The Motorola X Phone has gained a lot of traction, and a has just about everyone curious. The original scuttlebut involved some sort of device which would shift the Earth’s axis, but the reality is much more subdued. While it wasn’t the monster we’d all hoped for, many remain sanguine about its chances for success. If the recent news of their marketing muscle is any indication, the X Phone won’t need the blessing of technology elitists, and that’s probably a good thing.
I was recently in touch with a friend who works for one of the four major US carriers, who had their paws on the X Phone for a while. Nothing groundbreaking came of it, which got me thinking about what the X Phone really is. The good news is, much of the recent rumors about specs are legitimate. Here’s the quick rundown the hot-button topics, including some new tidbits:
- The Camera is good. Not HTC One good, but very capable.
- Battery life is great: 4 hours on, 90 minutes screen time, still at 68%.
- Saying “Okay, Google Now” opens it up for search. This is the “always on” feature.
- There is a MotoID account, like a Samsung or HTC would have. You can use your Google info to sign in. No need to create a special profile.
- The test software was Android 4.2.2
- Typical Motorola build quality, meaning really nice and sturdy.
What doesn’t matter:
- 4.4” Screen, 720p, 320dpi
- Battery size is around 2,000mAh, though no official word yet. (We think 2,100mAh is likely)
- The model tested came with 16GB storage, and 11.9 available.
- 10MP camera
Does that seem backwards to you? It’s not. It’s time we disabuse ourselves from assumptions regarding what a great smartphone is. This X Phone is going to be a mid-range device, in regard to hardware specifications. If we consider what truly matters, the X Phone really is as groundbreaking as we’d all hoped it would be.
A Snapdragon 600 processor and 5-inch screen are lovely, but only if they are conduits for a great experience.
When I spoke with my contact, there was little concern for hardware specs. Hardware should take a backseat to the experience, which is what really matters. I wanted to know about the contextual awareness of the X Phone, not what processor it had. I wanted to know if it felt sturdy in the hand, not if I could take the best photos ever.
This phone also has a ton of sensors, which were likened to those in an S4: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Temperature, Humidity, Magnetic, Proximity, Barometer, and RGB Light. While I wasn’t able to get an official rundown, I did learn via another source that the X Phone is designed to make efficient use of all sensors, while understanding your environment in real-time. The …read more
Via: Android Authority