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Moto X Features Highlighted in Leaked Rogers Wireless Launch Video

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This morning, a promo video from Rogers Wireless (a Canadian wireless company) leaked for the upcoming Motorola Moto X, giving us confirmation on some of the new features that will accompany the phone at launch. We’re talking hands-free searches, notifications showing up as information on screen rather than through a notification light, gestures to launch your camera, and more. 

First of all, we get some incredibly clean looks at the device throughout. You can see that it most certainly looks a heck of a lot like a previous Nexus or Google-inspired phones. In fact, when we posted pictures of it on Friday, many of our readers were quick to point out that it almost looks like a Galaxy Nexus. In this clip, your thoughts about that won’t change, especially with the minimal branding and on-screen navigation buttons.

In terms of features, the rumors of the device being able to work hands-free, simply by talking to it, are true. The video shows a woman saying, “OK, Google Now” with the phone fully asleep, yet it wakes and then performs a search. The clip also highlights other Google Now features, like setting an alarm or getting directions, but it may do more than just Google Now searches. As you can see in the image above, there is a list of commands that can be brought up by saying, “Help me.”

The second feature highlight has to do with notifications that will show up on your display in quick flashes, almost like a Daydream. Instead of seeing a blinking notification light that tells you very little, they claim, the screen will flash with the time and show notifications along with it.

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The last feature involves the camera. Motorola built in a motion gesture that can launch the camera by twisting your wrist twice, meaning you don’t have to search out a camera icon or a lock screen button in order to snap a picture. Once in the camera, you can press the screen at any location to take a picture or even hold down to take several picture. On most cameras, touching the screen focuses on an area, but Motorola seems to have decided that’s not needed? Kind of odd, and I’m hoping there is a change for that in settings.

And that’s most of what you’ll see below. Oh, and ignore the mention of it being a Rogers exclusive, that’s only for Canada (unless you are Canadian and not a Rogers customer). We are fully expecting this phone to launch on all major U.S. carriers.

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  • bananatroll

    Bionic please tell me that this phone will have the 3300MAH battery from the RAZR in it?

  • capncoad

    Knock Knock? Who’s there? Mature Phone Market? Mature Phone Market who? Mature phone market shut up about hardware specs already and start focusing on the software experiences.

  • kali bred

    honestly think this is a great looking phone dont really need super specs on it mostly just want a really good phone thats not to expensive (working with unlimited data) so this is looking good if the price is good probably wont get it out the jump even tho i want to ill wait till september to grab it incase the bigger model gets announced for october if these supposed rumors are true

    • hkklife

      Don’t worry, it will be as expensive ful retail as every other CDMA-enabled device. VZW & Sprint have zero incentive to move away from artificially high handset prices.

      • kali bred

        Very true and seeing as im out of contract i wish my bill would go down now but we all know that wont happen i am getting this phone though it sounds amazing with the exception of the sd slot and removable battery but then again it is nexus-esq

  • I-Troll-U

    Sarge = Voice in head

    • Bionic

      Fuckkkk you

      • I-Troll-U

        lol

  • Johny M

    This phone better be cheap, like <300 off contract cheap. If it is and it has a good battery people will love it.

  • InvaderDJ

    Interesting. The wrist flicking thing looks dumb, but other than that I’m intriqued but only if the price is right and performance is good. i know these aren’t the best specs in the world, but if it is fast in use and stays quick I’m not concerned with benchmark scores or anything like that.

    But it will all depend on price. If this is priced like a normal mid range phone I’m completely uninterested. If they can get this to the same price as the Nexus 4 ($300) then we might have something interesting. Also hopefully there is a 32GB model.

    • kali bred

      Really would like a 32 gig version plus 5.0 is suppose to be optimized for lower end specd phones so you know google wouldnt shoot its creation in the back and make a non reliable device that wont last through two years worth of updates plus i dont think this phone would be as low specd as it looks on paper….high hopes

  • Jon

    I can totally see the daydream feature coming in the 4.3 update, and maybe even the voice controls somehow

    Moral of the story: Im keeping my N4

  • FreedomCostsPlenty

    If the X lands with 1-year-old internals, it will indeed require $400M of marketing to sell any units.
    It will be the McDonalds of phones (minus the huge sales). Create a mediocre product and make the marketing campaign the *real* product. In true U.S. tradition, the marketing and finance people plan the product.

    • chris420o

      mcdonalds is prob top of the food chain in terms of quality for their industry…so not sure what u mean by this mcdonalds is prob the most quality fast food(if you can even say those two words in the same sentance)…i dont eat fast food but id be a lie to say if i drive by mcdonalds i dont wanna go in there n rape the deep fryer

  • Tim242

    You people arguing over processors and benchmarks really need to get outside more often.

  • Steven Berger

    She also only says that it will be available at Rogers in only black and white. Maybe that is a Roger’s thing, or maybe she means you can buy it in stores in black and white, but the customization of colors that have been rumored will be online. Guess we will find out soon enough. For me I’m still in a debate between getting the X or the S4.

  • Allan

    Sorry Moto but I love the notification light on my Galaxy Nexus. It tells me all of the information that I need just by the color of the light with a quick glance.

    • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

      Not when you are colorblind — around 1/10 of people have some forms of colorblindness.

  • Bionic

    Ok people sarge says there is absolutely no more than two cores in this phone it is just super optimized per Sarge

    • Render

      If that really is the case, and the benchmark in that video is real…that is some serious optimization as you can see in that list where the processor *should* fall, which also means that in theory the phone should be as fast/smooth as the GS4 with less processing power, which would lead to even better battery life.

      • Bionic

        Yeah. I totally understand your way of thinking here. The only guess we will find out soon.

    • guesswhat

      I think i would rather believe Moto ceo than sarge, Moto ceo clearly said at D11 conference, they are using two low power cores, to leave sensors always on and running. There is no way one could always leave sensors running, and always on voice listening, and active update notifications on screen, without using low power core’s, which are external main cpu (s4 pro).

