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Here is the First Moto X Press Render (Updated)

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What a sexy device. That folks, is the cleanest image yet of the Motorola Moto X, thanks once again to @evleaks. It’s a press render, in case you were wondering, that shows us both the front and back of what may be one of the most minimal designs in recent memory. 

On the front side, we’re seeing what is believed to be the phone’s 4.5-inch display, with on-screen navigation buttons and what appears to be stock Android. We have a front facing camera in the top right corner, sensors to its left (next to the speaker), and a spot left of center in the chin area that’s either a mic or notification light. But since we know the phone will show notifications on-screen, that may very well be just a mic.

On the back, we’re looking at what is believed to be a 10MP camera, with flash and Motorola “batwing” logo below it. There is a speaker to the right of the camera, along with a noise canceling mic towards the bottom right area. The headphone jack can be spotted at the very top-center of the device.

As I mentioned at the beginning, the design of this device is something Motorola should be proud of. The front is as edge-to-edge or all-display as it gets. The back, with its sloping body, looks like it’ll be a dream to hold, especially if the screen size has been kept under 5-inches. Motorola is keeping it simple, while still adding some style. And how can you not be fan of their choice to not place the word “Motorola” anywhere on the device?

All signs point to this phone not having the most recent and most powerful processor or 1080p display, but everything we’ve heard from sources suggests that you won’t notice or care. The performance is said to be exceptional, but I think it’s obvious that Motorola is going for experience rather than specs. I just hope that means an incredibly reasonable price as well.

Update:  Here is the side profile of the Moto X (@evleaks):

moto x side

The Moto X will be unveiled on August 1. We’ll be there to bring it to you.

Thoughts after seeing the phone like this?

Via:  The Unlockr

Cheers Ahmed, Scott and everyone else!

  • faruk

    really so nice mobile phone

    new movie

  • Peter Blanco

    That price… GIMME THAT GOOD PRICE!

  • Joshua Bailey

    I think we will see a 32GB version. No worries. If not, I really don’t care. I am firmly in Google’s cloud with my phone at this point. I couldn’t handle a 16GB tablet, but phone is not a huge deal.

  • Johnny Wishbonn

    So no SD card slot. That’s a freaking deal breaker for me. Why are cell phone companies making phone without an expandable memory port. Why Why Why cause you VZW wanna sell me extra space. Freak That

  • Jackson

    Did anyone notice the side pic looks a little like they’re trying to pull off and ultra book tapered look.

  • lye

    WOULD

  • taglogical

    Humor me: Aside from the background (I’m a patriot), what is the draw here to this low-end phone? I’m a huge Motorola fan; My OG is a media player and My current phone is the Bionic – which has hdmi out, removable battery, expandable storage, and it’s dual core is buttery smooth on that pre-release ics build – But I don’t get all the fuss here? What am I missing? O.O

    • David W. Skyview

      you’re missing nothing. this is meh. i own the D1, DX, Bionic, RAZR, as well as the OG stuff like the StarTac, MicroTac, the Bravo (alpha numeric pager), and even the DynaTac (my mom’s but I took it), so no more moto fan than me here. but yeah, this is ultra meh… the ultra line looks more promising to me at this point. the MX looks like 2012 inside and out.

      • guesswhat

        Hands free voice activation doesn’t excite anyone at all? ..this is the first smartphone to which you can talk to when your phone is off and expect a response. I see that feature being so usefull when im driving cooking etc . The only way one could call, navigate, send text message etc ..was only by touch, now you could do all this by voice without touching the phone to activate voice command, it opens up a whole new way you can interact with your phone. I guess you guys are only excited about huge screen phones quad core and octo cores ..without even realizing none of the apps never actually use those extra cores ..for me all the talk about a phone being a fastest phone ever with zillion cores from OEMS sounds like a big gimmick ..

        • JolleyMan

          Hand’s free voice activation is not always the best thing. My XBOX Kinect has it, and it’s quite surprising how often it will pause, stop, or rewind a show on Netflix because of something that was said on the show. Hopefully this won’t accidentally activate, though I do not see how it won’t.

          • chris420o

            how loud is your tv….bc thats never ever happened to me…and i dont know how many shows say “xbox” before words that would activate a command…

          • JolleyMan

            I agree that the shows I watch never use the word “XBOX,” yet the Kinect interprets what is said as being a command. As for loudness, I wouldn’t say that I have the volume particularly loud for this issue to occur. It’s quite surprising how frequently this happens while watching episodes of Breaking Bad.

    • David W. Skyview

      and yeah, if it’s under $300 I’d get it as a backup like i do the N4, but a cheap phone that works well does not an exciting phone make. it’s just a good cheap phone. i’d buy it, but meh. ultra all the way if that runs 4.3 and the 800.

    • Dude

      I went from the Bionic to the S4. I loved my Bionic but I have never been happier with a phone than with the S4. The thing is unbelievable 😉

  • Scott Hardy

    Navigation bar (back, home, recent apps) is semi-transparent. Is this a 4.3 thing or what?

    • DMBatCOFC

      My navigation bar on the MAXX HD is semi-transparent and I’m on 4.1.2

  • Tay

    It’s only a render, but this phone looks beautiful. I cant wait to see it with all of the customizations and stuff. This will be my next phone. Sorry Samsung.

  • Radgatt
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  • donkeykong85

    Just be under 300 off contract. That is what will sell this phone.

  • monkey082506

    This phone has had my attention since I first heard a rumor about it, my GNEX is outdated, my contract is up, I need a new phone. I really like the HTC One but it’s not on Verizon. If this phone has all the bells and whistles it “apparently” has, I’m sold on day one.

    • Xcalibur1011

      I’m in a similar situation, I have a feeling this phone will fall flat, and we will end up getting the Nexus 5. I would have gotten the GS4 by now, but interest in this phone has stopped me.

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    I also think that all the beach and boating pics are hinting at the “all weather” capabilities. Waterproof

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Mark my words, this thing is waterproof also. That’s the final “boom.”

  • xxdesmus

    Google/Moto better make it cheap. $300 off contract and I’m game.

    • Bionic

      sorry but no

      • Justin

        Bionic, aNY new details on that Droid Ultra info you laid out yesterday?

        • Bionic

          i already responded to that

        • Render

          If the “Droid Ultra” was the better device, Page would be touting the Droid line and it would be on every carrier. That is what is so odd about this whole thing, Google isn’t sinking money into the Droid line, or the Droid advertising…instead it seems they are killing it off for the Moto X.

          If the final iteration of Droid’s is “all that” then they would be dumb to release the Moto X weeks later. I do not have high hopes for the final Droid iteration.

          We will know this week and then August 1st for sure, but if the Ultra really does have an S800 it makes zero sense for the Moto X to have the rumored “S4 Pro” because that means Motorola is maintaining multiple kernels, and that also means that even though Motorola has the capability to integrate an S800, they instead opted to make the device less powerful. Again, none of this adds up, especially when you add kernel maintenance on top.

          Ultra will have the same processor class as the Moto X plain and simple.

          • Bionic

            Yeah, im starting to doubt the 800 report.

          • Render

            Or maybe you should start doubting the S4 Pro report…that’s the one that doesn’t make any sense at all.

            If I had to guess S600 in both, possibly the quad core in the Ultra and a dual core in the Moto X. Then the 5 inch Moto X in October will also contain the S600 Quad core. That way Motorola can maintain one kernel/version of android across all of their high end devices, which will accelerate updates and minimize overhead.

            Think of it as a business…does it make sense to support an older processor/kernel when down the road you will then require an extra team specific to that processor? Where is the break even analysis there? Sure, components are expensive, but maintaining experts + teams in multiple domains also becomes expensive over time.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            I’m guessing that all 2013 Motorola devices will have near-identical hardware internally, with differences being screen size, overall design, and battery/memory size. Using two different SoCs, even from the same family, makes no sense.

            As for maintenance, you would have a software team dedicated to the product lifecycle. So, the same team sticks with a line of devices from cradle to grave so that it is as efficient and knowledgeable as possible. As the lifecycle wears on, you pare down the team as necessary and more those resources to your new product lines. However, if the need arises, you still have those people available for reference.

          • AxemRed

            The only source I saw that mentioned an 800 seemed like it was speculating with no evidence. I’m betting on the S600.

    • Bionic

      oooooooooooooooooooo

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        right?!?!

        • Render

          There is literally no bezel on the sides…Bionic is going through GS4 buyers remorse.

