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We've been hearing rumors and seeing at least some evidence of a new Motorola flagship for the past few months. The Moto X was released in August of last year, which makes it just about time for a refresh in the current yearly phone cycle. Recently a tipster sent us a series of photos, claiming that the device is a "near-final prototype" from Motorola. The source claims that what you're looking at is the Moto X+1, and based on the evidence, it seems reasonably legitimate.

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The photos show a device that's very similar to the current Moto X in shape and layout, complete with the signature customized wood back. The tipster says that the silver-colored segmented ring around the phone's sides is made of aluminum, not unlike the HTC One family, though the metal build doesn't extend to the front or back. The phone is claimed to have a 5.1-inch screen (the Moto X is 4.7") with no capacitive buttons, which roughly matches various reports, along with a loudspeaker beneath the screen and opposite the earpiece in the style of the Moto E. The back has a Motorola logo set into the wood in what appears to be plastic, which differs from the wood backs on the Moto X. The two white dots on either side of the circular camera module are claimed to be dual LED flashes. Like the Moto X, there is no MicroSD card slot.

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The rest of the phone is typical of Motorola's current design language, including the right-side controls and the top-mounted headphone jack. Note that the SIM card slot has been shifted to the top of the device. Our tipster says that the non-removable back will also have custom leather options in blue and purple, with other colors a strong possibility. Other colors, not in leather, are white and black. Evleaks previously reported a list of possible rear cover options in wood, leather, and presumably plastic. Other unconfirmed reports claim that the X+1 will use a 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of standard storage, a 2900mAh battery, and 12MP/5MP cameras on the back and front, respectively. That report leaked from a Brazilian retailer and also mentioned a MicroSD card slot, so its accuracy relative to this leak may not be 100%.

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Given that Motorola eventually released the Moto X on all four of the major US carriers, plus Canada, some European countries, India, and Brazil, it's a safe bet that they intend to make the next flagship release count. Considering the timing of this leak, it's unlikely that Motorola's new parent company Lenovo had any real input on the device's core design.

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Without accessing the device itself, and without seeing it power on, there's no way to be 100% certain that this is real. That said, it's a compelling leak, and at this point it's more likely than not that this is the genuine article. We have no timeframe for a release date or price, but various sources have claimed that Motorola intends to release the Moto X+1 and the Android Wear-powered Moto 360 simultaneously.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • RSTakaROBO

    Looks sooooo strange...

    • Parth Patel

      Very wierd shape.

      • retrospooty

        Lets assume that is the X+1 "Maxx" ;)

        • TheBlueF0x

          Lets assume that is the X+1 "Ugly". Lol.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            White front bezeled phone look ugly, no doubt. Black one will look sleeker I think. Also that aluminium frame is a win for me. :)

          • Yugster

            Meh, much better than anything Samsung has put out in the last 4 yrs.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Hey my Galaxy SII wasn't ugly :(

          • morteum

            Could be the color combinations. Imagining it all black makes it seem better to me. In that case it becomes just a slightly larger Moto X.

      • blitz4075

        It's shaped like a phone...

        • Parth Patel

          You can see from the sideview that it is fat on top & middle and slim in bottom part.

          • trd105

            That's pretty much how my moto X looks now.

          • dude

            That's simply how the Moto G and X look.

        • Austin Jenchi

          :O

    • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

      Indeed, the back looks like the front door of my grandma house.

    • abobobilly

      Not half as strange as your response, darling.

    • proxuser

      if they announce this as next moto x, i give up for waiting it and i buy mi4. but still happy with my moto x.

    • niuguy

      I love the look! Its different....but in a good way.

      • M Brandon Lee

        NIU!

  • DonEmu

    Why wouldn't they use the snapdragon 801?

    • Dave

      I was wondering as well. It seems quite stupid to not put an 801 in there.
      But maybe they customized the 800 extremely so they didn't have the time to use an 801.
      They customized the S4 Pro of the X extremely as well, so why not this time, too.

      • http://www.nticipator.tumblr.com William Bouchardon

        Anyway, the S800 is still a very good chip & Motorola software is very lightweight

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Quite stupid until you compare the price difference which is, I'm sure, significant.

        • Dave

          I don't know about the prices. Do you really think the difference is that huge?
          Furthermore, do you think they used the customized S4 Pro just to lower the costs? The price of the Moto X was quite highend with 600$ in the beginning.
          But if the rumor of a price about 400$ is true this aspect definately has to considered.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Quite a Point there.

          • Lars Jeppesen

            They went with customized cpu to do the "always-on" feature. But the S800 already can do that now, which makes it viable for Motorola to use.

          • Stacey Liu

            The 801 is just a higher binned 800. The price difference probably is pretty huge. Qualcomm has to get rid of the chips that didn't turn out so great somehow, and that's by pricing them low. Otherwise everyone would just buy 801s and Qcom would have a massive stock of "worse" chips lying around.

