Moto X makes a strong come back

Today Motorola have announced their new flagship device, the new Moto X. And yes the phone will just be called the Moto X and not the Moto X +1 or Moto X 2, as some rumours were leading us to believe. The Moto X will be priced at £419 for the 16GB option and In the US it will start from $499 and will be available towards the end of September.

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At a quick glance the new Moto X looks fairly similar to its predecessor. However, when you take a moment to look at it, it really is something quite special. Motorola have updated this in nearly everyway possible. Side by side is when you can really tell the two apart. The new Moto X has a 5.2″ screen with a resolution of 1080p, which is a big upgrade in terms of size compared to the original, and the resolution has been bumped up from 720p to 1080p. The device still have its popular curved back (which is now trademarked), which slopes to the left and right edges, feeling great to hold and very sturdy in the hand. 

The edges have now have now been upgraded from a plastic to a premium metal.  Whilst some companies use real metal, others use a fake-metal to give the device a premium look. To add to this, the head of engineering has said that the new metal rim acts as the Moto X’ antenna and can cleverly adjusts according to the placement of you fingers around the device, altering RF if needs be. The flash is different and one we haven’t really seen around in many smartphones. The camera lens is surrounded by a ring which contains two LEDs. Motorola says that it will diffuse light and provide greater illumination when snapping photos 

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Now on to the software. The Moto X is to be shipped with Androids latest OS, KitKat, but will be rolled out on Android L when it becomes available. The device is packed with an array of updates features: voice control, Moto Display, which can be triggered from a simple wave over the phones screen whilst placed on a flat surface. 

The rear shooter has been upgraded from 10MP to 13MP. But motorola has never been famous for it amazing picture quality, even when specs say otherwise. New addition of some cool camera features really make the phone stand out, like 4K capture, even more voice control capabilities, a mode that allows for multiple exposures and will select the best shot based on smiles, motion blur, or weather the subjects eyes are open.

I can’t wait to have real hands on with this device to see what it really holds. This really could be a challenger for one of the best devices of year. However, with the much anticipated iPhone 6 launch in a few days we will have to wait and see.

 

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