(IFA 2014) Motorola Announces the New Moto X
Motorola held their event in Chicago to announce their devices for the upcoming year. After many years of struggling to get market share, it seems like last year is a turning point for the Company. The Moto X, which was very under specced last year is receiving a much needed refresh and bump up.
The New Moto X is coming with a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory. However, there’s no microSD support in the New Moto X. It also comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
In addition, the new Moto X will be coming with a 13-MegaPixel camera with a dual-LED ring flash with a Full HD 1080p 2.0-MegaPixel front facing camera. The new Moto X will be launching with the latest Android Operating System, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with a guaranteed update to Android L.
The smartphone also comes with a whole load of sensors including accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer and temperature sensors. The device will also come with three IR sensors which will lend itself heavily into Motorola’s efforts in contextual computing including helping display your notifications using the renamed Moto Display feature as soon as you reach for the device. Also coming in tow, are four microphones which will play a crucial part in both the contextual computing element of the device as well as the ambient noise cancellation of the new Moto X.
The new Moto X will have a non-removable 2300 mAh Lithium Ion battery and comes with WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac connectivity in addition to Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.o and 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. All of these features will be contained in a 140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm body weighing 144g.
While the specification bump is expected, the new design of the Moto X comes as a welcomed change as well. The new design maintains many of the features and cues from the original Moto X released last year. However, one of the most obvious design changes in the new Moto X is the front facing stereo speakers which are front and center. In addition, the device also sports a metallic trim/frame which now surrounds the colored body of the new Moto X. Also getting a little change is the dimple in the back of the device which houses the Motorola logo. The dimple has been enlarged and the logo made more prominent whilst maintaining the same feel for the original Moto X.
There’s no word on availability or pricing in Malaysia or other Asian countries as of yet. But the New Moto X launches with its signature Moto Maker support later this month in the U.S. for USD$ 99 (RM 320) on contract with American carriers or USD$ 499 (RM 1600) off contract and unlocked. Whilst the UK and the rest of Europe will be seeing the Moto X by the end of the month with a price tag of €420 (RM1735) and €499 (RM 2065) respectively. Canada will also be seeing the device at the same time as the US but will lack Moto Maker support.