      • DanieleMnn

        They customised the s4 pro to add the language recognition chip, which now it's already included in the snapdragon 800, even though no OEM uses it. If they don't customise it, i'm sure they can have a lower cost.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          There is nothing preventing them from having a custom Krait-400-based CPU/GPU made, or taking otherwise defective chips and dropping them in. They have already done years of R&D on the X8 system, with the intention of being able to take any SoC, drop it in, and have it working quickly with all of the Moto X goodies intact.

          Remember, the X8 system isn't simply a collection or processors and sensors. It is actually an entire low-level computing system that runs beside the primary OS. That is why you can't screenshot Active Display; it is not actually displaying anything through Android, but having the DSP take control of the screen directly.

          So, looked at from that PoV, it is actually insane to imagine that they would simply give up all of their R&D to use the chipmaker's integrated solution, when they have a system that is just as if not more efficient, *and* they have complete and total control over every single piece and spec.

          • DanieleMnn

            This is true, but keep in mind that one of the primary objective of a company is to reduce the cost of the production. The moto x is a great device but it suffers from a price that is a bit too high related to the hardware it has. Unfortunately many people look more at the specs of a product instead at how well it works.
            I too would like it to have a soc similar to the one in the moto x, i'm just not certain it will happen.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Initially, the price was definitely too high. But if this new device starts at the current price of the X, then there shouldn't be an issue. The biggest issue I see is that people purchase the device the salesperson says is the best, unless they walking in looking for something specific. They only care about "specs" because the salesperson told them that X is better than Y because of Z. Few actually understand completely what those mean, and even fewer know that those numbers are only a small part of what makes their phone nice to use.

            Motorola laid the groundwork for a major push with this device. They successfully convinced a few million people that numbers don't make a better device, and that software > hardware. Now, they have to take all of the feedback they got from the last version, all the criticisms, and address them all, while continuing to improve everything that made the Moto X unique. If they can manage all of that, while keeping the price low, I have a hard time imagining they won't be successful. Maybe not Samsung or Apple successful, but at least competitive again.

          • Dave

            While this indeed is true, I have another problem with the X+1.
            I was very interested in it but after I saw what Google is going to do with Android L and the Search app my interest was falling.
            Why should I still prefer the X+1 over a Nexus 6 or even my Nexus 5 with Android L? Until now I have no reason (while ignoring the design aspect).

          • Lovehater

            It still doesn't matter ,, knowing that Moto is going nearly stock(99.8%)
            and moreover they optimize it ,,even if they don't ,, that would still make it more like performer as soon to be launced Flagships and Nexus 6,,,

          • abqnm

            The specs issue, while unfair, is a real issue. Specs-wise, my Snapdragon 600 powered HTC One GPe should blow the X out of the water. In reality though, it doesn't. The X always runs smoothly while my One has more noticeable lag in a few situations. The X never seems to stutter or lag at all.

            Motorola has shown that the processor isn't always the most relevant spec. For this reason, even the Snapdragon 800 should be amazing in the new X.

          • cns2007

            "Unfortunately many people look more at the specs of a product instead at how well it works"

            But the people you are referring to here are not the general public who makeup the overwhelming majority of the users. Tech-aware individuals, such as yourself and I are really the only ones that dig this deep into a phones inner workings. My Aunt loves her X simply because of the special features it has, not what it uses to perform those tasks.

        • Stay Fluft

          Samsung is using it

          • DanieleMnn

            No they're not, samsung doesn't have the function like motorola does to listen to your words with the phone in standby.

          • Stay Fluft

            S-voice anybody? Samsung is the only OEM I am aware of that has tapped into the s800 feature. Geez. Haven't you all read about the workaround to get it to do google search. It's a Qualcomm coprocessor that has been baked in since s800. Whether moto's or Qualcomm' s is more efficient, who knows. I tried getting devs to tap into it but it always seems aosp conversions are more important than actually use able features.

          • AndroidDuder

            Snapdragon 800 had that function, and Galaxy Note 3 was first to use it. You have to wake it with the words "Hi, Galaxy" but you can use Tasker to kill S voice and open Google Now/Search.

          • Lars Jeppesen

            Yep, doing the Google Voice -> Tasker thingie on my N5.. ggrrreeeatttt stuff

      • Adam

        Because it's only mid-range phone.

        801 (or 805) probably will be in flagship Droid Quantum.

    • Trent

      Perhaps cost. It's probably using an upgraded version of their 8-core solution too, meaning, they don't need the absolute best processor out there to make a fast device. As with the current generation.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      To hit the right price point. The original Moto X is a variant of the S4 Pro (X8) so Motorola could go for something not high end again, or do something custom that builds on top of the 800 (I really doubt they'd do it again), or the unconfirmed rumor is wrong.

      • tyguy829

        What makes you doubt that motorola would build something custom again? I don't see why they couldn't and call it the X10 (since S800 is quad core). If they didn't, wouldn't we lose things like the camera twist gesture and motorola assist?

        • Lars Jeppesen

          Motorola Assist is why they had to go with a custom CPU. But the S800 has that extra always-listening core available, so there's no reason to go custom this time around.

