The “X-Phone” is real. We know that now. We still don’t know when it will be released or even the specs on it. But we know it’s real. While everyone else is concerned with things like the screen, the processor, the camera, I’m only interested in one thing, is it going to live up to our expectations.
The “X-Phone” isn’t the average phone. Before it became real it was basically the hopes and dreams of the perfect phone for Android users. Since Google bought Motorola people started coming up with rumors about this phone. They thought it would have a super high resolution screen and practically no bezel. That it would have customizable hardware and the latest version of Android. Some even thought it would be the successor to the Nexus 4.
Here’s the thing though, until it was official, those were all rumors.
Even though we now know that the phone will be a real thing, we still don’t know what it will be…
This phone is basically our hopes and what we want to see in a phone. I’m going to pull from MKBHD here for this quote.
“The thing about the X-Phone is that it DOESN’T EXIST (yet)”
He’s right. Even though he said that before Motorola made it official doesn’t mean it’s not true. It does not exist yet. It’s still just a way for us to express the things we want most in a flagship phone. There is no possible way this phone could live up to the hype. It’s literally impossible for Motorola and Google to incorporate everything we want in this phone. We might get some of things we want, like custom hardware colors and updates from Google, but we aren’t going to get everything. Here’s a list of confirmed things about the Moto X:
– It will be built in the US
– It will be on most major carriers
– It was designed under Google’s supervision
That’s pretty much it…
We don’t know the release date or the specifications. The phone is still a huge mystery.
So why should you still care? Because if Google and Motorola are smart, they have a chance to have one of the best phones of all time with the Moto X. This is Google’s big chance to take back Android from Samsung. This phone will be the flagship for Motorola anyway, and they have quite a good record with their hardware, and Google with the software. With the 2 combined this has a chance to be truly amazing. But in the end, we just have to wait and see.
Here’s what I think the specs of the Moto X should be in order for Google and Motorola to hit a home run.
– Gorilla Glass 3
– On-Screen Buttons
– 4.3″ to 4.7″ AMOLED Panel
– Kevlar body with choice of up to 6 or 7 colors
– Snapdragon 600 or 800 quad-core processor or Exynos 5 Octa
– Removable 2600 maH (or higher) battery
– Front and rear facing speakers
– Wireless charging
– Mirco USB Charging and Computer port with OTG Capability
– Stock Android with Minimal Bloatware
– Updates from Google within a similar timeframe to the Nexus Line
– 12 MP (or higher) Rear Facing with Flash
– 2 MP (or higher) Front Facing
– 4G LTE on All Major Networks (yes, that includes Verizion…)
– Bluetooth 4.0
– Wifi (Dual Band) with Hotspot Capability
– 3.5mm Headphone
– 16GB+ Memory
– 2GB (or more) RAM
And that’s just some of the specs. For a price-point I think they would be smart to pursue a price-point of $350 or less off-contract and $99-150 on-contract. (Yes, you read that right.) The company has already mentioned a $199 off-contract price.
As for the carriers, I want to see this on every carrier. From Verizon to even Sprint. But this time, Google needs to but Verizon in its place. With the Galaxy Nexus, Verizon took charge with managing the phone. This time Google needs to say “either let us do the updates or you don’t get the phone”.
There’s my Moto X thoughts. Do I think it will live up to the hype? Probably not… Do I think it will still be a great phone? YES!!
If the prices are reasonable you can expect us to try to get our hands on one of these phones for video reviews.
So what do you think about the Moto X? Will you be getting one? What do you think the specs should be? Let me know in the comments!!