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Is This Our First Look at the Front of the Moto X (3rd Gen)? (Updated: More Pics!)

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Next Tuesday, Motorola is going to show off new products to us at an event in New York. Some of us think we’ll only get a new Moto G (3rd gen), while others are hopeful that a new Moto X (3rd gen) will join the party as well. For those on the new Moto X wagon, we present to you the photo below, which is purportedly of the front of the device, fitted with all the marks necessary to get someone fired.

Is it the real deal? I don’t know, but I kind of hope so. 

The photo comes courtesy of a guy on G+ named Paul Faz, who included accompanying text of “Moto X 3rd generation front flash.” That does appear to be a flash in the top right corner, and yes, early rumors for the new Moto X did suggest that it may have a front-facing flash.

Paul did mention in the comments of his G+ post that the display is 5.5-inches on this phone, but that there may be a second phone joining it called the “Moto X Sport” with a 5.2-inch display. (Edit: Paul more than likely is just passing on internet rumors, so I wouldn’t buy into what he’s dropping. He grabbed this photo from another location.)

Other than that, we are seeing a similar shape to the past couple of Moto X phones, though hopefully the front speakers are actually stereo this time around. There is little bezel, a familiar boot animation, and what is more than likely some shine off of a metal frame.

You tell me – does this look like what could be the front of this phone or any of these phones?

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Update: And would you look at that, more pictures! This time courtesy of this Peru Android Facebook page. According to this page, Motorola may have included a fingerprint sensor in the bottom speaker (would require a swipe), though I have my serious doubts about that being possible. We are seeing that front flash again too!

Moto, here we come.

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Update 2:  And another, now in white and gold.

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Via:  +Paul Faz
  • Question why purchase the higher storage when you can add up to 128 gigabyte SD card

  • Ravi

    HI Bought my MOTO G today.It is giving heat like a stove. I just saw 20-30mins video in you tube and it started like a frying pan.Please don’t buy MOTO g 3rd generation.When i checked with flipkart they said they cant do anything they are only retailers and refund or replacement is not possible.
    MOTO G is giving so much heating issue. Please dont buy.
    Tip : Once you get any handset please keep it charging for atleast 8hrs continuously with mobile turned off.I am ready to speak to anyone and if atleat i can save 5 people not to buy MOTO G 3rd Gen i would be happy taking revenge against them

  • Alpha Drew

    Kinda glad to see that the screen is larger. I have the Moto x 1st gen and at first I loved the small form factor, but its hard typing in a small screen.

  • Sheritajspeidel

    we read this life < Make It Easy

  • hyp3rdr1v3

    things that aren’t needed:

    quad HD display
    >5″ screen

    it’s almost as if moto looked at everything that made the original moto x popular.. then decided to abandon it to be be just like every other phone

    • hoosiercub88

      I’m fine with the screen, anything smaller than my Nexus 6 is going to feel small at this point. QHD can go though 1080p is just fine for a phone. It will be better on the battery and will still look just as well.

    • guesswhat

      they will be 1000’s shouting here in the same forum, if moto didnt include quad hd display and call it a non flagship/mid range phone ..OEM’s need to hit these spec points to get there phone qualified as flagshipseven if it doesnt really make any difference to the end user,

  • Tohe

    I hate the back ornamental design around the camera. A step back in design as far as I’m concerned.

  • chris_johns

    guess ill be with my moto x 2013…forever it seems :'(

  • psuturtle

    Three new smartphones and two companion products are going to be announced from what I’m hearing.

  • Joe Freund

    Yeah… I’m still not buying that these are 5.5″. Paul pulled these pictures from a different source, and those sources say nothing about the screen size. The only thing confirmed so far is the Moto G at 5 inches.

  • GJV
  • NoneOfYourBizzness

    I wonder what the available customization’s will be? I’m hoping similar to the 2nd gen X. I love my cognac leather back.

  • Turd_Ferguson

    Held on to my Moto X (2013) for as long as i could. Unfortunately it took a slight fall from the couch and broke the bottom of the digitizer :(. Screen still works but the home/back etc buttons no longer work. Picked up a 2nd gen X last night and definitely missing the size of the 1st gen.

  • ROB

    Making it hard to keep my Nexus 5… smaller screen would seal the deal.

  • Mordecaidrake

    This growing size of phones needs to friggen stop. Being 5.5″ already knocks this off my future buy list. The 2nd Gen is as big as phones should go, any bigger you need two hands. Getting really tired of your sh*t android manufacturers!

