Moto X: Eavesdropping Android super phone not for the UK
Motorola’s next-gen flagship handset, the Moto X, is finally here and it’s packing even more customisation options than we thought were possible: there are over 500 different colour combinations for the new Android super phone, which is always listening for your voice commands. Is this the custom smartphone you’ve been dreaming of?
The phone that’s “designed by you” was revealed at Motorola’s New York City event yesterday, and as we saw in the leaks, it’ll feature voice controls that can be enabled without you lifting a figure: you just say “OK Google Now”. The phone can be trained to listen to your voice, and your voice only, through a quick three-step training process, which means no one else will be able to tell your Moto X what to do.
You’ll find Motorola’s new flagship running Android 4.2.2, and just like its new Droid cousins, it also sports quick wrist motion gestures to get you straight into the 10-megapixel camera in less that two seconds. It’s also armed with a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display that’s capable of showing you essential info at a glance, and a speedy 1.7GHz quad-core processor as well as additional processors to handle the phone’s sensors, alongside 2GB of RAM. Motorola’s boasting that the Moto X will manage up to a full 24 hours of battery life, or 13 hours of talk time, which makes it an impressive handset for long periods away from a power plug, if those claims hold up.
Motorola’s hoping the Moto X will stand out for its insane customisation options: you’ll be able to choose its storage capacity (either 16GB or 32GB), a black or white faceplate, and one of over two dozen backplate colours to choose from, including one made of wood. You’ll also be able to choose accent colours, and you can add custom text to the rear – perhaps a birthday message, or your e-mail address just in case you lose it. Motorola’s launching the Moto X in the US at the end of August starting at $199 (£131) on a two-year contract, but unfortunately there’s currently no word on global availability, including the UK. All a Motorola spokesperson would say is that we can expect other devices from the same “family” to appear in Europe, which is a bit of a downer – still, fingers crossed Google’s new hardware arm sees sense and changes its mind soon.
Are you interested in Motorola’s new fully-custom phone that you can leave your mark on, or are you more interested in what Apple has to show next? Let us know what you think in the comments below.