          Tell me…what midrange phone would EVER look that good? This is not a midrange device.

          • Bionic

            LOL LOL LOL, no, not even close.

          • Tim242

            Ummm, the S4 has the smallest bezel of any phone ever released.

          • Render

            That white Moto X has less bezel than the GS4

          • Tim242

            From what I see, I don’t think so. But…it isn’t released yet.

          • Kenton Douglas

            correct

          • Tim242

            Not correct.

          • Kenton Douglas

            How are you measuring bezels?

          • Kenton Douglas

            to date …

          • Tim242

            Judging by the pic, the S4 still has smaller bezels.

        • Bionic

          Im kidding, i hate white phones and white cars.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            i used to be against it for reselling purposes but if this is so customizable i guess the color won’t matter to the buyer.
            And really? white cars with dark tints look good to me, but do show so much dirt.

    • Render

      Wow…….that is nice.

    • Tim242

      At least they made the front white as well!!!

    • Gnex

      Giggity.

  • neoone11

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks strikingly like the EVO 4g LTE?

  • Bionic

    The experience will be great out of the box. Until you run a live wallpaper, purchase HD widgets and run 2-3 of those, have a weather app running in the background, have the ESPN scorecenter running with the widget running as well.

    Try to open Chrome and have it load a webpage FAST and try to use google NOW.

    All of that is going to bog down those two outdated cores once you have all that running at once.

    But hey…….just my opinion.

    • BrianLipp

      …so its an android phone?

      • Bionic

        Quad core is the answer my friend. As long as its not a Tegra that is

        • BrianLipp

          my Nexus 10 runs fine running a lot of stuff with its high-res screen. Unless the Moto X’s chip is still the A9 version

          • Bionic

            Come on man, tablets have a lot less “background noise” they have to deal with than phones do. Phones pull a lot more resources because of all the different radios.

            Not to mention your tablet is a Samsung, they know what they are doing.

          • BrianLipp

            yea, but realistically the only difference between a phone and (most) tablets is the lack of cell radios. Plus, with the Nexus 10 it has to run that screen. If both are running on WiFi then there really is no difference. Im not saying youre wrong about most dual core phones (my GNex is slooooooowwwwwww)

            And the other thing. If its a dual core A15 the Moto X will probably be fine. If its the A9 version of the S4, then yea….thats no good.

          • Bionic

            True. All i know is that Quad core is the way to go. A15 does make a huge difference though.

        • Kenton Douglas

          RAM is more important

    • Render

      Time will tell if they are outdated cores…I believe they aren’t, and there is significant evidence that they likely aren’t outdated besides what the CPU identifier shows in leaks…

      Benchmarks can’t be easily fudged, but a CPU identifier CAN misread a processor if its not in the database. Even with extreme optimizations…not buying that big of an improvement where a benchmark performs at the same level as an S600. Software optimizations can only do so much, and there is no way software can drastically improve how a CPU performs in a stress test…

      • Bionic

        Yes time will tell. Im not buying a lot of things about this phone. Hence why this moto fanboy got a Samsung.

    • Kenton Douglas

      I would guess that everything you describe is mainly a function of RAM. 2GB in both phones. Unless you want to point out which applications are optimised for 4 cores? The OS isn’t.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    uuhhh, if i do buy this, it will be my first white phone.

    • Bionic

      sometimes the black chics like to give it a try

  • crazed_z06

    Remember the Bionic flop? This will be the same thing on a grander level

    • Bionic

      Yeah, i did flop pretty bad didnt I? But……when I finally got ICS i was a pretty beastly tank of a phone until specs started to get outdated.

  • ddevito

    Let’s hope for:

    1. Cheap off-contract pricing
    2. No Carrier Branding
    3. No Carrier Interference

    • Bionic

      LOL, always verizon interference

  • Dude

    I feel like the only one that doesn’t care what a phones back looks like. Otterbox’s work so well, I will never own another phone without one on it.

    • Tim242

      Otterboxes are bulky and overkill.

      • Dude

        Not the commuter series. It actually gives the S4 a very solid feel and doesn’t add much bulk at all.

  • MetroGnome711

    My excitement isn’t from specs. It isn’t from design (although I do like it.) It’s not even from the (mostly) Stock Android.

    If the rumors are true, this phone is heading to Verizon and isn’t supposed to be super expensive. If this thing runs well, has a good camera, and a good screen, and is in the $300-200 range FULL RETAIL? …Therein lies my excitement.

    As a Verizon unlimited customer, and phone that I can buy that doesn’t cost $650 is a good idea, as my wife will want the same device. And we both use enough data to warrant paying full retail instead of losing unlimited data.

    This would be the ONLY option for current unlimited customers to upgrade to on Verizon within a reasonable price range. (Nexus 4 would be the other option on a GSM carrier)

    Therefore, i’m excited. I hope i’m not disappointed.

    • DJ SPY

      There’s absolutely no way it’s going for that full retail. Are you expecting Verizon to give away the phone for free with a contract? I think you’re going to be disappointed. I see it $200 with contract at the least.

      • MetroGnome711

        Hey I didn’t make up the rumors, that’s just what they are. And certainly not expecting Verizon to do ANYTHING on price. The rumors have been you would order directly from Moto/Goog at that price. I mean, i’d take Nexus 4 prices certainly. I know the rumors are far fetched, but that would be the only interesting thing about this phone, IMO. Why else the mid-range specs?

        • DJ SPY

          Like I’ve mentioned before. It’s built in the u.s. Google is already eating the cost of the Nexus 7 and somewhat the 4. It’s going to cost a whole lot more to build it here than over seas. I don’t think Google is willing to sell this device at a loss. Not this one.

          • MetroGnome711

            All possible (and most likely). All that i’m saying is that, for me, the only thing interesting about this phone would be price. Another $600 phone with these internals (whether the phone flies or not, people will buy what they think is “high end”) won’t do that.

          • DJ SPY

            The cheapest I see this device being off contract is $500. I would be really surprised if it was less at $400. If it’s more than $500 forget about it. The New DROIDS are looking pretty good.

          • MetroGnome711

            That’s probably pretty accurate. That’s where my mind tells me everything will be, but even at that price, my interest drops to almost nothing (from what we’ve seen so far, could change).

          • DJ SPY

            Yeah, I hope they have something up their sleeves. $500 is still pretty high.

          • MetroGnome711

            And like you said, it costs them money to build it here, it costs them money for the parts and the ads and the execs etc. So i understand the high costs of phones. But it seems that part of Google’s mission with Android and smartphones in general is to drive costs down and create alternatives to current carrier markets. Obviously Google and Verizon at this point have some issues as Verizon is holding steadfast to their “we pay subsidy, you sign contract, hide the true cost of a phone” model. I think Google might be trying to break that up a bit. If so, saving on a few specs but creating a great User Experience while keeping costs down would certainly do that. All this is a pipe dream for sure. But, as i told Bionic, a boy can dream.

          • Bionic

            Phones that are old and on “clearance” dont even go that low when purchasing new.

          • MetroGnome711

            You act as though no phone ever was this low off contract (Nexus 4). And that no company (Google) ever had reasons for subsidizing said cost. We know they’ve done it in the past, however small the chance is that they do it again is the chance my hope is based on. My honest assessment is that it will just be another phone. High price, mid specs, stock Android. And it will be forgotten.

    • Bionic

      Sorry but its not nearly that cheap full retail

      • MetroGnome711

        A boy can dream.

  • Xcalibur

    God please don’t let this be the Bionic over again. I end up getting this and a couple months later I sell it for the Nexus 5 like did for the Bionic in exchange for the Gnexus.

    • Bionic

      Why not just wait for the Nexus 5? I seriously think it will be the best/most relevant phone of the 2nd half of 2013.

      • Xcalibur1011

        That’s what I’m thinking as well, and I’m not planning on getting a new phone until October anyway even though my contract is up. I believe they N5 will be the first phone with Key Lime.

  • Tanuj Chokshi

    i definitely should have gotten this over my gs4… damn it… it sucks to be impatient

    • Bionic

      are you kidding me?

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Not everyone wants Touchwiz. I’ll take this device over an S4 any day myself.

        • Bionic

          Touch jizz is very easy to get rid of, so i consider that a moot point.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Not feeling like you have to “get rid of” the interface, no matter how simple a process, is a laudable accomplishment in and of itself. There is definitely something to be said for an interface that looks great without needing to do anything at all. And you have to root & ROM to completely free yourself from Touchwiz, which is not something everyone wants to do.