  • AxemRed

    I’ve owned the last two Moto Xs. 2013 was too small, but 2014 was just right. I’m not a fan of the increased size for 2015. Samsung and HTC stopped closer to 5″ which I think is the sweet spot. Moto is taking aim at LG with 5.5″, but I think its kind of a bastard size in between a phone and a real phablet.

    I mostly take issue with larger phones because lack of comfort in my pocket and comfort in my hand. I don’t watch movies or play games on my phone, so the increase size doesn’t benefit me in that way. I do a lot of messaging, and I usually pull my phone out of my pocket, pull up the notifications, and pull up a message all with one hand. I type with two, but I want to be able to check my messages comfortably with one.

    I think one reason for the trend of larger phones that isn’t mentioned a lot is people carrying purses and backpacks. A large phone is a lot better if you don’t have to carry it in your pocket. But when you have to put it in your pocket, big phones can get uncomfortable. This is especially true if you do more physical work and are often bumping into things, lifting things or crawling on the ground.

    • David Wilson

      A differnet perspective, 2013 size was just right, 2014 was tolerable size but not worth putting up with without better improvements elsewhere, 2015 looks like it will be the same, more intensely on each side of equation (more appealing feature/spec bump, but also even more “phabletish” annoyance to offset it)

  • David Wilson

    Yuck, even larger yet. I love my 2013 X *because* of the size, not despite it!! There was no way I would ever trade it for a 2014, and it’s looking like the same will be true of the 2015. The “Sport” version rumor had me excited a moment, but even if real, if it’s the size of the ’14, not the ’13, what’s the point?

  • Jeff

    Man, and I thought my 2nd Gen Moto X was big (still miss the size of my 1st Gen Moto X, but don’t want to give up my 64gb of storage)

  • disastrousrainbow

    I’m down if they managed to increase screen size by trimming up the bezel. The rest of the phone looks nice. Premium indeed.

  • MariaMBurkhart
  • Eelly

    i like me droid-lif’e Get More Info

  • wabs74

    read this droid-life < Make It Easy

  • theluxscientific

    I’m happy the back dimple looks small again, but it looks like it’s placed way more centered than before. I wonder if it’ll be functional like the first gen X or unpractical/gimmicky like on the 2nd gen X…..

    • needa

      my finger sat in the 2nd gen crater a lot better than the first gen dimple, and gave a lot more stability imo.

  • erikiksaz

    Even more new pics from HellomotoHK.

    Looks very clean. Chamfered edge on the camera/flash cutout looks premium.

    • kirko77

      Looks nice although I don’t get why SIM card cover gotta be so huge and it doesn’t look like it fits well.
      If the dimensions are much bigger than 2014 then it’s a big letdown.

  • alberteezy

    This is sad.

  • Johndwedwards

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  • Mel823

    In the last picture, what’s that white button near the headphone jack?

  • Ahku Droid

    Why won’t manufacturers make a premium device that isn’t a phablet? This is getting ridiculous… I don’t want a giant phone bulging out of my pocket waiting to be pushed out. I hate to say it, but iFruit has it right with offering a usable sized device, then also offer a larger one with the same specs. The Moto G isn’t something a gadget geek like me wants, I want an unlocked Moto X with a big battery, and a screen no larger than 5.2″ (assuming no bezel).

    • hoosiercub88

      Then go buy an iPhone 6S when it comes out, nobody will miss you.

      • Ahku Droid

        Welcome to a 2 day old conversation, troll. How was your rest? The quality of your relevant and meaningful contribution is astounding. You must be quite the thinker and enjoy your walks with your trendy phone manbag.

        Yeah, I’m an Android Evangelist and have been so since the OG Droid. Typing that I prefer a reasonably sized screen because I’m active and not fat enough to wear XXL shorts to exercise in does not make me an iPhail lover, nor does it give you a reason to be unnecessarily rude.

        • hoosiercub88

          Welcome to having a life, I’m catching up on reading I haven’t been able to do since I’ve been away from ‘the real world’ that you live in every single day, reading Droid-Life stories the moment they pop-up on your G+ newsfeed. I’m a pretty regular guy, my size L shorts and pants fit my Nexus 6 just fine, if you’d stop shopping in the tweens section of Hot Topic, your pants probably wouldn’t have any issues with larger phones either.

          Cool of you to go straight to the fat side of things, talk about rude. Phones are getting better, and they’ve pretty much peaked.

          I respect that you want a smaller phone with top-of-the-line specs, or I did, until you started insinuating that only fat people with large size pants can use larger phones. That said, nobody is making them anymore, so deal with it, the market is what the market is, until people stop buying large phones, OEMs won’t stop making them. Since most people enjoy the benefits of having a larger battery and more screen real estate, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Hey though, the Gen I Moto X is getting Lollipop eventually, maybe you can just go back to using one of those.

