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Mystery Motorola Device Stops by FCC, Likely New Moto X Headed for AT&T

An FCC filing for a device made by Motorola and with AT&T written all over it (in terms of connectivity) has arrived, a device that we can only assume is the next Moto X (or Moto X+1). The device falls under FCC ID IHDT56QA1 and is linked below in case you want to look through the documents yourself. 

Why do we think this is the new Moto X headed for AT&T? Well, it sports all of AT&T’s bands, from GSM (850/1900) to LTE (2, 4, 5, 7, 17). And that’s almost all that we have to go on, since this filing actually hides other details of the device. The thing is – what other device could it be? Motorola is going to unveil the new Moto X next week in Chicago, so an FCC filing for the phone ahead of time only makes sense.

The image above gives us measurements as well, numbers that point to a device that is similarly sized to the Galaxy S5. The FCC measurements indicate that this Motorola phone is 140×72.6mm – the Galaxy S5 is 142×72.5mm. The new Moto X is expected to sport a 5.2-inch display, with much less bezel than the GS5, which would certainly put them around the same size, even with a slightly larger display on the new Moto.

Edit:  Since many are assuming that the FCC’s measurement of 149mm across the display screen means a 5.9-inch display on the phone, I’ll have to stop you there. Keep in mind that the LG G3 has a 5.5-inch display with minimal bezel, yet it measures 146.3×74.6mm. There is no way that the new Moto X can measure 140×72.6mm, yet have a display that is .4-inches bigger than the LG G3. It’s just not possible. The FCC filing is likely just misrepresenting the situation here a bit by putting “display screen” on the image to indicate that this is the front of the phone. These measurements are for the entire phone, not just the display.

We should point out that the FCC label and model number appears to be located on the bottom of the phone, something we can confirm as being true for the new Moto X. Information we have received from sources leads us to believe that the back of the new Moto X will be clean, without FCC markings.

Other variants of the device for other carriers have yet to appear. Once those do, we will be sure to pass that info along.

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Via:  FCC
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  • GeometryIsNotMySpecialty

    Some clarification for those who are still confused…

    72.6^2 + 140^2 != 149^2. What gives you ask? Could Pythagoras be wrong finally? No, It must be the SHAMU and Motorola just fudged the measurements. Why else would it have a 5.87″ diagonal measurement? Actually, scale the leaked render of the moto x+1 to 72.6×140 and the answer reveals itself. Since the device has curved corners, measuring corner to corner of the device itself is exactly 149mm. And if you measure the screen at these dimensions, you will find that the screen is 5.2″… no shamu here.

    • kashtrey

      As any good math problem solver knows, show your work or no credit. :p I’m just curious to see the scaled mock ups and measurements.

  • Kenton Douglas

    You can get a 5.5″ screen in those dimensions …

  • Cruiserdude

    Honestly, 5.2″ is not too big for one handed use, especially if the bezels are thin. My GS4 was about the perfect overall size, any smaller wouldn’t have made it any easier to hold than it already is. Since I’ve got my G3 I can say that it’s a hairy larger than I’d like, but I can still use it with one hand. Reaching the far corner can be awkward, but I can just shift it a hair.

    But I just love having such a large display. I used to think all those Note owners were crazy, but the fact is I find myself able to do alot more with ease on my phone, and don’t bother grabbing my N7 as much. Hell, I barely use the thing these days tbh.

    A slightly smaller screen than this (say, 5.2″) with thin bezels and proper on-screen buttons like this G3 would be the same size as a GS4 but with a noticeably larger screen. Easily use it with one hand, fit it in your pocket, etc but have a nice large screen, what’s not to love?

    That being said, I am tired of the trend towards ever larger phones, I would like the option to have a flagship device on the smaller side, though once you experience a larger screen it’s hard to downgrade.

  • kashtrey

    Something seems off about those measurements, pythagorean theorem and all would say the diagonal should be something like 157.7 mm for the given length and width.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      You’re right. It doesn’t add up.

    • Paul Hansen

      Rounded corners?

      • kashtrey

        That only explains it if they measured the edges of the devices and stopped where it began to round instead of measuring the square that would be created by the device. That would be a stupid way to measure it.

  • YouSeeLA11

    Any chance this is the new Moto G, that will debut alongside the new Moto X instead?

  • M3D1T8R

    Well that stinks. Really was hoping it would be under 69mm wide. Guess I’ll probably end up waiting for the M9 next year.

  • mcdonsco

    Damn that thing is fat.

  • chris_johns

    Guess we can blame the damn Koreans for this…go away oversized “phones”

  • Qbancelli

    For AT&T?

