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Motorola X Phone render and specs leaked


X Phone

A fresh render of the forthcoming Motorola X Phone has emerged, along with some specifications.

Both stem from an anonymous tipster - said to be "a person close to the team behind the X Phone" - who supplied the information to GSM Arena.

While we're not entirely certain how valid they are, as they clash with some of the previously rumoured specs we've heard and reported about. They make for interesting viewing and reading nonetheless.

For example, the suggestion that the Motorola X Phone will contain a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 resolution display would create a few murmurs among Android fans. Why? Because at 720p it would be a generation behind the 1080p displays appearing in the likes of the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z.

In contrast to this curiously underwhelming screen, the leaked Motorola X Phone specs suggest that the phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU. This would be the first appearance for the chip, and would be a step forward from the Snapdragon 600 CPU found in the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Pairing a cutting edge processor with dated screen tech would seem a little odd to us, but there you go.

Motorola X Phone OS and Battery

Also unexpected is the report that the Motorola X Phone will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If the device is to make a showing at Google I/O, we would have expected it to run a brand new version of the Android OS.

In keeping with Motorola's recent tendencies toward long-lasting devices, the Motorola X Phone will apparently come with a whopping 4,000mAh battery. That's almost twice the capacity of the HTC One's 2,300mAh unit.

The Motorola X Phone will be as tough as it is long-lasting, according to the report. IP57 certification will see to that, ensuring that it's water resistant in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes, as well as being protected from dust ingress. This is supported by Gorilla Glass 3 on the display.

Many feel that the so-called Motorola X Phone will make an appearance at Google I/O on May 15. If that's the case, you can expect to see more details such as this emerging over the coming month and a half.

Nate Ebner

March 26, 2013, 8:44 am

That screen resolution has to be wrong, it doesn't make any sense. If it was 1080p and is partially metal bodied as that picture suggests, then all you need is a microSD slot, and it will appeal to every Android lover, and should sell like hot cakes. Especially if it being Google Owned means its software is upgraded promptly.


March 26, 2013, 9:14 am

Sounds great to me - 4,000mAh battery, at last someone's listening!
Also, although reported the screen resolution is probably inaccurate, personally I have no issues with a 720p screen as it uses less power. A 1080 screen in a 4.7" device is a huge overkill and battery muncher.


March 26, 2013, 10:13 am

I agree but I can see a logical reason for 720p (if I've got this right) - isn't that retina spec? If so there could be very little perceivable difference between a 1080p and 720p screen.

There is one other rumour that is doing the rounds - the device might be customisable. I've taken that to mean the hardware might be speccable (like a laptop) so you might be able to spec a higher res screen (and the potent CPU etc)

Nate Ebner

March 26, 2013, 10:13 am

True, but with a battery that large they can probably get away with it.

Nate Ebner

March 26, 2013, 10:15 am

You are right, but image sells. Right now the spec wars tell us that 1080p is best. With the increasing demand for manufacturing those screens, I can't imagine they would be considerably more expensive. And including a nice sized battery should help power it comfortably.

Interesting. If that were the case then it would probably not extend to the screen, just like laptops, but rather the CPU, RAM, storage etc.


March 26, 2013, 10:41 am

My thoughts too - it's a bold move and maybe they'll be able to sell it on the battery saving virtues as well - the party line could be "a 720p uses less juice and gives you the same experience" blah blah.

You're right on the hardware customisation, I hope it stretches to the screen (as you can on some laptops) but I can see why it wouldn't.

I am really impressed with the HTC One but I'm going to wait for I/O just to see what this device ends up being.

Nate Ebner

March 26, 2013, 10:56 am

Fair enough. I might consider waiting if it was going to be released at I/O, but given it will be an unveiling at most, I am going to jump right in and get the One. Now all I need is for HTC to release it.


March 26, 2013, 11:06 am

I'm partly helped by cashflow making it much better for me to buy a device in October/November instead of now (although I'd be getting it on contract if I were to get it now).

It is tough when the HTC One is such a nice phone...just makes you want it doesn't it!

Karam Alhussein

April 24, 2013, 4:06 pm

Please make a 1080p screen !!! Don't Kill my dream


May 1, 2013, 8:58 am

Nate Ebner - did you get your HTC One sim free or from a carrier? I'm curious to see if you're getting the software updates that HTC have pushed out for the camera.

Nate Ebner

May 10, 2013, 5:21 pm

Sorry been lax checking replies.
I got it from a carrier in the UK (T-Mobile) and I don't know whether I have got updates for the camera yet. I keep meaning to play around with it, but years of not bothering with the camera have thwarted that so far, as has my rather large arsenal of games.


May 13, 2013, 2:03 pm

If you've had any OTA updates since you've had the phone then it will be the one for the camera, if not then it is either being held back by the carrier for testing or they'll bundle it with a later build (well, the later build will have it in anyway).

It's to do with improved HDR control apparently.

Nate Ebner

May 13, 2013, 3:25 pm

I think I did get an update a while back, but can't reliably remember. Either way, I am very much enjoying the phone.


May 13, 2013, 3:32 pm

Thank you my good man - just waiting to see what comes out I/O this week and then my mind will be made up. I strongly suspect that I'll be getting mine this weekend.

Have you plonked a case on it yet?

Nate Ebner

May 13, 2013, 4:47 pm

No problem. I have a slip case for it for when it is in my pocket.

Search on Amazon for Bugatti Skinny XL Glowing Coal, and you'll see the one. Black leather, with a hint of read, and a decent but not snug fit. No scratches in my pocket or bag, and its looks are on full display when I use it. I think they are the best solution, as cheap plastic cases just look horrible, and I don't want to add much bulk either.


May 13, 2013, 5:44 pm

Thanks man - I want a slip case ideally but I've got butter fingers so I usually have to go for something more serious.

I'm eyeing up the Poetic Atmosphere or the office HTC Double Dip Hard case at the moment.....but I might go for the slip for the reasons you have.

Nate Ebner

May 13, 2013, 7:00 pm

Those cases look fairly nice. Any idea how they feel? The HTC one certainly advertises its feel. Were you thinking of the normal case or the flip one?


May 15, 2013, 3:55 pm

Probably the hard one I think - I've seen reviews of the flip case and whilst it looks good, there is no mag lock so the cover just flaps open!

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