  • Synacks

    Dumbass should’ve blurred his name out

  • Robert

    Why is the headphone port still on top???? WHYY!!!!

    • bluebanzai

      ps you can hold it upsidedown…

    • Raven

      So you can plug it in a desktop charging dock and still plug headphones in the top. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

      • David Wilson

        Exactly. This is what I did too, until I got bluetooth headphones

  • Me

    Moto Phablet is here to stay

  • Justin Larmay

    Side bezels are looking pretty thin.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Sorry, but that back is ugly. It reminds me of an electric razor.

  • Kris Cortez

    At least we can still customize em right?

  • synplex

    5.2 – 5.4 inches is a sweet spot for me, but then again it all depends on the Side screen Bezels and thickest of phone for that perfect in hand feel.
    My Galaxy Note 4 is slightly to big, and the 2nd gen moto x is a little too small. I like the LG g4’s size for my hand.

  • 5.5? Nooooooo!!!!!
    I’ll pass up LG and Samsung all day everyday for a Moto phone. But I need it to be 5.0-5.2!!! Got to have Moto Assist!!!

  • Craig P

    I just want a phone with a stellar camera, good battery life, and runs stock android. Is that too much to ask? =P

    • Mech_Engr_09

      n6? pretty good camera, all day battery life, runs stock android

      • Craig P

        Lol, that’s what I have right now. 🙂

  • John Clausen

    I don’t like the way the back looks. It’s not terrible, but I think it’s a step back from the pervious 2 Xs.

    • jboogie1289

      This ^^^^^^

  • John Motschenbacher

    Gawd that back is fugly

  • James Cooper

    Definitely beating the OnePlus 2 in the looks department

    • Orion


      • James Cooper

        I’m not holding my breath for what a Huawei Nexus is going to look like

  • Daniel Walsh


  • erikiksaz

    2015 is definitely the year of whining about cameras. 2014 was bezels. I forgot what you annoying folks on here whined about in 2013.

    • Rashad

      How bulky phones were

      • erikiksaz

        Ahh yes, totally forgot. The need for thinner phones has definitely cost us battery life.

  • bruce

    Frak-it!, just make the rear camera quality better than or equal to S6!!!

    • David Wilson

      Motorola? hahahahahaha, omg, someone get me oxygen

  • Nick

    That thing is huge. I was hoping for the same size as the 2014 moto x but with a huge massive multi day battery. I can live with a mediocre camera.

    • David Wilson

      I was hoping for even more, that the “Sport” option meant an option to return to the 2013 X 4.7″ size 🙁

      • Nick

        At first I thought that too, but after having the 2014 for a few months now there is a lot more screen real estate for a very minimal increase in body size. It’s a good compromise. But I doubt they can make this huge screen feel small if the rumors are true.

  • Rodeojones000

    Could they make the back anymore ugly?

  • trwb

    Can we get a decent 4.7″ phone from someone at some point?

    • Patmw123

      Most likely not. The Z3 compact was a good phone but I’m not sure if Sony is releasing a compact version of the Z4.

    • Orion


  • Patrick Smithopolis

    At 5½” it’s a no sale for me. I guess I’ll have to wait and see what LG and Google are cooking up.

    • hkklife

      I want a 5.8″ to 6″ Maxx version with more storage, Qi charging and a beefier battery! MicroSD slot and/or Type-C would seal the deal for me and bring me back into the Moto fold!

  • Daeshaun

    nah man, none of that swiping sh!t

  • Richard Gao

    I’ll take it!

  • LilSweetLin

    Need to know the size of the battery before I go nuts over it. It’s between this and the Huawei Nexus for me.

    • Orion

      That’s what I love about the fall….lots of choices.

      • LilSweetLin


  • TC Infantino

    Nice! I am excited to see what Moto puts out this year.

  • Slow down my fast beating heart!

  • James Paloma

    For 2015/2016 I’m looking for tangible new features like fingerprint sensor, usb-c, water proofing. A spec bump would be a little disappointing.

  • XvierX

    I like the looks of this device. I hope it’s added to the Tmo jump on demand list later this year.

  • Paul Hansen

    Was kind of hoping to see a fingerprint sensor in there. Doesn’t look like it made it into this unit.

    • Nicholas

      yeah and I don’t buy the bit about a swipe sensor in the speaker grille, nor would I appreciate that. do it right, or don’t do it at all.

      No Atrix nonsense here, please.

