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What is the Moto X +1? Leather Backs to be a MotoMaker Option?

Buzz surrounding future Motorola products has been quiet since they unveiled their smartwatch, the Moto 360, back in mid-March. We’re now just waiting for that watch to arrive for its summer launch, hopefully alongside the new version of the Moto X. According to industry leaker, @evleaks, something from Motorola is on the horizon that could potentially be talked about, titled Moto X +1, though we’re not exactly sure what to make of it. 

Is the Moto X +1 a new phone? Is it a promo that would involve a Moto X plus a freebie? Could it be Motorola’s idea surrounding the pairing of the Moto X with the Moto 360? We do not know. We could speculate all day around whether or not this is the terrible new name for the follow-up to last year’s Moto X, but @evleaks left us only the Tweet, no context. My guess? It’s a promo pairing of the Moto X with another product. Either way, the name or phrase is in the wild and is something to look out for.

On a semi-related note, Evan also dropped a note this weekend that read “2013:wood::2014:leather,” which we would assume is related to the Moto X. If you decode his teaser, he could be saying that we’ll see leather as a MotoMaker custom back option for this year’s Moto X. Last year we got wood, this year we’ll see leather. After all, Motorola has said on numerous occasions that they will continue to explore different materials. Leather would be an interesting, if not classy, option.

Have any thoughts on the Moto X +1 or leather as a back plate option?

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Via:  @evleaks [2]
  • dreamcastdroid .

    3 things made me switch from iPhone 5 to Moto X last year:
    1. Size: comfortable to hold in one hand.
    2. Vanilla Android UI: gives the Moto X a clean, cohesive, and premium feel.
    3. Screen: beautiful and sharp, right size, right resolution, keeping Adreno GPU running smoothly.
    4. Touch less technology: like flick to open camera and touch less voice control.
    If Motorola sticks to the above points with new Moto X 2014, they should do well.
    I also hope they stick with 4.7″ screen with 720p resolution. If equipped with a Snapdragon 800+ chip set, imagine the fps and smoothness with Adreno 330 eating the 720p pixels!
    Things to improve:
    1. Camera: its not that bad right now, but could use optimization.
    2. Even better battery life.

  • I can’t wait for the follow-up to the X!

  • NexusMan

    Any guesses on exactly why “+1”?

  • Corey Foltman

    It has to be an addon, like the watch. Otherwise they would continue their tradition of names and call it the Moto X2

  • Am79

    I don’t care what they call it as long as they keep the same form factor, increase battery, add 1080p screen, and move the headphone jack to the bottom.

  • How about some metal back plates? That would make it feel slightly more premium, not that leather and wood don’t do the same. Metal would just be a nice option.

    • NexusMan

      My Ebony Moto X is plenty premium. I don’t want a slippery phone.

  • Higher_Ground

    Hmm, if they drop wooden backs for leather backs consider it a wasted opportunity to sell me a phone >:(

    • NexusMan

      Not like they didn’t give you a year’s worth of opportunity. But I don’t see why they couldn’t continue to have both.

      • Higher_Ground

        I don’t either, it was mainly a response to rumors I saw. I would have bought one if I was due for an upgrade, but for all anyone knows I’ve already got one and would like to get the new one too 😉

        • NexusMan

          I hear you. I got the wood last time around (I WAS up for an upgrade). I might be persuaded for a leather one this time around. 🙂

  • NexusMan

    So all over this. Always wanted leather… Leather will be mine.

  • Ralph Bretz

    I’d like to see a much better camera, 5 inch screen, bigger battery. As much as I love my Moto X and it’s features I think I need a bigger screen.

  • Tyler

    Moto x+1:
    X10: Snapdragon 801/800
    Improved sensor with ois maybe
    4.5″ 720p, 5″ 1080p and 5.5″ 1080p
    More battery options: normal or large
    Maybe some health stuff to track steps or something like that and incorporating some new features.
    And most importantly no exclusive moto maker.
    That would make for a nice improvement.

