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Unlocking the mystery behind the processor in the Moto X+1

News by Luke Jones on Friday August 15, 2014.

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The original Moto X
The original Moto X

It is pretty much a certainty that Motorola has been developing a sequel to its Moto X flagship from last year, and the so-called Moto X+1 will be launched at the company's big event in Chicago on September 4th. Since rumours of the X+1 started to circulate, one of the most interesting debates surrounding the handset has been what processor it will use. A benchmark result today seems to hint at the answer, but throws up some puzzles at the same time.

When the original Moto X landed in 2013 it was lacking in the hardware department, using processors that were behind its flagship rivals of the time. As it turns out, the Moto X was one of the best all-round devices on the market, with Motorola's software working wonders despite the less than impressive chipset. However, consumers did not warm to the smartphone, possibly because it got lost in the spec war, but more likely for a myriad of other reasons.

So, bearing all that in mind, it was thought that Motorola would at least make its next flagship the equivalent of its rivals, and still pack that good software into the mix too. That has led to plenty of speculation that the upcoming Moto X+1 will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, not the newest on the market (the 805 gets that title), but the very chip used in such heavyweights as the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, and of course the LG G3.

However, a benchmark today says that the Moto X+1 will actually get the Snapdragon 800, a chipset that is still extremely potent but has not been considered new for nearly a year. The interesting thing about this benchmark is that the clock speeds the processor produces actually match up with the 801 and not the 800. It should also be noted that previous benchmark results for the Moto X+1 have revealed that it will indeed have a Snapdragon 801, which begs the question, what is going on?

Motorola releasing the device with year old hardware would be extremely disappointing, regardless of how smooth the UI experience is. We simply cannot see the company trying to do that and pass it off as flagship, so it is far more likely that this has been a case of mistaken identity and the benchmark result is actually for a Snapdragon 801 and not a 800.

That should appease the spec fanatics, while Motorola's other enhancements should also fill the flagship criteria nicely. The Moto X packed a rather uninspiring 720p 4.7-inch display, but this time the company has pasted a 5-inch 1080p Full HD panel onto the Moto X+1. We expect other features and hardware to get a decent bump too, while the Moto X+1 should ship with brand new Android 4.4.4 on board.

source: Talk Android

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