      • Paul Hansen

        A couple of the prototypes for various Moto’s I’ve seen in the last month or so looked to have it embedded in the Moto logo on the back.

        • Nicholas

          that would be so ideal since your hand is resting back there anyway. I’ve become so partial to rear buttons and whatnot because of the G2.

        • Brian G

          With the Moto logo on that back dimple, I’m highly doubting that serves as a fingerprint sensor.

      • eriksean

        I had one and thought the atrix placement was perfect! whether or not its useful is another story. but it fell naturally within reach of my index finger. Being on the bottom speaker looks like it would require two handed use unless you can swipe your thumb at it across the width of your thumb (as opposed to vertically along the length of it). I’ve tried the Samsung way and its not ergonomic at all.

        either way, I couldn’t care less if my next phone has one or not. I haven’t used a security lock on my phones since the atrix

  • Mario

    dat bezel

  • TechTinker11

    Grr why does everyone keep getting bigger. I was hesitant about 5.2″ (Would rather have 5″ for day to day use). And while 5.2″ is fine, I do find it a little tough to reach to the top left corner. Even if they fit it in the same size phone, its only going to get harder to reach.

  • Droid Ronin

    Taking a picture of the Bug2Go profile with name and email address…hmm…

  • ChrisI
    • Tyler Durden

      Said Mark but names Chris.




      • ChrisI

        I saw that. But, yet again, I digress…..

  • Will Komba

    My God that looks massive

  • arthur2142
  • Ron_Swanson

    This or Note 5 for me for my next device…..you have served me well LG G2.

    • Mike Az

      Not a possible nexus? Even the LG variant? Good choices though. All about the vanilla Android aosp.

  • ClikFire _

    I’m currently using the Moto X2 White Bamboo since I cracked my Nexus 6 screen it feels so tiny since I got so use to the Nexus 6. If nothing else I prefer the bigger phone for the rel-estate for content and battery life which is substantially better on my N6.

    5.5 is small as I will ever go again.

    • erikiksaz

      Think of the tight pants, though! I can’t pull a 5.5 phone out of my skinny jeans when sitting down =p

  • steve

    show the port…..

  • Eric

    Hopefully the led flash is aligned with the center of the front facing camera. Based on this leak, it appears to be a bit offset

  • DanWazz

    Looking good. Hope the X does have the 5.5″ display.

  • Salame

    It looks like Motorola is pulling the old HTC move on us this year.

  • Mobin Amanzai

    Better than the supposed OnePlus 2

  • Hunter

    Motorola and Verizon would win me over if they offer a Moto X first gen cheap upgrade to Moto X third gen. Like $200-$300 for a new customizable phone.

  • morteum

    Definitely looks like the front of the last phone in the row of four. It looks exactly like the original Moto X but bigger and with metal trim. I’m excited.

  • Justin Bontrager

    New Moto G with everything we wanted from a Moto X at a good price point, two years too late?

  • JSo

    Yep, looks like a Moto X

  • John Jenness


  • XvierX

    I like that they threw out the textured earpiece and mic grills. I selected dark grills via Moto maker and the paint/color has come off in some small areas. It’s the only visible wear on my 2nd gen Moto X. Overall, I like the clean and simple look.

  • Marcellus1

    Front facing flash definitely sets it apart from most other phones, but it’s not much of a selling point to me–I rarely ever use flash on photos, opting instead for HDR, which isn’t available for my front facing camera. Give me HDR for front facing and skip the front facing flash in favor of an IR blaster.

    • Nate3D

      I second an IR blaster instead of a front flash. A highly underrated feature in my opinion.

      • Ben

        Check out the Harmony Hub remotes…no IR needed just an app. Works much better in my opinion.

    • Paul Hansen

      Lets do both!

    • Bob G

      Samsung has all your needs.

    • morgan boyle

      why isnt HDR available in the front camera. its mostly software. can it not capture two photos fast enough or something???

    • cdm283813

      I second the come back of IR in all phones. Such a cheap and low tech component to incorporate yet so helpful.

  • Derek Duncan

    5.5 inch screen and great camera this thing would be unreal

    • Tyler Durden

      *runs stock android* ah damn the dream is dead for good camera.

      • Brian G

        Nexus 6 is stock as it gets and has a great camera …

        • As an owner, I would say it has a good camera now. With the GS6, iP6+, and G4, it’s hard to say the N6 has a great one. Just my opinion though. I don’t use my camera enough to complain, but a GREAT camera would be so nice…

          • BBC

            iP6+ camera is inferior to N6 camera. There goes someone else giving Apple a free pass on their extremely overrated camera.