          • dude

            As long as they can tune it have good battery life like the original.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Because it's a whole lot of effort for something that they may not need anymore. The S80X may offer them everything they need.

      • shabbypenguin

        The thing im ok with them hitting the right price point, is if thats passed on to us. launching a device that is using cheaper components doesnt do anyone any good if they try to sell it 500+ dollars.

        • dude

          Sorry dude, but Moto X is a well built phone, much better than the more expensive LG G2 and S4/S5 which cost more (at the time they were launched).

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        I really enjoyed the idea of the x8 and I hate to say this, but you may be correct. Somebody on reddit (oh yeah credible source) is saying the logo is a back button. WHAT IF they are axing active display in favor of 360 sales? The camera gesture is now that back button? After further inspect it could be a button Just throwing the idea in the mix

      • jonathan3579

        Well they didn't exactly hit the right price point with the original X. It was one smoothe device though.

        • dude

          The price is fine, it's more useful than other flagship phones in term of usefulness otherwise I wouldn't still be using it. They just didn't get the marketing campaign going correctly and have poorer media presence compared to other brands. Motorola isn't exactly a name that instantly resonate "hip" for the younger crowd as Samsung or Apple. The worth of flagship phones have less to do with its hardware than brand presence. All of these phones (aside from the original Moto X) are built in sweatshop made of cheap components. R&D cost aside, the bill of materials of a phone is not the actual cost of the materials, which is much cheaper purchased in bulk by the manufacturer.

      • black

        one plus.

    • Danny Holyoake

      The S800 in the Nexus 5 screams through everything. There's nothing wrong with the S800.

      • Grayson

        Yup. I actually find the Nexus 5 to be the fastest of all current flagships, even those with 801 and 805. The only phone that can really match the Nexus 5 in speed is the One M8. And considering how well Moto optimized the original X, I think the 800 easily has enough horsepower.

    • http://about.me/robblaich Rob Blaich

      As others have said - price for the consumer. Also, if they optimize this new phone as well as they have with the Moto X, it won't even matter.

    • TedPhillips

      801 is a minor refresh of the 800, whose biggest improvement is the updated eMMC interface - if you're not embedding fast enough flash memory to utilize it, then it is a bit moot. Given the usb 2 connector, I'd say there is a pretty strong indication that the flash speed will not be gated by the interface. Looking at the original X, motorola used f2fs filesystem to improve performance and didn't spend extra on exotic parts. I'd expect them to have a similar eye on BOM cost on this go (perhaps more so, given their ownership transitions).

      That said, I'd be surprised if Qualcomm is still fabbing 800's, the 801 is a drop in (pin to pin) replacement.

      Motley Fool pegs the average Qualcomm SOC sku @ $24, and estimates $30-$40 for the high end units. Unless Qualcomm is steeply discounting the 800 AND still fabbing them (which would probably be mutually exclusive), I'd expect it to launch with an 801 if they are planning to sell them in volume. A silent switch from 800->801 would burn a lot of good will.

      Meanwhile 805's are finally launching. (The apogee of 32 bit ARM, IMO)

      • Stacey Liu

        Well the 800s they are producing are probably just lower binned 801s.

        • TedPhillips

          you may be right, looking at the current pages for 801 and 800, they now both claim eMMC 5.0 support.

      • TedPhillips

        Look at the 1+1, it was initially stated to launch with an 800, and late in the cycle it switched to an 801.

  • Joel Anderson

    That's absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait to see it in black.

    • PhantomPtI

      Definitely this. I never liked this light wood look anyway. Imagine the black logo with a black back cover. That'd look sexy.

      • PhantomPtI

        Quick and dirty Photoshop job

        • Narciso Neto

          Good one!

        • http://about.me/robblaich Rob Blaich

          Shazam! Nice job, Phantom. Looks slick!

        • Jude

          Woah, in black the ugly logo on the back seens ok, great job.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            I'd take the "ugly" logo over Samsung's front on your face logo anyday.

        • n_a_v

          BGR is about to run this as an exclusive leak

        • calculatorwatch

          This looks sweet! I wonder what the front will look like in black...

          • sophocles

            sort of?

          • steveintheukok

            I think The Doctor is trapped inside that phone!

          • steveintheukok

            Didnt post

        • StraightEdgeNexus

          looks like a sleek 007 phone, nice photoshop.

        • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

          Am I the only one wondering about the absence of flash next to the back cam?

        • Alexandre Schrammel

          Dont forget the anodized aluminum (black) on the side.

    • John

      *Ahem* Carbon Fiber/Kevlar black

  • Rom

    Good specs even though high end phones in the market have higher numbers and better processors. I wish Motorola will make this X2 (WTF is X+1) a premium one.

  • don_xvi

    Holding my Moto X up to the screen at a distance to make my thumb appear the same size as the thumb in the photo indicates the size would be the same as the current Moto X. No phablets here!

    • TheBlueF0x

      That's how to do it right there, lol.

    • Chris

      What they didn't tell you: those are midget hands.

    • Christopher Robert

      or you have small girlish hands...?

      Or he has huge ogre hands...?