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    • bananatroll

      will the Verizon version have the transparent nav bar from motoblur or the black one from the nexus phones?

  • S2556

    A rogers exclusive?!?!?!! are you kidding me?!?! I hate rogers so much. Telus should have picked this up.

  • Knlegend1

    Android is getting exciting again….well for me every since I left Verizon lol.

  • WickedToby741

    Either we don’t know the full story, or battery life could end up being atrocious. Even if this is AMOLED, having this notification service running all the time in addition to constant monitoring for voice commands, there either has to be some crazy optimization or there’s some sort of big.LITTLE processor setup in this phone. Could that be a possible reason for going with an older processor? If this is some sort of in-house setup it would be reasonable to say that this had been in the works since the S4 Pro was the big name processor. Regardless, excited for an official announcement. I think phone still has a few surprises.

    • Kenton Douglas

      “big.LITTLE processor setup” … Krait alongside custom DSPs

  • Trevor

    LOVE the clean sea of blackness that is the front of this phone lacking branding (and buttons). That was one of the things I’ve always liked on Nexus devices too.

  • Terrormaster

    I’ve been off contract for almost two months now. I’ve been waiting for this phone for a while. But the more I hear about it the more my hype for it is dying down. I’m more about performance and functionality than specs so on one hand I’m pretty happy this device seems to focus on that. But on the other hand they’ve made some design choices that I’m not too crazy about (headphone jack on top and rounded instead of flat back to name a couple). As long as 32g would be an option I can live with no SD slot – can’t stand the cloud for music.

    But the pricing is pissing me off. Early rumors indicated affordable pricing. But if this thing ain’t priced like the Nexus 4 then it’s an instant deal breaker for me. $399 or less unlocked and off contract is what I’m looking for. If that doesn’t happen I’ll just wait for the next Nexus. If there won’t be anymore Nexus devices then I’ll just pick an N4 while I still can.

  • James Hill

    So you get a Droid DNA, flash the same software from the Moto X, and you have a phone which is better than the Moto X in many regards. At least that’s what I see.

    • guesswhat

      nope ..all the features shown in the video need specific hw customization like having low power cores (external to main cpu) to be able to leave sensors always on/always on voice and active screen notifications) this seems to to be unique to moto platform and cant be simply accomplished by software only.

  • shecalledmejay

    First the head phone jack is on top of the phone and now they took away my notification light :/ this phone is off my radar now.

    • PigHeaded

      You sir, look for the dumbest features when looking for a phone. Congrats.

      • shecalledmejay

        it’s not dumb to me, I’m so used to the Gnex that I can upgrade to a phone that doesn’t have all of the features plus more.

        • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

          But I hate my Gnex’s headphone jack. My family have 4 GNex, every single one produce noises when I use the headphone jack while charging. I even tried using shield cables, but that didn’t help. Given that almost all phones have the usb connector at the bottom, I would never consider another phone that has a headphone jack at the bottom again.

          • shecalledmejay

            well I don’t know I’m different I never used the jack while charging the phone. It was the perfect position for me because of the way
            I put my [hone in my pocket

  • Michael Werling

    I’ve had enough of rumors and leaks…can you just announce the damn thing already!

  • sski66

    Holy Moly, from the front it kinda looks like my GN, & I like the way my GN looks & feels. I also like that Moto/Goole is adding or pushing forward with Goole Now. If this thing has a rock in’ screen & camera, & if it’s priced decent off contract, this very well could be mine!

  • Jason Brown

    hopefully there still is a notification led.

    • chris420o

      doesnt look like it

  • Xcalibur

    The always active/listening feature reminds me of the new Xbox Kinect.

    • Bob G

      Which most people hated, but love this. Idiocy.
      Can’t wait for Sony to have this on their Android phones and then watch the PS4 fanbois/girls explode.

      • Xcalibur

        I don’t think they will even make a connection between the two, plus a small percentage of gamers have Sony phones.

    • Terrormaster

      I don’t know why people keep making this comparison. Apples and Oranges. With the MotoX it actually has a viable use case – listening and learning how best to help you, a sort of personal assistant. Your phone is listening, it’s obvious as to why.

      With the XB1 Kinect there is no such use-case. There is little to no damn point of having to have the damn thing on all the time unless it’s doing something nefarious. Microsoft has done little as to explain why it’s integral for the Kinect to stay plugged in and on all the time even if I’m playing games that doesn’t use it. They’ve been very cloak and dagger about the reasons – very dodgy. No use-case. Tell me why the damn thing is always on and as a consumer I’ll make a choice as to whether or not I want that particular functionality.

      At least with the MotoX we’re being told WHY it’s always on. And if that is not for us we don’t buy it.

      Also, we’re not getting locked into a platform unwanted features. If we don’t like the always on we can always choose ANOTHER Android phone. We still have access to the same store with the same games and apps. With the XB1 if you want to play XB1 games (mind you with no downward compatibility with X360) you are stuck with an always on camera that you may not want.

      • Xcalibur

        Ummmm, I said it reminded me, not that it was exactly alike. You read too much into what I said. If I wanted an Xbox one rant I would have went to ign.com

        • PigHeaded

          lol!! i was going to get concerned if he through the PS4 in there as well.

        • Terrormaster

          I brought it up because every darn blog I saw this news posted on I see at least 3 or 4 people making the comparison in the comments. I know you didn’t explicitly make a comparison. But your comment was the straw that broke the camel’s back so I replied. Nothing personal man.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/fitman88 Fitman88

    Hate to say it but that was awfully lame. My choice is now solidified: HTC One in black it is!

  • Jared Krinsky

    I do love the updated google now on it and that’s about it. It can easily and will probably be ported to other phones once it is released. I’ll definitely get it on my S4 if it doesn’t kill the battery too much.

  • Bionic

    Obviosuly some of you are new here. So i will remind you of this.

    No SD card slot
    720p screen
    2GB RAM
    Dual core snapdragon pro

    The phone is not targeted at the 10% of the market who actually know what a snapdragon 600 is.

