Friday, 5 September 2014

Motorola Goes A Notch Higher With Moto X And Moto G

Motorola launched three of its most awaited devices today at a private event in Chicago along with a hands-free Bluetooth Headset. Motorola has definitely done a lot of homework before launching their two most awaited smartphones: the Moto X and Moto G.

First off, lets talk about their flagship phone, the Moto X.

Moto X

Motorola announced the updated Moto X (not the Moto X+1 or X2) with some fairly updated specs and a design which fairly resembles the original Moto X.

The New Moto X

The Moto X (Gen 2) gives a premium feel in the hand, thanks to the aluminum frame and the back covers finished in Horween leather. The Wood covers will be available this time too but made fro, FSC certified trees.

The specs of the device have improved vastly, running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 330 GPU coupled with 2GB of RAM. Expandable memory won’t be an option as the phone will come with 16 or 32GB of built-in storage.

Motorola hasn’t ditched the AMOLED display once again which helps in better color saturation and deeper blacks. The display size has been bumped up to 5.2” 1080p with 423ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass. The Moto X features a 13MP rear-facing camera with dual-LED ring flash and 4K video capture. The most interesting part in the camera module is the placement of the flash which forms a ring around the camera and lights up while snapping the pictures. The phone runs on stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat along with a few Motorola goodies.

The most important features that made the previous Moto X stand out from the rest was the Active Display and Touchless Controls. Motorola haven’t compromised on these two and are now providing much better user experience to the consumers. Touchless Controls can now access third party-apps too, which was previously absent in the earlier iteration. The Active Display feature now makes use of handy gesture controls too that utilize the IR sensors sitting on the front four corners of the phone. Just a swipe over the phone can now wake up the screen for a glance over the notifications.
The new Moto X will be available later this month in various countries including the United States, Mexico, France, Germany and the United Kingdon. It is not known which of these countries will get to buy the phone through the Moto Maker. Motorola started providing outstanding phones at low prices and this one might be no exception. The new Moto X will retail for a price of $499.99, far less than Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 or the iPhone 5S.

Moto G

The second smartphone announced by Motorola was the Moto G (Gen 2), a successor to its most successful device also by the name Moto G. Last year’s Moto G helped Motorola get back in the market for the phenomenal specs at a very affordable price. The new Moto G might be no different as it is heading the same way with a bang for the buck price.

Motorola has made quite a few improvements over its predecessor packing a 5” 720p IPS display covered by Gorilla Glass. The internals have remained the same with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1.2GHz CPU, Adreno 305 GPU with 1GB of RAM. Motorola has incorporated dual speakers in the front which makes it a rather appealing device.

The camera has been updated too featuring an 8MP f/2.0 unit along with a 2MP front facing camera. The phone will boot up with a pre Google experience running stock Android 4.4.4 Kitkat out of the box with a guaranteed update to Android L.

These hefty features haven’t affected the price though, retaining the same $179.99 price tag. The phone will be available starting today in United States, India, France, UK, Brazil, Spain and Germany with more countries to follow. The Moto G will be available in India from midnight for Rs. 13000 and will be sold exclusively via Flipkart.

Moto Hint

The Moto Hint is an ultra-small premium Bluetooth headset capable of allowing users to operate the device with voice commands while keeping it out of sight. The device will be available in United States for $149.99 later this fall.

Moto Hint

Moto 360

Motorola unveiled their Moto 360 smartwatch a long time back but the details about its price and availability were not known. The company today announced that it will retail for $249.99 and will go on sale today in the United States. The metal band option will go on sale for a price of $300.

Moto 360

 Moto 360 has a 1.56-inch, 320x290 resolution (205PPI) semi-circular display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is IP67 certified, which means it can be submerged in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter. The watch weighs 49g.

The Moto 360 has a built-in pedometer, as well as an optical heart rate monitor. The device runs on an TI OMAP 3 processor with 4GB internal memory and 512MB of RAM. There is a single button on the side for waking up the device, vibrator motor for notifications, and dual microphones.

Motorola claims an all day battery life (12 hours) with the Moto 360. The internal 320mAh battery can be wirelessly charged using the wireless charging dock provided with it and will be compatible with Android devices running Android 4.3 and above.

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