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Last Updated: July 20th, 2013

Intrepid leakster @evleaks has just dropped a few images of a black-boxed Motorola device that appears to be headed for AT&T. It's worth noting that this is the first Motorola product we've seen badged up for an American carrier since the RAZR HD / RAZR M last summer, quite a long time ago.

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It's also a phone we've seen before. At least, it seems to be. Vietnamese blog Tinhte leaked a device with the codename "XT912A" (XT is Moto's typical device prefix for "DROID" branded devices), and it's pretty clear the two are one in the same in most respects, at least based on what we see in these photos. Here's that phone, below.

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Insofar as I can tell, these are basically the same handset when looked at from the front. Well, that's not 100% accurate, because @evleaks' images show an AT&T operator notification (likely just a feature of the phone), and more importantly, AT&T's unmistakable "4G LTE" logo next to the signal bar in the third screenshot. So it does seem likely this device is headed for AT&T. It's also a bit odd to note that the patterned circle around the "M" Motorola logo is different on each photo, meaning these are all different individual handsets. This might be a security measure, or it might just be some funky artwork, I'm not sure.

The back of the two phones, though, are different. Here's the back of the device @evleaks has shown:

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The texture appears to be a faux-carbon fiber, and it's not totally similar to the Tinthe in other respects - it appears this particular device has been configured for use with a black box (the black box having been removed in this photo), and that's likely why the rather ugly screw hole to the left of the camera is there. But here's where your attention should really be: take a look at that product ID sticker - you'll see the rather unmistakable text "XFON ATT" in the top right corner. That's pretty hard to misinterpret.

According to the original Tinhte leak, the XT912A they had was equipped with a 4.65" 720p display, a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and a rather run-of-the-mill 2200mAh battery. Everything basically pointed to a Motorola device that was on the high end of the mid range, and there was nothing particularly odd about the phone, apart from an indentation around the Motorola logo on the rear cover.

Now it seems at least possible that the X912A may have been an early prototype of the much-rumored 'X Phone.' It's also possible this new version has been retrofitted with more robust internals and a higher-resolution display (the rear cover certainly looks different), but we have no way of knowing. So yes, this could be an early look at something that at least might be the X Phone. If it is, though, it could also change significantly by the time it's actually released. This hardware could very well be a dummy case inside a dummy case, as it were, and little more than a placeholder design while the chassis is finalized. Still, some pretty crazy stuff.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • tylerbrainerd

    I find that to be really quite pleasant looking. I hope verizon gets it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      why ? its sub par phone. what the point?

      • tylerbrainerd

        You have a pretty interesting definition of sub-par, if a phone that is more or less equal in specs to a nexus 4 is sub par. Par, maybe. Sub par, not at all.

      • Justin Winker

        I think we are at the point in CPU technology where sub-par is a term used for slower single-core devices, not quad-core phones. Hell, even the MediaTeK (chinese) quad-cores are quick. The processor no longer makes the phone - the software the manufacturer loads on it does.

  • TylerChappell

    In b4 Bionic loses it.

    • Justin Winker

      Why would he lose it? He's been saying this is it all along, and I find it hilarious that people doubt him - he's been right on almost everything he's given us for info on Moto devices.

      • TylerChappell

        He gets all of his info from a motorola forum that he prowls all day long, he's just an errand boy lol. A little Motorola messenger if you will. XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/littleg77 Garry Duane Bartle

    It's also very possible that the circle around the "M" Motorola logo is animated in some way so that the breaks in the line rotate/move and indicate some sort of activity on the phone. Doesn't have to mean the pictures are of different handsets.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Good point, though they look pretty solid to me.

      • fonix232

        But it would be a killer feature, a small OLED display (black and white, or MAYBE colored), and some sensor daemon running in the background - when you pick your phone up, it fires up the small display (only around the M, as the logo itself should be static and engraved), and rotates the frame with different speeds, etc., depending on the current status (battery, notifications, etc., also settings). For example, it could display the battery status, with the dots being the "empty percentages", or the number of notifications. I'd love to see something like that.