      • Tanuj Chokshi

        no i’m not kidding you… i don’t use any of the gestures samsung touts as “features” and the phone doesnt even seem THAT much faster than my galaxy nexus. i should have just rode out the GNEX for a year longer..

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Most likely you can easily sell the GS4 for more than this device will cost. Have the device you want AND money in your pocket 🙂

  • DJ SPY

    I’ve mentioned this before… It’s built in the U.S. that means making it won’t be cheap so don’t expect a cheap or “reasonable” price. The lowest I see this thing is $500 off contract.I think Google is not willing to eat the cost of these things like it did/does with its other products.

  • DJ SPY

    You know what sucks? The reviews might be task bad for this phone. Why? Because everyone will be to hung up on the specs.

    • Tim242

      Being hung up on specs is more credible than being hung up on Samsung’s plastic battery cover.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Not if the overall experience is equivalent or greater. Notice that no reviewers put the iPhone’s specs in the negative column. Know why? Because they really don’t matter in the slightest.

  • kashtrey

    I love the look of it, minimal and well thought out. My one thing is this though, why have we ran away from physical camera buttons? I just don’t get why we need to enable double flick gestures to tell the phone we want to take a camera when we could just put a button that pulls it up and then gives you a dual action shutter.

    • LionStone

      You mean like HTC did with the Windows Phone 8? I got one for the mom in law, (it was free w new 2 year). It’s pretty nice to have that dedicated camera button… one press, bam, camera. Nokia put one on their Windows phone too!

  • Dean

    Some of the earliest rumors with this phone was the touch sensitive Moto logo on the back. I haven’t heard many rumors about that in the last month or so. It’d be pretty sweet if they were to include something like that.

    • Bionic

      they axed that during prototype stage

      • Dean

        Damn. thanks. Maybe they’ll find a useful purpose for it and bring it back down the road. I thought there could be some innovative uses for it.

        As always, I appreciate the insight Bionic.

  • droidarmy

    What a great looking phone. go moto!

  • droidrazredge

    I came across this and was like Motorola should edit this 1984 commerical of Apple debuting the Macintosh and turn this into their unveiling of Moto X.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwT6mgXsZvU

    It should start off with this but everyone watching the screen with an iPhone 6 in hand. The person on the screen is Tim Cook talking about how great the iPhone. You’ll then see Regina Dugan running down the aisle with a sledge hammer that says Moto X on it. While she swings it you’ll see a glimpse of all the features that the phone has that has never been seen or done before in a phone. The Apple guards try to stop her but it is too late. She smashes the screen and it says welcome to a new era of what a smartphone should be: customized by you, built for you, and made in the USA.

    The ending memo should read:

    On August 1st Motorola and Google will introduce Moto X and you’ll see why 2013
    won’t be like “2007” and it ends with Google and Motorola’s symbol.

    • Bionic

      would be cool

  • John B

    I bought a Gnex the day it came out. It was my first smartphone. 2 years later, I’m pretty fed up. My phone is laggy, unresponsive when time is of the essence, is having charging issues and runs out of battery fairly easily.

    If this phone can deliver on a great experience, I’ll stick with android. If not, I’ll happily use the Google apps on iOS. For me, its having a phone that responds each time I touch it, and doesn’t take 4 seconds to switch to landscape when I take a picture, not having the latest snapdragon processor.

    • Shaggy723

      Sounds like you need a new battery.

      In regards to the unresponsiveness, my gsm gnex is usually pretty snappy, but it seems like it lags or is unresponsive at the worst moments. Like every time I show someone something on my phone, it craps out. Kind of annoying. Experience is everything.

  • justin

    So it’s either the Moto X, HTC One, or Galaxy Note III for me. I can upgrade my Galaxy Nexus (Verizon).

    • DJ SPY

      Why don’t you check out the new Droids? They seem pretty awesome. The Droid Mini is kind of like the Moto X.

    • Bionic

      Why not S4?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      If you’re waiting for the note 3, rumors of the next nexus will show up, Just wait for the full line up. If ur GN makes it.

  • kkloster

    After seeing the update with the side-profile image, its interesting that they’re making the device sort of top-heavy (or at least getting thicker towards the top). When i first got the galaxy nexus, i didn’t like the “butt” on it very much, but I really grew to like it. It made it really fast and easy to identify which way i was holding the phone without looking. I wonder how the increasing taper towards the top of this phone will affect the feel in hand.

    • David W. Skyview

      moto’s been doing that top heavy design since the first droid x about 3 yrs ago, so just go into any verizon store and chk any moto phone. the M should be the closest feel from the moto x profile pic.

  • STiK

    Could it be??? Finally a decent Moto phone on T-Mobile?? Can’t wait to see the reviews on this thing once it’s released.

  • Radgatt

    Any word on the accessories that will be coming out for this phone? Docking station, anything like that?

  • Hunterh2

    Can droid life do a poll on what device people will buy on verizon. I’m sure a lot of us got the galaxy nexus on verizon when it came out and I wanna see what other people want to get now that the moto x is about to be released

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      I think we need to save that post until August 2nd, when people have digested both the Verizon press conference and the Motorola press event.

  • Ron_Swanson

    The HTC One ruined all other phone designs for me. 🙁 but I own one, so 🙂

    • Tim242

      Why? It has such a huge bezel!

  • Radgatt

    I wonder what the price will be. The Nexus 4 spoiled us with the affordable pricing. Now every phone that comes out a lot of people want it to be around the price of the Nexus 4. I hope this phone does have an affordable price in the end.

  • Anubis

    no LED notification no care

  • lembowski

    Hope this is priced around $400, I’d buy it as a back up.

  • Paul Neumann

    As far as the battery goes the M has a 2000mAH and the HD has a 2530mAH so something in between there for this phone is probably about right. And having things optimized for battery life is so nice. My son goes all day on the M without me or him worrying about being caught with a brick. My HD goes on the charger each night with at least 30% still left. Expect more of the same with Moto X.

  • Bill Hill

    Wonder if ppl will be able to port the Google Now hands-free voice commands to other devices

  • joe

    Its a phone. Its the same damn thing as every other phone.

  • Clift

    They just need a Moto X Google Play Edition

    • Mike

      It’s unskinned as far as we know so essentially it is a “Google play” edition

      • Clift

        Except without the near zero day software updates… That’s really what I’m interested in.

        • AbbyZFresh

          Hope so too.Google is too involved with Motorola to at least help them with their updates to the point where it should be treated with a Nexus-like update cycle.

    • Kenton Douglas

      Will happen. It’s the only reason Samsung and HTC did GPEs of their phones.

  • Bowen9284

    I think we could be in for a surprise on the battery. The profile is very GNex. I feel like they are hiding something!

  • chris125

    Looks kind of thick for its size.

  • David W. Skyview

    super meh. a year too late spec or lookwise. as exciting as the DNA, minus the audio and clean S.LCD3 1080p screen. camera’s gonna suck too. the Ultra Maxx is more promising comparatively if it runs 4.3.

  • buy off contract and keep my unlimited 4g lte from verizon?

    might have to think about upgrading from my GNex if its like 200-300…

  • Bionic

    As a former motorola fanboy, I am for gimmicks. The difference between the S4 and the Moto X is that the S4 has the top tier specs to back up the gimmicks.

    • Mike

      Exactly why I went with the S4 Active. Beast of a phone.

    • Render

      You might be right, however:

      http://www.androidauthority.com/leaked-moto-x-video-4-7-inch-display-what-appears-to-be-a-dual-core-snapdragon-s4-pro-243648/

      In the comments the author states he has reached out to the developer of “CPU Identifier,” and that “The developer of CPU Identifier claims the CPU is a Snapdragon 600.” The leaked benchmark also does not lineup with an S4 class processor.

      We will know soon enough. S4 Pro doesn’t make sense, especially since the Moto X supports 802.11AC (according to FCC filings). I have a feeling this is simply the case where CPU Identifier does not have the processor in the database. The developer was able to look up the statistics/signature that was published by the leaked benchmark, and came to the conclusion its an S600 with a different processor signature.

      This happens with Intel/AMD processors all the time with CPU-Z and newer, unreleased processors. The difference is that the leakers “know” because they opened up the processor and grabbed the S/N that did not correspond to any currently released processor. The only real way to know would be to have someone crack open their testing phone and grab the S/N off the processor.