    This phone is targeted at the masses who like cool gimmicks and are not as tech savy as the rest of us.

    Get it? Got it? Good.

    • Justin W

      While we’re here, got any news on the hero device slated for October? =D

      • Bionic

        Only that sarge said it was becoming more likely to have a snapdragon 600. Other than that it hasnt changed since its design.

        • Justin W

          Any info on screen size? I’m thinking like 5+ inches.

          • Bionic

            5 exact

          • Justin W

            Good. Excited for these devices.

    • fritzo

      how much will it cost? i’m due for an upgrade next month.

      • Bionic

        standard motorola pricing. probably $199 contract. Over $600 non

    • kixofmyg0t

      You’re almost right. But you’re missing 6 cores among other things.

      • Justin W

        This is a mid-range device – when did an octa-core processor become necessary in such devices? The true hero device (ahem, rumored release of October) will likely be a quad core.

        • Render

          Who said its midrange? Midrange devices aren’t $200 on contract and $600 outright…so if its not targeted at the highend audience, it will never sell at that price point, and Google wouldn’t be dumb enough to mismarket a device.

          We will find out a LOT more in these next few weeks.

          • Raj Bhatt

            Verizon’s high-end Android devices have been priced at 299 on contract for over 2 years now. The only device I’ve gotten at the 199 price point is the original Droid.

          • Render

            Last year and prior this was the case for LTE, but that has not been the case this year:

            http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/device/smartphone
            GS4 is $199

          • abc

            Where did you read the price was $200 on contract, $600 off contract? Can you provide a link.

        • kixofmyg0t

          I never said octa-core processor. You’re thinking about it the wrong way. It isn’t one CPU with 8 cores. It’s 2 cores for UI and foreground apps and dedicated cores for other things. Don’t just think of it having A15’s for cores either.

          But lets just ignore all that. Let’s just say it’s “just a dual core”. Noone said the Nexus 10 was midrange when it was released along side a quad core Nexus 4 now did they? Fast forward a few months, is the Nexus 10 a complete fail because it’s “only” a dual core and therefore has to be less powerful than the quad core Nexus 7?

          • Justin W

            While that’s true, the processor is rumored to be an S4 Pro Dual, which is equivalent to half of the Nexus 4’s processor. The A15 Dual Core in the Nexus 10 is not mid-range because it was the first A15 processor released in an Android device (and one of the fastest processors seen at that point) . Technology moves quickly, so it’s no surprise that this dual core would be considered mid-range.

            Also, the Nexus 10’s A15 is much more powerful than a dual core S4 (not necessarily the S4 Pro Dual), which was the dominant chipset for most of 2012.

          • Render

            Exactly, and if this is the case its not a midrange device…furthermore such a design would require some extremely crafty kernel level software, and if the “Hero” device is coming in October, it would be very difficult to maintain two variants of such a Kernel.

            If I had to guess, the “Hero” device will be larger and require a more powerful CPU due to the larger screen. Other than that, both devices will be extremely similar (same sensors, same processor offloading, etc). None of this would come up in the FCC filing either.

      • Bionic

        Wrong

    • Render

      http://player.vimeo.com/video/70252600

      Something doesn’t add up.

      • Bionic

        hmmm, nice find. I will ask sarge. One possibility is that you have to remember the S600 is an evolution of the S4 pro and if properly optimized, could give a reading like this.

        • Render

          I firmly believe there is a S4 Pro inside, but I also believe there must be something else in the phone that has yet to be leaked…I think the point still remains that this is not a midrange phone.

          Instead its a high end phone that is not 5 inches in size (that variant will come later) since Google/Moto feel that 4.7in (the person who posted that also measured the screen) is the sweet spot for size and recognize there is a market for phones that are not 5 inches+ in size.

          That or this is the “Hero” device (we will know soon enough)

          • Bionic

            yup I’m at work right now but I will let you know what Sarge says about it

          • James Hill

            Is Sarge a retired Marine?

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            lol

          • Bionic

            Sarge says two cores.

        • kixofmyg0t

          Oh don’t backpeddle now. Just remember it ONLY is a “dual core” like you said.

          No possible way you’re wrong. Nope. None at all. Just like when you said it was a quad core S4 before, then a Tegra 4.

      • Bionic

        I have to thank you for this find, i am very confused to say the least, but keep in mind what i said earlier.

      • kixofmyg0t

        Shhhh we’re supposed to let Bionic think he knows something.

        • Render

          I believe Bionic, Sarge is a reputable source and Bionic has been right in the past…but sometimes certain things are kept under wraps from even those who are usually “in the know” and I believe this is definitely the case with this phone (whether Sarge is withholding, or Sarge simply doesn’t know we will never know).

          He has not said anything wrong, it is listed as an S4 Pro CPU…if there was another processor it wouldn’t show because the application is likely not written to detect multiple processors.

          720P for the rumored screen size is perfectly fine, 1080p will only be necessary at 5 inches and up.

          $500M in advertising budget and $200 on contract $600 off contract should speak that there is something special about this device.

          • kixofmyg0t

            I don’t believe this guy for one second. What exactly has he been right about? the guy said this thing would come with everything from a quad core S4 Pro at first to a Tegra 4. Now he’s totally ignored what multiple sources have said, 8 cores, 2 of which are for UI and foreground apps, 6 other cores dedicated to handle other things.

            The one thing I’ll say about that benchmark is I just booted up my old RAZR HD(which is in fact a dual core S4)to see what I got on that test. It’s running XenonHD and overclocked to 1.7GHz. I get half the score that X does.

            Explain that.

          • Trueblue711

            $600 off-contract is nothing special. It’s $100 less than a GS4. The Nexus 4 pricing was something special.

            Advertising and this phone’s “cool factor” will dictate its success.

          • Jordan

            I agree with True Blue. $600 off contract is nothing special especially since the GS4 is a $100 with better specs and hardware (besides that horrendous physical home button)

            I thought the Moto X’s approach was to offer a reasonably priced phone that didn’t have to cost $500+.

