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Jul
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After much speculation about "customizable" hardware, earth-shattering specifications, and groundbreaking construction materials, everything we've learned about the Moto X to date has been pretty... mundane.

No one seems to have nailed down a concrete list of specifications for the device, with rumors varying anywhere from Snapdragon S4 Pro - the chip powering the Nexus 4 - to NVIDIA's Tegra 4i. I'd like to point out that the latter basically isn't possible if the phone is being released this year, as when I spoke to NVIDIA 6 weeks ago, they said the first Tegra 4i devices will be coming in "early 2014." (That revising an earlier estimate of "Q4 2013 / Q1 2014.") However, there is some possibility, of course, that a Tegra 4i version will come at a later date.

It also sounds like it's going to have a 720p display, and anywhere from a 10 to 16MP camera. The customization options, which have turned out to basically mean choosing the color of your back plate and a white or black front plate, aren't shaping up to be game-changers, either.

Frankly, the amount of rumors flying around this phone have all but guaranteed it will disappoint enthusiasts. Anything short of a Snapdragon 800 - or one of another 5 processor options of your choice - and a truly bezelless 5" 4K screen with Android 4.3 and 64GB of internal storage (with removable battery and microSD slot, of course!) is going to evoke Santa Clause-isn't-real levels of disillusionment among some people. In essence, the Moto X has been put on a pedestal so high that it cannot hope to live up to the herculean feats that it has already been portended to achieve.

The more reasonable view, in my opinion? The Moto X will be a spiritual successor to the RAZR M. Reasonably priced (possibly very reasonably), well-equipped (but not top of the line), and sturdy. It might even have some innovative, interesting features. I'd say that's almost guaranteed, given how much Moto itself has been hyping up being "different" and thinking out of the box via its experimental tech lead Regina Dugan. One thing that does seem likely is that the Moto X will be featured on all 4 major US carriers - no small feat. But Motorola's heavy focus on US manufacturing and marketing would also seem to suggest a wide international launch isn't really on the table.

So, with all that in mind, and tempering your expectations, is the Moto X still on your next-phone radar?

Are you still interested in the Moto X as your next phone?

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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.

  • King of Tweets

    Still hoping that there are two phones coming, and they'll surprise us with a 4.7in 1080p (same screen as the HTC One, with on-screen buttons, in my dreams) Snapdragon 800 phone that no one has seen yet. I want to support Motorola and almost-stock Android, but I can't see myself buying a 720p phone again.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      Those under 440 PPI screen just make the pixels look so big huh.

      • King of Tweets

        Heh, fair enough - I've got a One X right now, and keeping the screen spec the same just wouldn't feel like enough of an upgrade for me, I think. I appreciate that not everyone agreesm though

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Naw, i'll buy nexus 4 when i can, or nexus 5 (cofocofsurebuddy,surecofcof)

  • BrianLipp

    im kinda just hoping its on par with the GS4 and HTC One, at least spec wise. I cant stand Samsung hardware (except for Nexus devices, which i cant understand why Samsung didnt continue with that same hardware for their other devices) and i dont trust HTC for updates and support. Plus, HTC has gone crazy with the navigation buttons. No thanks.

  • S. Ali

    Nope. Windows Phone is a better deal.

    • nawa

      You came to the wrong neighborhood, dude.

    • NexusKoolaid

      No Market share, weak app selection, limited customization, and the largest dedicated WP smartphone OEM just had it's debt rating slashed to junk levels. Yep, sounds like a winner deal to me...

    • SetiroN

      Am I really the only one around here who realises it was a witty comment about how he thinks the MOTO X is going to turn out so terrible that he'd rather go windows phone?

  • nxym

    i wish this phone will have the same design as those leaked videos. a clean front face with no buttons (or logos). not worrying about the specs though. who teases the shit out of a middle spec'd phone?

    • Steve

      Apple does

  • TSON1

    it's on my "wish-i-could-stop-hoping-this-would-be-as-awesome-as-everyone-wanted-it-to-be" list

  • Eye4Detail

    I've been saying it since my first Android: Competitive specs, Vanilla Android and good marketing behind a Moto build and you've got a winner.

    The original Droid was the phone that first got regular people to start taking Android seriously. It had the chops to keep up with the other high-end phone on the market, community support rivaled only by the later released Nexus One and the marketing to turn people's heads.

    All they have to do is do it again.

    • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

      This phone will probably not a pure stock Android phone -- it will be close, but it may not be true AOSP.

      • Roberto Giunta

        I guess it'll be as "true AOSP" as the Google Play Edition phones.

        The more interesting question is if Motorola is gonna bend over for Verizon and will make it more 'bloatwarey' for them for those two/three phones that will come out for Verizon.

  • richie97

    Still bothers me, because it's been fairly well known that the X phone was going to be a mid range phone for a very long time. If it's good, I might pick one up. More likely, I'll just pick up this years Nexus.

    The only problem is people looking for things that aren't true.

  • Alex Stansfield

    This might be a bit crazy. But I think I'll wait until the specs are announced before deciding if I want one.

    • Phillip Huynh

      You madman!