      ;-)

  • adien

    Not fan of white front, but the phone looks amazing ! The borders are quite thin, but not as this as LG G3's

  • Ole Ingeman Christensen

    Not interesting for me. I´m waiting for the Nexus 6 to pop!

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      POP POP!

  • http://www.nticipator.tumblr.com William Bouchardon

    hope they won't keep the ugly roll around the camera & the Moto logo would be better integrated into the back just like last-year Moto X. Hopefully, i's a preproduction model

  • GhS88

    The use of words "one" and "plus one" is getting ridiculous

    • TheBlueF0x

      I concur!

    • Chris

      Yeah I really don't get the trend.

      • AJ

        +1

    • BetterWithRoot

      I agree +1

    • sri_tech

      Totally agree. X+1?
      Why dont they just call it X2?

      • John

        or x square (x2)

      • http://about.me/robblaich Rob Blaich

        Or go for Moto XX. Then, next year we can all be excited for the Moto XXX and it's "special features."

        • Matt

          The Text-to-Speech is performed by Vin Diesel circa 2002?

          • dude

            Oh shit, I would love Vin Diesel TTS on my phone.

      • Roh_Mish

        Whey must be thinking maths.
        X2 means multiply x by 2. X + 1 is correct (unless x is 1)

        • Timtim Jenkins

          What if it was x^2 (x squared) ಠ_ಠ

          • PoisonApple31

            Droid X² was one of the ways they used to show the Droid X2 logo.

      • EmeraldFLame

        People might confuse it the name with the old Motorola Droid X2 if they did that... and that phone was crap. I had one, it was absolutely horrid. They probably don't want that kind of emotion behind the name.

    • Bob G

      This one plusses one this comment plus one.

    • merman1983

      The "2s" are gonna make the 60s look like the 50s.

  • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

    Hopefully, the camera isn't shitty.

    • PoisonApple31

      It's a Motorola, it's implied.

  • JackPackage

    The speakers look so weird, why do they do this?

    • John

      Are they not the same length, please no.

      • JackPackage

        I think they are the same, but they still look weird. They just don't fit a modern phone...

      • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

        Look at the HTC One and the Xperia Z2. They look much better.

        • JackPackage

          Exactly!

  • Ramiro Fernandez

    Why does every flagship phone have to be so monstrously large? Can't I get a great phone without having a 5"+ screen?

    • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

      Yes, the original Moto X.

      • Ramiro Fernandez

        And in would have bought it too, if it wasn't US only for most of its life...

    • TheBlueF0x

      If Moto designs the new X like the previous phone, then I'd be willing to bet that it'd still fit nicely in your hand and work well.

    • turdbogls

      not really....I'm sorry to tell you, but large phones are "in" right now. and as much as some people may want a "pocket friendly" flagship, it just isn't economical for the company to make one.....the demand for larger screens FAR outweighs the demand for smaller screens....you dont have to look any further than the new iPhone to see that. EVERYONE was happy with the 3.5 and 4" size on that phone, and now they are hovering on either side of the 5" range for their upcoming handset.

      • Ramiro Fernandez

        I know the reality, it's just disappointing that an open platform allows for manufacturers to differentiate themselves while maintaining interoperability, and yet every one does the same damn thing.

        I really liked where moto were going with the Moto X originally, just disappointed this development now.

        • turdbogls

          totally understand. companies have to make money....and, unfortunately for a large group of people (the smaller phone lovers) there are a LOT more big phone lovers out there.

          to be honest, I was the "smaller is better" type person for a while, then I got my hands on the Galaxy Nexus (huge phone for its day) and now I am happy with my LG G2...can't go back to a smaller phone....even if it does fit my hand better.

          • Ramiro Fernandez

            I went from a nexus 5 to a moto g (long story), and I'm loving the smaller size. So much easier to use and carry, and I never find myself wishing for a bigger screen.

            Made me really excited about the Moto x+1, until now

          • turdbogls

            I HAD a Nexus 5, and I HAVE a moto G and a G2. I like the moto G, i really do, its an excellent device for the price, and If i was ever in a pinch, I could use it and be OK with the size....but I am not in a Pinch, so it sits in my dresser drawer and is used only as a media player when I mow the lawn.

    • StraightEdgeNexus

      Try a nexus 5, its got nice ergonomics and small footprint despite 5" screen.

    • dextersgenius

      You can - the Xperia Compact series are basically the same flagship hardware in a smaller package, unlike the 'Mini' versions of other manufacturers, which tend to use outdated specs..

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Really hoping that logo on the back is a placeholder, because oh my does it ruin it.

    That said, comparing it to the Moto X, it looks significantly thinner (comparing the on-end shots, the standard-sized headphone and USB ports are closer to the upper and lower edges), and not a whole lot larger.

    Can definitely tell it is pre-production though; the back doesn't fit quite right, sinking in at the top and sticking out at the bottom. The camera I am reserving judgement; a ring light is certainly not something I have seen anywhere else.

    All in all, when it is cleaned up a little more, I think it could be really nice.