    Doesn’t it have Tmobile’s bands as well?

    You guys do this everytime.Tmo gets no respect around here.

    • apinagut

      Hey it’s a Verizon fan boy site… But we love to complain

      • glimmerman76

        Well all those LTE bands are ATT’s I’m in a band 5 and 2 area with 17 and 4 mixed in.

    • Not seeing T-Mo’s GSM bands, but yes, it has LTE 4. Not fully T-Mo supported from what I can tell.

      • michael arazan

        Last year’s Moto X unlocked could work on every carrier I thought?

      • Dimitre Guenov

        It supports T-Mobile. Check the filing. GSM Band 4, WCDMA Band 2 and 4, and LTE Band 2 and 4. The only thing missing is Band 12 support, which is a huge loss for T-Mobile as that’s their low band spectrum they are rolling out soon. Perhaps the “unlocked” model will support Band 12, and hopefully a T-Mobile specific model as well.

        EDIT: You’re also probably getting an ugly AT&T tramp stamp on the back with this model.

    • John Motschenbacher

      But Tmo sucks everywhere but dense urban areas so it deserves no respect.

  • Nate

    I don’t know why you’d say this is exclusively for AT&T. T-Mobile’s primary WCDMA and LTE band 4 is also supported, as well as their secondary band 2. Hardware-wise it’s just as much a T-Mobile device as it is a AT&T device.

    • glimmerman76

      Nope its missing 2100 Gsm band

  • Neal

    You people and your one handed operation… the screen size and clarity on these larger devices makes two handed operation a minor inconvience

    • Am79

      Not I’d you live in NYC and are constantly on the go. Sadly, too wide a device for that.

      • BobbyG

        My G2 is just fine in NYC

        • Am79

          G2 is 2mm smaller. Just speaking for myself, it makes a difference.

    • jimt

      They need to man up.

  • Look at the footprint size of the HTC Desire 516 5.51 x 2.83 inches (140 x 72 mm)
    It’s going to slot in between the G2 and the S5, while having a 5.2″ screen (presumably)

  • John Sand

    Remember when you could use a smart with one hand?……….. Pepperidge Farm Remembers

  • Eric Blackman

    this is a couple mms larger than the Galaxy S4 in both directions. if it still has the right contour to the backside, I think i’ll be ok with it. I love my moto x but usually feel like it could use a little more heft. I would have preferred slightly smaller than this though. i’ll still be buying it.

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Is it VoLTE ready?

  • clobberedchina

    The 4.7″ iPhone 6 is 138mm by 67mm according to my notes. At 140mm by 72.6mm, with the 5.2″ screen (if that is correct) then Motorola has done a fine job (again) of getting a lot of screen onto a small device.

    • epps720

      Apple always has a lot of extra chin with that terrible home button so that’s where they make up the difference

      • Kyle

        It’ll be funny to see the new larger iPhone with that home button as well. It’ll be “shamu” size!

      • Destroythanet

        Yup. Plus Apple insists on making the top bezel the same size as the bottom, which adds to the height.

  • White Rabbit

    This is just sad. If this really is the new Moto X then Motorola just abandon everything that they worked so hard for the original X. THat phone was ergonomically designed to fit your hand. The Width of this is just too big to be comfortable. It’s a shame.

    • YouSeeLA11

      Exactly…I wonder what Killed thinks of the end to Moto’s “perfect fit” ad campaign?

      • YouSeeLA11


        • mcdonsco

          Autocorrect 🙂

      • This phone could still (guessing it will) feel really good in hand, but yeah, it’s going to be bigger than last year’s. It’s basically the same design, just slightly bigger.

      • Sacrifist

        It could just be a change in how their product line is positioned. The X is the flagship, now with a bigger screen, the G is smaller and a little less expensive but still offers a great experience.

        Been thinking this ever since i saw reports of a larger Moto X screen. The X ran on ‘lesser’ hardware and was/is great; why not turn the G into that (as it’s already perceived as midrange) and make a ‘true’ flahship?

        • calculatorwatch

          This thought crossed my mind too. What if they are adding voice controls and active display to the G and positioning it as more of an upper mid range device rather than the lower mid range device it was last year? That way it can be the iterative upgrade to last year’s X and the new Moto X can add even more features and be the true flagship it always wanted to be.

          If they do this AND put a decent camera in the G, I might choose it over the new X. I like the 5″ screen size much better.

  • Droon

    Assuming these are device dimensions and not screen dimensions, this appears, roughly speaking, 3mm wider and 2mm taller than the Nexus 5.