      • Bionic

        yeah, I guess we will see. Sarge has always said it is absolutely an S4 pro dual core. He is sticking firm to that.

        • Render

          Can you ask him how it has an FCC filing for 802.11AC then? Maybe this is a “refreshed” S4 lineup, that has not been released (which means that its not the S4 lineup we currently know)? Otherwise, it cannot by specification support 802.11AC (which we know it does):
          https://apps.fcc.gov/eas/GetApplicationAttachment.html?id=1991992

          • Bionic

            i realize that, we shall see

          • Render

            Some more food for the fire:

            http://forums.crackberry.com/blackberry-a10-f401/chipsets-blackberry-testing-snapdragon-800-s4-pro-one-a10-827769/index4.html

            The A10 is supposedly using this same CPU:

            “I have new information that Aristo and Anisio will both use the 8960AB SoC, which should be a 8960 with 2 Krait 300 cores (instead of just Krait). Since I’ve only seen Adreno drivers (SGX is for old devices), I guess the GPU is the A320 that comes with the 8960. I can’t find any other monster, amazing quad-core GPU which would blow our mind away, but maybe I don’t know what to look for.

            That means that it’s akin to a dual-core Snapdragon 600. It could very well be that BB10 isn’t ready for quad-core CPUs yet or simply that the extra cost is not worth it (except for gamers, if the OS can manage it).”

            Notice, 8960AB is not listed on the snapdragon website (yet). This would alos make it a “S4” processor (but not the one we know).

          • Bionic

            nice find, you may have something there

          • juan

            Any updates on yesterday’s Droid Ultra info?

          • Bionic

            not yet. I am on the fence with it. Part of me does not believe motorola could throw a snapdragon 800 into a phone so quickly without sarge hearing about it first.

      • AxemRed

        I was looking into this a little last week. It’s identified as a S4 Pro MSM8960, but it has a Adreno 320 GPU which means its probably really a MSM8960T. Most sites show this model using the Krait cpu which is what must of the rest of the S4 series uses. I was Googling around though and a few sites mentioned that the MSM8960T model will really be using a Krait 300 cpu, which is what the S600 uses. With Krait 300 and Adreno 320, it would basically be a dual core S600 despite the S4 Pro branding. If this is true, it explains the unexpected speed and the confusion with CPU identifying apps.

  • EvanTheGamer

    All signs point to this phone not having the most recent and most
    powerful processor or 1080p display, but everything we’ve heard from
    sources suggests that you won’t notice or care.

    Oh..I care. I care a lot. I think I need to see more to really make a decision on whether or not I’ll be getting the Moto X or the SGS4. SGS4 is really looking nice right about now. I do like minimalist things, but I also like bells and whistles and looks like the Moto X is lacking in that area.

    It’s still early though. We’ll see after I see the Moto X in action on Aug. 1.

    • tyguy829

      Kinda what I’m thinking too. The ‘experince’ might be great out of the box with these specs, but how about one or two updates down the road? Reminds me of the gnex. Was lightning fast with 4.0, pretty good with 4.1, but now mine lags quite a bit on 4.2.2. I just dont think these specs are very future proof, regardless of how they work now.

      • Skittlez

        no lag on 4.2.2 for me. Try Shiny’s ROM. It’s awesome. only lags with a couple live wallpapers, but other than that, its badass

      • Shaggy723

        My gsm gnex with 4.1 was almost completely lag free. You’re right though, 4.2.2 has introduced a lot of lag all around. I hope they get the lag under control with klp and with improvements with project butter.

        • Skittlez

          the only difference i saw going from 4.1.2 > 4.2.1 was the battery life. I had awesome battery life with 4.1 and 4.2 blows, and thats my only issue. 4.3 is supposed to address some of the 4.2.2 bugs so if battery life goes back to normal, i’ll hold out longer to see if a new nexus comes along

    • Bionic

      As a person who was a minimalist Motorola fanboy who got his first non motorola phone in the S4, i can tell you that I am beyond happy with this thing.

      I see no lag, the screen is great, and there is no better phone camera.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Tempting, very tempting. I think as long as the Moto X has a user-removable battery and an SD card slot, I might just be convinced to get this new device. Those two things are the biggest deal makers or breakers for me when deciding on a new device. Gotta have ma spare battery and extra space! haha

  • Zach Krpan

    I hope down the road if this is successful we find all these optimizations and new moto stuff with specs comparable to the S4 and one. It would just be nice. However middle ground the specs are this will be a important phone for android as a whole.

    • Render

      Don’t take CPU-z, or any other identifiers specs verbatim. What I mean is that those are applications built to analyze the signature of a processor and match it. The issue arises when a processor is not in the signature database. When that occurs the identifier then matches it to the next closest processor, which is what I believe to be occurring and causing all of the confusion. In doing so, people with the device would be leaking information that the processor is an S4, but in reality it is likely not. Here are some interesting discrepancies:

      First, we know that the device sports the Adreno 320 GPU, making it impossible for the device to sport the cpu-z listed S4 Plus CPU (leaked benchmark/CPU identifier shows a “MSM8960 x2” as the processor (which would be a dual core S4 Plus, S4 Pro has a T).

      Next, we have FCC filings showing 802.11AC, and we also know that the S4 series does not support 802.11AC (eliminating the S4 Pro).

      http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/s4/specs

      Putting these two pieces of information together, and then having a benchmark showing 35k (which is in the pack with the s600 processors), I believe that the Moto X has a dual core S600 processor, or an S4 Plus as the “CPU” with additional processing attached. Either way, its not last year’s spec’s nor is it slow (due to the smaller screen the quad core may be completely unnecessary).

      There is likely still a surprise with this device in terms of processing power and user experience. Otherwise, Google would have canned Moto X and not approved $500 million in advertising for what people seem to see as a “DOA” device.

  • DJ SPY

    Everyone seems to forget that The Verge said that (supposedly) the back plate was removable. It would make sense if they want us to customize the phone. Plus, we can slap on a bigger battery. Personally I’m going to get the DROID Maxx. This I’m getting for my mom.

  • Liderc

    Front looks good, back not great. Might try this one out though.

  • Anthony Bottari

    Not bad..Let’s just hope the speaker is miles better than the Galaxy Nexus one ..Really wish this had a front facing speaker actually..I’m sick of never being able to hear anything.

  • pappy53

    Optimization of hardware and software is the key. That is why it is going to probably be one of the fastest, if not THE fastest Android phone on the market. Apple has shown this for years with the iPhone, and someone at Google finally noticed, and reacted. I can’t imagine how fast an iPhone would be with a quad-core.:)

  • MacNificent

    Wednesday, September 25th! _____ 7:00am? What does it say before 7?

    • Skittlez

      August 26th is the release

      • MacNificent

        thanks! I was just wondering what the screen said up there. and Aug 26 sounds even better

  • Shaggy723

    I love simplicity in the design of this phone. It would be the phone that I have always wanted if only the back was made of aluminum, had the latest and greatest processor (so it will be able to function with minimal lag for 2 years worth of OS updates that include new features), and runs stock android that is updated straight from Google when nexus phones receive their updates.

    • kali bred

      They said they were making klp to be able to run on lower specd phones im sure they would cater to this phone on the os updates just on the fact this is googles phone

  • CaptainHowdy13

    What display tech is it? QHD? Like they always use.

    • Mike

      Always? Wtf are you talking about? The only qhd phone in the past year or so is the M.

  • ERIFNOMI

    I’ll wait for reviews before I make any final opinion, but I’m feeling positive about this phone. Sure, it doesn’t have the latest specs but you know what? I don’t care so long as the experience is good. My GNexus is on its last leg (shattered screen, lags out the ass, etc.) so I’m hoping this can be a great replacement that I can buy for cheap off contract.

