Motorola X-Phone: Most wanted features

January 22, 2013
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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
Wireless Charging
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?


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  • http://www.facebook.com/nativex Dalton Rc

    8 Core-Processor, 4GM RAM, 32GB Internal, 32GB MicroSD, SUPER AMOLED HD 5″ and the ability to do dish, wash cloths, dust, ect…. ha! :P

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      haha make me coffee and home automation stuff would be nice. that’s coming too don’t worry Dalton

      • kikorb

        Yeah you just need to wait another 10 years, or put 200$ behind everything you want to control in your home. It is comming but not in the next 5 years.

  • Captain_Doug

    Everything you mentioned but definitely edge-to-edge slcd3 and Snapdragon 600. That along with an unlocked bootloader would make this phone prefect.

    • Aleksey

      You’re forgetting: On Screen Buttons, No Glass Back, and Stiock! Let the other Motorola phones have an “Stock-like” experience, this one should be pure…

      • DAngelo8

        Hate on-screen software buttons. Make them like the GSIII.

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        ew. Everytime I use the GSIII I accidentally hit the back button. It’s too close to the edge

      • Captain_Doug

        I just assumed on screen keys would be there. Definitely no glass back though. I figured stock was a given.

  • Rizz

    All this is fine and dandy but a no go if it can’t push software updates with nexus like speed. Who cares about top specs if one has to wait for months for an update after goggles releases it. Sorry if it isn’t a nexus you can have it.

    • Crankintopwater69

      Im with you on that Rizz

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      True but then again Motorola’s improved in that area with the RAZR HD. And with Google working next door that should only get better.

  • http://blog.cocchiararo.com.ar/ Roberto

    isn’t snapdragon 800 their top of the line ? or is it for tablets ?

    • Captain_Doug

      Top of the line, yes. Solely for tablets, no. There will be Snapdragon 800 smartphones but even snapdragon 600 is more powerful than the S4 pro quad. To me the 600 is good enough on power and also has better battery life then the 800.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      Yes 600 is coming soon, 800 is late 2013 but both will be In Smart phones.

  • Gadjit

    Cory, I agree completely, but I rather liked the diminutive size of the Razr M. It fit perfectly in a pocket or bag and is powerful and fast beyond belief.

    • Captain_Doug

      While I agree, I also think that if they put that edge to edge goodness on a 4.7″ phone, it would be quite usable for most people. I’d be happy with anything between 4.5″-4.7″ if it was edge to edge.

  • Crankintopwater69

    Wonder if you buy from Playstore GSM,if that’ll get you updates from Google?

  • anywherehome

    Nexus 4 + priorities:
    1) easily replaceable battery
    2) 32 GB at least
    3) much much much better camera
    enough for me…otherwise stick with Galaxy Nexus

  • kikorb

    I beg this devise is Nexus. Otherwise is a Galaxy S IV alternative and nothing else to me. I like to see Android moving to something more iOS like in the update life cycle.

    The specs you list are great but 299$ is not realistic. You need to give up in specs or price. Nexus 4 was more accurate in specs and they were not able to produce it, and I am starting to think that money is one of the reasons.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      Yea I think the price being so tight could be part of the production issues, but not all of them. ok I’ll gladly pay $399 for the phone listed above. haha. Deal?

  • Steffen Andersen

    I’m IN if the above goals are reached!
    Very fine data lay-outs!
    You Got it! ;0)

  • Mike Rodriguez

    Man you hit the nail on the head with the form factor. I don’t see 5 inch plus devices as comfortable after owning both the DNA and Note 2. I inevitably always go back to the GS3, hoping an OEM makes a flagship phone with the 8X or DRM form factor, ya know without the terrible WP OS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruel.celerio.9 Ruel Celerio

    Make that 4.8 but edge to edge that fits a 4.7 or 4.6 form. NO AMOLED PLEASE! That’s one of the two reasons why I’m still not moving to Samsung (the other one’s the physical button). Let’s face it, HTC makes the best screen and they’re using IPS I think. 32GB is fine but hopefully 64GB will also be initially offered. Am I asking too much for a real Bluetooth 4.0 headsets with matching colors? :-) Oh yeah, better ppi and nits than CrApple’s next iPhone 5S or 6 or whatever. I’M READY TO BUY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruel.celerio.9 Ruel Celerio

    Btw, the only thing left now for CrApple to brag is that they keep saying that their apps are optimized for their hardware. Can Google do that too for Motorola X-Phone?
    “Die fruit, Die!”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruel.celerio.9 Ruel Celerio

    And Google Play vouchers. LOL. :-)))

  • abu

    it also need finger print security

  • robert

    they already have 16mp smartphones releasing end of this month and next month in Japan. America is slow…as always.
    The future is already here.

  • Magnus100

    All of that’s, good but there has to be at least up to 64gb internal storage. If the specs and price are right, I might buy one as a backup phone. Can’t see myself using a phone as my primary device, unless it has the S pen functionality the Note II has. Once you use a note II, can’t possibly be satisfied with other devices.

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  • maim

    Usb otg support?

  • Maximus

    I’m old school. Give me a 4.3 screen with a slide out qwerty and a maxx battery. I’m a happy camper!

  • Lk25

    Please bring back the Crystal Talk, or keep the current advanced noise canceling function. It’s a phone after all. all the other phones call quality is unbearable.

  • Poonperm Vardhanabindu

    I don’t think the features and specs will be THAT WOW

  • E

    I been looking for a phone to make me eggs and if it doesn’t make me eggs I don’t want I’ll stick with my Motorola razor flip phone until then

  • firethorn

    Unlocked bootloader.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidtb Dt Bell

    “What’s most important for many is the screen, followed closely by battery life”

    When you look at all the screen-shot posts of battery usage, it would appear (with our current technology) that this is not going to happen. There’s been some battery
    break-throughs, just none that are safe