Moto X could be getting a UK release after all – new claims
Could the Moto X finally be getting a release in the UK?
The Moto X was the first handset to plop out of the combined creative juices of Google and Motorola since the former acquired the latter way back in 2012. Focusing heavily on software features and customization, the Moto X – at least at launch – was sadly a US exclusive.
But there is hope yet for a wider launch of the Moto X, and this isn’t rumour or speculation – it comes straight from the mouths of two Motorola execs: Magnus Ahlqvist [President for EMEA] and Marcus Frost [Senior Marketing Director, EMEA].
Android Headlines has Frost quoted as saying, “The reception of Moto X has been fantastic and we’re continuously perusing opportunities in the EMEA region, so really watch this space.”
And then this from Ahlqvist: “We are serious about Europe and we want to bring strong propositions to the market.”
Neither are confirmations but it is the strongest and most official hint we’ve had thus far about the Moto X launching outside the US. The Moto X comes with a dual core 1.7GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro with Adreno 320, 4.7-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, 2 GB of RAM and comes with either 16 or 32GB of storage.
Know Your Mobile has reached out to Motorola for further comment on this story. Hopefully we’ll know more soon.
Below is everything else you need to know about the Moto X including reviews, features, specs and hardware.
Moto X Specs
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (MSM8960Pro) 1.7 GHz
Motorola X8 System (SoC+NLP Processor+Contextual Processor)
|Display||4.7-inch AMOLED (RGB) 1280x720|
|WiFi||802.11a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.0|
|Storage||16 GB standard, 32 GB online, 2 years 50 GB Google Drive|
|I/O||microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone, NFC, Miracast|
|Battery||2200 mAh, 3.8V, 8.36 Whr|
|Size / Mass||65.3 x 129.3 x 5.6-10.4 mm, 130 grams|
|Camera||10 MP Clear Pixel (RGBC) with 1.4µm pixels Rear Facing
2 MP 1080p Front Facing
|Price||$199 (16 GB), $249 (32 GB) on 2 year contract|
Touchless Control allows you to control your Moto X using your own voice commands. Like Google Glass, it will learn what you sound like. As previously rumoured, the Moto X can be completely customised to meet your taste.
You can customise the device via Moto Maker, allowing you to change the colour, rear, style, texture, engraving, anything. This feature is an AT&T exclusive for now, however, with other US networks having to settle for the basic black and white versions. Moto also confirmed a vast array of accessories that will launch alongside the Moto X.
Motorola has released a series of promo videos detailing some of the Moto X's features. Check out Moto Maker, the Always-on Google Now functionality, and Quick Capture below:
Moto Maker explained
Here’s the official line from Motorola on Moto Maker:
‘Your Moto X is truly yours, because you design it. Through our online studio, Moto Maker, you choose the colors, and decide on the details: front, back, accents, memory, wallpapers, even add a name or a short message. When you’re done, we assemble your Moto X right here in the USA and ship it to you for free in 4 days or less.
‘Choose from more than 2,000 possible combinations, with more to come. We’ll be constantly exploring new offerings, such as real wood backs, starting later in the year. Still love the classics? You can choose an eye-catching woven black or woven white model right in the store.’
Moto X: Always-on demo
The Moto X is designed to be the first handset to have truly always-on functionality, whereby you can access the phone via saying – Okay, Google Now – even when it is asleep.
This always-on functionality is made possible by Motorola’s new X8 chipset, which features two bespoke cores atop Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset. These ‘cores’ are plugged directly into the Moto X’s sensors and are specially designed to understand your voice and interpret your surroundings.
Check out Always-on in action below:
Moto X Quick Capture video
The Moto X features a 10-megapixel Clear Pixel (RGBC with 1.4µm pixels) camera that can be quickly accessed via a twist of the wrist. Motorola calls this Quick Capture, and you can see it in action below:
The only downside to all this is that there's no word on whether or not the Moto X will be coming to the UK. So far it's looking like a US-only launch.
The Moto X is pretty much what we were expecting, tallying up almost exactly with the wealth of leaks and speculation we've seen in the past week or so, but we haven't had the chance to get our hands on it yet, so click over the page to see what our brothers in the US thought about the device when they were able to get their greasy fingers on it.