New Moto X vs Moto X (1st Generation)

September 5, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

Now that the new Moto X has arrived and we thought it would be a great idea to compare the old with the new to see how they stack up against one another – exactly what improvements did Motorola make on their flagship device that differentiates it from the original Moto X and will it stand up to the competition’s newest devices.  Please take a look at the chart below to compare side-by-side specifications while I write a little about the new Moto X. I think Moto lovers will be very pleased and non-Moto users may finally make the jump to a really terrific smartphone.  We older folks remember that Motorola invent the smartphone and nobody makes radios like they do – it is what they do best…and the new Moto X has what they call Dynamic Tuning that adjusts the antenna reception based on where you hold the device – replacing Qualcomm’s solution and giving you an increase of up to 500-percent in reception.

The new Moto X has a 5.2-inch Full HD display versus the 4.7-inch HD display on the original ‘X’ – giving you not only a larger viewing area, but also a jump in resolution from 720p to 1080p.  They both use a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with one LARGE difference – the original ‘X’ used the S4 Pro dual-core clocked at 1.7GHz and the new Moto X uses the new 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, giving you quite a jump in processing power.  When it comes to memory, both models use 2GB of RAM and for internal storage, they both have 16GB on board and 32GB is an option you can order online.  There is no microSD card slot to expand storage beyond what is in the device.

One of the criticisms of the original Moto X was in the camera department – in fact, Motorola devices have never been known for their photographic capabilities.  The Moto X got by with a 10MP shooter and LED Flash, but the new Moto X bumps it up to 13MP and features a ‘ring’ flash, that literally surrounds the camera lens in a ring, and from what we have seen so far, the pictures look pretty impressive.  They both have a 2MP FFC for video chatting or talking a selfie.

The dimensions increase from old to new – 129mm vs 140.8mm, 65.3mm vs 72.4mm and the curve goes from 5.7-10.4mm vs 3.8-9.9mm, and weight jumps from 139 grams to 144 grams.  Speaking of weight – Motorola did a good job of keeping the weight down, considering the new Moto X has a metal frame versus the old plastic one.

The battery jumps slightly from 2,200mAh to 2,300mAh.  Another area of improvement is in noise cancellation – the new Moto X has FOUR microphones and they claim it will weed out extraneous noises like no other smartphone.

That is a quick rundown of the two models – please hook up with us on our Google+ Page and let us know if you are happy with the improvements that Motorola has made in the new Moto X…as always, we would love to hear from you.

Moto X 2014 vs Moto X Comparison Specs