        • Tyler Durden

          Not entirely impressed with it. Sure, bright as day looks good. Gets a little dark and you’re gonna have a bad time. Oh and barebones camera software.

          • lightsofancients

            Actually the N6 takes great low light photos and as for software there are many options to download.

      • James Cooper

        If its “better than the last camera”, that’s good enough

        • David Wilson

          the last camera was not all that great

      • Lol, I agree with Tyler. No Nexus have better cameras than Samsung or iPhones.

        • BeerOnTap

          I’ll take Motorola’s impeccable radios over a camera any day.

        • lightsofancients

          You’ve obviously haven’t used the Nexus 6 long enough to see how amazing it is.

        • BBC

          Correction, the Nexus 6 has a better camera than the iPhone 6. We’ve seen the blind poll to prove it. Another giving Apple’s mediocre camera a free pass.

    • MicroNix

      You can wish in one hand….

    • Hawkeye2103

      This has the potential to be one of the best phones yet!!!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Love those slim bezels baby… Come pop that moto logo for a goon.

  • I’ll take a LED notification light thank you!

  • jerflash

    If the camera is as good as what is on my LG G4 I may be getting new moto x!

    • Suicide_Note

      Come on, you’re not new here. Moto cameras always disappoint.

      • jerflash

        Come on dudes can’t i have hope? Lol

        • Mike Aurin


        • Paul Hansen

          Nah, we’re here to shatter your hopes and dreams.

        • Travis

          I’m sure it’ll have a great sensor… it’s the image processing and software that set cameras apart these days (at least in the mobile arena). And yeah, Moto is either just way behind or doesn’t want to pay the $$$ for licensing. So I’m sure we’ll see some incremental improvement with the camera, but don’t expect GS6, G4, or iPhone quality.

    • hoodieNation

      If it’s as good as my G3 I might too.

    • Eric
    • Tyler Durden


      dont bet your life on it. We won’t see you anymore.

      • Paul Hansen

        Unfortunately, stock android APIs don’t allow for a fantastic camera. I’m just hoping for something passable like the Nexus 6 cam and I’ll be fine.

      • Joey Riz

        Well i wont be betting nearly that much. Maybe a couple of bucks

    • MicroNix

      Everyone wishes for this with every new X release. Its great spirit I’ll admit, but with all the chances they’ve had and considering how long the competition has been dealing great camera experiences, I don’t see this happening. Ever.

      • Joey Riz

        I know dude. I love my G4 for Ll it does. They even did the leather back like the moto but last year’s moto x was perfect if not for that battery and that camera! After using such a great camera as the g4’s…i cant down grade. Hears hoping for a 5.2 inch LG made nexus 5 lol

  • RoboCop

    You really can’t change perfection though. Minimal bezel, stereo speakers, rounded for better form…don’t know what else they could do other than give us a motomaker with crazy front colors besides white and black.

    • EnjoiEverything

      Perfection? Screen is terrible ( low brightness , reflective , bad color temp ) camera is decent at best and battery is pretty bad. Great form factor / feel and it runs good but perfect is a stretch

  • Derek Duncan

    just does it have a good camera

  • d-rock

    Is that a selfie flash I see? wha?

  • TSY87

    Motorola has been on a role these past few years.

    • Suicide_Note

      Which role is that? Comeback kid? Hack photographer?

      • TSY87

        Their role is being awesome. (I hate you)

      • Nicholas

        I appreciate that you actually considered possible, likely roles for the company despite that not being what he actually meant.


  • Carlos Lopez

    That is one thin bezel

  • Sam Bachman

    Looks like on the left side there could be a microSD slot?

    • Carlos Lopez

      I’d guess sim tray

      • wrkerr

        SIM tray is on the top, to the right of the headphone jack.

  • Arthur Boddie


  • lgreg64

    I hope its time for me to let go of my OG X

  • Nicholas

    why so laaaarrrgggeeee aaagggghhhh.
    is this like old pipeline stuff from all these manufacturers trying to capitalize on early Note success? or is this really, truly, definitely the trend?

    • Mike Aurin

      It’s been the trend for 2 years.

      • Nicholas

        yeah I know, can you smell the denial in me?

        • Mike Aurin

          *SNIFF* (Heavy breathing)

          • Nicholas

            *leans in*


    • trixnkix637

      Small phones were a trend. This is a result of the market. Despite what people feel, larger phones are selling.

    • trixnkix637

      Small phones were a trend. This too is a result of the market. Despite what people feel, larger phones are selling.

      • cjohn4043

        I feel like larger phones are only selling so well because there are no really other options in the market, everything is 5+ inches.

