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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!

  • 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.

  • http://howeiseeit.tumblr.com Owen
    • Bionic

      oooooooooooooooooooo

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        right?!?!

        • 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

          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.

    • 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.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    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…

  • 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.

  • 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.:)