Now that Google and Motorola are rumored to be working together on the next flagship phone for the company, and potentially for Android, we want to go over a few of our most-wanted features. For those unaware multiple reports are claiming Google and Motorola have an X-Phone nearly finished, and an X-Tablet coming soon. With all the recent rumors and Google CEOs dancing around questions we figured we'd ask you guys - our readers - what you want from the X-Phone.
Now obviously everything is purely speculation at this point. Motorola and Google are clearly working hard on their next products of all shapes and sizes. Today's comments from Google's CFO about the 12-18 month product pipeline for Motorola devices has us questions what's really coming in early 2013, and what role Google actually played. If they indeed have been working on a next-gen X-Phone flagship to rock the Android world we'd love to see it.
I'm hoping the X-Phone does for Android and Motorola what the original Motorola DROID did for the platform. Reports are claiming the X-Phone has dropped Motorola's usual DROID branding as they are planning a release across all major carriers. Just like Samsung's Galaxy S III and Note II, the X-Phone will hit all carriers and even be sold by Google in the Play Store.
So what do we want from the X-Phone? I won't go into extreme details since nothing is official, nor will I talk too much about Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. We'll learn more about all of that at Google I/O and for now I'm loving every bit of Jelly Bean. If Motorola can take a Nexus-like approach and combine their RAZR M small and bezel-free design with the battery life of the DROID RAZR MAXX HD. I'd be sold! Here's some specs to think over:
4.7-inch 1080p edge-to-edge SLCD3 or OLED display
2.0 GHz quad-core Tegra 4 or Snapdragon 600 series
2-4GB of RAM
32GB internal storage (or more)
Micro-SD support is a must, and Motorola usually offers one
12 Megapixel camera (Moto needs to work on their optics)
3,300 mAh battery like the MAXX, or larger (removable would be nice)
NFC and Google Wallet
Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie with Moto Webtop and Miracast wireless technology
Improved and deeper integration with Google Now
What's most important for many is the screen, followed closely by battery life. For many (myself included) screens are getting too large and a 4.7-inch 1080p display would look amazing, and not be too big. Add in optimizations by Google with KLP for battery life, more efficient processors like the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series, and a 3,300 mAh battery we'd have a real winner here. Obviously we'd love to dream big and think of Octa-core phones with 4GB of RAM and 16MP cameras but we should be realistic.
If Motorola and Google can fit something like the above smartphone into a package smaller than the Galaxy S III ( due to the edge-to-edge display) and offer it for all carriers with 4G LTE in the Google Play Store at $299, they'd have my hard earned dollars. Then of course Motorola will need to keep up with demand and not pull an LG. Which we're confident they can do. If reports of a stock Android build with small Motorola additions are accurate mixed with next-gen hardware we'll be happy campers. Oh and don't forget to unlock the bootloader.
What do you want to see in the Motorola X-Phone? What features are you looking forward to, and what can't you live without?