb Boerner

      Day one Nexus here too. Its Note 3 for me all the way!

    • George264

      Going for the One, probably leaving Verizon though, since T-Mo is good in NYC

    • MKader17

      I’m 90% sure I’m going Moto X but I’m expecting low off contract price and I’m taking my business to pre-paid

    • Mark

      HTC One or Moto X for me. Gonna play with both of them after they launch and see which one I like more.

    • kashtrey

      Same here. My Gnex actually has a huge crack in it. It works fine (though these day she runs a little slugish) and I’ve been debating paying the $100 for an insurance replacement but if the rumors of the Moto X coming in @199 Off contract are true, I’ll just pay the extra 100 to get a slight upgrade and get back to a solid Moto cell radio than this spotty samsung one.

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      It’s a weird rough time for phones. The Moto X seems tempting but it would have to be unlocked and sold at Nexus style prices off contract to even be considered. Also, the battery life needs to be great. I have a Nexus 4, came from a Note II and my brother has the HTC One. I can’t see too big of a difference in performance so all that’s left for me is a phone with great battery and/or a great camera.

  • JonathonFlores

    Don’t mind that..I’m just excited to see you.

  • n900mixalot

    Remember the LTE Xoom … everyone was soooo excited …

  • Weber

    I like the white one.

    • n900mixalot

      How can you tell whether or not this is the white one? The bezel on the white one is still black–from what we’ve seen.

      • Weber

        I can’t tell. I was just saying that I like the white one.

    • umbrellacorp

      Racist!

  • Will P

    There seriously need to announce this as I want to see how it compares to the One

  • BRIM

    *Meanwhile at Verizon offices reading DL*

    http://imgur.com/kA7RahX

    • Moneer Alasmar

      You win the internet for today, sir

    • abqnm

      The always-on voice activation of Google Now on the Verizon version of the X Phone will require you to say “OK Verizon 4G LTE Powered Google Now” to launch it.

  • n900mixalot

    Nexus S?

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    It just looks like a midrange device to me.. Ugh.

    • Paul Hansen

      which is the market they’re targeting?

    • JB

      How can it look midrange?

  • King Lo

    I wonder if people will finally believe it’s coming to Verizon now?

  • Polyg0n

    Screen size?

    • DJ SPY

      All reports say 4.3″

      • Polyg0n

        Vietnamese video says 4.7″…

        • DJ SPY

          Do you have a link to that video? I’ve been looking for it but can’t find it.

      • Cory_S

        The guy in the picture could just have small hands…but if I hold my GS3 the same way it fits about the same in my palm.

  • MindFever

    I rly hope the front logo will be way more conservative in the final version…the logo looks hideous. I hope that’s just a watermark or whatever

    • King Lo

      It looks like its just on the screen protector

    • Paul Hansen

      It’s on all the test devices.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Yeah I really hope all of them don’t say “NOT FOR SALE” on them either.

      C’mon dude.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    720P: that was 2011 tech.

    • jb

      Right, 2 phones at the end of 2011…so 1080p is 2012 tech right? That means every phone this year is already out of date….

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        Right, where the f*ck are the 3D 4K phones?!?! :D

      • Ibrick

        Smart ass comment of the day; The DNA/Butterfly had 1080p in 2012..

        • jb

          That’s my point… 720p is 2011 tech but only 2 phones had it that year…. So by that same logic 1080p is 2012 tech (DNA, oppo 5)…thus making the one and s4 already obsolete by nightscouts standards, right?

  • Cory_S

    Notice the motorola icon in the taskbar, wonder what that’s for.

    • DJ SPY

      I was just about to point that out. Smart actions?

      • Paul Hansen

        might be a motorola bug reporting system as it’s a test device.

  • KleenDroid

    It looks nice.

    Honestly I think just about every phone is good. But every phone had something that can be improved. So to me one of the most important things is a phones ability to rooted and unlocked. Working with an unlocked Motorola phone is nice.

    I really like my new S4. But if I couldn’t unlock and properly rom it I wouldn’t be as happy.

    If Motorola would allow the bootloader to be bypassed it will be a great phone.

    • no one

      Just one question if its already running stock android and little to almost no bloat why would you need the boot-loader to be unlocked? Just can’t believe that with all the improvements that have been made to android everyone still wants to break it and make it something else.. Here’s an Idea how about a phone manufacturer make a phone with nothing on it sell it as just hardware and let everyone put what ever ROM they want on it sure would save a lot of time dealing with updates and carrier approvals. Just put a simple program to make calls and receive texts let the people that buy it figure out what they want it to do….

      • JonathonFlores

        bootloader unlocked means I can do whatever I want to do with my phone. Flash PA for HALO, flash CM for speed, flash Carbon for cool looking things and flash AOKP for cool looking things and unicorns.