    As for specs, if it is as well optimized as the Moto X was, then no matter what is under the glass this thing will absolutely scream.

    • http://www.androidnext.de/ Frank Ritter | androidnext.de

      The Acer Liquid S2 has a ring light. Also, the ADzero Bamboo was supposed to have one.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Hmm, doesn't seem like it worked any better or worse on the Liquid S2. So, I will continue to reserve judgement on its inclusion; so long as it isn't worse than a standard flash, I will be ok with it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It could be a button.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        That's fine. It just needs some polish. Luckily, pre-production.

        • cns2007

          Agreed. it doesn't seem to fit well with the rest of the device. Hoping it's just a bad custom combo and you can use Motomaker to come up with others.

    • Pre-production_like_release

      Actually, It might not be pre-production. My moto X back is not even close to flush with the front around the side edges. And when I complained about it they allowed me to get a new one. The second one was worse. Not sure why almost everyone raves about the high build quality of the moto x. The edges not being flush is quite tacky.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

    As far as I know, Motorola still belongs to Google. The Lenovo sale hasn't been fully approved yet.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Correct, but all three fully, 100% expect the sale to eventually be finalized. Nobody has lodged any public complaints against it, and while Lenovo is a Chinese company, their track record after acquiring the ThinkPad division from IBM should keep that from harming the deal's completion.

      • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

        I'm not debating that the sale will go through, I'm just saying it hasn't yet so we shouldn't be expecting any Lenovo-inspired/directed designs as was mentioned in the article.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Oh, absolutely; however, most people seem to equate agreement = sale, and further, expect Lenovo to sweep in and ruin all the things. I'm not surprised AP felt the need to reiterate that Lenovo wouldn't have any influence on this design.

  • Cuvis

    Can't wait for this to drop. It will probably be my next phone.

  • TheBlueF0x

    I really don't think this is legit and is probably a knock-off from China or Taiwan. Even if it were a "pre-production" model, I can't imagine that Motorola would go from a phone as nicely designed as the Moto X to this hodgepodge of ugly for a multitude of reasons. I mean, for one, look at the bezel. The Moto X had almost no bezel at all, so why would they take a step backwards and do the above.

    I may be very wrong about this (and I hope I'm not), but I'm calling this a fake and really hope this isn't the new X!

    • [A]dri[A]n

      Because, if they are in fact putting the speakers on the front, then there has to be some bezel there. People love those front facing speakers, even though they make certain devices look hideous and larger than they should be.

      • Christian

        He means SIDE bezels, on which I agree, it's a step back from the X.

        • [A]dri[A]n

          How do you know that's what he means? Never did he mention SIDE bezels. He just said bezels.

          • Christian

            Because from the photo the top and bottom bezels are roughly the same as the current X {good) , while the sides appear slightly worse.

        • dude

          It's thin enough for my liking, I don't like super thin size bezel because your palm will touch the screen by accident.

  • r3pwn

    *looks at headphone jack*
    Dat bulge doe.

    • cns2007

      I'm just guessing, but I think the camera angle may be exaggerating the bulge, and/or Moto has squeezed in wireless charging. It's already confirmed that the 360 will have it. So I don't think it is too crazy to assume they could get it in their flagship phone. The Droid Maxx has wireless charging.

  • Grahaman27

    I think it looks like a solid improvement. Will be my next if it comes in the same size as the current moto x.

  • Kevin

    Ew, huge step back on the design. And they should have kept the same screen size!!

    • dude

      Keep the same screen size and no one will buy it.

    • Eirik Corneliussen

      It sure is butt ugly

  • Moses

    I actually like it. Next phone will be this or Nexus 6

  • KentuckyHouse

    Shut up and take my money, Motorola!

  • Fernando Pena

    I hope it's not, because this thing is UGLY.

    • Grahaman27

      Pre pro duc tion

      • Luke

        I sure hope so, the old X is much more cohesive than this. That logo/button/whatever looks terrible compared to the old sleek minimalist design.

  • J Flores

    Looking forward to this.... phone's design being much, much improved upon release.

    Seriously tho, the dimple? WERS MAH DIMPLE?!

  • Lice flied prease

    Fu chao!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    The always had a front facing mic. I'm assuming this move makes touchless control more accurate and can be used from a distance. As for looks, it looks manly. Industrial like. Without the cameraman's flash, that's art.

    Influenced by the moto 360? Praise.

    • dude

      We need more manly phones. Maybe there are too many effeminate phones right now, not that I have any issue with it.

  • PhantomPtI

    YESSS. This would look a lot better in black.

  • Vikram Bhasin

    I don't know what to say about the design....the back looks good. The bottom speaker grille kinda looks like a Samsung button....ewwwwwwwwwwwww

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  • Zach Mauch

    My big wants:

    1. A better camera
    2. Wireless Charging
    3. A Price under $600. $399 would be a dream, I still might buy day one at $499.

    • dude

      Base on someone who know someone who is testing the X+1, it will be going for $450 unlocked. But I would take it for $500.

