What happened when the Motorola Moto X 2014 was released in China was no small feat, considering that it was released so late and the extreme competition it faces from homegrown brands, such as Xiaomi. The Moto X was released September 1, but has taken until January 27 to come up for pre-orders in China and in these past few days it has received over 1 million pre-orders. Pre-orders in China require no down payment or commitment – it is more like a reservation. The Motorola Moto X apparently has quite a following in China and the reservations were taken online only at Motorola’s website. The new Motorola Moto X is a great update of an old favorite – not only physically larger all around, but also a bump up in the specifications department as well. This year’s Moto X can finally compete directly with the ‘big boys.’ It was always a nice device, but never had the high-end specifications it needed to really be a true flagship – but they fixed all of that this year.
The Moto X comes in with a 5.2-inch FHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 423 pixels-per-inch (PPI). It is packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz with 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage with no room for expansion. They even upped the camera – something that Motorola is not known for – to a 13MP sensor, autofocus and a dual-LED Flash Ring the actually encompasses the lens. It has a 2MP front-facing camera (FFC) for those social selfies and video chats. The non-removable 2300mAh battery will get you through an entire day.
It comes with the usual Dual-Band Wi-Fi, NFC capable, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB port for charging or data transfer. Motorola did some engineering on this new Moto X – they gave it four microphones for superior noise cancellation and sound quality on phone calls. They included Dynamic Tuning so the antenna will automatically adjust depending where you are holding the device. It has a nano-coating for water resistance, dual front mounted speakers, and a full metal frame for strength. The Moto X has already received its 5.0.1 Lollipop update and goes for a great price of only $99 on a two-year contract or $499 off-contract.