The Moto X is not your regular Android handset. Rather than flaunting specifications, this phone focuses on user experience. Unfortunately, most Android users are so blinded by synthetic benchmarks that they can’t think of buying a phone that doesn’t top AnTuTu or Quadrant test results. Little wonder then, the Moto X didn’t turn out to be a commercial success for Motorola. That said, thanks to recent price cuts, it’s now finding a good number of takers after almost a year after the launch. This also means that a Moto X successor is imminent. Wondering what it would be like? Well, here’s what I think you should expect to see in the Moto X+1.
The Moto X sports a 4.7-inch AMOLED screen. With screen resolution of 720×1280 (HD), it offers pixel density of 312 ppi (pixel per inch). That’s quite sharp if you ask me. However, in order to please the pixel junkies, Motorola might go with a Full-HD (1080p) screen for its upcoming flagship. At 4.7-inch, the Moto X’s screen is fit for single-handed usage. Considering the success of Samsung’s unwieldy Note series though, we doubt that Motorola will retain these dimensions. A few weeks ago, one unannounced device from Motorola has cropped up on GFXBench.com. It’s believed that it’s none other than the Moto X+1. If that turns out to be true, you’ll get to see a 5.2-inch screen on the Mot X+1.
The Motorola Moto X is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. The processor may look weak on paper, but it’s good enough to offer smooth user experience. In fact, the Moto X faces less stutter and lag compared to the absurdly powerful octa-core handsets such as the Samsung GALAXY S5. But, now that even Windows Phone budget devices such as the Lumia 630 have started packing in quad-core chips, Motorola will most likely use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 for the Moto X+1. So while the new phone will come with a beefed-up processor, the RAM will probably remain at 2 GB capacity.
Let’s face it, despite packing in the so called “Clear Pixel” tech, the Moto X’s 10 megapixel camera was mediocre at best. Similar to HTC, Motorola failed to compete with Nokia’s camera tech in the low-light conditions. The camera does a decent job in bright conditions. However, the photos shot in the evening contain excessive visual noise. In the next version of the handset, we expect Motorola to get its act right. If you ask me Motorola will come up with a better camera sensor, and will also bump-up the megapixel count to 12 in order to achieve more details.
Due to the unbelievably tacky and sluggish MotoBlur UI, Motorola’s smartphones were almost unusable a few years ago. Thankfully, the company has now stopped fiddling with the stock Android user interface. The Moto X shipped with Android 4.2 JellyBean, which was the latest version of the OS that time. Later, the phone received Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Similarly, the Moto X+1 will run Android 4.4.3 out of the box, and will be eligible for the future Android updates.
Similar to Nokia’s Lumia series of smartphones, the Moto X came with colourful replaceable back-panels. Going a step further, the company also offers wooden panels for the Moto X. Now according to a serial leakster @evleaks who has a good track record so far, the Moto X+1 will come with Rosewood, Teak, Ebony, and Bamboo back-panels. In addition to that, the rumours has it that Motorola is also considering the leather material option. This definitely sounds interesting. We hope that the company uses actual leather, and not the plasticky faux-leather found on the Samsung GALAXY Note 3.
Handset makers, Samsung and Sony are aggressively pushing their smartwatches. Tech-giant Apple too is expected to heat up the wearables market. Therefore, we think that Motorola will try to enhance its upcoming smartphone to play nice with the recently announced Moto 360 smartwatch. Since the company’s smartwatch lacks pedometer, the Moto X+1 will pack in that hardware to assist the Moto 360. In case you haven’t heard of pedometer, it’s a device that counts each step a person takes. It’s useful in health apps to track fitness.
So this is what I expect to see from Motorola’s Moto X+1. A few optimistic folks believe that Motorola may also include fancy stuff such as a fingerprint scanner and wireless (induction) charging to the upcoming handset. However, I think that Motorola will stick to the basic and try to deliver no non-sense smartphone experience at a competitive price. Have anything to add to this article? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org