    • dude

      As for the rooting thing, Motorola phones have a lot of security. You will have to deal with it. If you want to update with root, make a backup of your original system partition, then when there is an update, restore it, then make the update.

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  • Zach Mauch

    This would suggest that TK Tech News is full of it. Not shocking, but we will see.

    Personally, I would hope for this as it has front facing speakers!!!!

  • StraightEdgeNexus

    Front facing speaker Hell yeah!
    My Moto G's speaker is deafeningly loud. Looks beautiful to me.

  • qpinto

    same shape as the lg g3? thats what it reminded me of when i looked at it overall.

  • guest

    No MicoSD slot - No sale, unless it has 64gb..

    • Arthur Dent

      If 32GB is standard, then there will likely be a 64GB option. Hell, there's already a 64GB option for the current X.

      • Guest

        But, not on Verizon though and I am VZW

    • dude

      Thank god for no microSD. I hope it doesn't have it.

      • m477

        Why?

  • chris125

    Looks like they took some design cues from the m7 with those lines on the side

  • http://techdissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

    That camera lens is hella ugly. It must be very fancy...

    • dude

      It have the dual flash and antiglare ring, also it will have hardware image stabilization.

  • Dani R.

    Looks so much like the Moto E. I don't like it, doesn't indicate that it is Motorola's premium phone. Previous Moto X looked way better, hope they don't choose this design, which is likely to happen though, otherwise I will defenitely go for a possible Nexus 6.

    • dude

      What will you do if the Nexus 6 is also ugly?

      Ugly is in the eye of the beholder.

  • http://about.me/robblaich Rob Blaich

    The suspense is killing me. Good to see a leak though that actually looks believable this time. I have no qualms with what I'm seeing here.

  • http://www.oneilsoft.com/ David Kerkes

    Is it just me or does the Moto dimple look like a button now?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It could be some sort of a button, sure. It looks way out of place to just be there without purpose.

      • Andre

        I hope it's not a button to take selfies...

  • Daniel Justino Alves

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh c'mon man. Forget the "Brazilian retailer"! This page only uses all unconfirmed specs and created a page to give clicks. They're a smaller store.

    • dude

      I was told by another source it have 3gb of ram, not 2gb.

  • Steven Code

    Led ring flash?....

    • dude

      It's positioned that way so the silver rim can prevent glares from showning in the photo. It's a very smart design.

  • Lars Jeppesen

    Well Hello there, Samsung phone look-alike

    • Guest
      • Srinivas Arnepalli

        If you look at the front part of the phone, it looks exactly like the S4 imo if you ignore the bottom bar where the s4 has hardware and capacitive buttons.

    • dude

      Yeah except it doesn't feel like a plastic toy like Samsung phones does.

  • Felix Matthies

    Again: The Deal between Google and Lenovo isn't completed! So lenovo can't have any input to this device! Checked?!

    • JG

      Additionally, shortly after Google bought Moto, they said it would take at least 18 months to get all of the OG Moto products out before anything Google'ey could be started... It hasn't been that long ago they announced the sell, plus the clock won't start ticking on the 18 months until the sale is finalized. The X+1 and new Droids would still fall under the Google Company. We probably won't see any Lenovo flavored devices until next summer at the earliest...

  • erivaldoff
    • cns2007

      Very interesting

  • mjku

    5.1" screen? Nope. I don't think they're going to just completely abandon all sensibility and jump onto the less popular phablet bandwagon. These rumors are always like this. Rumored specs are always just some random fanboy's wet dream and nothing more.

    • mjku

      In fact, if you go by the width of the micro-usb port (6.85mm for the metal part), and use that as a measuring stick, you end up with almost the same dimensions as the Moto X. I can believe a slightly bigger screen due to smaller bezels, but there's no way in hell they're squeezing 6 more inches into the same size (width-wise) frame or even a slightly bigger frame.

      5.1" my ass.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Current Moto X: 4.7" screen, 2.3" screen width, 2.57" overall width

        Rumored Moto X: 5.1" screen, 2.5" screen width, 2.77" overall width (projected)

        That would make the X+1 about 1mm thinner than the G2, a device largely praised for its excellent in-hand feel in spite of the larger screen size. And that is if they haven't reduced the actual width of the bezel at all.

        So, no, it won't be the same width, but that doesn't mean it won't be really nice to hold and use, either. Motorola showed a near-obsessive attention to the in-hand feel of the Moto X; I doubt they would ruin that experience for any reason. They've already proven that they don't chase specs, so if they increased the screen size, it will be because it is a genuinely better experience, rather than because marketing like their competitors.

        • mjku

          5.1" is just a nasty rumor, just like a microsd card slot was. But if you actually load the leaked photo showing the micro-usb port into photoshop, measure that port to spec (the actual metal, not the plastic around it), and use that as a measuring stick for the entire phone on that side, it becomes pretty obvious there's not going to be an extra 5mm width.

          But hey, what do I know. I'm just some other schmuck on the internet. I just hate stupid rumors.

