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Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:22

Moto X officially launched

The Moto X has been launched officially, with touchless Google Now and 10MP camera. Under year-long Google's new management, Moto X is Android-based midrange mobile device with few quite promising features, sometimes trading raw processing power for usability.

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There is also plenty of customization options, like 16 different colours of the cases, but also instant, voice activated Google Now. Inside, there is new X8 Motorola architecture, consisting of dual-core Qualcomm 1.7GHz, Snapdragon S4 Pro and quad-core Adreno 320 GPU with two custom chips, one for natural language processing and another for contextual computing. Screen size is 4.7 inch, with display panel being AMOLED RGB, running at 1280 x 720, with 316 ppi pixel density. Front camera is 2 MP, while back one is 10MP camera what Motorola calls Clear Pixel technology. Built-in storage is either 16 or 32GB, without micro SD slot, but buyers will be getting 50 GB Google Drive extra storage for free. Whole thing is powered by 2200 mAh battery pack, which should be enough for 24 hours of "mixed usage", while talk time should be around 13 hours. There is plenty of connectivity options, including WiFi a/b/g/n/ac with dual antennas, Bluetooth 4.0, USB, NFC, Miracast and 3.5mm headphone jack. Similarly to Iphone 5 it uses nano SIM. Built in sensors include GPS, digital compass and GLONASS.

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As mentioned before, there is 18 colour back to choose from and also whole array of other digitally customisable options, which are set via Google account.
At the core of new phone there is obviously Google Now, which is touchless control to allow direct access to the phone commands, without touching any device buttons. While Moto X is on standby all you need to do is to say "OK Google Now" and a command will be executed, like phone call, ask for navigation instructions, get a weather report, etc. There are 3 microphones built-in, which together with some user training should be able to provide control from up to 5 meters. Currently it is available in English, Spanish, French and Portugese.
Possibly big step into everyday usability could be Active Display. AMOLED screens can selectively power only specific fragments of display significantly saving the battery when locked and show only clock or notifications, etc. Another possible handy feature is Motorola Assist, which tries to control notifications depending on the context. For example, when driving, the device might switch to car mode, read out loud incoming messages, respond with preconfigured reply, set music output to Bluetooth streaming, etc.

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Camera tech is very hot topic recently, so maybe not the highest specs sensor has been used, but 10MP is anyway respectable one. Additionally there is something called Clear Pixel, which consists of additional element in the array, which selectively captures the light. The result, Motorola claims, is up to 75% more light being captured, when compared to standard sensor, what obviously allows better low-light snaps, or high shutter speed images in the daylight.
Moto X will go on sale at the end of August, at prices $199 and $249 for 16 and 32GB versions, respectively.
Source: SlashGear

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