    • Tyler Humphreys

      I'm waiting for the price. Since I buy off contract and don't need the most powerful phone ever, I just want a good deal. Will probably the the Moto X or the next Nexus phone.

    • Steve

      I feel like the most important thing about it is the experience, all specs aside. If this device feels like the best device ever made regardless of specs, I'll definitely get it.

    • Harriet J. Hernandez

      as Pauline implied I didnt even know that some people able to profit $7237 in a few weeks on the internet. have you read this page w­w­w.C­a­n9­9.c­o­m

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      Honestly, I'm not toooo fussed with specs since you can more or less guarantee it will be just fine in that regard. I never thought I cared much about how a phone looked/felt but after seeing/touching the HTC One, I think that's what is really going to make or break the Moto X for me.

  • Miah

    I'm just hoping that it doesn't look like the rest of the motorola clan.

  • thartist

    Yes. But I'm not just Hopeful nor much less Still hopeful.

    I KNOW it will fill my needs simply because I'm not a blind specs whore yelling 'Snapdragon 800 or nothing', and i know I'll get Android 4.3 or 4.2 upgradeable, new context awareness features, and the excellent construction, excellent battery life and beautiful near-stock UI that Moto is known for, all with mid-high range hardware that nowadays is much more than you'd ever need for the tasks you do in a smartphone. Plus, a bit customizable on the looks department. What else!

    Lets just see if Moto gets into phablets soon too, for those who might be interested.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robertalyon Robert Lyon

    I'd price and specs are right for the unlocked version, I might be interested. Happy with my Nexus 4 though.

  • OSagnostic

    I have a Nexus 4. I will buy MotoX if its the same spec but smaller. If it has better battery & more rugged - count me in.

  • br_hermon

    REAL tech enthusiasts have known this was going to be a mid range spec phone for weeks now. The latest blogs have been reporting it so it shouldn't surprise anyone except those with blind hope.

    That said, this phone should still impress, especially average consumers. Who needs a 1080 display on a freakin phone anyway? Scale back where you can, drop the price and release a solid device with industry leading battery life and you've got a winner. Maybe not for enthusiasts but they should have seen that coming anyways shouldn't they have?

    Besides I wouldn't be surprised to see beefier devices coming later this year.

    • Sasquatch4ever

      As someone who now has a 1080p phone, I can say that everyone needs them.

  • dumaan

    Could it be a succesor to the razr i, only with baytrail? Would make my heart jump:P

  • DanieleMnn

    I like the "meet my needs" answer, I don't need a snapdragon 800 but a balanced phone bot in price and performance, with a great battery life.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    First of all, I have no unrealistic expectation on this phone at all. When I read those unrealistic rumors, I knew very well that they were mere wishful thinking from some dumba**. Customizing the amount of RAM, processor, build materials? They didn't know what they were talking about, IMO. That said, I am still a little bit disappointed. The processor can be a little bit faster/newer, the resolution can be a little bit higher (at least gives me a 720P screen + and additional row of pixels for onscreen controls).

    Unfortunately, as a Verizon user, this is the closest I can get to a stock Android phone in the foreseeable future. Plus, updates of this phones may be a little bit faster than other Motorola phones (the Droid variants) -- I hope. On top of that, with my grandfathered unlimited data plan, this is the only flagship in the next couple months that I can buy off contract, keep my unlimited data, and still doesn't empty my bank account. In other words, I will buy it not because it's a great phone, but given my need and condition, I have no other choices, which is actually a really sad thing that's unique to the landscape of the US mobile industry.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      Get off Verizon?

      • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

        Too bad, it's not an option -- Verizon's signal strength is many times better than all other carriers in my area. Sometimes, my 4G speed is faster than my Wifi in my house.

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    Considering my N4 is still running strong, I'm not really in the market, we'll see what's for sale next year though.

  • ElfirBFG

    I was almost certain that the X would be my next phone, but now I'm not sure. I broke my RAZR two weeks ago and I'm now waiting on an Aquos SH06D to arrive, so I doubt I'll be looking at another phone until my contract expires in late 2014. The Sharp will be my first non-Moto Android phone, so it may open my eyes to a whole new world of phones.

  • Edward Williams

    Well:

    1. No official word of what is what from Motorola or Google. Disappointment always follows when accepting half truths as truths. Official statements and press releases will be the final say on what this phone exactly is and what it will offer. Until then, this is all speculation.

    2. "Power phones" aren't a deciding factor to the general consumer. We geeks only care about hardware. Everyone else likes waving their hand in front of their phone to answer a call or start/ stop a video with their eyes. Its magical and we've been falling for gimmicks and tricks since the beginning of time. So long as folks can stream video, take pictures and upload their struggle meals on Instagram and Facebook they don't care. Everything else is a bonus. That seems to be the direction the market is going in anyway. Gimmick driven. Social media integration. "How we make your life easier, better, stronger. Share your world. Let everyone know what you're thinking and what you're eating. Because that's what we do in America. Photograph your Ramen noodles and cheese curls with amazing filters, then tag all your Facebook friends and tweet the experience. "

    So with that, I'll wait for the official announcement. I'm still anxiously awaiting the device, but I think I'd be happier with the next Nexus phone. I've never been a fan of Motorola devices, but I'm definitely interested in seeing the outcome of the acquisition/ merger.