  • Jonathan

    How about a fur moto x?

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Hmm… a Google Company that uses +1 in the name? Smacks of Google+ to me.

    • Bowen Fei

      Owned by Lenovo now :'(

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Well, not yet. Google still owns them until after it passes all the transactions and government stuff.

  • Me

    Honestly this is the phone I’ve been waiting for. If the 1+1 doesn’t impress me or the G3 then this will most likely be my next phone.

    • needa

      i think both of those will be impressive. but neither will be good enough. there is something about the ego boost when someone says… “you mean to tell me that is not a case?”

  • DoubledownOn11

    I’m hoping for a WOOD 5″+ X2 paired with the Moto 360 bundle by the end of the year when my contract is up 🙂

  • DoubledownOn11

    I’m hoping for a Wiid 5″+ X2 paired with the Moto 360 bundle by the end of the year when my contract is up 🙂

  • Tumanator

    When I think my Plus One, I think significant other, like marriage. So here’s hoping Moto X + Moto 360 combo deal!!

    Even though I’m trying to hold out for the Moto X2!

  • Steve B

    Moto is saying skip this POS and get a One+1

  • Dan

    All I want is a bigger screen, don’t even need 1080, 720 is fine on my note 2,will be just fine on a 5″. Oh and more power is never bad, but that is pretty much a given.

    • Kenton Douglas

      They can fit a 5″ screen (62.3mm width) in the same body dimensions. If you study the (very unusual) display assembly design it’s possible. LG have a P-OLED (plastic) display they demoed last year with 1.5mm bezels compared to the 3.4mm on this 4.7″ Samsung AMOLED screen. I believe the LG part (at 720p) was intended for the Moto X (hence why Larry Page kept going on about “your phone shouldn’t go ‘splat’ when you drop it”). For whatever reason it didn’t happen, but I think we’ll see it in the X2. The phone should be the same height and width, but thinner.
      Similarly, Motorola went with their X8 Platform (2 cpu, 4 gpu,NLP, and contextual core) and got a lot of flack (“last year’s specs” etc) when the easiest thing to do would have been to use a S600 quad-core like everyone else. That was a deliberate design choice because the Moto X was supposed to be based on the Intel Z34x0 64-bit, X86 Soc (X8, X86 get it?). However, the XM7260 LTE modem wasn’t ready so they found the best spec dual-core ARM part available. If they include the Z3480 (2 cpu, 4 gpu) this time around, and apply the same aggressive clocking, they’ll have the fastest Android phone on the market this year. It might well be competitive with the Apple A8.

      So you might just get your two wishes wish 🙂

  • hokieputter

    hard to imagine them making it any better, but i’m sure they’ll figure out a way to do just that. definitely one of the best devices available today.

    side note: i’m selling a moto x. 16GB VZW version, black (not woven) with blue accents. hit me up if interested.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Leather is it. That would be perfect. The plus one would be great if it was a phone watch combo. Time to update my N4 finally.

  • ki11ak3nn

    I just hope they’re not calling the sequel, Moto X+1. That just sounds dumb. Plus there’s too many “One’s” around. We need something different.

  • George Davis

    Moto X+1 sounds like it should be a graphing calculator.

  • I cant stant this +1 and 1 naming fad…to many things with 1 in it like me and my boy playin xbox one while i use my new htc one m8 and he has his new oneplus one like what?…stop it already…make the new moto x the moto x 2014 or the moto x2

    • Craig P

      For the name, how about Moto 2X or Moto X^2? For some reason X2 doesnt really appeal to me, and maybe that’s what x+1 is supposed to do.

      • Higher_Ground

        Couldn’t have to do with the previous (rather poor) follow up also called the (droid) X2, could it?