            I believe their would be more success in this device if it was offered for a lower price off contract because a lot of us hate committing to 2 year phone contracts. I think Motorola could lower their marketing budget and could shave a 100 bucks off the phones price to compensate for the difference. We already know that Google and Motorola have teamed up and having Google on their side should already boosts their products.

            It’s from my experience that people would prefer paying less for a phone that we already know is good compared to paying more for a phone that we are constantly reminded over, and over, and over is great.

            I was excited for the Moto X a couple months ago, but after hearing these latest specs and strategies, I’m kinda glad I have my Galaxy S4. Also, It’s hard to downgrade from 1080p to 720p lol. Everything looks so much better on the highest ppi devices.

          • Patrick Crumpler

            Here’s hoping that it $450 from the play store for gsm.

          • abc

            Where did you read $600 off contract?

          • abc

            Where did you read it was $600 off contract?

          • Bionic

            thN for not being an ass about this according to Sarge if there is such a thing as a dual core 600 but you didn’t comment whether or not they’re more quarters into so yeah I’m still confused

          • WickedToby741

            Is it possible that this would be a quad core S4 Pro but two of the cores are dedicated to background activities?

          • abc

            Can someone please tell me where all of you are getting this $200 on contract, $600 off contract price point from? I haven’t seen any pricing listed anywhere on any of the blogs. In fact, I thought Moto X was suppose to be an affordable off contract phone, meaning ~$300 off contract.
            So where are all of you getting this $600 off contract price that multiple people are claiming in the comments.

        • jesus

          You’re getting very annoying.

        • wade_county

          Your RAZR HD has a S4 Plus. This is a S4 Pro used on the Nokia Lumia 920 and Sony Xperia SP

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            The only difference from the S4 Plus to the S4 Pro is the GPU. A pure CPU benchmark like the one shown should be within ~5%.

        • nsnsmj

          The chipset in the Moto X is not an S600. It is a newer dual-core chipset that uses the same CPU cores as the S600, but instead of 4 cores, this has two. It also has the same GPU as the S600 (Adreno 320), so despite this being only a dual-core phone, it is still pretty powerful.

        • Butters619

          I will bet you that Bionic is right and we see the Moto X with the Snapdragon MSM8960T. It’s a dual core snapdragon S4 pro with the Adreno 320 GPU.

          http://www.antutu.com/view.shtml?id=5878

          • Render

            Nobody is disputing that, but explain the 14k boost in that benchmark…there is something else going on with the phone.

            If that is optimization in the Kernel/software…that is beyond impressive.

          • kixofmyg0t

            That’s exactly what it has. But that’s not all it has.

        • Marsg

          Benchmarks can be altered to make it look as though a SoC is more powerful than it actually is, we learned that from the Intel incident, let’s just wait for the real world comparisons before we slander someone. I’m sure every Android fan is hoping for this device to be a beast, some of us are just keeping our expectations low so we don’t get burned if the device doesn’t wow.

        • Steve

          I heard there’s a second processor. That could take the information load of the sensors from the main processor, therefore the device could yield higher results. Also keep in mind that Android guys from Google were able to help them build an amazing kernel, therefore the more optimized device could generate S600 like results.

      • William_Morris

        It still only detected 2 cores though. Must be ridiculously optimized.

      • wade_county

        Theres also this. CPU-Z screenshots: http://imgur.com/a/FXN2q

      • Raj Bhatt

        Thanks for this video, I hadn’t seen it. It says the CPU is a dual core MSM8960dt, which is the same CPU as the RAZR M.

        This is more disappointing than I originally thought.

        • Render

          Did you see the resulting benchmark? The processing power (if this video is real) is equivalent to that of the Galaxy S4, HTC One, etc…It might be the same processor, but there is some other magic going on behind the scenes.

          Please, run that benchmark on your RAZR M and report back what it scores…it won’t be anywhere near.

          • Raj Bhatt

            I’m actually on a GNex, but wanted to consider this device for my next phone. I’d be really happy to see that the benchmarks are significantly higher than last year’s mid-range spec.

          • Butters619

            It’s not the same processor. 8960 != 8960T. They are two completely different processors.

          • Raj Bhatt

            Actually, take a look at this geekbench result for the RAZR M. The CPU is the same as the Moto X.

            http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/2005874

        • Butters619

          Its an 8960 pro. Not an 8960.

        • AxemRed

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapdragon_(system_on_chip)

          There’s an 8960 (plus) and an 8960T (pro.) The Razr M used the 8960 and the Moto X appears to use the 8960T. The T version has a better GPU (Adreno 320 vs 225.)

      • Butters619

        8960 Pro is a dual core snapdragon s4 pro. Which is what that video shows…..

        • Render

          That link shows 21k, the video shows a result of 35,172…that is a huge difference

    • cjohn4043

      Honestly, if the software and hardware are optimized correctly it should provide for a great experience. I know the hardcore Android nerds would probably disagree due to the specs.

      • LiterofCola

        Maybe so, but with all of this combined it looks like I definitely won’t be getting this phone.

      • Patrick Crumpler

        I agree. This could offer a better user experience. Better battery life and buttery smooth operation.

      • Gnex

        But it doesn’t have a Snapdragon 800 clocked at 4GHz and a 10 inch screen. Why should i buy it? /s

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          I actually kinda like it, the
          software is cool but not to the point of being gimmicky (Samsung
          anyone?!). Hopefully they can get the battery life and performance
          optimized to run well!

    • Minh Ly

      That would explain why there’s no outcry about the “always listening” feature à la Xbox One.

      • Skittlez

        thats the always watching feature. a lot scarier

    • Butters619

      The Dual Core 8960 Pro has been benchmarked before matching the quad core snapdragon in the Nexus 4.

      http://www.antutu.com/view.shtml?id=5878

    • itstee

      Actually it does have 720p scree, 2gb RAM and dual core snapdragon (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Plus MSM8960)

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I hope they eliminate the need to know the difference.