    • Skittlez

      what ROM are you running? i still have my GNex, and i would keep it much longer, if the battery life didn’t suck right now. everything else is awesome. super smooth

      • ERIFNOMI

        AOKP right now. It’s just a tired old phone…

        • Skittlez

          try Shiny. awesome ROM. you can just flash the mods you want and it’s pretty much AOSP. Very very very stable. Very smooth

  • Why “September 25″(on the home screen)? 🙂

  • Dominick White

    Weird, all the people here that always talking About how important spec’s are on a phone, seem to change tone fast, with moto set to release a 2013 phone with a 2012 spec. If it was any other phone maker other than moto/Google most of you hear would be bad mouthing this phone… Now all saying how specs dont matter just make me laugh

    • Andrew Remmers

      I think we are at a point were specs are becoming a thing of the past though, phones are pretty fast and are quickly approaching most cheap laptop specs anyways. If compatibility wasn’t an issue with the Intel processors we’d have quite an insane level of computing at our fingertips. Imagine being able to use your phone plugged into a monitor to run software such as CAD, or other hardware intensive software

    • Kenton Douglas

      because it IS moto/Google; meaning the software will be properly optimised, and it won’t be slowed down by some gimmick skin.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      I think it has more to do with the fact that, ironically, GS4 and One have proven that all that extra power doesn’t really make for a better user experience. When compared to devices released in 2012, they aren’t really that noticeably faster in day-to-day use. So, it can be concluded that we have finally reached the point in Android that the hardware is “good enough” to provide a positive user experience, and the focus therefore must shift to making a “good” experience outstanding.

  • callumshell1

    Yup, that’s a phone.

  • Capt. Crunch

    I’m starting to feel like Android 4.3 was sorta designed for the Moto X since we really haven’t seen any new features to write home about.

  • Brien Gerber

    I really hope the 1500mAH battery rumor is false.

    • Frettfreak

      who cares as long as it last… seriously, everyone stop bitching about this damn phone til you actually can see what it does. This is a BIG phone for moto and google and i dont believe for 1 second that google will do something that will hurt android or themselves.

      • LiterofCola

        As long as you all stop bitching about everything else you don’t like without trying it out first (i.e. any Droid phone, Sony phone etc.)

        • Frettfreak

          Thats the point here. Geez man. I dont know hwy i even both to read comments anymore. The IQ level here is about the same as my 8 year old daughter.

      • Elliot Kotis

        1500 is lower than the iPhone 5S, that is embarrasing :'(

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          Well if it’s lower than the iphone but last longer, didn’t they accomplish something? Thats if that 1500 mah rumor is true.

          • CapnShiner

            Please see Kellex’s comment above.

        • pappy53

          No one knows yet what the 5S battery is rated. Unless you have a crystal ball?

      • Liderc

        1500mAH is abysmal, what are you talking about?

      • Tyler Durden

        Oh right, cause the 1800 mah on the the gnex was plenty /s

        • Frettfreak

          different phone, made by a completely different company with a different OS version… yeah.. totally the same I can see how you would confuse the 2

    • That report was false. The Verge redacted it already.

      • NexusPhan69

        Ya I’m surprised you even posted it. It was clear it was 100% fake. We know it doesn’t have a removable back. We know the screen is 4.7″ you posted the picture showing a measuring tape with 4.7″ from the guy who managed to get it for a weekend.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Measuring tape without a hard corner to snag could easily be off by .2″. Also, it might have a removable back that can be swapped out, but the battery underneath may be screwed in just like was done on the Droid 4.

          • NexusPhan69

            Nope. Go look at the picture. I’m 100% positive its bigger than 4.5″. Every report expect this one (which was redacted by the way) said 4.7″. Every report said non-removable battery. The Vietnamese site that had it months ago said unibody non-removable 4.7″. Evleaks said 4.7″ non-removable. That’s what it is. And I’m fine with it. If you’re not, don’t get your hopes up with this phone.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            What, when did I say I what I wanted it to be? I was pointing out that a tape measure is not terribly accurate without a hard surface to snag or push against, and the possibility of it not being lined up perfectly with the corners of the screen, etc. etc.

            A side note on leaks: they are nothing but strong possibilities. Rumors, even ones very widely circulated and corroborated, are not facts, nor should they be assumed to ever be correct, no matter how reputable the sources. We will know exactly “what it is” when the device is officially released, and not one minute before then. And I’m fine with that.

  • Rodeojones000

    Unless they price this at $600+ full retail, I’m almost certainly buying one. Otherwise I’ll wait until the holiday shopping season. This is one fantastic looking phone, though, and a great indication of where Motorola is heading.

  • Rocketjrb

    Notice the Texas flag for the background. Subtle love to the Texas assembly plant. Nice play Google

    • Ryan

      Because we’re awesome down here. =P

      Kidding, but seriously, I actually live probably not even 20 miles from the assembly plant probably. Ft. Worth is just a knock or two to get there.

      • Steven Berger

        How about you get off the computer reading these rumors and got take a walk to the plant and give us some real footage 😛

        • Ryan

          I would, but working 3-10 PM every day just isn’t feasible. =P Plus, I don’t have the exact location at the moment. Maybe next time I run through Ft. Worth in Oct. I might consider dropping by the plant. But by then, the phone will already be out and in the wild.

    • br_hermon

      Hmm never thought of that. I just figured it was an American flag, and all you could see was two of the stripes. Either way, it’s TOTALLY intentional. Good move.

    • Larizard

      Terrible idea to show off the screen though. Look at those icons; you can’t even see them. I love the nod to Texas, but man, that “press shot” looks like crap. Get a cleaner wallpaper in there, Moto.

  • Hatyrei

    I wish Motorola made a flip android smartphone instead. Their new phone’s look kinda stale.

    • Mike

      Rumor has it Samsung is making a “Galaxy Flip” I too am interested in a top tier flip android device

      • Radgatt

        The blackberry flip wasn’t a good phone and the Kyocera echo wasn’t good either. I don’t think a smartphone that is a flip phone will be any good. If there is a manufacturer that can do it however, it will be Samsung. And make a lot of money as well…

  • Mike

    Looks great, it’ll be my 2nd line phone. The Galaxy S4 Active is my daily driver

  • calum wilper

    Unlocked boot loader, please just that. Please please please please.

  • Keith Sumner

    It’s even sexier in white, i used both the white and black and the white is sooooo nice.

  • maxx1987

    want

  • Mike

    I’m glad I went with the S4 Active, love it. Though I may get this on my 2nd line with AT&T

  • Terrormaster

    As a huge Android user myself I’m really getting tired of my fellow fanboys and blogs who put too damn much focus on specs. I’m glad Motorola/Google are going this route. The focus NEEDS to be more on features and performance and how the device best fits in your life. And a LOT less on speeds, feeds, and specs. The only people who care about those things are such a small percentage of the market.

  • Joshua P.

    well its a motorola, it looks like a nexus, if the scores floating around are correcxt and the price is nexus like , this should be my next phone.

  • Trevor

    I will be sad if it doesn’t have a notification light, but I might be able to get used to the onscreen notifications instead, as long as they don’t eat battery. I’m more saddened by the lack of SD cart slot. Not everyone has access to the “cloud” 24/7.

    Have to say though, I love that the screen is under 5 inches. I think the GNex/Nexus 4 screen size (with onscreen buttons) is perfect. Personally, the GS4 is a little big for my tastes (insert sexual comment here).

    • Terrormaster

      Buy a stand-alone media player device. For me my phone is a tool (phone calls, messaging, applications, and maybe a few games to waste time on). I personally never use my phone to play music. I’m quite happy carrying a second device for music (Zune HD 32). And if I want to watch videos or do more casual web surfing I use my Nexus 7. I never understood the fascination with all-in-one devices – single point of failure and more battery drain. And I definitely don’t get the fascination with streaming music and why it’s become so popular. I much rather download tracks on to local storage.

      • Jason Bittner

        My phone is a tool also, this tool includes playing music while I work, sometimes even streaming that music. If you are paying 400$-700$ for a device, why should it not do everything. I fail to see the logic of anything in your post. I bought a Note 2 to be able to do anything I want on a decent sized screen with all day battery life and no downsides…… Maybe you should rethink your carry 3 devices approach to technology devices?

        • Terrormaster

          No thank you. I’m actually INCREDIBLY happy with my setup and approach. As someone who’s spent a number of years working in network engineering as well as software engineering you learn that redundancy is far better than a single point of failure.

          Battery drain on phones is just a small part of the problem. I also like keeping all of my music local to the device. I tried getting into services like Pandora but it became way to frustrating when you either get throttled or walk into a poor reception zone and the music you’re listening to stops or lags. This is especially true on long road trips when you drive through poor reception zones or even walking downtown areas filled with skyscrapers. Music also takes up valuable storage space (which I agree is a moot point with an SD slot or larger storage options). Apps and other media use this space as well. While I don’t have an unweildingly large library like some audiophiles do, I do have over 16g worth of music. Can I listen to it all at once? Nah, but it’s nice having anything I want from my collection at my finger tips.