          As far as thinness goes, I actually don't like it when phones get too thin. My hands get cramped hanging onto something that's too small. I'm good anywhere from 8-12mm. I know it's an engineering feat and carries bragging rights, but in actual use, meh. I have to hold onto this thing, after all.

      • dude

        Dont' get your hope up. I heard it's actually 5.2", not 5.1". But all in all, it won't be bigger than the LG G2. It'll still be manageable. It's nowhere going to be like the Note 3 or G3 even.

        • mjku

          What you "heard" is irrelevant. Stupid rumors are stupid rumors, and that's my point.

          • dude

            The reality is in front of your face. Enjoy using the iPhone.

          • mjku

            You're making absolutely no sense at all.

    • CoreRooted

      " less popular phablet bandwagon" --> Less popular? You do realise that every flagship phone is now >5" (with the exception of the N5 (right at 5") and the Moto-X), right? Obviously it isn't a bandwagon as the devices ARE selling (and quite well at that). In fact, the Moto-X isn't even in the top 10 devices for global sales. In fact, the S4 Mini even made a bigger impact than the Moto-X did.

      Not that I am against the Moto-X at all (great device), but to think that Motorola wouldn't make a >5" screen device is just ridiculous.

      Source: http://www.counterpointresearch.com/top10may2014

      • mjku

        Most flagships are 5" now because it's easier to slap in a larger battery that way (because of the more powerful GPUs and more pixels), and the only reason most consumers buy them is because they have no other choice if they want high-end. Mostly, they've been able to do this without adding much footprint overall from generation to generation, but a sudden 6" jump would be more than just noticeable. It would look like a giant compared to the Moto X.

        And yes, it is a bandwagon if all the OEMs are jumping on. I just hope Moto doesn't go with trendy and instead chooses smart. If anything, I would hope they keep making the same width frame without sacrificing specs in addition to a larger model.

        And it isn't just the screen size for rumors. When the X+1 rumors started, oh, it was going to have alllll the latest and greatest, including an sdcard slot, which was clearly just a wet dream and was clearly wrong. It's like this with most devices, including the original Moto X. Besides, according to the picture above, there's just no way that is a 5.1" screen.

  • morteum

    I'm wondering what's going on with the dimple. It looks like a very strange texture.

  • ash

    Finishing of the product is awesome

  • Neo Morpheus

    Are those 2 "dots" the camera flash?
    Also, I have this crazy theory that the "X+1" moniker actually means that Moto will release an updated X with the same screen size + the bigger phone with another name.

    • JoshuaLolita

      read

  • Induano

    What if the +1 is the watch

    • dude

      The watch is called the Moto 360, have been widely known and lots of public images of it.

  • Stuart Anderson

    No mention of qi. :(

    • dude

      Yeah this is the one thing missing that would make the original perfect.

    • dizel123

      yeah, it really sucks that we haven't gotten a mention of qi charging on a phone that we have absolutely no official information about. No mention of it being able to make calls either...I'm pretty concerned about that

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    I don't like the round back trend. I like to be able to put my phone flat on a table and use it with one finger without it spinning tilting and rotating around.

    • dude

      They mainly design it for people who use the phone while holding it the majority of the time and the curveness make it comfortable, if you ever held the original Moto X you'll know how comfortable the grip is. But I understand your sentiment. The Nexus 4 was perfect, it have a superbly comfortable grip, but is also flat.

      • Joshua Cluelow

        Of course the Nexus 4 was also basically a bar of soap. Any slight inclination and it'd just slip right off the table.

        • dude

          Nope, they revised it to have little dimple in the bottom that prevent the slipping. It's almost not a problem if you use a bumper case.

    • http://about.me/robblaich Rob Blaich

      Spin the Moto X makes for a great party game!

  • Richard

    Anyone think that "M" looks like a button? Not dimpled but it doesn't mold into rest of the back and looks a different material.

    • dude

      I hope it's not the end product, it look plasticky and cheap. I really like the dimple of the original Moto G and X.

      • dizel123

        A Prototype that's not the end product? Who's ever heard of such a thing?

    • dude

      But it could be a button that have some functionality.

  • Tony Whack Jr

    I didn't see a flash w/the rear camera, or did I miss it?

    • dude

      There are two of them, left and right of the sensor, in the rim itself.

  • dude

    If you think it's strange looking, I hope you realize this is not the final product. If you are so egotistical that you care so much about other people judging you from the shape of phone you use, that's your problem. So just wait and see. All in all I'm excited about the dual front speakers.

    • PoisonApple31

      You go girl!

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  • Renan Lazarotto

    Don't care if this is the real deal or not, I'm saving anywhere I can to get it. The Moto X was the best phone purchase of my life, the next one is a must to me

  • AndrewHrubik

    I'd buy one.

  • Sigh

    So much for continuing this approach...

    • http://www.tooclosetocall.ca/ Bryan Breguet

      Yeah, but can you blame Moto? Growth is coming from large phones only.
      Although I still think that they should all release two versions of the same phones, with different sizes (and not a "mini" inferior version).