      • Nikuliai

        I would go 2X, so we can have a Moto Triple X next year 😛

  • whoa

    Leather watch bands different options/colors

  • hyperbeatser

    even if all moto did was fix the camera, i would gladly buy another

    • ki11ak3nn

      I would like a slightly bigger size too. Or at least the option of having a bigger size. Like G2 or S4 size would be nice.

      • asianrage

        Seriously. A 5in sAMOLED 1080p screen in a slightly larger form factor (i.e. GNEX dimension) would be a MUST BUY for me.

      • This is exactly what I don’t want to happen to the Moto X. It’s the only high-end phone that isn’t huge. I think my GS3 is too big and its uncomfrotable to hold (I frequently have to readjust my grip on it) and I’m 6’3 with big hands… There’s plenty of large phones out there…

        • Ryan

          Agreed. Though I’m slightly the opposite at 5’9″ with somewhat small hands, so a smaller device fits better in my hands. I’d rather the Moto X keep its current form factor.

          If anything, giving the option of a 5+ inch screen device with the same specs could be an option for those who REALLY want a phablet. Otherwise, 4.7″ is good enough.

          • ki11ak3nn

            I consider “phablet” territory to be 5.5″ and up. A 5″ phone feels normal to me. I would just want Moto to give us the option of having a bigger phone. Not everyone likes small devices.

        • Nick

          Exactly! The moto x is the perfect size.

    • Marcus

      Yelp! Easily the best phone I’ve ever owned.

    • Imagine if they fixed the camera AND made it with a removable battery. Pipe dream, I know, but… imagine.

      • hyperbeatser

        I still don’t understand the need for a removable battery, I’ve had one if my droid 2 and GS3, and never actually took it out for any reason, and never needed to get an extended battery

        • Power users who are on their phone a lot, don’t want to worry about optimizing battery by doing stuff like turning off radios, like to have lots of background stuff going and want to have lots of apps. Doesn’t matter what phone you put in my hands, I’m going to have that battery dead between about 6 and 8 PM on a work day and on the weekend I’m pretty much screwed if I don’t have batteries with me or a charger close at hand (which I don’t because I’m frequently on the move). I’ll compare it to data allocation – some people don’t touch their 2 GB cap and they don’t get how anyone could use it up, but the real power users will always hate data caps (at least until they’re increased to reasonable levels).

        • Droid Ronin

          Actually, I like the option of a removable battery. What I liked about my old MyTouch 4G was that if I’m at an event and need all-day battery, I can quickly swap the drained battery for a fully charged one.

        • TestyTech

          I don’t get the continuing calls for removable batteries. The manufacturer can make a slimmer, more integrated design and the end user can choose from a huge plethora of external power pack options from small one charge devices to massive multi-charger devices. These devices are cheaper (due to the competition) than a single batttery and give an added advantage of being device agnostic. Use it for your phone, tablet, etc…. With the power pack you don’t have to power off your phone or disassemble it either. it seems like the perfect solution for anyone needing extra power capabilities.

          • Taglogical

            If you have a non-removable battery and no expandable storage, and then you experience a failure of storage/battery/phone et al., then you’re in an RMA pickle. Battery is most likely to fail causing your local data to be unrecoverable. Solution is a removable battery or expandable storage. (Cloud is not satisfactory)

        • Averix

          Even on phones that had removable batteries, I never swapped them. I think this is really a niche thing for some people. Today, it’s more feasible to carry a lightweight external battery to recharge from.

          • PoisonApple31

            I have always swapped batteries on my smartphones. If I am in a hurry to get somewhere, it’s just more convenient to have one all charged up when I get home, swap and be on my way. Carrying around an external lightweight battery means I need to carry around a charging cord too. I find that unnecessary. Taking a few seconds to let me phone reboot, not a big deal either.

          • Higher_Ground

            I’ve never carried 2 batteries (I’d need to invest in a separate charger for it to even be pratical) but I have owned phones that lasted long enough for the stock battery to die. It’d be nice to be able to replace the battery after a year and prolong the usefulness of the device. It’s also a handy way to get out of a freeze, though that hasn’t happened to me in ages and there are hard reset button combos to get around it. I’d rather the sim and sd card be behind a battery door if applicable, too.

