Motorola's Next Moto Gets a Full Front-and-Back Shot

Motorola has surprised so many people since the initial announcement of the Mot X, the mid-range phone that powered through the day like a champ, It had the still-unique "OK Google Now" functionality,. Expanding on what a phone could do when in your hand, pocket, or car, to what it could on the desk across the room.  But what could possibly follow in the footsteps of, and do the Moto X justice, as a second generation?  Enter the Moto X+1.

The Moto X+1, with the most logical name for a second generation device to date, is the phone that people want to see do just that.  The Moto X+1 is said to be a larger phone, boasting a full HD (1080p) 5.2" AMOLED screen, so lots of room for gorgeous saturated colors are more than welcome on this device.  The device will also reportedly have a whopping Snapdragon 800 running the show, paired up with the Adreno 330 GPU for your high-end graphics fans, utilizing 2 GB of RAM (up from the Moto X's 1) to access 32 GB of storage (reportedly).  The camera on the back will get a bump in resolution from the Moto X, at 12 mp, and have a standard array of sensors, including (and definitely not limited to) a compass, NFC, and (interestingly and reportedly) a pedometer.

What does all this amount to?  This all converges inside of one single device from one company, hoping to one-up themselves and their 2013 flagship.  We saw a leak from the Internet a few weeks back of a device that looked like the Moto X, but  was reportedly the X+1, but now, as you've seen, have an essentially-official look at the front and back, even though there is a case on it, of the Moto X+1, courtesy of the ever-popular @evleaks.  What do we see here?  We have a front design resembling the Moto E, with the two earpiece-looking parts on both the top and chin of the phone, instead of the previous leak's single microphone on the chin.  We also see a large-looking camera bump on the back, but that hopefully means better pictures (especially in lower-lit situations for us night owls and party people).  We also see, thanks to the case, two noise-cancelling/recognizing microphones on the back, one at the top, offset to the right slightly as well as one centered at the bottom, likely for the extended voice functionality that will doubtless continue its own legacy on the X+1.

Something worth noting, and this harks back to Google and its often-clever antics with Android versions.  The clock in the screenshot shows 4:40, which has often meant that the version included or to be released alongside it is Android 4.4.0 Kit Kat, from Halloween of 2013.  The screenshot is likely just a paste-in job.  What's interesting and odd is the navigation bar, which neither Motorola's gradient or Kit Kat's gradient, but solid black, like the Google Play Edition of the Moto G (and upon further inspection and comparison, it looks to be the same screenshot from the Moto G on the Play Store).  So what version of Android will ship or be announced on this new non-flagship flagship?  Probably, knowing Motorola, they'll premiere it with whichever software version was ready for the device, then issue an update once the device is released, bringing it up to version 4.4.4, or higher (if there is a newer version by the time of its release, which we still don't know).

What are we left with?  We are left with an almost release-caliber set of specifications and a nice cased Moto X+1, with only the design of the back to be determined, but that will likely come in the near future as with every device nowadays it seems.

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Phil Bourget

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Using Android since 2012 and the Galaxy S III, I'm now running a Nexus 5 paired to a Moto 360 to keep updated on the Internet of stuff. Usually found on Google+ or in class.