        • MicroNix


          • Charles Walker

            Give me one phone from 2014-2015 under 5″ that runs the same specs (CPU, camera, build quality, etc) as the GS6, LG G4, etc. The Sony Z3C is the only thing that comes close but most carriers aren’t even offering it.

        • Charles Walker

          It appalls me that so few people see this. Consumers want high end specs, but they just so happen to only be offered in 5.2-6″ form factors.

          • Jack Jennings

            That only holds true for the enthusiasts that understand what’s inside their smartphones. For the majority of the market that don’t, screen size is important, generally helps you to do more, and for the older generation, aids with visibility.

          • bossalina96
          • MariaMBurkhart
          • PC_Tool

            High end specs = heat.

            Your chances of seeing a flagship spec’d phone smaller than the current gen is minuscule, especially after the controversy of the “heat issues” of the 810.

          • dcdttu

            …other than the iPhone and the GS6.

          • PC_Tool

            Both are current Gen, last I checked – and both are relatively large.

            GS6: 5.1′ screen (5.65″ device)

            iPhone 6: 4.7″ screen (5.44″ device)

            Both over 5″, neither anywhere remotely close to say, the original iPhone or Galaxy.

            So…you were saying?

          • dcdttu

            Ah, I thought you meant smaller than current phablets, not a phone that is smaller than it’s own last-year self. Yea, that’s not going to happen.

          • PC_Tool

            Bingo. That’s why I specified “current gen”.

            At this point, barring some major breakthroughs, increased specs means increased heat. Current gen devices seem to be at the absolute limit here going by the heat issues in the media.

            I, personally, would absolutely fall all over myself to get a “Fascinate” (Galaxy S1) sized device at flagship specs – but I’ve resigned myself to reality.

            They might be able to get some decent specs on a smaller device by limiting the resolution and brightness of the screen – but then, no-one would buy it because it wasn’t a super-bright 8K second-sun… :-/

          • Mech_Engr_09


          • PC_Tool

            Reading is Hard™…

        • Ahku Droid

          Exactly, the only reason they are selling is because the smaller phones have lesser specs.

        • erikiksaz

          They’re selling well because:

          (1) In other countries, many do not have access to a phone+tablet+laptop+PC, so their phone serves as their primary “computer.”
          (2) The demographic of smartphones users is changing. Those in their 40’s were still young enough to catch the wave of early cell phones in the 90s. The problem is, they’re all starting to become presbyopic and have trouble seeing text on 3.5-4.5 inch screens. I see patients for a living, and damn near every older patient who uses iOS has the larger iphone. Their reason? The fonts are more legible.

          • David Wilson

            I see your arguments, but that is why I have a galaxy Note 10.1, when I want to do more than read a few lines. I think you can add other reasons to your list though, one of them being an irrational fad. I cannot get over how much I see people watching video/movies on their phones. Yes 5.5″+ is a lot better for 4.7″ for that, but you know what’s even better? 10.1. If you’re going to be staring at it for > 30 minutes, take 30 seconds to take out your tablet lol. At some point people will figure this out, especially men who don’t always have purses to carry their phablets.

          • MrOrange645

            Do you know what fits in my pocket and I don’t need a purse for? My Nexus 6 “phablet.”

            Do you know what DOESN’T fit in my pocket and would require a purse? A tablet.

          • David Wilson

            You replied to my post, but didn’t reply to what I said. What I said was concerning the enjoyability of watching video for extended periods on any phone. Whether that phone fits in a pocket isn’t relevant.

          • erikiksaz

            See my point #1. It’s not about people “figuring it out.” It’s that not every other country has as much disposable income to afford such luxuries.

          • David Wilson

            Then they would probably not be buying a “flagship” phone, either.

          • Regis

            In a way, smaller devices started to lose out before that, even. The 3.5in iPhone was massive compared to everything else that was out at the time. But, even when devices were available at the 3.5-4 inch size, 4.3 inch phones sold better (Steve Jobs called these “Hummer Phones”). With nearly identical specs, the HTC One X outsold the One S, even though the One X had a 4.7 inch screen vs the 4.3 inches of the One S’ display.
            I doubt very much that, without some sort of radical change in tech, the phablet will ever become mainstream, but bigger screens are automatically more capable

      • Killa

        Larger phones are selling because the price they see for a 5.5 inch or greater phone is almost the same as a 5 inch or less phone. I can get a bigger screen for only a few bucks more, I may not need it though, but it’s a deal! Doesn’t apply to me, but I have a feeling that’s the conversation they’re having in their head.

