While previous days of pre-IFA show belonged to Samsung and Sony, today is the big unveiling day for Motorola that takes the headlines by storm with announcement of the new flagship Moto X. Yes, there is no mistake, the second generation of Moto X has the same name as its predecessor, not the Moto X+1 nor the Moto X2, as we speculated earlier. It goes official and almost immediately hits shelves of retailers. The new Moto X 2014 can soon be yours for $99 on contract or $499 without it.
Motorola’s 2nd Generation Moto X
The 2nd Generation Moto X is bears the same design as it previous version which isn’t bad, since the last Moto X was hailed as the phone of 2013. And now the well-known awesomeness received a beefy update. Some features remain the same, other those considered shortcomings have been significantly improved.
The revamped specs include higher 1080p screen resolution, more powerful current-gen 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor coupled with 2.5GB RAM and two variants of internal storage: 16GB and 32GB, but sadly there’s no option of expanding it via microSD cards. Furthermore, the smartphone also received a slightly better 2,300 mAh battery and a boosted 13-megapixel front shooter with support for 4k video recording.
When it comes to body, the new Moto X 2014 got premium metal frame and a 5.2-inch (previous verision featured only 4.7-inch screen) AMOLED display that is said to be covered with super strong Corning Gorilla Glass, which along with “squash guard”, a water repellent coating deliver a pretty good protection for the handset. But, remember that the special coating doesn’t make the phone water resistant, so while swimming better leave in a safe dry place. The new Moto X is also equipped with super slim side bezels that provide a high screen-to-body ratio. Due to curved edges of the phone’s sides, it perfectly fits the user’s hand.
Moving on, thanks to Moto Maker device customization center, the handset can meet the most sophisticated and picky tastes of its users. The service offer more back covers that ever, giving you the opportunity to choose among 25 different back cover styles including wood, leather and bamboo. Additionally, you can also choose between two accent color schemes white (with silver frame) or black (with dark metal frame), not even mention about the variety of wallpapers, engraving and power-on greetings.
Going further, the Moto X has been also improved in the sphere of software. Like for instance, when using Moto Voice, you can now customize the launch command with something different that hated “OK Google”. Moreover, Moto Voice enables you to use the third party apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube. What’s more you can turn your phone’s sleep mode on or switch it off via pre-installed voice commands like “good morning” and “good night”.
Thanks to IR sensor placed at the from side of the handset you can reject calls, or mute the phone or even turn off alarm clock with a quick wave of your hand. According to Motorola this system is much better than others, since its infrared sensors are able to capture gestures that are four times farther away than other systems, which seems impressive don’t you think?
The new Moto X 2014 is reported to join the offer of carriers like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint this month. Though it deserves being mentioned that so far Motorola hasn’t confirmed that Sprint will support Moto Maker service. The smartphone is reported to cost $99 on two-year contract and $499 on off-contract offer available via Motorola’s online store, which means that Motorola somehow managed to launch a high-end phone at price about $100 lower than service providers.