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The Moto X from Motorola - Our Review
Motorola have just unveiled their new Moto X smartphone in New York, the first new handset created by Motorola and Google since the latter bought Motorola last year. The Moto X is due for release in the USA sometime this Autumn. Here we take a good look at the Moto X’s specifications and features.
One of the most exciting things about the Moto X handset is the fact it can be customised. There are a variety of customisable options including the colour of the back cover and the accent colours which highlight various controls such as the power button and volume control. There’s an option to choose your own message to go on the back of the phone as well as a choice of wallpapers and your own customised screen message. The Moto X is manufactured in the USA hence the ability to easily customise although there will be standard black and white handsets also available for those who don’t want to wait a few extra days for a personalised model to be made.
The Moto X boasts a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED 1280 x 720 resolution screen with a glass coating which also wraps around the sides of the handset. Just over 10mm thick, it weighs 130 grams and runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. It’s powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and has 2GB of RAM and comes with either 16 or 32GB of storage. It has a pretty powerful battery, a 2200mAh which will give you up to 24 hours of use.
The Moto X features a powerful 10-megapixel rear facing camera which features Quick Capture - where you can use any part of the screen to take a picture - and its Clearpixel software means that it can capture up to 75% more light than your average smartphone and shorter exposure times reduce blurring and movement. There’s also an LED flash and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. Both cameras can record videos in 1080p HD.
Using Motorola’s new technology and an 8-core processor, the Moto X has sensors which have been specifically designed to recognise your voice and it can very cleverly recognise if you’re travelling by car or by bike. Currently, it’s the only smartphone which features ‘always-listening’ touchless control which means that you can ask it to Google Now or make a call even when the handset is in sleep mode. It will also only respond to its user’s voice which makes it a deterrent for would be thieves or any pranks you mates may want to play! It’s ideal for hands-free whilst driving and for navigating directions and also handy when you need to multi-task.
Sadly the Moto X is unlikely to be available for sale in the UK as it will be sold exclusively in the USA and Canada, but similar and cheaper handsets are expected to be released by Motorola in the UK in the near future.