    • nxtiak

      The M logo is above the notification bar and is NOT on the screen itself.

    • tylerbrainerd

      The backgrounds are fairly different in each shot, as is the label on the jack. i think they're different handsets

    • Freak4Dell

      That would be a really sick variation of the notification LED.

    • nico klemer

      I'm guessing it's Morse. Could be one of the customizations they were talking about. The code of the second phone thus might be:
      -..- = X
      ..-. = F

      Which would fit nicely into the model number thing. But it's hard to tell without knowing where to start...

      • NemaCystX

        Or it could be a way to identify who is leaking what without the user leaking it not knowing about it. The logo on each picture is different, almost like its a unique identifier. not to mention, the phone is incased inside a "mule" case to hide its final design, much like the Galaxy S3 was before it was fully revealed.

        Why are all these Google devices starting to look alike with no design inspiration? I see more design inspiration in the HTC One than I do in this one. I mean it looks like a Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4

        • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

          I like the clean design they use... Also don't have to hear the Apple fans screamthey copied Apple like they did with the HTC One...

    • http://www.facebook.com/babywarez Gerardo Sarabia Molina

      The notification LED is apparently next to the speaker.

  • Angel Penabad

    The front is almost exactly like Nexus 4's. If that are the specs, I don't see the point of this device, is basically a Nexus 4 in all aspects.

    • tylerbrainerd

      More carriers? LTE?

    • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

      Lower pricepoint?

      • Freak4Dell

        Lower price than the N4? I doubt it.

        • David Suarez

          I'd like to see it at $199

          • Freak4Dell

            I very much doubt that. The N4 is subsidized by Google as it is, and Motorola needs to turn a profit. This will probably be $99 on contract, and around $400-$500 off contract.

  • Nicho

    im hoping i'll get too see a Droid 5 soon :o

    • Justin Winker

      | im hoping i'll get to see a Nexus 5 from Motorola soon

      FTFY.

  • Freak4Dell

    I still don't think 4.65" is right. The video that was released back then (which was removed shortly after) had a portion where the guy held it up next to an iPhone. The screen was bigger than the iPhone for sure, but it wasn't big enough to be 4.65". I'm going with 4.3".

    If it is 4.3", this may be my next phone. The small version of the HTC One and this thing will have to fight it out for my love.

    Oh, and the supposed code name for this device was Ghost. I still think the X Phone, if it exists, will be a high-end flagship.

    • tylerbrainerd

      There's a lot less bezel than an iphone, too

      • Freak4Dell

        Still not enough to account for a whopping 0.65" in difference.

        http://i.ytimg.com/vi/M0FMxssnHRg/mqdefault.jpg

        • tylerbrainerd

          I dont get the issue. That picture shows a phone clearly a quarter of an inch larger in either dimension, plenty for .65 diagonal

          • Freak4Dell

            I don't see a quarter inch in either dimension. I see a couple millimeters.

          • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

            6mm is ~1/4". And I agree with Tyler: a 4.65" screen at 16:9 ratio is 4.05" x 2.28" (102.8mm x 57.9mm). The iPhone 5 chassis is 123.8mm x 53.6mm. So, the screen would fit vertically with 10.5mm top and bottom bezel, and adding 8mm (5/16") to the width would yield a tiny >2mm bezel to either side of the screen, a feat they already accomplished with the RAZR M/i. So, yes, a 4.65" screen in an iPhone5 body. And THAT would be an absolutely astounding accomplishment.

          • Freak4Dell

            Yeah, I guess the math works out to make it possible, but man, that's a really small bezel.

          • tylerbrainerd

            and look at the pictures above. It IS tiny. It's a really small bezel.

          • Freak4Dell

            It really doesn't look any smaller than the bezels on the RAZR M and i.

          • Justin Winker

            That's what she said.

            Had to.