          • Ryan

            One other thing about having a removable battery instead of an embedded one is that Lithium Ion batteries are not fool-proof. Though it is rare (my mom’s phone for instance just had a case of this, but its removable, so easily replaced), some productions do have bad batteries off the factory line without a thorough test. With embedded batteries, if one is bad, you’d have to replace the entire phone. Not very practical when many of us don’t use the cloud for various reasons (data limits for one).

      • 2Berad

        You could just get a maxx…. Its hard to kill one in a day.

        • kunit

          This. You’d be hard pressed to kill a maxx by 8pm on a work day.

    • BSweetness

      Add the option to have 64GB of storage along with a top of the line camera, and I’ll be one of the first in line.

  • Brandon Yip

    Maybe theyre just gonna ONE up the moto x aha..aha. No? Sorry, I tried

  • Godzilla

    Add an inch? Phablet?

    • Orion

      I want a moto phablet.

  • Sean

    What improvements are ready for this phone? I’ve had it for 6 months and it runs like a top. The (functionally necessary) features are still better than those of any other phone. I am excited to see the new version, but don’t want to be underwhelmed with just hardware changes or minor, unnecessary upgrades.

  • Tyrone Biggums

    I want the Moto X 2 already.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Craaaaaack *scratches neck*

  • Godzilla

    Simple, instead of upping the specs, they are gonna continue making this phone and add one more low powered core. X+1. LOL

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      It’s already a good size, i love the screen, it makes sense. Don’t even change the shape. Just a couple internals and battery. And camera….

      • Godzilla

        I think this is true, they will keep the form factor but move to 1080p with X10 architecture based on a snapdragon 600 or MAYBE 801 to push the specs up. Perhaps a bigger battery. I do believe they will make a bigger phone to compete with the Note and LG.

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          it’s too early to call the main chipset. I don’t think it’ll be snapdragon.

          • Grahaman27

            There aren’t any other options though… Exynos lacks LTE and tegra lacks cdma. Maybe Intel? But Intel has compatibility issues with 1/4 of apps.

          • Adrynalyne

            Exynos can be used with LTE fine, we have already seen it.

        • Adrynalyne

          Why would they compete with the note?

          • Orion

            Why not? Every MFR is making big phones. Hell even apple is rumored to make a 5.5 screen phone. So why not moto?

          • Adrynalyne

            And only one has succeeded at it.

            Fact of the matter is, to work, it would need a lot of phablet apps and a stylus, none of which are part of the stock Android. So unless Moto is going back to Blur, I don’t see this happening.

          • Orion

            I’m not worried about it succeeding. I just want a big screen with stock(close to stock). A stylus would be a bonus but whatever.

          • Adrynalyne

            You are pretty unlikely to see it from Moto, but maybe I will be proven wrong.

        • Frettfreak

          A move to the 801 would be ideal as the battery management is MUCH better than the 600. But who knows with their x8 what the Silicon will actually be. They may have their own for this one

        • Orion

          Yeah I’m hearing that moto will make a phablet this summer. If true, it will suit me just fine.

        • Daniel Wolfy

          I’m hoping they’ll have more things to customize this time through moto maker! Be able to decide camera, processor, screen (720 or 1080)! I would love to see moto maker utilized even more, but I still love the idea behind it now. Really holding out for the 1080 screen and memory card slot

    • u fail at the internet

  • Arnold

    Not for me, but options are always good.

  • Jaxon Wright

    Buy one get one free? A moto x plus another one?

    • ki11ak3nn

      That would be awesome. I was interested in the OnePlus One or Z2, but I can’t turn down getting a free Moto X. Especially with the collegiate designs now. Go Michigan!!

      • Jaxon Wright

        two words. Rose Bowl.

