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Motorola's New Moto X Announced: How Different Is It From The Predecessor?
Motorola has today officially unveiled its latest smartphone - the new Moto X. The device is a successor to the older Moto X smartphone, thus the upgrades that the new one has received were something that were already expected to be seen.
The new Motorola Moto X is priced at $499.99 (Rs. 30,200 approx) without contract and $99.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on select carriers in the US. It would be available in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia starting later this month. In India, the flagship device will be exclusively available via online retailer Flipkart later this month. Price is yet to be unveiled for Indian market.
There are quite a lot of minor improvements that have been brought in the Moto X (2104) while the major improvements comes in a form of better display and powerful SoC. Anyways, before you look at the differences, you can check out the specs of the handset first.
Motorola Moto X: Key Specifications
The Motorola Moto X (2014) comes with a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The display offers a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The latest Moto X is powered by a pretty powerful 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974-AC) processor with Adreno 330 GPU. It also uses 2GB RAM for smooth multi-tasking operations. The device will be offered in two storage capacity - 16GB and 32GB. Obviously it will be powered by Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS.
The next generation Moto X employs 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash and f/2.25 aperture. It is capable of shooting 4K video as well. At the front, the smartphone uses a 2MP snapper capable of recording 1080p video.
In the connectivity front, the Moto X features 3G, WiFi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, GLONASS. The smartphone measuring 9.97 mm thick and weighing 144 grams is powered by a 2300 mAh battery.
The Moto X features the same curved back and Moto Maker is still an option to customize the device. You can choose from two fronts (white or black), storage, and 25 different backs, including 17 colors, 4 woods (the wood is sourced environmentally) and 4 leathers.
What are the differences between the new and the old Moto X?
Firstly, the new Moto X comes with an aluminum frame as opposed to the old one that featured a full plastic body.
In terms of hardware, the new model is powered with a greater graphics unit. It uses Adreno 330 clocked at 578MHz instead of the older one Adreno 320 450MHz.
Camera module has got a massive bump as the previous Moto X only featured 10MP sensor (f2.4) with LED flash and 1080p video recording capability, while the new one comes with a 13MP sensor (f2.25) with dual LED flash and 4K video recording facility.
Display is another aspect that Motorola has put a little extra effort on. The new Moto X has a larger panel measuring 5.2-inch and its an AMOLED display churning a full HD resolution and 423 ppi pixel density which is against the 4.7-inch 720p display of the older Moto X.
Moreover, the new Moto X now also comes with an IR system that consists of three emitters and one receiver, which all work together for gesture control.
Also the most highlighted feature of the Moto X - the "Ok Google Now" has received a bit of a tweak. Now instead of giving the same command to the phone users can customize it with any other sentence like, "Wake up dude."
Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates on the device and we will be shortly coming up with the hands on and first impression of the handset soon.