News by Luke Jones on Friday September 05, 2014.
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Motorola has been avoiding the hustle and bustle of IFA in Berlin and having a lower key launch of its new products in Chicago. During the event the American company unveiled its brand new flagship, a sequel to the well received and moderately successful Moto X. The handset ups the ante in terms of premium design and has solid specs to match, it is called the Moto X.Yes, Motorola decided to retain the name of the original device, so no Moto X+1 to tell the difference, you just get the Moto X (we guess we will be addressing them as 2013 Moto X and 2014 Moto X). The core specs are as good a place to start as any and the new 2014 Moto X treads a similar path to the 2013 version, getting high end specs but not pushing to have the absolute best in the flagship arena. It gets a 5.2-inch AMOLED 1080p full HD display, a 13 megapixel rear camera with 4x zoom and a flash ring around the lens, a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, an Adreno 330 578MHz GPU and 2GB of RAM. It will be available in 16GB and 32GB storage versions, a splash proof coating (not waterproof), and for all the purists out there Android 4.4 KitKat stock. We?ll touch on the overall software experience in a separate piece, but needless to say the Android UI has never worked as well as it does on the X. All the touches and enhancements we experienced on the 2013 Moto X are back here, while some new ones make the experience better. The software certainly makes up for any limitations the specs have when compared to other flagship Android smartphones. The Moto X is built on a metal frame so feel sturdier and more premium, while Motorola has boosted that high end appeal by adding rear plate options such as wood and even leather (yes, the real stuff Samsung). There will even be a carbon fiber variant launched exclusively with Verizon in the near future. The Moto X is available later this month in North America, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, it will cost $99.99 on-contract or $499.99 (£419.99) off a plan.
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