    • Justin Bontrager

      I thought the Nexus 6 was a joke, when I pick up my Moto X 1st gen after a couple weeks, I can barely type. Listen, I wear skinny jeans like a poser and wondered how it would ever fit but it does, and for me, that was the determining factor.

      • FAL_Fan

        +1 sir, +1 indeed lol

      • OligarchyAmbulance

        Same here. My Nexus sticks out of my back pocket a bit (maybe .5″), but I can sit on it just fine, just like my old Nexus 5. The only difference is that I can no longer use “normal” sized phones because it’s like using a toy made for children.

      • ClikFire _

        i can’t go smaller after owning the Nexus 6 and getting use to it. I am currently using the moto x2 right now because I cracked the screen on my Nexus 6 its a nice device but one of the most immediate disadvantages for me is battery life is 1/2 of what I get on my Nexus 6 not to mention typing on it feels crammed otherwise If I wanted a small phone I would definitely be using it I don’t think I could go smaller than 5.5.

        • Paul Hansen

          I love my nexus but it’s just a shade too big. I think 5.5 would be perfect if they don’t sacrifice specs on it.

          • ClikFire _

            I agree it could be slightly more compact. The Nexus 5 measures 6 inches diagonally across its body if they could get a 5.5 inch screen to fit into the Nexus 5 body if the bezels are small enough.

      • Nicholas

        it always comes back to one-handed use for me. is it common or often, no. is it something I like to be able to do when it’s convenient to do so? tooootally.

        and I have these awesome, amazing, average-sized hands that are just not up to the task.

        • Brian G

          Really gotta agree with you on this. I’m stick rockin’ the Verizon LG G2, and while LG UX makes it overall a horrible experience, the form factor just cannot be beat. My litmus test is if I can hold it with one hands and my thumb and reach to the edge of the screen. While this is possible for me on the 5.2″ screen of the G2, it hasn’t been on anything larger. That’s the reason I went with the G2 over the Note 3 in the first place.

          • anon1230

            i agree, but all android needs is a left/right option. If the menus/options were on your thumb side there wouldn’t be any issue with a large screen phone

        • cobalt27

          In terms of typing, one-handing the phone is possible with SwiftKey and having the option of the keyboard to the right (or left if you’re left handed). For general use, I still one-hand the phone, but I do agree that it’s a reach to touch something on the left side, especially the upper left side of the screen.

          As much as I love my Nexus 6 screen, I’ll definitely be downsizing just a tad for my next phone. This 5.5″ Moto X seems just about right.

        • atc-tech

          Just one handed this whole reply on my Nexus 6. And I have small hands.

          • Nicholas

            It’s not a “Can You Do It?!” game show, I’m not daring anyone to free-climb the new Trade Center building in New York. I know it’s possible for people, and then it’s also NOT possible for people.

            People like me. With awesome hands.

          • atc-tech

            I understand… Plus I cheated. With my relatively not awesome smaller hands (I suck at playing QB and basketball) I used voice typing!

            The N6 is huge and I understand that can be off putting for a lot of people. There are those of us who love it for games, media consumption and reading, etc.

            Totally admit that with my smaller hands it is difficult to reach the back button sometimes. Oddly, I don’t have trouble pulling down the notification shade as others have said.

          • Nicholas

            wait awesome, for me, reads: small or adorably-average. just want to clear that up =P

            your probably reaching the top-right corner thanks to a little phone rocking/angling.

        • Mordecaidrake

          Exactly, I passed on the Nexus 6 because I want a phone, not a tablet.

      • ChrisI

        I find the Nexus 6 real estate to be stupid without a stylus

        • Tyler Durden

          It’s not even a big phone.

          • Nicholas

            I think it really is a big phone for those of us who haven’t upgraded in 2-3 years now, it’s just so much bigger than what a lot of us are coming from. I am not about to step out and say that it’s big for it’s current competition – it seems to be par for the course as more phones are released this year.

          • Paul Hansen

            You kept a phone for 3 years!? Holy hell. That’s like Tbolt territory. I feel for you.

          • Nicholas

            haha nah, I’m on a G2. near-enough 2yrs though, almost as bad.

          • bruce

            Tbolt was an abomination. It made me turn my head away from HTC forever.

          • Paul Hansen

            I had one. Honestly, had the battery not been beyond terribad, it would have been a decent device.

          • Picaso86

            I only thank my Tbolt for grandfathering me into UDP with Verizon….

          • ChrisI

            To be completely honest, it’s actually an enormous phone. When you compare it to the average person’s hand size, it’s huge. I’m 6’1″, 200, and it’s simply too big to not have basic “phablet” functionality like a stylus or multi-window. But I know how you love to argue with everything everyone says, so I digress…

          • 6’³”, 200. Can confirm since my G3 had always felt just a hair too big for my taste.

