What is the Motorola “Quark” XT1254? Is It Really the “DROID Turbo?”

At the end of last week, a reader of ours pointed out that device made by Motorola under the model number XT1254 had passed through Bluetooth SIG with a description confirming that it was an Android smartphone. No other details were attached, so we ignored it. Then over the weekend, a couple of supposed CPU-Z screens of a Motorola device with a codename of “quark_verizon” surfaced under the same model number, causing the tech world to freak out, toss around conspiracy and fanboy theories involving the rumored Motorola Nexus, and generally sound silly. Names like “DROID Turbo” were mentioned, as were a handful of next-level specs.

So what is this mystery device? Well, let’s see if we can’t find out.  (more…)

Sunday Poll: Buying the Moto 360 if It’s $250?

Thanks to Best Buy going live with a Moto 360 listing a couple of weeks early, we may already know the most important piece of info for Motorola’s smartwatch – the price. Listed at $249.99, I would venture to guess that most of you are ready to throw down cash immediately. Or are you?

There was some worry that a $300+ price tag would accompany the watch, mostly due to the fact that it has been built with high-end materials, yet still packs in all sorts of features, like water resistance. If you compare the 360 to the Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watch, it certainly seems like Motorola could have charged a premium for it, especially with those currently available at $199 and $229, respectively.

$250, though, how does that sound? Are you buying if the Moto 360 drops in at that price?

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Moto 360 Shows Up at Best Buy for $249, Outs List of Features

We are expecting to get official Moto 360 launch details when Motorola hosts press at a September 4 event in Chicago, but Best Buy may have gone ahead and let us in on all sorts of details early. According to a listing on Best Buy’s site for the Moto 360, we could end up paying $249.

The device is also listed as having a 1.5-inch backlit LCD touch screen, with a 320×290 resolution, 205ppi, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Matching up to what we learned from a leak a week ago, we are also seeing mentions of a heart rate monitor, water resistance (up to 3.3 feet for up to 30 minutes), and an ambient light sensor. On a specs tab, the listing suggests that there is 512MB of RAM, Wireless N connectivity, and a Texas Instruments processor inside.  (more…)

Purported Images of New Moto X Front Panel Show Bigger Front Speakers, Comparison to Original

A new set of images that HelloMotoHK is claiming to be the front panel of the new Moto X (or Moto X+1) have surfaced, images which show a device that has indeed grown over the last year, but also may include even bigger front speakers than a previous leak led us to believe. In the images, we are getting comparisons of the new panel to the original Moto X, along with what appear to be extra-large speaker cutouts.  (more…)

The New Moto X: 5 Things I Want to See

At the end of 2013, we called the Moto X the best phone of the year. Even though it had a pretty terrible camera and a not-even-close-to-class-leading display, the overall package of software features, size and feel, quick updates, and customizability through MotoMaker made it the phone to have, at least in our opinion. But here we are, weeks away from the unveiling of the new version, whether that ends up being called Moto X+1 or new Moto X or something else, you can imagine how excited we are to see what Motorola has in-store.

Still, Motorola needs to step their game up even further if they want to hold onto that “best phone of the year” title. The LG G3 is currently topping the charts (our review), with the OnePlus One and HTC One (M8) close behind it.

There are some specific things we would love to see Motorola address in order to make the next Moto X an amazing phone. Here are five of them.  (more…)

“Moto X+1″ Under Model XT1097 Shows Up in Benchmark, Outs More Specs

When it comes to leaks or information about unreleased devices, benchmarks are almost always hit or miss. In fact, you should almost never fully buy into the data that they provide because from one day to the next, they could show off completely different information for what they claim is the exact same device. With that said, they do often open the bucket of paint to help manufacturers go all Picasso during a press event, so we still like to see them, especially when we are only a couple of weeks away from an unveiling.

And that’s why we are taking a quick look this morning at yet another purported benchmark for the next Moto X, which was long ago dubbed unofficially as the Moto X+1(more…)

We’re Getting Close: Google Prepares to Send I/O Attendees Their Moto 360

If you attended Google I/O, then you likely haven’t forgotten Google’s promise – that they would send you a Moto 360 as soon as it became available from Motorola. Even though we still don’t have an official launch date from Motorola, we know that those specifics are coming on September 4 at a press event. In an email rolling out this morning to Google I/O attendees, Google is reminding folks that the watch is coming soon, maybe even sooner than we had expected.  (more…)