    • Marsg

      Snapdragon 600 >. >, the 800 makes that SoC look outdated

    • PigHeaded

      so wait…is this the “hero” phone?

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

      I actually kinda like it, the software is cool but not to the point of being gimmicky (Samsung anyone?!). Hopefully they can get the battery life and performance optimized to run well!

    • bionic’s vaj

      bionic eats poop

    • Android_1

      provided by you specs are NOT confirmed;)
      4.7″ 1080p and a massive battery, I don’t doubt!

    • I-Troll-U

      Too bad some of your specs are wrong ;)

    • Sqube

      As a power user who lusts after specs like the most of us here… I would gladly deal with all of that stuff if I could get an excellent user experience (gimmicks notwithstanding). My only problem with the device is that it has 16GB of onboard storage.

      After having used a GNex for a while (32GB version), I’ve embraced the cloud a little more and I can do without tons and tons of local stuff. But 16GB is simply insufficient. I’m already well over that. In 2013, there is nothing you can do to sway me if I have to pick and choose what apps I want to install and when. This is not a phone for ants.

    • michael arazan

      “Notification light that doesn’t tell you anything”

      Obviously she’s never heard of LightFlow, seriously, setting up a light colored coordinated with every single notification is awesome, and probably less energy than your screen flash every 15-30 seconds.

      Also I can’t believe this will be the first motorola smart phone that doesn’t offer an sd card, dafuq that about? 16 gb isn’t much, I have 4 gb of apps and games on my phone to begin with.

    • Practicality

      Don’t have to be tech-savvy to not need a phablet with a 4k display. Android phones are largely fast enough, however software polish is often lacking, and so is battery life. A device bringing usability and long battery life would be very welcome!

  • TheRobotCow

    What if Google released 4.3 with the Moto X?

    • Bionic

      Dont be surprised

  • TheRobotCow

    Now the decision between the Moto X and the new Droid Ultra Maxx is a tough one

    • kixofmyg0t

      What if i told you..

      Morpheus.jpg

      The DROID MAXX has everything X does but a 5″ 1080p screen and a battery larger than the RAZR MAXX…

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        If the battery is larger, it would likely be just to support the larger/higher res screen. I doubt it would get significantly longer life than the X, that would just be odd.

        I’m still looking for two Xs, one 4.3″ one 4.7″, both 720p (though a 1080p on the larger wouldn’t be out of the question), with the larger one also having more RAM and a larger battery with a $100 price delta. Smaller version at $425 base price with customizations adding extra, larger one $525 with extra for customizations.

        No inside info here, just what I’d do if I were them.

  • kali bred

    It’d be awesome if it did commands while on the phone instead of unlocking and backing out to the home screen to launch a search

    • Justin W

      Someone said that the “always-on” mic is only on when the device is locked. I’m not sure that’s accurate, but I believe if you use the trigger anywhere, it will launch the search. That’s what would make the most sense to me, anyway.

  • dave

    Is this thing going to be priced like the nexus? Like 299 off contract?

    • Bionic

      no

  • YourFriend

    They better have an SD card slot.

    • Bionic

      nope sorry

    • Justin W

      I… I really don’t get why you would think a Google-backed device would have an SD slot.. Look at the last few Nexus devices..

      • Jordan

        Seems like Google wants users who need more memory to utilize their cloud storage providers, AKA Google Drive, Picasa, Play Music, etc.

        • Justin W

          That’s the plan, AFAIK! I, personally, prefer some onboard storage (16gb or 32gb) with cloud storage accessible. The only thing standing in the way at the moment are carriers and their limited data, though I usually am on WiFi unless I’m driving.

  • Bionic

    So……..anyone wanna guess what happens when you hold the phone and make a “jerk off” motion with your hand?

    • Justin W

      I want to say Camera, but I have a feeling that’s not where you were going with this.

      • Bionic

        NO, camera is twisting motion remember?

        • Justin W

          I can’t think of anything else.

          • Bionic

            im joking around of course

          • Justin W

            -_-

    • shehippie

      LMAO!!

    • Bob G

      Porn app instantly launches.

      *I think I need to patent this gesture right now before everyone catches on.

  • Patrick Flanigan

    So far it looks pretty cool, I think if this is paired with Maxx-esque battery life it will be a great device. That being said, I’m going to wait until later this year for the rumored ‘hero’ device and hope its a bleeding edge monster with amazing battery life (poor battery life is the only thing that I can’t stand on my g-nexus) and great durability.

    • Bionic

      it has a 2600mah battery if i remember what sarge said correctly

  • Jonathan Lamonte

    It’s also neat to notice that when using the camera app, the nav buttons bar becomes translucent so you can see underneath it. Just a little change to the stock camera app.

  • Bryan Saroza

    here is another video of the “moto x” with voice command to go to a specific website http://vimeo.com/70256940

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      i think moto magic is the s voice for moto.

      • Bryan Saroza

        you may be right however it is a new vid of the “moto x” from att

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          well, now idk. He said moto magic, but it went to google now lol.

          • Justin W

            The trigger can be changed by the user.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            I just don’t like how it appears to be 2 different programs.

          • Justin W

            True. I think this would be something Google would implement in a future update to Google Search – always on and always listening for the trigger. It might have to be something done based on hardware, but I know there are other things you can do with the Moto voice controls that lead you to different places, which might be why it’s a different program.

  • Justin W

    I think it’s time the tin foil hats are removed regarding the whole NSA thing. The device is only listening for your trigger, e.g., OK, Google Now, or whatever you set it as.

    • Bionic

      Am I the only one that does not care if google is collecting my info? That is the main way they make money anyway. Its not like they are messing with my finances or whatever.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        I don’t give a damn, i want them to track me. Could serve well in the memoir im writing

      • Justin W

        Nope, I could care less. I’m just tired of seeing people freak out about “always on listening devices”. If it helps Google serve better suggestions and ads for me, I’m all for it.

    • King Lo

      Any cellphone can be made to listen and can even send the voice to another cell phone. There is a video about it somewhere. We had to watch it for our classified brief.