          And as much as I love Android I haven’t found a single music player app (including stock) that’s as intuitive as the Zune’s Metro UI.

          I don’t travel regularly with my N7, it’s mostly a couch and bedside device for checking in on Google+, light surfing, and news feeds with an occasional video every now and then.

          I use my phone strictly as a communications tool (calls, messaging, email, and social). There’s always the spontaneous use case of photos, a quick GPS or map look up, or a quick Google search on something.

          End of the day that’s what works best for me. My phone is a phone, I have a dedicated GPS in my vehicle, I have a dedicated music player, and I have a real camera for serious pictures. I understand I’m in the minority on this – I’ve never been one to just jump on the “whatever the masses are doing so it must be good for me” bandwagon. I don’t attack anyone for their choices and I would hope to get the same courtesy in return from others.

      • Trevor

        For me, the whole point of a cell phone nowadays is to be an all-in-one device. I want it to be my phone (obviously), GPS, MP3 player, organizer, camera (for decent spur of the moment shots anyway), etc.

      • Chris Schmucker

        Unrelated: my Zune HD was awesome!!! Love that thing

    • Skittlez

      Theres a notification light under the display

      • Michael

        mic

        • Radgatt

          I’m not sold on that being the mic. When was the last time you seen a phone with the mic on the bezel? All of the mics are usually on the bottom of the phone where the charger will be placed. I could be wrong but I hope not.

          • Michael

            Look At All The moto razrs.

          • Radgatt

            This phone has a Google influence though, the moto razr phones didn’t…we will know for sure when the phone is announced on August 1.

          • Michael

            Reading. too. Much. Into. That.

  • feztheforeigner

    If it had a big 1080p display and nice processor I would be really excited about this…

    • LiterofCola

      And an LED light AND an SD card slot….

      • feztheforeigner

        Those would be nice too.

      • Liderc

        Yeah it’s missing quite a few essential things, which is a shame.

  • s_a_m_i

    gawd!.. other than HTC One, all other android phones are plain FUGLY!

    • dannyWHITE

      You honestly can’t say the Nexus 4 is “FUGLY”. The Nexus 4 has a premium like build to it.

      • s_a_m_i

        the fuglisness is mainly with vanilla android.

        • mechapathy

          BRO, DO YOU EVEN #HOLO!?!?

          • tyguy829

            #HOLOYOLO

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    reminds my of a Gnex, which isnt too bad of a design, but still, what’s up with the main mic positioned in the front? Unlike Marilyn Monroe’s beauty mark, this is pretty ugly =/ Also I loved how LG/Google were able to did hide sensors, mic and camera in the n4. Since I dont go for Specs or usability only, but for a lovely design/spec/usability combination, this wont be for me =(

    • Jackson

      Probably for the “always listening feature” gives it extra strength in listening.

  • beng8686

    Really nice looking phone!

  • Ahmed Abbas

    i wish there another version of this moto x but with the droid ultra ( rumored ) specs a 5′ screen and a s800 and all of that .. but you know what ? it doesn’t make a big difference i’m fine with this considering the “exceptional experience” .. What i know for sure is that Moto is walking in the right direction .

    • HarleyFan72

      You want a 5 foot screen huh??? How the hell you gonna carry it? 😛

      • Ahmed Abbas

        fixed 🙂

  • Elliot Kotis

    Motorola Nexus like that please, (that is mid range, Me no want mid-range).

    • iamme

      even tho its marketed as a dual core processor. it is actually octo-core and runs just as fast if not faster than the S4. The smoothness of the phone is actually more smooth than project butter

      • Elliot Kotis

        Where did you here this? Plus, of course it is faster, it is an update of Butter, the OS is made by Google after all.

        • iamme

          a legitimate source (people not website) who has been trained on the device/devices I dont know much else though

          • Render

            The red flag on the S4 processor diagnosis should be the 802.11AC support (S4 series does not support it)…its clearly a processor that the CPU identifiers are not properly recognizing, or it has additional processing besides an S4.

            I am hesitant to believe Octo-core, but you never know. I would lean more toward a dual core s600, or additional low power processing.

  • Mark

    Experience is great, but I can’t buy a phone with 1-2 year outdated specs when I have to sign a 2 year contract. It’s almost a guarantee I’ll be looking to sell the phone in a year. Props to Motorola for a nice phone but the smart consumer in me says pass…Plus buying the first of anything usually doesn’t work out too well with flaws and such.

    • maxx1987

      nothing about this phone will be 2 years out of date when it comes out…sheesh

      • Frettfreak

        I dont think there will be a problem owning this phone for the long haul, but i can personally say i don’t think i have ever had a phone over a year (most around 8 months.

        However, speaking from a PURE specs point (cause i think the experience in the phone will most likely make you not give a crap about specs… exceot that 16gb storage rumour, that would kill it for me) this phone is already 2 years out dated. The processor in it was announced by qualcomm on 2-14-11 !!! Yeah.. 2011!! and the beginning of it to boot.

        • Render

          Except that the processor was not announced, or released in 2011. Please realize that unless CPU-Z, or any other CPU “identifier” is updated with a specific model, it can be extremely misleading when identifying the processor. Thus, it is entirely possible that even people who have the device in their hands could be reporting inaccurate information about the processor (and even insiders if they were not on the design/build teams).

          The S4 lineup does not support 802.11AC, which the Moto X is rumored (and FCC filings showed as such) to support. So now, how does the Moto X contain a processor that does not support 802.11AC?

          http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/s4/specs

          I bet its a variant of the s600 processor (dual core likely), or a lower power, unannounced processor. That or it contains other processing because an S4 Pro alone does not support 802.11AC, which should be the red flag.

          • Radgatt

            I agree. Just because it’s a dual core processor that doesn’t mean that it was 2011 when it was made and released. Qualcomm still makes new dual core processors and I bet this is one of their newer dual cores that they made this year. I am not surprised in the bit that with the software optimization that it has benchmarks close to phones with the 600 processor in it. If I can get my money right this may be the next phone for me. I would like to be able to use my phone with one hand again…

          • Frettfreak

            Well I believe you are right. I would be willing to bet when it comes out it will be some kind of 600 series… HOWEVER… The leaks have app said APQ8064 (or at least dsome of them have) which is this: http://www.qualcomm.com/media/releases/2011/02/14/qualcomm-announces-next-generation-snapdragon-mobile-chipset-family

        • brkshr

          I’m pretty sure the S4 Pro was first used in the Nexus 4, which was released at the very end of 2012. That would make the processor well under a year old.

          • Frettfreak

            when a phone came out doesnt dictate when the processor was released: http://www.qualcomm.com/media/releases/2011/02/14/qualcomm-announces-next-generation-snapdragon-mobile-chipset-family Feb 14, 2011

          • brkshr

            That was when they “announced” that chipset family. That doesn’t mean it was ready to go & released. Either way, it wasn’t ready until late 2012 & when it was released in a device (less than a year ago), it was at the top of the processor benchmarks. Whether it was in development 1 year ago or 2 or 3 years ago. It was at the top 8 months ago. I would say that is fairly recent technology.

        • kixofmyg0t

          Announced does not equal available.

          With your logic every single phone on the market and even the Snapdragon 800 Galaxy S4 is outdated then since more powerful processers have been annouced for months.

          You fail to realize that sampling for the dual core S4 Pro didnt start til this year.

          • Frettfreak

            just because it wasnt used in a phone doesnt make the tech newer.

          • kixofmyg0t

            That’s true. But by your logic even the Snapdragon 800 is already a year and a half out of date.

            Hell anything with Tegra4 is complete fail right? Since nVidia has announced its CPU roadmap for the next 3 generations already. That automatically makes its current and next generations outdated right? Doesn’t matter if they’re still in development because since they made a announcement that automatically means you can buy them today.

            Makes total sense.

        • maxx1987

          so…the S800 was announced months ago and still isn’t out yet. i suppose by the time it actually comes out it will be outdated to right?

    • LiterofCola

      Exactly.

    • Peter Blanco

      You have a good point Mark. However, Motorola has hinted that it will be an affordable device, similar to the Nexus 4. IF that is the case, the Moto X could very well be the BEST Android device out for the money, say 300 ball park. I am a spec hog but I am very interested in this phone IF it’s the right price. As David Verba said in the top comment, it appears to be an unofficially-official answer to the iPhone. Not top of the line specs, but good specs and optimized to hell for a smooth experience. IF this is the case, it’s exactly what Android and Motorola need!