          • SkylaC90

            well played sir

  • http://twitter.com/Lirodon Lirodon

    It looks nice, though of course, everyone else will probably cry "Galaxy Nexus II: Electric Boogaloo"; that part may be very intentional.

  • Stephen Fronda

    Nice phone :-) How come no one ever leaks the specs list? LOL

  • Scott

    Whatever Motorola makes next, it should be on all carriers.

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      With out the droid name on Verizon...

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    [The following is not a critique of this article or the other comments posted here. It's just some thoughts that occurred after having read so many people's responses to "news" about the X Phone around the interwebs.]

    I honestly don't know why Android users get all excited whenever the fabled X Phone is mentioned. As far as I've read from reports covering the original sources (statements / rumours from Google & Moto), there isn't even an indication that the X will run Android at all, let alone that it will have super high-end specs (which apparently some people believe, because they reportedly put off buying the Nexus 4 to wait for it)!

    AFAIK the only verifiable thing we can attribute to this device is (Eric Schmidt's comment?) that it will "be a game changer" or something. That statement is so vague it could even mean that it runs Chrome OS, or maybe that it'll come with an Android@home thermostat which it's perennially paired with...

    Seriously. People should at least wait till there's a proper leak with confirmed device name and spec sheet before wetting themselves.

    • shadowx360

      A phone from Google not running Android? Hey, I heard the iPad 5 may be running Windows RT!

      P.S. Many Google officials have said they're keeping ChromeOS and Android apart.

  • mechapathy

    My pants just shit themselves.

  • TY

    Please, please don't be AMOLED... if it is a good phone, I will happily use it for over 2 years, but I don't want my screen to have marks of burn in about a year later.

    • porter86

      Haha what? I've had my Galaxy Nexus for a year and a half and there's no burn in whatsoever.

      • TY

        I, too, have a GNex for 1.5years. I almost always set it to the lowest brightness possible and use black backgrounds. However, on white backgrounds, I now can easily notice stripes of green and purple going through the screen (not the "normal" grains; it is even noticeable in full brightness). Ya, the burn-in issue is not -that- serious, but I am a person who really take care of my phone. I don't want burn in marks to show on my screen, even after a few years, thus I am (overly?) cautious about it. However, due to the nature of OLED screens, this is not completely preventable. LCD on the other hand only degrades in overall brightness. I would prefer IPS LCD over AMOLED for the safe-feeling (both look good).

      • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

        My GS2 does... But at the top, where the menu bar is... The icons are burnt in... I can only see the burns when I turn my phone on... When the Sprint boot up animation comes up... But it's hardly a problem, because the rest of the screen is unaffected...

  • Asphyx

    If the Pics are a real indicator of reality it has what looks like a rotating Widgets carousel at the top of that launcher.
    Maybe it's just a widget that sits there but it did catch my eye.
    I am very curious to hear any news about this X Phone...
    I'm not worried about the specs because they will change to whatever is standard at the time it is released.
    My only question on it is in regards to the bootloader...If it's locked then nothing has changed at Googrola!

  • Jonathan Scruggs

    In the top three photos, if you look at the M with the circle and dash/dots around it, it's different in each photo, and so are the notifications. The third picture has no notifications and a symmetrical pattern. Then if you look at the notifications between the first two pics, there are two more notifications than the second one. I think we have here a very slick notification ring that tells us what we have in dots and and dashes. :)

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      Interesting theory... But I'm not sure about that...

  • Eric Jones

    If I worked with beta hardware, I would definitely hide some kind of code on the front of the phone so that anyone that leaked a picture could be traced. The M could definitely be some sort of identifying code.

    If I worked for a company that did beta hardware, and I, for some reason, wanted to leak a photo of a phone, I would definitely think there was some hidden code. Iwould then proceed to take a picture of the company asshole's beta phone (You know who I'm talking about, every company has one), and leak that one.

  • Matthew Fry

    Is it just me or does the 4th shot look very fake?

  • Arsalan Afzal

    I know this is uber late but I just realized that the moto logo on this phone matches the new one

  • Ok moto

    Wrong !