      Edit: couldn’t find the original but this will do.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yepONyItU5k

  • jbm81

    Yeah because with the recent NSA goings on, I’m really excited for a phone that is constantly listening to what I say. Besides that, I could live with the specs, but it seems like the major feature is voice without touch and if you don’t care about that, then just meh

  • Bionic

    For those of you asking about the screen, it is AMOLED.

    • Elliot Kotis

      Ewww

      • Bionic

        pretty standard, and like someone said, you cant have these notifications like that unless you use AMOLED

        • Elliot Kotis

          Sorry, really not intouch with AMOLED, I keep my distance from it, why wouldn’t it work on an IPS display, for instance?

          • Bionic

            I dont know the tecnical reasons, something about how the pixels fire up versus Amoled

          • Guest

            Ah, faster boot up?

          • Justin W

            AMOLED displays don’t need to “turn on” the black pixels. They are by default black, and therefore only need to turn on the white pixels, so it saves battery.

          • Bionic

            there ya go, explained right here.

          • Justin W

            Battery life – AMOLED is much more efficient with blacks than LCD or IPS are.

            Edit: Black pixels are not on with AMOLED displays, while on LCD displays, they must be on.

      • Justin W

        In my opinion, I don’t believe AMOLED is better or worse than IPS or LCD. I prefer the deeper blacks of AMOLED, but the more vibrant colors of IPS/LCD are nice as well. Both have positives and negatives, and one of AMOLED’s major positives is battery life, so it would make sense Moto would go with AMOLED.

        • Bionic

          I love my S4’s screen. Keep in mind I came from a Bionic, LOL

          • Justin W

            I also had a Bionic and went to a Nexus 4, followed by an HTC One. I did have a Razr HD for a couple of weeks, and I loved the screen, but I haven’t had an AMOLED for long enough to make a decision on which I prefer.

          • Bionic

            My buddy has the ONE and between the two, i prefer the S4 due to the blacks.

            I also have a Samsung TV and my phone looks like my TV in terms of color. So i have decided that i enjoy AMOLED the best.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Just a note, your TV is not AMOLED, it is an LCD. However, Samsung likely tuned the colors approximately the same, which is what matters. LCD and AMOLED are quickly coming into parity regarding color accuracy. So, its basically personal preference as to which is “better”.

          • Tim242

            Smart man.

  • jaybar

    And what about the customization aspect?

    • Bionic

      what about it? its pretty much been leaked

    • Justin W

      Roger’s hasn’t been big into multi-colored anything lately… They only got the Lumia 920 (925?) in black, not the other multi-colored options. Alternatively, based on other rumors, the customization will only be available online, but I’m not sure I believe that.

  • Bionic

    Yeah, pretty much what sarge has been telling us. Some of the gimmicks are indeed cool, but enough to be groundbreaking? NO.

    At the end of the day we’re still talking about a 720p screen with a dual core chip. Yes it has been optimized to hell but I personally do not subscribe to the “we dont need current specs” stuff.

    That being said, I do believe this phone will do well with iphone people who are looking for a change. It will sell well.

    But consider this, we are expecting a hero device in October with more current specs that will do the same things you just saw from this phone.

    While I believe moto is taking a big step in the right direction, this isnt enough to make me regret my S4 purchase.

    • hkklife

      Amen. But I don’t think these will even sell well, barring a firesale price cut or massive promotions/subsidies that will eat into the bottom line. Most of the “cool kids” want iPhones and the hipsters that do not still will want Samsung.

      • Bionic

        True, and that is why moto is spending 500 million to advertise this thing, gotta make it look cool.

        • Render

          Google is spending 500 million, not Moto…no way Google would back a dud…this thing will be revolutionary.

          • Bionic

            Major money is being spent regardless of who’s bank account it is

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Google authorized Motorola to spend $500M goes the rumor, so they both must think they have something special.

          • Bionic

            exactly

          • Bionic

            However keep in mind that you can sell the next big thing by not having it ultra spec’d out. they are gonna make this thing look cool cuz of all the gimmicks and try to sell it that way.

            This phone isnt targeted at the 10% of the market who actually know what a snapdragon 600 is.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Even though we enthusiasts may not be the target, I doubt that any of us would be unhappy owning one. There is a fine line between a “gimmick” and a “feature”, and that being usefulness. If something (the camera gesture, for instance) works perfectly 99.99% of the time, and after a few tries becomes the quickest and easiest way to launch the camera, then I’d argue that its a feature. However, if it hiccups, is at all unreliable, or the camera is slow to come up whether the gesture or app shortcut is used, or is not a natural enough gesture that you forget to use it 90% of the time, then it is indeed a gimmick. That’s why I call most of the “Smart” stuff from Samsung a gimmick, because it is cool to show off but is ultimately forgettable and is not missed when moving to another handset.

        • Bob G

          If we have learned anything from advertising, it is that convincing people that something is cool just by blasting it in their face all the time is profitable. See: Audi, Apple, Samsung, Beats, any reality tv show, etc…

    • Ahmed Abbas

      Are you sure about the “hero” thing in october , man ? i’m trying not to get my hopes high but i just can’t .
      ps : sorry for asking the same question but i’m really counting on this .

    • Render

      If it really has a screen on notification capability and is always listening for voice commands, that might confirm that it has another lower power processor, or else the battery life would be terrible…I think there is much that has not leaked about this device…it looked silky smooth in the video.

      There might be a “Hero” device coming sure, but it will also carry a larger form factor. Did you ever think that its possible that in the form factor of this device (and due to only 720p vs 1080p) it doesn’t need anymore juice? If you combine that with some “other” processing, the “midrange” specs that have been leaked may not perform “midrange” at all.

      I am still a believer that a revolutionary device is on the horizon this August…Google would not market something they didn’t believe in.

      Google knows they need a big splash here soon because the new iPhone is on the horizon, but more importantly WP is gaining ground and Google remembers that the reason android is where it is today was due to a revolutionary device (OG Droid). It has been a rather poor year for android (similar devices, lack of revolutionary features, Android 5.0 delays), and right now all it would take is a ground breaking release from the folks over at MS to start pulling support from Android.