      • Caleb Boerner

        Agreed. I stopped running highly customized ROMs quite a while ago.

      • Dominick White

        Cause stock android have alot of missing features. And custom roms normal ad them

      • KleenDroid

        A Nexus is pure stock. And it is very nice, but developers make it so much better with enhancements. I prefer roms that improve the speed and smoothness. I have never owned a phone that wasn’t greatly improved by the hard work of our development community.

  • DJ SPY

    What do we know about the battery? I’m afraid it won’t be Maxx quality since that is the selling point of the Maxx. It sure is sexy but with the rumoured specs I can’t pull the trigger and jump from my Maxx HD.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      This is completely separate from the Droid line, Motorola isn’t moving the same direction with their own-brand devices.
      So, I’m looking for a 2600+mAh for this device, and 3500+ for the larger flagship. Note, these things should seriously sip power, so those could last for several days, or and entire day of heavy usage.

      • DJ SPY

        So you’re saying they’re are two variants of the X Phone? This (mid range) and a larger, more powerful one?

        • JonathonFlores

          yes

        • Gary Graf

          No

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewizkid95 Jesus Otero

    nope. Nope. NOPE. NOPENOPENOPENOPENOPE.

    • Jason Downing

      Archimedes? — Sword in the stone?

  • David Moylan

    if thats it, glad it has onscreen keeys

  • Geekdad

    You posted the wrong pic. That’s a Gnex right there.

  • Guest

    Is it just me or does the navigation bar look slightly transparent?

    • Geoff Johnson

      Slightly? I’m struggling to see the shaded area around the buttons.

    • BRIM

      It is.

      This will be the new standard with Google and onscreen navigation.

      Long overdue.

  • John

    Not sure if Moto X, or Galaxy Nexus?

  • auronblue

    Looks alot like my GNEX…which I think is a good thing.

    • JonathonFlores

      Looks like it externally as well as internally, which I dont think is a good thing.

      • Christopher Young

        Haha, maybe. If this phone has worse specs than the HTC One, which it most likely will, I’m just going to get the black HTC One.

        • Joseph Barrientos

          you’ll love it man, i do! only issue i have is clarity in the sun, its hard to see unless fully blown out to full brightness

          • Eric

            That’s every phone man…

          • Idon’t Know

            That’s not true at all.

          • Eric

            Is with any phone I’ve used.

          • dreadnatty08

            The Bionic, while a POS otherwise, has great outdoor clarity.

        • kashtrey

          If the Red HTC One came to VZW I’d be on that in a heartbeat. But it’s hard to convince me on a non-Nexus type device.

        • Deylune

          Stock Android > Sense 5 (in my opinion)

          • Christopher Young

            I agree with you, which is why I would root the HTC One on Day One, and install that stock Google ROM.

            Since HTC is providing a stock experience with their Google Play edition, updates should hopefully be quick as well.

          • michael arazan

            Not on verizon

          • Deylune

            HTC One is coming to verizon on Aug 1st but im waiting for the Moto X since i prefer Vanilla Android.

          • michael arazan

            Was referring to the Nexus Edition that the previous post mentioned, Verizon is suppose to get the GS4 Dev edition and allegedly the One Dev edition both for $650 full retail.

    • Deylune

      wow lol i was thinking the same thing. with Stock Android and the front look of the phone, it reminded me of the GNex which i though had an amazing design. Im pretty excited for the Moto X.

      • Derrick Jefferson

        How could anyone be excited about a phone with specs and a screen size from 2 years ago? Am I missing something?

        • marhensa

          yes you are.
          it’s supposed to be fills mid range phone.
          5″ is too big you know, moto-x has the sweet spot size.

          • LiterofCola

            5″ is not too big.

        • Deylune

          anyone can be excited about stock android and possibly faster updates. everything else about this moto x is going to be mediocre.

    • Tyler Durden

      If it’s anything like the Gnex. Gtfo please

      • LiterofCola

        Yesh

    • sc4fpse

      Agreed. Appearance-wise, the Galaxy Nexus was quite a piece of beauty. However, it really had a lot of flaws that weren’t apparent just from looking at it. Aside from the awful, awful radios in the phone, the last of Gorilla Glass was an absolute mistake. I have a hairline scratch on my Verizon GNex, and the finish has rubbed off the screen in one area. Nothing like hitting a rough patch when trying to use any gesture-based keyboard. wtf! I bought my GSM Nexus used, and keep a screen protector on it. Don’t like that one bit.

    • Cant Hear U Now

      Hopefully it gets decent reception unlike my GNEX

  • BRIM

    It’s funny that this is said to be a “midrange” device yet already looking more attractive than Motorola’s “high end” DROID line.

  • s23

    liking the near stock jellybean………. yummy

  • Rocco

    Looks like a copy off the Nexus.