        • ki11ak3nn

          I like how Stanford was the favorite to win that game. Trees can’t beat a Spartan!!

          • Jaxon Wright

            dang straight. Can’t wait for football season to start again. Also can’t wait to witness MSU beat down Michigan at Spartan Stadium again (Season ticket holder here). 😉

          • JBartcaps

            Nope, but Persians can 🙂

          • ki11ak3nn

            I see what you did there. Hahaha

      • RAZR_FANN

        GO BLUE!!!!

      • Michigan Guy

        GO BLUE!

    • abqnm

      It is going to be a Google+ enhanced version of the Moto X.

      +1 if you agree.

    • Keith G

      The 16Gb white or black is basically free already on Vzw w/contract.

    • Higher_Ground

      maybe buy a moto x get a moto g for free?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    As for real “leather” only thing that can come from holding a leather phone all day is sweaty palms.

    • jgemberton

      You can get sweaty palms from holding wood all day, too – or was that hairy palms?

      • Ryan N

        I see what you did there…

    • Cael

      Still better than sweaty Pleather.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I don’t see how it’ll make a difference. not like you’re wearing the thing.

        • Cael

          So why does it matter? Don’t like get the wood or plastic back? They’re not copping out. Tis a good thing.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Not a matter of mattering or not, it’s just a statement. You’re thinking too much too early in the morning…take a breath.

          • Cael

            Yeah well nobody has a phone in their hand literally 24 hours a day.

          • Adrynalyne

            They don’t have to. Its over time.

      • Adrynalyne

        Not necessarily. Ever taken a whiff of a leather watchband that has been soaked in sweat?

        • Cael

          Well if you’re holding it that long for it to be soaked in sweat then thats the person’s fault. Nothing wrong with having a legit choice.

          • Adrynalyne

            Sure. Just like stank leather watchbands.

            You know people will hold it that long because so many are constantly on their phones texting and such.

            Great for resale value too. Can’t wait for Odor Eaters for Phones.

          • Cael

            Jesus when people don’t have choices, people complain and when you do people complain. Ungrateful. Don’t like don’t buy. Get wood or plastic. Don’t like the Moto X’s there other phones.
            And for the record, sweat can make a lot of stuff stink. There is a such thing as leather cleaner. It’ll get rid of the smell.

          • Adrynalyne

            Wow, chillax.

            I was just stating a disadvantage to leather and you went apesh!t on me. Like Pinochio said below,

            “Not a matter of mattering or not, it’s just a statement. You’re thinking too much too early in the morning…take a breath.”

            PS, leather cleaner only cleans the surface.

          • Cael

            Well here you go. http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Bad-Smells-out-of-Leather
            Have a blessed day.

          • Adrynalyne

            Check your blood pressure, bro.

            Getting rid of smells doesn’t change the fact that sweat soaks into the skin, nor does it remove the sweat 😉 I’d take pleather over leather on a phone myself.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Not at all interested in leather backs. Nor was I interested in wood. This fad is just not for me. I like my dark blue back though.

  • Aaron Sibold

    Dual screen. X mated together with the m8. Calling it now.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      X rated M8?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Leather back….wood front? Can I have both? Please? They need to drop +1 unless they have a good marketing strategy. I thought it related to +1 more core (x9)hope fully relating to the camera. Moto X + 1 is a bad name, hopefully it’s a phrase.

  • Detonation

    Would be interesting to see their take on leather. I’m assuming it’s going to be more of a finish than an actual piece of leather (or faux leather) stitched onto the back, since that would seemingly wear out quickly when constantly being taken in and out of a pocket.

  • Ben Murphy

    This morning I got… ah, nevermind.

    • Weber

      you, uh, beat me to it.

  • Rashad

    A Moto X 2014 plus a free accessory is my guess.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Moto 360?…. Moto X Plus…Accessory?

  • Daniel Walsh

    We all know it’s the next gen Moto X and leather will be a option for the back now.