      MotoX will be exactly that, “Hero” device or not. They will not let this phone be the next Bionic, as it will reflect negatively on Google…and they won’t let that happen.

      • Bionic

        Considering sarge has not said anything about an extra CPU hidden in this thing, then that is what I believe.

        But I understand your way of thinking.

        • Render

          Technically, its not a CPU since its no longer “central”…they could offload to the GPU, or better yet the sensors have their own processing (which would be revolutionary for a phone).

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            I’m guessing that they have split the processing to several core areas (imaging/radios/display), and the CPU is the one coordinating it all and doing the heavy lifting. So, multiple low-power cores allow the CPU to stay in deep sleep longer, seriously upping battery life.

          • Justin W

            We should go into business together.

          • Render

            If this video is real…it pretty much confirms this sort of thinking:
            http://player.vimeo.com/video/70252600

            That, or an unreleased “refresh” of the S4 Pro processor…whichever it is, something doesn’t add up and Google/Moto have something up their sleeve.

          • Justin W

            I wish they would just announce the device or send invites for the press event. I love the hypebeasting going on, but I just want the devices to come out already.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            What most people fail to understand is that the S600 is a very slightly modded quad-core version of the S4 Pro. Internally, they are nearly identical. So, given a fair amount of kernel optimizations, the MSM8960T could easily match a non-optimized APQ8064T. Which is why I don’t understand people claiming that the S600 is “new” and the S4 Pro is “old”, as the only realistic difference is using 4 cores vs. 2. The underlying architecture won’t be changed until the S800 with its Krait 400 cores, which are a 50% increase in processing power, but that is probably primarily due to the fact that the clock speed has been increased by 35%, and a similarly-clocked S800 would likely result in a ~15% performance boost, which is fine but not terribly impressive.

          • Diablo81588

            I agree with you, but the s4 pro has a quad core version in the nexus 4 as well. The 600 is just a rebranded s4 pro.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            There were a few very minor architecture tweaks from the S4 Pro quad to the S600, as well as adding a cell modem (APQ8064 does not have the cell radios integrated) and 802.11ac wifi. Hence, the model number of the S600 is the APQ8964T, with an APQ8064AB variant found that supports higher clock speeds.

          • Kenton Douglas

            Glad to see someone who knows what they’re talking about for a change

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      If they do have a higher-spec device, they will likely announce it at the same time with availability in October. However, I’m not expecting a Snapdragon 600/800, as that would fragment their software development, which I doubt they are eager to do. I’d expect a larger device with more internal storage, maybe microHDMI, and a much larger battery, but internally mostly the same with a $100 premium over the price of the smaller version. It is efficient for Moto, and as long as performance is incredible, nobody but we 1% will even know/care about the rest of the specs. It has been proven time and again over the last few years that selling phones is: user experience (does it do what I want when I want), design/ergonomics (do I want to hold it/look at it for long periods of time), and battery life (do I need to worry about my phone dying on me when I need it most). Nail those three, and tell everyone that you have done so (huge marketing campaign), and how Motorola achieves those goals is immaterial to the mass market.

      • Bionic

        You nailed it on the head. That is exactly what sarge first said about the hero device but moto recently started thinking about the snapdragon 600.

        But yes, your logic is sound.

      • Dan DeMarco

        Exactly why I’m still using my GNex, with the exception of it’s battery life -.-

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Same reason I’m still rocking my Razr. The little tank refuses to die no matter how many times I drop it, and it still runs everything I throw at it reasonably well. However, I will more than likely move on to the Moto X. It looks too insanely perfect for me personally not to.

  • Kevin

    I agree, I want my notification light and to be able to disable the “screen notification”. Light flow FTW.
    I do like the idea of hands-free voice control but I can only see it being useful if it’s allowed to be used with a lock on the phone (pin, pattern, password, etc.). Otherwise it’s not hands-free. I can see it being useful if my hands are occupied and I want to look something up when my phone is in my pocket.

  • Elliot Kotis

    Didn’t like the ad, way too um……fake. (the girl and stuff, you can tell she doesnt believe what she says, etc).

    • Bob G

      Sorry they couldn’t get *your favorite actress* to do the ad. Damn, 1 unlikely customer lost.

  • Jonathan Lamonte

    Looks nice but I, without a doubt, need a Notification LED. I’m not sure if this is confirming it isn’t there but in the Blu-ray inserted words of Darth Vader in Episode VI, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

    • Larry Bublitz

      Well, C3PO didn’t have a Notification LED. R2? Yeah, I think he had a few. If the full extension of all these Android devices are actual android assistants (yeah!) we may have to get used to lack of notification LEDs. For me, I’m old fashioned and no LED is HUGE problem :-(

    • Nick

      You can use the NoLED app, since it’s samoled, which is better than a notification led.

  • ToyotaKeith

    Looks nice! wish we new the official specs

  • jason

    Looks like a legit phone. Can’t wait to play around with one.

  • GarHIII

    Can’t stand the lack of a notification led. The battery will be slaughtered by notifications via screen.

    • ted

      Actually no..the way it is set up it will consume less battery because instead of you unlocking your phone to see what the actual notification is and from who, powering on display fully which uses more power compared to the black screen with white lettering as shown in the video. Your not powering the whole display on showing all the pixels and colors of the screen

      • Justin W

        What you say is true of AMOLED displays, not IPS or LCD displays. With IPS or LCD displays, the entire screen must be on and powered to show the black background. My bet is they used AMOLED, but if they didn’t, I do believe the power will suffer greatly.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Worth noting, the only reason the low power works is because they are using an AMOLED screen.

      • GarHIII

        You’re right there won’t be an extensive wakelock from turning the phone on, instead the phone will always have a notification service running in the background while the screen is off. The bottom line is that more battery will be consumed compared to the multicolored led. And knowing what color led means what is way cooler and discreet than a message icon

        • Reginald Jefferson

          Yes because it’s totally impossible for them to optimize the phone in any way to use to use little battery power for the new notification service.

