What you get and don’t get for the money
Now that we’ve had the chance to read and digest the tech specs for Motorola’s latest smartphone – the Moto X, we can see what you get and don’t get for your money. What struck us immediately is that the two key features missing from lower spec models: – support for NFC and Wi-fi 802.11ac, are actually there. We have details of availability, too. Plus, of course, we actually got our hands on an actual Moto X handset which was very definitely running the latest version of the Android mobile OS – 4.4.2 (KitKat).
Check the ‘Settings’ icon and you will see that Settings has reverted to the old style type in KitKat/4.4.2.
Being UK based we’ve got UK availability details … The Moto X will be available in black from 1st February 2014 from Phones4u, Carphone Warehouse, O2, Amazon and Techdata.
However, the Moto X will also be available in white exclusively to Phones 4u customers for the first three months.
Prices vary but start from £25 per month on a 3G tariff, or you can get it at £29.99 a month on 4G on contract. SIM free is around £380 ($624).
GoMo News, however, had great difficulty trying to obtain the full technical specifications for the Moto X.
In the end we had to cobble together what we hope are the full specs from at least five different sources.
What they do show, however, is that this smartphone is a pretty nifty 4G/LTE handset.
There must be something wrong with our specs, though because Phones4u say the handset is compatible with EE’s Superfast 4G network.
Which would imply support for LTE Band 3. But our specs say Bands 17, 4 & 2. Which means there must be a non-US model.
Another point we couldn’t confirm is that the Moto X should actually require a ‘nano’ SIM card – not just a micro SIM card.
So you might find yourself needing to buy a special card cutter.
Ho, hum! We still think the Moto X will become an Apple/Samsung killer.
Moto X Tech Specs
Operating system: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
System architecture: Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which includes a software optimised Qualcomm processor plus a natural language processor and a contextual computing processor .
Processor: Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU),
Dimensions: Width 65.3mm; Height 129.4 mm; Curve 5.7 -10.4mm
Display: 4.7″ AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720p
Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB standard, 32 GB version available online
Battery: 2200 mAh. Mixed usage up to 24 hours
Rear camera: 10MP CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) – Quick Capture – LED flash – 1080p HD video (30 fps) – 4X digital zoom – Slow motion video – Burst mode – Auto HDR – Panorama – Control focus/exposure
Front camera: 2MP 1080p HD video
Video capture: 1080p HD video, H264
Video playback: 1080p HD video, H.263, H264, MPEG4, VC-1
Audio playback: AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, AMR NB, AMR WB, MIDI, MP3, PCM, WAV, WMA (v2, v7, v8, v9, v10), FLAC, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis all enhanced with virtual surround technology
Networks: GPRS/EDGE – UMTS/HSPA + up to 42 Mbps Note- GSM models require a nano SIM card.
Global GSM Model: 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE bands 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G UMTS bands 850/900/ AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps (B5/B8/B4/B2/B1)
CDMA Model: CDMA/EVDO Rev. A
4G LTE bands 700/AWS/1900MHz (B17/B4/B2)
Connectivity: 3.5mm, USB 2.0HS, Miracast Wireless Display, NFC
Bluetooth: 1 4.0 LE + EDR Supported profiles: HSP, HFP 1.6, SPP, A2DP, AVRCP 1.3, OBEX/OPP, FTP, BPP, PBAP, HID, PAN, MAP
Wi-Fi: 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable), mobile hotspot
Location services: aGPS (assisted), AGPS (autonomous), sGPS (simultaneous), Standalone GPS, eCompass, GLONASS
Touchless control languages: English, French, Spanish, German
Base Colours: Woven Black or Woven White