    • meijin3

      It’s not going to be a phone you want to sign a contract for. Like the Nexus, it will be cheap enough to buy outright (we think).

      • Certainly hope so. Would be tough to ask someone to pay $200 and sign a contract for a phone with a 720p display and dual-core processor, when they can pay the same and get a GS4 with quad-core processor and 5-inch 1080p display.

        • Tyler Durden

          with an SD slot as well

        • George264

          Yet people do the exact thing with iPhone 5’s. Depends on how Motorola markets this and my guess is that they will market the features like Apple, show how it smooth it is, how well features work.
          Might even create a name for the screen. Similar to how on the little cards below the phone at stores says “4” Retina Display”. Samsung or HTC would have “4.7” Full HD 1920×1080 Super LCD Display”

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I think with the way the industry has treated the android lovers, u’d be wanting to buy a new phone in a year anyway. Even carriers picked up on how often people want to change phones.

      • Rod

        I’ll just leave this here, you people need to start realizing that you are in the absolute minority of the minority of consumers in this particular line of products. People AREN’T upgrading like they used to, the disposable income isn’t there.

        http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-17/golden-age-smartphones-ends-upgrade-rates-tumble

        Oh, for those of you who aren’t following the real world, Zero Hedge is one of THE cutting edge financial blogs. Also, the Tyler Durden(s) who run the site > the clown who posts here under that name.

        http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2013/07/Upgrade%20Rate%20Smartphone.jpg

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          Great point good source. But in my area, i hear people say they want a new phone all the time. Normal people, not techies. They dont act on their craving because of etfs and expensive phones. But that just changed because of TMo and other carriers putting some more options out there.
          Again great post, but i had to defend my point because yours was so well supported.

          • Rod

            Yeah, I want to apologize, for some reason I went all ragey, and that wasn’t my intent.

            Sometimes I just get on here and the “I swap phones every 6 months” folks really irk me, especially when they are doing so in a very transitional, and I would argue, transformational period in our history. Employment for a lot of people is tenuous, even without them realizing it. The “consume & dispose” habits that many of us have had are going away, whether we like it or not. And then I get on here and people cannot shut up about how they swap phones 2-3 times a year for, at best, iterative and largely minor spec upgrades…I’ll quit before I get on a rant.

            And again, I want to apologize for any appearance of jumping down your throat I might have conveyed.

    • Dave

      And what experience are they talking about if it’s stock android? I like stock, but it’s not going to awe the public, just Android extremists.

      • blix247

        No problem. Take the Apple route: Its not a lack of features, its “simplicity”. There is some truth to that argument too. I”m not jealous of my friends who have an S4 over my Nexus 4, because once you get over the hardware, touchwiz is a big disgusting mess.

        The average sucker that walks into a phone store falls for marketing of one killer feature at a time, or tugging of heart strings. Even Samsung realizes that, the only time they bombarded with the beeeeelion features their phone has was at its press release. Every other add has only demoed one feature at a time. Spend a fortune on marketing, and each ad just focuses on one awesome feature at a time.

        Judging from the 500 million marketing budget, and the leaked Rogers video, Motorola has finally realized this. They’ve also realized logos on the front of the phone are stupid. If Motorola sets the precedent on this I will be eternally grateful to Google for pushing the manufacturers in that direction.

      • Frettfreak

        I agree. I love the smoothness of stock android, but it lacks in the WOW department (not to mention horrible camera software comapred to HTC or Samsung really).

        However, with KLP on the horizon (fall), and major UI changes expected, that could all change.

    • kixofmyg0t

      2 years? Wait we had Qualcomm S4 CPU’s 2 years ago?

      Well then every single phone up until now has been a complete waste huh? We should have blasted the HTC Rezound/Galaxy Nexus/Galaxy S2/Bionic/RAZR etc for not having the S4 Pro back then right?

    • SeanPlunk

      I don’t agree, I think the Moto X will easily last two years.

      The Note II (my current phone) came out in November of last year. I LOVE my phone, it does everything I want without so much as a hiccup and was definitely considered a flagship smartphone upon release.

      If you start comparing the specs of the Moto X compared to my Note II, the Moto X actually does pretty well.

      The screen on the X is the same resolution, but has a much higher DPI since the screen is smaller. The Adreno 320 is superior in performance to the Mali-400, and while the MSM8960DT is “only” a dual-core, because of it’s newer architecture and higher clock speed it’s probably closer in performance to the Exynos 4412 than many people think. Both phones also have 2GB of RAM.

      We don’t know about camera or battery performance yet, and the X obviously doesn’t have an SD card slot, but it still looks like an extremely capable device. It obviously doesn’t have the raw power of the GSIV, the One or the Optimus G Pro but otherwise it stands toe to toe with anything else currently available. Also the fact that it’s essentially running stock Android will help the device feel that much faster despite the perceived power deficit. If the price is really something like $299 off contract, the Moto X looks like one hell of a value for 99% of smartphone users.

  • i’ll wait for Moto maX. I have a gnex and simply need a bigger screen for my neXt

  • Tyler Casilio

    That wallpaper is really bothering me. Otherwise it looks pretty good

    • Wolfgang71

      It is probably a close up of the Texas state flag, where the factory resides. That said, it really doesn’t show off the display capabilities…

      • Tyler Casilio

        That’s what I wanted to see, I realized that it was to show it was USA made and that’s cool but yeah

  • Eric R.

    Only if it was quad core

    • iamme

      its actually octo-core but not marketed as such….motorola is getting away from the “my specs are better than your specs” and focusing on what makes the phone function well.

      • mechapathy

        I thought it was dodecacore…

        • iamme

          nahh its actually a moto-core

      • Elliot Kotis

        HOW DOES THAT WORK!?!?!

  • David Verba

    IMO I think this is kind of like an answer to the iPhone. Not the latest and greatest spec’s, but it’s optimized out the yang and will work well. It’s for the people that don’t tinker all that much (but one would have the ability to as it’s an android). People like my gf who couldn’t care less about rooting and roms. While we both have Gnex’s – I do all the fun stuff on her phone, she just thinks it’s fun and looks neat when I give it back. Yet, our Gnex’s are laggy beast’s anymore, her microphone stopped working (has to use a headset or speakerphone function), and it over all kind of sucks for her. I’m happy with my Gnex because I get it. She, like 95% of the people we’ve convinced to get an android phone over and iPhone deserve a phone like this.

    • OCSportsGeek

      I actually agree with this wholeheartedly. And it should also be able to tap in to the chunk of iphones ers that “don’t care” too. I think this is finally the unified “android for the masses phone” that could really see the OS become less about “fractured OS” and more about “Whoa, this thing is sort of awesome”.

    • Mark

      My gf has an iPhone and wanted a custom ringtone. It was like cracking a safe trying to get a non-iTunes ringtone on that thing, and made be really appreciate the openness of Android. However she loves the iPhone because everything is so “easy” (i.e. Apple makes you do everything 1 way, which is there’s).

      What you described above is precisely what Motorola appears to be getting at and what the “average” user would want

    • Justin Larmay

      this. ^^ im hoping its somewhat around the same pricepoint as the nexus 4 and that you can get it on verizon (doubtful) that way i can get my girlfriend off team iphone and on android!

      • abqnm

        If you can get it on Verizon it will look something like this.

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          it’s not that bad.

          • abqnm

            I hope carrier branding is done properly, but Verizon is consistently inconsistent so who knows. Assume the worst and hope for the best.

          • 4n1m4L

            My gnex has no branding 🙂

          • Cory_S

            If it’s on Verizon it does.

          • Skipp Thompson

            You know, if the horse is talking… it’s not dead.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            He sure is whoopin it’s a$$ tho

          • Tanuj Chokshi

            beating a living horse? haha

          • acashe42

            That would be his soul you hear pleading.

          • LiterofCola

            I lol’d

          • burkett375

            http://i.imgur.com/nkGQXHD.gif

            i think this is what you’re looking for…

        • MacNificent

          cant wait lol

        • Kisuk3

          Aint that the truth! Haha

        • lgreg64

          I don’t know I can still see the moto logo. Maybe they can change it to there v

        • abqnm

          Update: Side profile view released:

          • LiterofCola

            Gave me a chuckle the first time…..