        • AltNine

          I dont really think this would cause any additional battery drain if it really has an AMOLED screen. The screen isnt going to be on, chilling in your pocket, or sitting on your desk, all the time. Its the same as your notification light. When your phone gets the new text or whatever, thats when it activates the light. That same signal on the Moto X would instead light the icon on the screen which is still sleep, except for those few pixels.

          Think of it this way: instead of lighting x number of led bulbs in the light to give you whatever shade your snapchat notification is, Moto X is lighting just the pixels of the lettering and icon.

          I may be wrong but i actually think this may be more battery efficient than notification lights. Plus who knows what crazy icons and pictures could be swapped out to flash for all who look at your phone. Some may defeat the battery saving aspect but you get the idea.

          If done correctly, I feel this a great new idea to introduce to mobile devices.

      • Bowen9284

        Light Flow

        • Peter Mansour

          Light flow wont work if theres no LED..

      • Kie

        Have to disagree with the points you have made concerning battery saving. You will still have to unlock your phone to dismiss the notification. Furthermore, I don’t see it mentioned anywhere that it will tell you who the message is from as you implied which again will lead you to turning on the screen. As for your point of being able to see what the actual notification is, multi colored LEDs and an app like lightflow allow this already.

        Though to respond to the original post, I have to doubt that motorola would incorporate a feature that would “slaughter” the battery after mentioning how important battery life was to them.

    • stang68

      Unless, of course, someone at Motorola thought the same thing and they figured out a way to drain less power through core optimization. I’m gonna guess they have because having the phone always listening for Google Now commands would always be battery-intensive. Also, Larry Page said battery life should be one of the most important things in phones these days…he probably knew what kind of battery life they were shooting for in the Moto X.

      • Tristan

        Agreed, I’ve seen so many people comment on features of the MotoX saying things like “Feature X is terrible because it will kill the battery.” But isn’t the whole point of the MotoX that they figured out a way to implement these features without killing the battery? It’s not just a new software feature, it’s a hardware solution that makes the new software possible.

      • Trueblue711

        One of the reasons for the battery gain is probably because they are still using dual-core chips, which have probably been optimized more than using newer ones with more processing power/cores.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Eric Schmidt has been using the X for awhile, if it REALLY was that bad don’t you think Moto would have went back to a traditional LED light?

      Now here’s a interesting thought, will you sing the same tune if the Nexus 5 is the same way?

      • Trueblue711

        In all fairness, Google has launched a number of half-baked products that Schmidt probably used a bit before giving the OK.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        What does Schmidt have to do with anything?

    • Bob G

      Bottom chin bezel, off center to the left. That looks like a LED notification housing to me, just like the one on the Nexus 4.

      • tyguy829

        that’s the mic

  • Elliot Kotis

    Seems like that 5.0 concept was actually Googles, I mean, “Okay Google Now”, the concept said say “Okay Google”.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I’m assuming that’s a Google thing as well, but keep in mind that with the DROID ULTRA, you’ll be able to say “Hello Moto” to do phone searches.

    • Kevin

      Because she said Google Now, I wonder if this is a little more app specific with voice commands, like “ok Google Maps, find my brother’s house” or “ok Google Movies, play Despicable Me”. I know there are a lot of different results in Google Now that cover many Google apps but I sometimes don’t want the various results when I know what app will provide the right info.

      • Elliot Kotis

        Well apparently it is much more powerful (according to the bad ad), so hopefully.

      • Jaxon Wright

        Never thoguth of that! you might be on to something

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Takes a lot to get a Sunday post from Droid Life. While these features are interesting nothing here is groundbreaking. She did say August in the video though which begs the question when the hell is Moto going to announce this damn thing?

    • hkklife

      Novelties that will grow old very quickly at *best*

      Unintuitive, battery-hogging gimmicks (ala Samsung & LG) more likely.

      Next!!

      • stang68

        HEY EVERYONE…THIS GUY HAS IT ALL FIGURED OUT!

      • Bionic

        One thing I disagree with is that these gimmicks can or will hog battery life, not true. I am running a stock S4 and none of the gimmicks are getting in my way.

        I am averaging 1 day 8 hours battery life.

        • hkklife

          Phenomenal, especially compared to my S3. I cannot even get that with a Hyperion extended battery and everything turned off. My S3 battery life has been in the tank since then went from ICS to JB.

  • surfbm

    the motorola logo is missing from the top left corner of the phone in the video. could it be only on the test devices and wont be on the consumer version?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Yes, only test devices have that Motorola ring on them.

      • Elliot Kotis

        Kellex, what do you think of the Moto X? I don’t like the hand wrist camera thing, that seems like Samsung Galaxy Gimmick.

        • stang68

          Unless it works well, of course. I could see myself using that to get to the camera very quickly.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            If the launch is always instant, I’d use it almost exclusively. If it is unreliable or hiccups, it is squarely in the “gimmick” category.

          • Justin W

            With the optimizations Moto’s rumored to have made to the OS to make it work better with the hardware, I’d think it should be instant. It’ll be interesting to see how they present it when they announce the device.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Agreed. IF the optimization really is there, this device could truly be a complete beast and perform far and away better than its contemporaries. For the camera, I’m hoping that it has its own dedicated chip/RAM for the camera app and image processing so that no matter what else is running the camera is constantly ready. However, that also does not mean that non-stock apps will run well, as some are just unoptimized hogs (read: Facebook), so seeing how those affect it will be interesting.

          • Justin W

            Unoptimized hogs are all over the play store though – I would imagine they perform more or less the same on a Galaxy as they would on this, but then again with this only having a dual core processor, it might be worse. We’ll have to see, but I have high hopes for this device.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          As long as it works well, it’s cool. Anything to make life easier I guess.

    • Jonathan Lamonte

      Of course it isn’t. It also won’t say “Motorola Confidential Property” either.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    while i do like the always on voice control, what else? Impress the enthusiasts.