Motorola Unveils the New Moto X [First Impressions]

Moto X
On Friday in Chicago Motorola showcased some of their newest and best hardware for the 4th quarter. The highly anticipated Moto 360 smartwatch, The Moto G, and the newest version of their successful Moto X were all on display and Motorola impressed without a doubt. Of the all the devices that Motorola brought today the one that I was most excited about was the Moto X.

Last year’s version of the Moto X was a surprisingly well-rounded Android device with its mid level specs and simple design. It was easily one of the best and probably the most underrated smartphone last year. The key to the success of the Moto X was in its simple and highly customizable design and overall ease of use and the same remains with the new version. Just like its predecessor the new Moto X isn’t bogged down with some proprietary skin built on top of Android. It’s pretty much stock Android 4.4.4 Kit Kat and it functions exactly how Android is intended to. This is what I like in a smartphone, minimalism and functionality.

This new version of the Moto X from what I’ve seen is bigger than last years model at 5.2″ in screen size. The overall design remains the same with some very minor tweaks but Motorola stayed with the design that works functionally and visually. The Moto X got some hardware and feature upgrades and according to the specs it’s pretty much what you’d expect. It’s not a powerhouse and neither was it’s predecessor but the Moto X reminds us that top-level specs isn’t always needed when it comes to your smartphone. It just needs to do what you need it to, but if you’re interested in its guts then you check out some of the specs below:

Operating system

Android 4.4.4 KitKat®

Capacity

Storage (ROM)

Std: 16GB

Motomaker: 32GB

Camera

Rear camera: 13MP F2.25

Front Camera: 2MP (1080p)

Audio

Speakers: front-facing and at bottom
Processor

MSM8974-AC 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with quad-core CPU

RAM 2GB

Display

5.2” (423 ppi)

1080p OLED

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Connectivity

Wifi 80211.ac

BT 4.0LE

USB centered at bottom

3.5mm Headset Jack

Battery

2300 mAh

I can tell you with confidence that the Moto X is going to be a success because Motorola stuck to the format and made the new Moto X better than the first one. If you liked that then you should love this. This isn’t a full review of the Moto X this is just our raw first impressions of it, but we’ll have a full review for you once we’re able to spend some time with it so look out for that. The new Moto X is set to be released later this month although no official date has been confirmed and I’m pretty sure all of the major carriers will have it.

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Mike Bitter is a born gadget head and true lover of technology. It all started with computer classes at age 10 and his first PC the Tandy 1000. From then on he found his love and he became a gamer and a PC builder and has not stopped since. He specializes in hardware, troubleshooting and custom PC building. He’s known as the “fixer” amongst his friends whenever there is a problem with a PC or a Mac. He’s also fully immersed in all things that pertain to the world of computers and gaming. He's an 80's baby and he grew up watching technology evolve from the NES to PS4 and from the Commodore 64 to the iMac. He has a unique and minimalist perspective on technology and is here to help the average person to understand technology today.