After garnering a widely positive response to their new line of devices, Lenovo’s newest acquisition , Motorola is set to unleash their third iteration of the immensely popular Moto X family. Many might know what the Moto X is, but for the benefit of those who are new to this, the Moto X is what you could essentially call the flaghip model amongst the deadly Moto trio of the Moto E, Moto G and Moto X.
When the phone made its debut in 2013, no one thought it would create waves in the market, due to the presence of big flagship players like Samsung, LG, HTC etc. What many people didn’t know is that Motorola had ben making the very successful lineup of Droid smartphones with Verizon, and thus, had the required knowledge and technical know how to pull off a proper flagship phone. So, when the phone actually hit the market, not only did the phone surprise the audience with its flagship grade features, it also shocked them with pricing. Basically, what Motorola had done was give the people a flagship grade smartphone for the price of an upper mid range device. This combo worked like a charm, and its no wonder that Motorola want to keep the lineup growing.
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When it comes to the Moto X 3rd Gen. what we have at our disposal is the primary spec sheet, with just enough info to give the people a basic idea of what to expect from the device. In this article, I will tell you about the known features and also tell you how much of an upgrade the 3rd gen device is over its 2nd gen sibling.
Without further ado, lets get started –
First of all lets look at what we know about the Moto X ( 3rd Gen. )
||5.2 inch AMOLED display ( 1440 x 2560 pixels)
||16 MP with Autofocus (rear) | 5 MP, 1080p (front)
||Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808
||Non-removable Li-Ion 3280 mAh battery
||4 GB RAM
||32/64 GB internal with no SD card expansion
||Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
||Black, White ( expected Moto Maker options )
Other than the dimensions and the weight, we have received access to all other major specifications. Lets take a quick look at each of them separately and see how they fare against their predecessor.
- Design – On the first glance, you will see that the new 3rd gen model of the Moto X looks very much like its 2nd gen predecessor. Motorola design has been improving over the years, and with the introduction of the new ring flash technology, they have indeed taken their phones to the next level. Initially a part of the Nexus 6, this innovative ring flash soon made it to the second gen Moto X, and by the looks of it, Motorola will indeed carry that forward to the third generation model as well, thus keeping it in line with the times. Overall, if you are a buyer who goes for the design of the model before anything else, you need not worry. The Third Gen. Moto X is definitely in line with the previous Gen, if not an upgrade.
- Display – The display section has been a strong point for Motorola since the very beginning. When people saw the Moto G for the first time, no one expected it to feature a 720p HD display in that price range. It was the same in case of the other members as well. The second generation of the Moto X was given the then leading screen resolution of 1080p HD. However, according to the preliminary specifications, the third generation will receive a display upgrade as well. According to the spec sheet, the Moto X 3rd generation will come with a stunning QHD display with a pixel density of an insane 565 ppi. Motorola has maintained the screen size at the same 5.2 inch level, but the resolution bump up will surely be a treat to your eyes.
Performance – The third generation Moto X will thankfully boot Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of box, which is a breather when you look at the big line of people who are still waiting for the update. As far as the innards of the phone are concerned , Motorola has given the third gen piece as complete overhaul. The Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset of the previous generation model has been replaced with a newer Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset. What is featured in this chipset is a Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 along with a more than capable Adreno 418 GPU. A quick look on the internet will show you that the Adreno 418 is one of the best in the business and falls just short of the Adreno 430 which is coupled with the Snapdragon 810 chipset. In my opinion, Motorola probably played it safe by not picking the 810 chipset due to its rather “Heated” reputation, and they will not lose any points on that whatsoever.
- Memory and RAM – Memory is what worries people a lot these days, with a lot of companies now giving up on memory card expansion options. The Moto X is in the line as well. However, the respite you get is the internal memory option of 32/64 GB , which is more than sufficient when it comes to internal memory. Also, if you are someone who uses their dvice as a hard disk rather than a smartphone, the you should invest in those USB OTG devices as well. The earlier version came with a 32 GB internal option without an SD card option, but its conveniently in the past now. The big selling point however , is the mostrous 4GB RAM!! Motorola went berserk in this aspect and offloaded the powerful 2GB RAM of the previous Moto X and put in a monstrous 4 GB RAM instead. What this means is that you will get the best performance and multitasking experience on this phone than any other phone in its segment. Sure, the Samsung and LG phones may have more features and possibly a better chipset, but what Motorola has in return is a Pure Stock Android experience with no bloatware. Overall, I would say this is a performance package worth investing in at all costs.
- Camera – Motorola caught the users off guard with surprisingly good camera sensors in all of their devices. True, the Moto E came with a rather weak one compared to its peers, but the same cannot be said about the Moto G and Moto X. The previous generation Moto X came with a powerful 13MP rear camera sensor with Autofocus and dual LED ring flash. The new Moto X however, will feature an even more powerful 16 MP rear camera sensor with Dual LED Flash and Autofocus. I would have liked an OIS on board as well, but I guess we can expect that soon as well. As far as the ‘selfie’ snapper is concerned, the older 2 MP front sensor has been replaced by a fresh 5 MP sensor, which can also recod at Full 1080p HD resolution.
- Battery – The new Moto X has got a very huge battery upgrade and rightfully so, as catering to a QHD display and a sizzler of a chipset will require a lot of juice. As for as numbers go, Motorola has replaced the earlier 2300 mAh battery for ann eye poping 3280 mAh. This battery should be able to do all required tasks and more while giving 2 days of usage comfortably at the same time.
All in all, we see that Motorola has actually not compromised on any aspect and given the new generation Moto X better features all through. I would love to see Motorola put in an IR port and OIS in the mix as well, but as far as this version goes, its a big Thumbs up.
The pricing will be available only after the device is made official, which should happen sometime during the tail end of the year, but I guess Motorola would have to price this slightly above the previous model due to the 4K display and the other frills that come with it. If you are in search of a new phone and can wait for a while, this phone should fit the bill to the T.