The Moto X phone has been the subject of many rumours and news leaks and now this smartphone is finally official after being revealed at the Motorola event in New York.
Motorola has been rather quiet on the product front since Google acquired the company and big things are expected from this company now they are owned by one of the biggest innovators in the technology market today.
Many of the specifications have been talked about and a few images have appeared online so now we have the official line from Motorola themselves let’s take a look at the highly anticipated Moto X.
Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of product management at Motorola, took to the stage to take us through the Moto X features. The phone is made in Fort Worth, Texas which is a step away from the usual Asian market manufacture and as this was an American launch event the fact it is made on home soil was very much a theme on the evening.
The Moto X includes Miracast wireless display and touchless control with Google Now which will learn you voice in a quick three step training process. The Moto X is “always listening” and simply saying “OK Google Now" will prompt the phone to follow your voice commands.
The active display updates with incoming messages, updates and emails so you get a live shot of your apps on the homescreen and the phone will pulse to let you know when the display updates.
The Moto X includes the X8 mobile computing system with many nifty features to make the phone truly smart such as the ability to know the phone is in your pocket and gestures for actions such as a swipe across the screen to reply to an email you are reading.
Under the hood the Moto X is packing a 1.7 GHz dual core processor, 2GB RAM and the standard model will come with 16GB of on board memory and although there is no card slot an extra 50GB of storage is available online with Google Drive.
The display is 4.7-inches and the phone back is curved to fit in your hand and Android 4.2.2 is on board. The optical package includes a 2-megapixel snapper on the front and a 10-megapixel RGBC camera on the back with QuickCapture which the company says gets you "pocket to pictures in two seconds".
One of the unique features which was talked about a fair bit is how customisable the phone is and it's "made for you” so you get a personal experience. The Moto Maker feature will launch later this year and this will give users the option to choose from up to 18 different back covers, seven colour accents for buttons and a custom message can be added to the back cover.
There will even be the option to choose from wooden back covers with different stain colour options, so far this option has only been confirmed available to customers of the US carrier AT&T so we do not yet know if this level of online personalisation will be made available to the UK.
The event focused around US carriers and gave details of price and availability there and the only information we got on a possible UK release date was in a statement from Motorola saying they were "committed to building a portfolio of products in Europe to show the best of Motorola as a Google company. Europe remains an important market for us and we have exciting plans in the works."
So watch this space for more news on the Moto X possible UK release date.
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Written by: Carmel Brown