Motorola launched their new Moto X phone yesterday. This mid-range phone has a massive appeal, beautiful design and few awesome features. It’s a touch-less phone that’s always listening and responding like no other smartphone out there.
Moto X is Motorola’s first smartphone under Google’s ownership, assembled in US and promising few nice touches. Featuring new X8 Mobile Computing System, Moto X phone can be used without touching it. The 8-core chip, as Motorola calls it, is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (MSM8960) processor with quad-core graphics, then a “contextual computing” and “natural language” cores for processing of spoken commands. The “always listening” phone interacts with user in a different way than any other phone out there. If you’d like to see this phone in action, see this Moto X phone video.
A special triple-mic empowered by with noise cancellation technology allows you to talk to your phone from up to 4.5 meters (15 ft) away. There is no trick or activation necessary. The “Touch-less Control” has to be turned on first, but once in always-on mode, it is conveniently awaiting your commands. Just say “OK, Google Now” and ask a question. Of course, the Google Now feeds off of internet so you do need to be connected via HSPA+, LTE or WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac). Moto X phone will first learn your voice and then just respond it.
Another thing that set this phone apart from the rest is a special notification. The AMOLED display allows small portion of the display to be always powered so to display certain “Active Notifications” even when the phone is in standby mode. This is a useful feature when you have phone in your vicinity and visible. Moto X shows FaceBook update, new email, preset alarms and other notifications without actually disturbing you. You don’t have to unlock the phone, or touch the screen to wake it up.
Flicking your wrist twice will activate a camera. Touch the screen anywhere and you will take a picture using a 10 megapixel rear camera. Motorola utilizes special “Clear Pixel” technology using a RGBC sensor capturing just the right amount of light for your perfect pictures. In other words it works in low light conditions, unlike many smartphones out there. Google says “75 percent more” light. Motorola includes new camera app designed for one hand use.
Other hardware on Moto X phone is 2GB of RAM, 2 megapixel front facing camera, at least 16GB of storage, but no microSD card expansion. There is also GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and Miracast wireless display. Motorola promises 24 hours on a charge for its 2200mAH battery. The 4.7-inch AMOLED display has 1280 x 720 pixels.
Moto X phone comes loaded with Android 4.2.2 software, but the Android 4.3 update is to be expected fairly soon. AT&T is getting the Moto X phone first in black and white, but we know the new Motorola phone will come in various colors and customizations. AT&T and later other carriers will add their own apps to Moto X phone. Speaking of customizations, Motorola via motomaker.com will let you customize the colors, backs, and accessories. After you made your choice Motorola will ship new Moto X to you in 4 days. Buyers get 50GB of free cloud storage on Google Drive for full 2 years. The price is $199 on two-year contract in all major carriers.
AT&T has this promo video for their Moto X smartphone:
Here is a round discussions about Moto X phone. It’s is fairly long but well worth the listen.
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