This year has been positively peppered with rumors and supposed leaks concerning the Motorola X Phone, which of course we’ve now come to know as the Moto X. It still isn’t here, but Motorola has at least had the decency to confirm it is in the pipeline and should be on the table by the end of the summer…we think.
As far as what to expect from the Moto X in terms of appeal and general goodness – exactly what should be expected from a Motorola Mobility that now belongs to Google? In short, it should be the most incredible smartphone seen from either in quite some time – leagues ahead of any Nexus smartphone and ideally-suited to give Apple and Samsung a serious pasting.
An exciting prospect, but one that will never be fulfilled, or so it would seem. Here we are in the summer of all-things new-generation in the smartphone world and the latest online sightings of the Moto X depict a device that would have been exciting this time last year. As of now though, really not a great deal to write home about.
The general consensus seems to be that the Moto X will launch with a 4.7-inch screen with a rather paltry 720p resolution. Please bear in mind that this is only paltry in comparison with the top-end dynamos the Moto X was expected to square off against - it’s hardly crap in its own right. Under the hood it’s all the same story, which includes a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space.
There’s a modest 10-megapixel camera to the rear and Google hasn’t even bothered to lavish its new baby with a new version of Android – version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is apparently as good as we’re getting.
So what we’re looking at in terms of performance is a smartphone that’s not only nowhere near the beast we’d hoped for, but it’s sort of outdated before it’s even arrived! Motorola’s near-silence for months on end was supposed to be justified, but it’s not looking like patience will be rewarded this time around.
“But” I hear you cry, “What about all that talk of customisation and Motorola calling the Moto X a phone you design yourself?”
Sure, we all heard that the Moto X could be the first smartphone you get to choose you own custom specs and features for, which admittedly would make it a winner.
A brilliant idea that’s as unworkable as it is out of the equation – don’t buy into all this hype. Big M hasn’t revealed any specifics yet, but the general impression resulting from dozens of leaks is that the Moto X will only be customisable by way of a few cosmetic tweaks. Here on planet Earth at least, think a few different colour choices for the outer-casing, perhaps a different material for the battery cover and engraving if so desired.
Need we remind you that Apple offered a range of colours and engraving with the iPod donkey’s years ago – the first the Moto X certainly is not.
Of course, there’s still time for Google and Motorola to pull one out of the bag and surprise us all with something we hadn’t expected.
At which point I will eat my words, but for now I don’t mind admitting my optimism for the X Phone is dead.
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Lisa Morton is a freelance writer who specialises in cutting-edge technology news and blogging. She writes for several publications across the UK and in the US. She’s guest blogging in behalf ofConsumer Check Point. You may add her in Google+.