Moto X now truly official – launching in the US, Canada and Latin America first
Google’s Motorola today announced the upcoming launch of Moto X – the company’s brand new flagship Android smartphone.
Regular versions of the Moto X will be available starting “late August / early September” in the US via Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular. The 16GB model will cost $199.99 on contract – less than initially rumored. The 32GB edition will be AT&T-exclusive, costing $249 on contract.
The new handset will be also released by T-Mobile and other US carriers. Moreover, Canada and Latin America will get it in late August / early September, too, while details about global availability should be unveiled pretty soon.
Every Moto X unit sold in the US will be assembled in the country.
Motorola puts a great emphasis on the fact that the X phone is “designed by you” – at least if you’re buying it in the US. An online studio called Moto Maker will allow you to choose colors, memory, back and front accents, wallpapers, and even add customized messages. No less than 2,000 (two thousand) combinations will be available, with even more to come.
Feature-wise, the Moto X offers
- a 4.7 inch HD (1280 x 720) display
- Motorola’s own X8 Mobile Computing System (also featured by Verizon’s new Droids) – this includes a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro applications processor, and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU
- Android 4.2.2 – curious, since Android 4.3 is already out
- Touchless Control – enabling users to “do just about anything” via voice command
- LTE, HSPA
- 2GB of RAM
- 10MP ClearPixel rear camera with improved low-light performance and fast capture time
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 2,200 mAh battery
So, this is it. Google and Motorola are certainly hoping to sell a lot of Moto X units this year. It will probably manage to do that in the US. But it remains to be seen if customers in other parts of the world will also appreciate Motorola’s recent efforts.