            It’s why I got a used droid mini on swappa for the weekends. No more pants bulge.

          • Richard Gao

            6 inch screen? Not big? lol.

            inb4 “that’s what she said” jokes

        • Nicholas

          I want to make the joke about “all this room for activities,” but I think you’re right in that the extra screen real-estate just hasn’t been properly justified in stock, vanilla, no-tricks Android.

        • michael arazan

          I consume a lot of media and enjoy the large real estate for games and videos and find it easier to read articles as well

        • Sean Elliott

          I’ve never understood this argument. The people I know that have notes never use the stylus, my brother has had the note 2 for like 3 years now and he says he’s used a handful of times. I think people think they’ll use a stylus a lot and then they get it and never do. To me the nexus 6 screen size is a feature itself, not stupid at all. All browsing is more enjoyable; twitter, instagram, chrome, and when you actually use it for netflix or video its just amazing. I do think I’d rather go down to like 5.7, but no stylus isn’t a negative in my book.

          • MrOrange645

            Same here. I had a Note 2 and RARELY used the stylus, but I loved the large screen. Nexus 6 is a bit extreme butnive adjusted well and the screen is gorgeous. Now my 5.5″ LG G3 feels tiny. LOL.

          • ChrisI

            I have the Note 3 for a couple years now. Would be lost without the stylus. It def took some time getting used to it. But I use my phone for biz and personal, and not to play games and watch movies or tweeter. If you don’t use the stylus, don’t really see the need to own the Note then. It’s a good thing I started out my opinion with “I find”…..

          • Sean Elliott

            Yup and that’s also why I ended mine with “in my book”. I wasn’t coming at you. Just stating what I’ve seen from everyone with a Note. I’d also argue that the large screen and higher battery/better camera compared to the galaxy line is reason enough without the stylus. Yeah business makes sense but I would have no use for it with a work laptop. To each their own.

          • ChrisI

            Interesting. I don’t think I’ve read anything positive yet about N6 battery life or the camera quality…..

          • Sean Elliott

            I was referring to your point that you don’t need the Note if you don’t use the stylus. The Note has better battery and camera than the galaxy line and therefore would be worth it without using the stylus. and really? This isn’t the nexus 5, the battery life on the N6 is only bested by the Notes and Oneplus. And the camera is great too. Does the note and iphone and G4 have a better one? Yes they do, but to say the Nexus 6 camera is bad is just wrong. You must not have read any reviews on the phone. We don’t need hyperbole in arguments lol

          • ChrisI

            Ah, got it. I was confused by your “better than the galaxy line” because it’s a Galaxy Note phone. Was confusing.
            I read stories literally all over the place as well as comments section about the N6 camera quality. The camera, no stylus, no multi-window, and no SD slot are why I didn’t buy it. Only one of those items is subjective.

          • BBC

            The Nexus 6’s camera is better than the iPhone 6’s camera as shown by a blind poll taken by a PhoneAr***a. Two sets of the of the same photos taken on each device and around 80% of voters thought the N6 took the better photos. I absolutely do not believe the poll results would have shown that had poll not been blind. The iPhone always gets a free pass on camera quality and I’m not sure why. It’s been years since Apple had a better than average camera.

    • ClikFire _

      your joking right? with those thin bezels its probably barley bigger then the X2 which feels tiny now.

      • Nicholas

        I’m not joking, but I’m also not talking about the physical footprint of the phone – rather, the size of the screen. it gets increasingly difficult to reach the top of the screen (the notification bar) with one hand. There’s only so much bezel you can kill under the screen before you have no room for sensors/internals and no surface to counter-balance the phone with.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      I think the screen size is based on where they think the phone will sell well. If you’re catering to the US then small phones are better. If you’re catering to markets like China then big phones are better.

    • pizzaparties

      On paper this sounds too big for me, but I’ll check it out in person before making a decision. If I’m not into this phone I may jump ship to apple an give that a try.

    • RyRyBeardGuy

      It’s trendy, but it also isn’t as bad as you think. It’s actually better to be bigger in all areas except holding it up to your head, and holding the phone in one hand while browsing. If you have a headset, holding it to your head isn’t really a factor. Also, I keep hearing that it’s easier to type on the larger phones. It would seem like the major complaints about larger phones are only minor inconveniences.

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    • Mvrcel Lgt

      I have to get myself mid-range phones because of that…a lose-lose situation. I would want a higher-specced phone with 4,7″-5″, they would want more of my money.

  • Koneesha

    Yes it does!