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Some Things You Might Not Know About The Moto X

August 2, 2013 - Written By Leonardo Benveniste

So, the Moto X is out, we know everything about it and it’s time to move on, right? wrong, we’re going to keep talking about the phone until we know every single detail about it. In this case, we’re gonna make a list of a few things that you might not know about the Moto X although not every single one of them is a secret.

First, let’s take a look again at the Moto X itself: Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 GPU, 4.7 inch 720p AMOLED display and 16 or 32GB storage options. Pretty standard specs but below what might be considered top of the line for the year 2013.

That brings us to the first point of the list:

The Moto X performance is better in some benchmarks than the GS4 or the HTC One using the exact same GPU

We’ve seen this before, we wrote about it, the Moto X with it’s dual core processor goes through benchmarks pretty much in the same way the GS4 or the HTC One does, sometimes with better results. This means that Motorola really optimized everything for the hardware and it’s able to get better animations and gaming performance with the same Adreno 320 GPU, this is what Motorola said about working with the right components and not the biggest one available.

The 720p display helps the GPU perform better than on a 1080p display, while many people won’t see the difference in pixel density. Internally, the CPU of the Moto X is likely to by using Krait 300 cores, instead of the Krait 200 cores which is a year old. So yes, the Moto X is a dual-core, but it performs pretty much the same as the biggest quad-core phones out there with a better battery life. I’d choose the Moto X without a second thought.


The display is not the same as the old Motorola displays

Motorola was very criticized about it’s use of PenTile AMOLED displays and with good reason, those displays were awful with bad color reproduction and not-to-sharp edges for fonts and the like. Here, with the Moto X, Motorola chose an AMOLED display once again, but it’s not PenTile and at 720p you’re looking at a 316 ppi which is not bad at all. It’s pretty much the same you have on the Nexus 4 which is perfectly fine for everything.

This choice has 2 reasons, one is battery life, 720p displays consume less than 1080p, it’s as simple as that. Motorola put a lot of thought in battery life. The second reason is the Active Display feature, an AMOLED display allows the Moto X to light up just part of the display to show notifications while being battery friendly. I’d say it’s a pretty smart choice, it’s the first time we see a manufacturer make choices thinking about battery life and features than just throw the biggest number they can find.

Crystal Talk is present in the Moto X

The Moto X has CrystalTalk dual mic noise cancellation and noise adaptive hearing enhancements, this means the phone will hear you better in noisy environments. What does this mean for the performance of the device? For one, people will hear you better when you’re on a phone call and that the Touchless Control feature will be able to perform correctly even in loud places or in the street.

Dual LTE antennas.

We’ve heard this rumor before launch, and the Moto X does have dual LTE antennas, this means that on top of the regular antenna, which get the 2G, 3G and 4G LTE signals, there’s a second antenna dedicated to the LTE connection on 700MHz LTE bands. Basically, better battery life on LTE and better data speeds.

Almost waterproof

While you won’t be able to submerge your phone underwater like the Xperia Z or the Galaxy S IV Active, Motorola has given the Moto X a water repellent coating, just like the Droids on Verizon, meaning that you can get some rain or some splash on the phone and you have nothing to worry about.

Special, custom made battery

Motorola always had good hand with batteries, we’ve seen in in the Droid RAZR MAXX, on the new Droid MAXX and now, the Moto X has a special custom shaped battery to fit better on the tight innards of the Moto X, so it can keep a low footprint. Motorola said that the battery enables 31% additional capacity with no size difference. The footprint is also the reason why the Moto X has a nano SIM card instead of the micro SIM we see everywhere else.

New WiFi standard

The Moto X has the newest 802.11 ac WiFi standard. It’s as simple as that, but in the coming time, when more and more routers and places use this, you should see a speed increase in WiFi connection.

Custom Vibration Effects

Motorola is using a new haptics technology that should enable you to customize the vibration effects, although we haven’t seen this in any settings menu.

Speaker membrane temperature monitoring

Apparently, the Moto X monitors the movement of the speaker membrane and its temperature that enables 6 times more power. We still have to see how the speaker performs in day to day use.

So there you go, some of you might already know some of this things, but for those who didn’t, now you do. The Moto X is looking more and more like a really good device and it really shows how much Motorola and Google put into the phone.