      • Sigh

        I don't blame Motorola. There is high demand for 5.0-inch and above screen sizes. I even believe Motorola can manufacture a 5.1 or 5.2-inch screen size that still has that signature comfortable feel. It's just disappointing to see Motorola up the screen size real estate in my opinion.

        Although I agree, as a better solution, I would love for smartphone manufacturers to offer their flagship devices in different sizes without compromising specs. One can dream though.

        I'm still hoping that this phablet trend will become stagnant in the near future.

        • dude

          I don't see how you can come to the conclusion that this phone won't be comfortable to hold, it will use the nonslip material too. The woodback is optional for more money. Just because its slightly larger doesn't mean it automatically is not comfortable. I have the OnePlus One which is the size of the Note 3, its very comfortable to hold.

  • christopher miles

    The Motorola logo on the back defiantly looks like a button to me.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    I'd be happy with just a new Moto X with an updated processor. I'm happy with the size of my Moto G

  • Gabi L

    Lol! I know who took these pics, but not gonna say lol. This is crazy!

  • Fernando Pena

    It looks like a moto x ripoff from China imo.

  • danger2u

    i don t like it very much and i love what Motorola does.
    but this is a little strange.
    the camera looks very ugly and the front speakers too.
    the first Moto x is the most beautiful phone ever made by Motorola.
    maybe if they change the camera with another one 13 mpx,a battery 2900-3100,sd card,32 gigs,2 gigs of ram and 1080 screen and the same design wouldn t be bad.

    • dude

      There is a technical reason for why the camera is like that, you'll thank them once you see the photo result.

  • mac

    Top of my wish list

  • Deron Dantzler

    I've been looking forward to this phone, and I really hope this is not it. It looks awful.

  • black

    Awesome! It's not gigantic!

  • Nathan Talbert

    Am I the only one with a Moto x thinking that this would be a huge letdown? The x is still a fantastic phone.

    the x+1 has
    faster processor - the x runs smooth and its snappy, it runs everything I throw at it just fine
    slightly better cameras - if I want better pictures, I'll get a real camera
    slightly better battery - the x lasts forever already
    jump to 1080p - this I like but its not a deal maker

    It will have to have some huge groundbreaking tech (like active display and touchless control were for the x) before I'll stop using my current phone that is already unlocked, rooted, and set the exact way I want it with all of my own custom commands via tasker/google api, xposed.

    • Nathan Talbert

      And.. I like 4.7. with an otterbox, its the perfect fit. If I want larger, I'll use my tablet.

    • m477

      "slightly better battery - the x lasts forever already" I have to disagree with this part. Battery life is not terrible, but could be much, much better.

    • dude

      So you don't want a faster processor and still use the aging one from the X?

      How do you know its a slightly better camera, have you used it?

      So you don't want better battery life?

      So you want it to have 1440p and get lower performance and battery life from it, instead of 1080p which is adequate for a 5.1" screen?

      Sorry this make no sense.

      • Nathan Talbert

        what I was trying to say is that the x is still a fantastic phone. it still runs fast and smooth. yes x+1 is a better phone. but theres no need for the bump in specs. at least for me.
        If something comes out that my phone cant handle, then ill consider upgrading

  • eserve70

    OK that looks like a very cool phone to me. WOw.

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  • mydroidhaswood

    What is this shit

    • dude

      It's your mom.

  • Tohe

    Will miss the dimple, but I like the integrated flash and its minimalistic look.

  • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

    this level of uglyness is beyond Samsung's. hideous speaker, white + silver + brown (wood) ???

    • dude

      I think it's a nice change from effeminate look of current phone.

  • Amit Shan

    I'm not a really huge fan about that huge Motorola logo on the back but I loved it on the Moto X.
    Screw them if they spoil it on the new phone.

  • Nathan

    This better not be the final design.

  • Tohe

    My only gripe is that I liked better the way the Motorola logo looked on the Moto X. This plastic black dot is unattractive.

  • joseph carmine nero

    Snapdragon 800 is still powerful but if it's released late i would wait a couple of months to get SD810

    • dizel123

      Hell, why not wait until next year and get one with the 815. Or wait 5 years and get one with the 850 or wait 50 years and get one with the SD 1 Million. Or just never get one and wait for the SD infinity.

  • http://www.deveyra.com/ Ronaldo Roberto De Veyra

    What a bulge! (That's what she said)

  • TheScientists

    Didn't want a phablet-sized X.

  • ChadKnight

    Chip this and chip that Ram this and pixels that Moto X dual core out performs a 5S in real world usage. Benchmarks can suck it. This new version is nice and all But i don't think they've worked on what really needs work. Camera needs ois and better software. I don't care how much cloud space there is I want a dam SD slot. Yes i have a ton of music uploaded to google BUT i dont always have reliable data & those who dont have unlimited plan it suck even more

  • Doc Robert

    I dont think Lenovo owns motorola just yet. It needs regulatory approval. So this is 100% a google/moto phone.

  • Nathan

    I hope the Motorola logo is a placeholder. And I can't say I like those flashes either, but that plastic logo doesn't even look like a (comfortable) dimple.