        • Marsg

          I like the Verizon version, but does it have 4g LTE?

        • Deylune

          LMFAO

      • It will be available for Verizon. I don’t remember where, but they were talking about the CDMA version.

      • chris

        Alot of leaked shots of the device, actually show it running on verizon (screen has verizons 4g lte logo in the notification bar for mobile connection, such as the image in this post http://www.droid-life.com/2013/07/12/verizons-moto-x-variant-poses-for-first-picture/

        • Justin Larmay

          Now it just has to have the off contract price like the nexus 4.

          • EC8CH

            A million times this. Unlimited data users desperately need a reasonably priced off contract option.

    • Peter Blanco

      David, you said it exactly. The TRUE iPhone killer= Moto X. The time has come!

      • Gebinsk

        Never heard that one before.

    • TheRobotCow

      Totally agree.

      We’ve all known that this is not going to be a powerhouse. And i think what excites most of us is that Google and Motorola are coming together to create this. Look at the iPhone, it’s never been one that has had impressive specs but the software runs really well with what it has. If Google and Motorola can do that with the Moto X and i’m sure we’ll have a winner.

      • michael arazan

        As long as Flash works when sideloaded, cause I still get lag on my gnex with flash heavy sites. That alone is the only reason why I want the most current processor on the market that is powerful. If it can handle that it can handle games. My Gnex has a problem handling games especially the FPS games, luckily I was able to get a Nexus 7 for better gaming.

    • Christopher Young

      My microphone on my Galaxy Nexus stopped working too. I’m glad I’m not alone…and the Moto X can’t come out soon enough.

      • violator702

        I’m in the exact same boat.

    • brkshr

      Well said sir

    • EC8CH

      If this phone is $600-$500 off contract or $200-$100 on…. Meh

      If this phone is $300-$200 off contract or $100-free on… BOOM!

      • NexusPhan69

        Why is the date on this the end of September? Is US manufacturing plant that slow to get to volume that we won’t see this for two more months?

        • michael arazan

          officially Aug 1st, not including verizon

      • Justice Dean

        I’m in with your BOOM! If not I would buy S4.

        • Dude

          Get the S4. I’m a Motorola fan and I got the S4 because I didn’t want to wait for the new line of Motorola phones that didn’t look that great to begin with. The S4 is the best phone I have ever used. You won’t be disappointed.

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          who cares as long as it last…
          seriously, everyone stop bitching about this damn phone til you actually
          can see what it does. This is a BIG phone for moto and google and i
          dont believe for 1 second that google will do something that will hurt
          android or themselves.

    • Tanuj Chokshi

      have you tried to flash the factory images to her GNEX to see if that fixed the earpiece issue?

    • mrjayviper

      Seems you’re saying your previous phone suggestions are not really good ones and this is the phone that you really have suggested?

    • Kenton Douglas

      Spot on. I’m not sure why people are wasting time comparing this to a S4/One. Google aren’t interested in disrupting their own ecosystem … but Apple (and Nokia). It’s spec doesn’t compete head on with other OHA flagships, but spec wise it compares very, very well to an Iphone, Nokia 9x, or BB Z10. Not necessarily one for the hardcore. Should still be an excellent phone though.

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  • Nathan Aker

    What happened to the big motorola logo that was on the top left corner of the front of the phone in previous pictures.

    • emoney

      that was the test version

    • iamme

      moto only puts that on their test devices

  • MacNificent

    Aw come on Moto! That’s not enough bezel to hold our phone correctly 🙁

  • jh123416

    I think this look pretty damn nice! I’ve been waiting for a Galaxy Nexus 2 anyways 😉

  • no

    meh…

  • Michael Nichols

    Motorola – rola = Moto Beauty

  • Twofourturbo

    “The front is as edge-to-edge or all-display as it gets” That’s until we see Samsung utilizing their curved screen display..

  • dannyWHITE

    Something about it just seems blah to me. Not interested.

    • LiterofCola

      Yup

  • Robert Macri

    I wonder where the Verizon logo will go?

    • emoney

      everywhere

  • definitely not a troll

    So this is pretty much the droid bionic 2

    • Diablo81588

      I don’t get it.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Except for being, ya know, completely different, you’re spot on….

  • Raul

    I’m liking the transparent on screen navigation buttons hopefully this comes to stock android so I can have it on my nexus 4

  • Milind Shah

    Lol wish they wouldn’t have stopped selling stuff in india…

  • Alexander Garcia

    Dayum!!! That’s the sexiest piece of tech I’ve seen since the HTC One! DROOOOOOL…

    • Tyler Durden

      and it’s plastic! Oh Em Geeeeeeee

      • Diablo81588

        But Samsung glossy plastic is okay?

    • dannyWHITE

      It really isn’t though.

    • LiterofCola

      It’s a decent looking phone, but not sexy. It’s kind of boring actually.

  • Radgatt

    Looks good. Will make a final determination after I see it in person.

    • LiterofCola

      Why did this get a downvote? lol

      • Diablo81588

        I’m sure it was a Samsung troll.

  • Tyler Durden

    If only it wasn’t 4.5 in

    • Mike

      What size did you want?

      • Tyler Durden

        Minimum of 5

        • Elliot Kotis

          Minimum? I say maximum, all opinion though.

          • mechapathy

            Just poppin’ in to say this discussion is one of the things that make Android beautiful.

          • Elliot Kotis

            Yep. If there were female phone, they would be attracted to the big screens and big resolutions, instead of the tiny pin screen/res of iPhone, BB10 or Windows phone 😛

          • mechapathy

            If you want a tiny Android phone, you can get one. If you want to walk around with a 10″ tablet as an IP phone, you can do that too. Choices, choices, choices.

          • ThisIsSad

            Sadly the tiny android phone by and large sucks! 🙁
            I really wish somebody, anyone, would make a good small phone

        • LiterofCola

          Yep.

    • btod

      Cheer up pal, I’m sure there are women out there that’ll love you for your personality.

      • Elliot Kotis

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

      • Tyler Durden

        I did. She’s called “my hand”.

    • Keith Sumner

      Don’t worry, it’s 4.7 inch display. I played with two of these and asked a lot of questions too.

      • Elliot Kotis

        …….How? It isn’t even announced yet?

      • tyguy829

        Can you confirm a battery size?

        • Keith Sumner

          I was told that it’s 2300mah

          • tyguy829

            Interesting, thanks. As long as it is optimized well, which all rumors point to, it should be plenty to handle dual core and 720p

      • Inquizitor

        Well thank god. That extra .2″ completely changes my opinion of the phone.

    • SeanPlunk

      It looks bigger in the picture including the buttons, maybe 4.7?
      http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/VMOidSf.jpg

  • Jeremy B.

    I’ll take the droid Maxx now please…..thank you

  • Porkchop

    Still hoping this is a nice solid phone. The rumored 1500mAh non-removable battery scares the crap out of me, though. I don’t want to have to depend on chargers or external battery packs, especially if I get back into Ingress. It’s nice having multiple batteries on-hand.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Verge backtracked on the 1500MAH… Source never confirmed the actual battery.

    • AllianceX

      1,500mAh after 3,000 mAh batteries? LOL, it’s NOT about Motorola!;)

      X!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Complain about “Dat Bezel” NOW! . . . She’s a beauty.

    Though unless she has a 32GB Version on VZW I’ll still be getting the HTC One.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      What was that kanye song with chris rock at the end. “BABY DAT BEZEL!!”

      • James

        Blame Game, Twista flashed this phone cover of the Source

  • DKDigitally

    Anyone looking for an S4? I’ll trade you when this bastard comes out 😉

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Swappa

    • Tyler Durden

      $600 for a $300 phone, makes sense

      • Elliot Kotis

        Went from SGS3 to Nexus 4, best decision made for 2012….well apart from dumping that girl….

      • Peter Blanco

        More like $300 for a $300 phone… it’s supposed to be Nexus BALLPARK pricing.

    • Mike

      I disagree. I had a Gnex and just bought an S4. After experiencing 1080p, I can’t go back. The picture is absolutely stunning.

  • Payaso

    Meh, it’s no LG G2

    • BenderBendingRodriguez0101001

      What a clown

      • dannyWHITE

        Big talk coming from a robot.

        • Project Mayhem

          Pretty sure he was also referring to his username “payaso”. It means clown in spanish.

        • BenderBendingRodriguez0101001

          Mayhem is correct and…