  • an observer

    Phones are all well and good, but where is the moto x tablet? Where are all the next gen tablets, for that matter?

    The sony exp z is supposedly one of the best, and it has an s4 processor? Hardly impressive. The nexus 10 has a dual core 1.7ghz processor and is wifi only. No thanks.

    Where are the next high res 8, 9 or 10 inch tabs?

  • Nicktrance

    Never was, especially since we didn't (and still don't) know anything about it.

  • jb

    I'm definitely still interested in this phone...the specs will suffice my needs, but the major sell for me is being able to have a small phone again...and this is the best of the "mini" devices shown so far

  • SetiroN

    My current impression is that it's going to be a phone for the masses:

    Decent performance without the thermal issues afflicting late high-end devices, decent screen, sturdy, pretty, customisable and a 4000mAh battery capable of lasting two full freakin' days of heavy texting and pretty-much-stock android at a good value.

    That said, I don't really get the point of confronting each other about which of the conflicting rumours we believe...

  • Ryan

    What's the big deal about having a cpu that had to be like the newest on the market? I can understand for a desktop computer or laptop, but a phone? Sheesh, people have some unreasonable expectations these days.

    OK, rant aside, I'm still waiting for this to hit the market. The cpu doesn't bother me, not does the ram add long as it gets what I want done. Personally, I think we should be glad Motorola is even releasing anything at this point since it's been either Samsung or HTC and... That's it..

  • Brennan

    I think we all knew it was suppose to be a mid range ophone from the beginning.. But I know all of us just want a super high end moto phone that is better than the rest of the market.. Everyone here knows moto is the best in the phone business whenever it comes to sturdieness of the phone, battery life, and signal.. And to add high end cpu ton of ram.. What else could you ask for.

  • mgamerz

    It's still Motorola. I wouldn't trust them with anything after their nice Tegra 2 stints.

    • serotheo

      I feel like basically every manufacturer using a Tegra 2 got reamed, I mean looking at even Asus they only pushed ICS onto the TF101, I think there are slightly worse OEMs that pushed the Tegra 2 in their devices and didn't update, I'm looking at you LG.

      • mgamerz

        I won an LG phone for free (LG Mach) and it came on ICS in september of last year, hasn't seen an update to 4.1, doubt it ever will. It's not even a bad phone, but the launcher is incredibly MEH. I rooted it and somehow changed all the system files (I don't remember doing that...), and nobody has a system dump, so I have to just keep declining the update...

  • Paul Troy

    I'm after a replacement for both my Nokia 808 and nexus 4.
    Top of range 5" latest android with decent camera.. 16mp minimum. Hoping motox or Sony 20mp model will eventuate. Nokia is bringing out 40mp windows, but I hate windows.. Need big battery as well.. Tired of waiting for manufacturers to get their act together. Maybe nexus 5..?

  • needa

    one spec we do know for sure is there are two processors. whether octa or two separate i dunno. but it seemed like woodside was implying separate.

    i will be ordering the moment i see it pass a drop test.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aarontrevor Aaron Sentell

    I couldn't hold out any longer. I just got a GS4.

  • http://www.kizi10.info/ Kizi 10

    It may have a little something is not clear. There are things that may need more detailed and specific information for every source is.

  • Chris

    For those wondering if it will be stock or have Motorola's blur theme, hopefully this will shed some light. If this is the 'X Phone', then it will come with stock Android out-of-the-box.

    http://www.mobileburn.com/media/motorola/news/page_motox-leak.jpg

    However, there are other rumors that suggest otherwise... It's one of those, we will have to wait and see type things :(

    • needa

      403 forbidden.

      • jb

        thats the standard android email app...everything is stock on that screen except the 4g icon in the notification bar

        • Chris

          And that may just be the 4.3 variation of the LTE icon.

  • Emp

    Google should just shut down Motorola, pull it apart, keep the best and get rid of the rest

  • Cuvis

    I'm not in the market for a phone right now, as I'm quite happy with what I have, but if I were, I probably would be interested in the X. I am a bit surprised that Google's much ballyhooed "experimental" phone turned out so conventional, but it still looks like a solid device.

  • james

    Waiting for moto x or the blu life one blue life view

  • Steve Freeman

    If the price is low enough (~$200), and the specs are decent enough, it could be a good enough phone for us still with unlimited data on Verizon and still using the old GNex. Even if the phone only lasts us a year, paying $200 to use a decent phone for one year is perfectly acceptable to me, as long as they keep coming out with similarly "decent" phones every year.

  • acey_zero

    If the specs and price are comparable to the nexus 4, but with better storage, battery and camera then I will probably get one.

    I am really hoping for a removable battery and a SD slot, but if it has 64GB+ and 3000+ mAh that might be ok...

    I am a little concerned that a lot of the rumored features sound gimmicky, but they could be good if they are implemented well. I am excited about always listening voice actions though. That is one that I have been waiting for.

    • Zach B.

      The NSA will be excited you've been waiting for a always on "listening" voice feature on the device you carry with you everywhere you go. :)