This morning we have several rumors regarding the new Moto X phone that will be officially announced today. First up is one from late last night, and was shared by pc747. The new Moto X phone will not be coming to Verizon as a "Droid" device, but instead will keep its unified Moto X branding. It appears that Motorola intends the Moto X to be their own personal flagship branded smartphone, like the Apple iPhone and Galaxy Series from Samsung. If true, then the Droid Ultra we heard about recently will be its own separate device, which is an interesting bit of secondary news to ride along with these rumors.
Our second set of rumors regarding the new Moto X is some of the customization options as well as a confirmation on some of the advanced software features. Some of these features were hinted at recently by Moto's new CEO Dennis Woodside, and here they are again. Motorola intends to push the boundaries toward an AI-like series of interface features. This includes: an always-on listening mode, support for a standalone language processing chip, and a separate contextual awareness chip that analyzes the input from an array of sensors.
Furthermore, additional details of the phone have been fleshed out a bit. Here's a quote with the details,
It certainly seems like the new Moto X is shaping up to be an intriguing new device. Who cares if the internal hardware isn't as cutting edge as the rest of the flagships? If you can do more with less, then that is simply the smarter and more efficient choice. Regardless, we will continue to bring you updates on details about the Moto X as quickly as we can find them, so stay tuned!
- Specifications – The specs that leaked so far are real: 720p display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM.
- Battery life – unknown, but it will be “industry leading”.
- Storage – multiple options available.
- Availability – in August, US first, Verizon not likely to get it, other countries to get in Q4. Will also sell unlocked.
- Price – not specified, but around $299 or less.
- Customization – users will get to choose the case material and the color, as well as the wallpaper, ringtone, and apps through a web portal
- Materials – plastic, wood, metal, carbon fiber (based on rumors)
- Contextual aware – always-on listening mode, supported by a standalone language processing chip and a contextual awareness chip that analyzes the input from an array of sensors.
Update: In this story, Android Authority seems to indicate the phone won't be coming to Verizon, but later reports suggest that Verizon will be getting it, so you might tentatively disregard that piece of info above. Alternatively, you can check out the newer story by clicking here for more up to date information.