    Nexus 5 (width x height): 69.17 mm x 137.84 mm
    Whatever this phone is: 72.6mm x 140mm

    Disclaimer: I got the Nexus 5 dimensions from Google.

  • imronburgundy

    Unless the proportions are not true to size in the rendering, that’s a fat-looking screen.

  • Orion

    Finally someone got this report right. All the other tech sites assumed this was Shamu. Yeah like a 5.9 in screen is going to fit in a phone measuring 140mm lol. Obviously this is probably the moto x+1.

  • Am79

    Same size as the GS5??? Dammit Motorola! One handed operation out the window for me! Here’s hoping they release a high end 4.7 to 5 incher with small bezels later this year. 🙁

    • Meltdown07

      agreed. This is too big. Nexus 5 is already about the max size phone as what I can handle 1-handed and this is even bigger than that. Disappointed…

    • LiterofCola

      Ive handled a GS5 with one hand with ease. Not sure what the problem is.

      • Open1Your1Eyes0

        I can vouch for the same.

      • enigmaco

        Same here

      • Guest

        Tiny hands?

        • michael arazan

          Sounds like a personal problem when 5 inches can’t fit in your own hands.

    • Wait for the next Droid Mini?

      • Am79

        Those are Verizon exclusives. I’m on Tmo.

        • Kanaga Deepan N

          Droid mini can be used in T Mob

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I have a theory that if it has the fire phone like cameras, tilting the phone will bring thing closers. Like sometimes you tilt the phone to get a bit more stretch, this may let the ui shift a little.

      • Am79

        That would be… Interesting.

  • dukenilnil

    On Verizon, so really hoping Moto doesn’t ATT exclusive the new Moto X or Shamu

  • htowngtr

    Would blow if Moto X+1 was another “AT&T only” release for 2-3 months.

    • Ralph Bretz

      The Moto X was not a AT&T only release for a few months. Only Moto Maker was.

  • Tony Byatt

    5.9″ Moto X on AT&T?…

    Maybe this is the Shamu Nexus…

    • jessem1323

      That measurement is the diagonal of the entire device if I’m not mistaken, not just the screen.

      • Tony Byatt

        Oh ok…

        Then this would be the Moto X if that’s the case…

        • It is the Moto X, not some mysterious 5.9-inch “X Play” made up Moto S garbage that others continue to report.

          • Me

            Hey…I used to watch that show.

      • Paul Hansen

        Yep. The overall is 5.8 so unless there is literally zero bezel, this is the moto x or one of the scheduled 5.2 devices.

    • James

      It’s not. But I’m still hoping the new Nexus is based on this screen size and chassis, and not a 6″ monster.

      • mcdonsco


    • Suicide_Note

      Except that all the most recent leaks point to a 5.2″ screen size for the Nexus, as well. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Hilman in Edmonton

    Sounds like Shamu (the larger Nexus).

    • Suicide_Note

      Except that all the most recent leaks point to a 5.2″ screen size for the Nexus, as well. Only time will tell, of course.

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    That’s a 5.9 inch screen, and the FCC ID on the bottom of the device? Isn’t it usually on the lower back?

  • humungus

    Ya’ll realize the screen size here is 5.866 inches?

    • Ryan

      You’re thinking millimeters. But “mm” here actually stands for minimeters, which converts to exactly 5.2″.

  • MettaWorldTroll

    5.9″ Screen, Kellen gonna rage quit.

    • OneForTheGoodDays
    • Ignore that. The display is not 5.9-inches.

      • MettaWorldTroll

        I don’t think your jedi mind tricks will confuse them now…

      • Xavier_NYC

        It’s not physically possible for the phone to be almost the same size at my G2 and have a 5.9 inch screen.. is it? I’m leaning more towards it being a 5.2 inch screen..

        • koopadoop

          What if the screen wrapped around the edges like what Samsung wants to do?

          • Xavier_NYC

            I thought that was a terrible idea when samsung first introduced it.. How would you hold your phone with your screen wrapped around the sides?

          • cns2007

            I always assumed if someone did do this, the sides and a tiny bit left and right on the front screen would be rendered inactive to touch. There’s probably someway of puling that off, either through software or material overlay.

      • Lucki

        Its been a few years since my last trig class, but if you do the math with the 74.6mm x 140mm, the actual diagonal distance of the phone is ~159mm, or 6.2 inches. That would leave a .1 inch diagonal bezel on both corners of the phone, if the screen was actually 5.9 inches.

        Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

        • Lucki

          And the same math for the G3 has its full diagonal as ~6.47, so .2 larger than the Moto. We could be seeing some crazy thin bezels