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Here’s Eric Schmidt holding the Moto X

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s most likely the sort-of-but-not-really announced Moto X. In Eric Schmidt’s hands, no less. Word is the colors will be customizable, and it looks like Mr. Schmidt went with the white. We’ve been waiting for an official unveiling since Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside confirmed the existence of the Moto X back in May, but aside from a teaser ad that hit the internet earlier this month we are still waiting.

Motorola’s approach to launching their new flagship has been curious, to say the least. It’s the first phone designed under the watchful gaze of Google, and it could be the hardware maker’s only hope in turning their fortunes around. Moto is prepared to put a massive advertising push behind the handset, but will it be a hit? I’m inclined to think Erich Schmidt believes the Moto X will.

[via Twitter]

Continue reading on the Motorola Moto X forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • Gilbert

    It looks pretty nice. I do wish Motorola can step their game up so I can stop supporting other countries instead of our own. If Moto could at least understand that the people want high specs, small bezels, a good looking phone and maybe a good off-contract price, then they might have a chance in being the next Samsung and or HTC of the android world.

    • charles rogers

      I think we can probably get any combination of 3/4 of those and do pretty well.

      • Gilbert

        I hope so.

    • AnGeLFaCe77

      Motorola have been king already. They were sleeping to much with Verizon, that is why they did not sell as much as Samsung nor Apple.

  • RobertArias

    I think this will be a big hit with the masses. Good price, reliable product and support, and flash appeal to the non tech community.
    Would I buy one? No, but it’s not meant for us.

    • bitflung

      why do you say “it’s not meant for us”? it’s been described as their upcoming “hero” phone and seems to be geared toward the high-end user… am i missing something here?

      • RobertArias

        I am basing my statement on the rumored specs. The S4 & HTC One are far superior spec wise, which would make them more of a choice for techies. The Moto X is solid, hut definitely not Top Notch stores when compared to those other two.
        The Moto X is a great option for the average user and offers solid pricing (based on rumors) & fun customization. Most techies could care less about “pretty” cases and engraving. They want a muscle car under the hood.
        I hope that clarifies some.

  • OptimusKLP

    It looks very nice.

  • PhineasJW

    If this is a sub-$300 phone (off contract), with excellent battery life, and a HUGE marketing push, it stands a real chance.

    Wonder if they were able to convince Verizon to sell this off-contract…

    • Tony Lai

      Convince Verizon? Good luck with that.

    • collin ferreira

      I was wondering the same thing…hopefully they used the better spec’d Droid ultra and maxx as selling points to help convince Verizon that an off contract phone won’t kill into there 2 year contract sales. Plus maybe the Droid ultra will just be a better spec’d moto x with same software and sensors, but exclusive Droid branding, giving Verizon the real flagship we all want.

      • mgamerz

        And an ince big Verizon logo watermarked onto the screen right? Upping the ante from the Note II

    • Butters619

      If they convinced Verizon to sell it off contract I would be shocked and amazed. I’d probably punch myself in the face to make sure it was real life.

      • supremekizzle

        ….

    • AnGeLFaCe77

      Do you know anything about technology ? How come it will be 300 off contract when this device will have the best sensors etc? Learn about this before you type nonsense.

    • Sean Royce

      All I care about is out of the box experience. It’s a thing that everyone cares about and it’s very important. Makes me think of the S4 lagging out of the box. Happens to a myriad of Android phones.

  • MK2

    Welcome back to Android Kevin!!!

    • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

      I have some bad news for you…

      • Jordan Caviness

        what is it? Kevin posted this via his iPhone?lol

        • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

          Kevin’s still an iPhone guy! lol

      • MK2

        Onions have layers!

  • Bizzle9

    Not bad. I hope there is truth to the rumor that the back AND the front colors are customizable. The black front with the white back is not a good look IMO.

    • scoter man1

      I think that’s only the Nexus game. It’s pretty sad to see a white back and a black front though, haha.

      • Bizzle9

        Check the other pictures of this event. Mr. Schmidt’s phone clearly has a black front. Hopefully, it’s just because it’s early or that he’s just experimenting.

  • Cliff McQuigg

    Hoping it does well.

  • veccster

    Has size been confirmed? That surely looks like a smaller phone – maybe 4.3?

    • OptimusKLP

      It’s probably 4.7.

      • Sean Royce

        I hope so.

  • HeatFan305

    Have the real specs been leaked? I really doubt Motorola would put a midrange device with all this type of hype.

    • Chimphappyhour

      Why not? Using mid range specs, they can put out a cheap phone and grab market share. Which is what they need. Putting out a high end device wouldn’t grab nearly as much. Once they have the money coming in and people hooked, they can then move onto a higher end device in the same line.

      • HeatFan305

        Well, $500 million is a ton of cash for advertising. Selling at cost or just marginally breaking even will not yield a $500 million profit though. The Nexus 4 is already a flagship that turned midrange based on what the market leaders are producing at this point. I wish Google would speed up their yearly Nexus iterations. August September would be a perfect window instead of November.

        • Chimphappyhour

          No one said anything about selling at cost or marginally breaking even.

          • HeatFan305

            But it can be implied because the devices are being sold for mad cheap. Look at the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 as a textbook examples. Sure, you can say market shares, but releasing a quality premium device and marketing it well can help too. I rather take the later route instead of a midrange route.

          • Chimphappyhour

            Except they stand a much better chance of selling many more midrange devices.

          • HeatFan305

            Less profits though. Huawei doesn’t make as much profits at selling something on Metro PCS or Unlocked compared to Samsung with its S4.

          • Chimphappyhour

            I’m not seeing how it is less profits. It’s actually the same model any other company in any other industry follows. Your bread and butter is in the low to mid ranges. Anyone who has ever sold anything can tell you that. Sure, those nice high end doo-dads look nice but they don’t usually sell ANYWHERE near as much.

          • HeatFan305

            In other words, you are telling me that the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Mini produce more profits the Galaxy S line? I highly doubt that for Samsung.

          • Chimphappyhour

            Maybe not for Samsung but Motorola isn’t Samsung. And Samsung didn’t even get to where they are now by banking on their high end first. This is all very basic business. Might want to brush up on it before going any further with this conversation. While a lot of us here are into the high end stuff, the fact is that most people could care less.

      • chris420o

        i disagree with this…look at the hottest selling phones(android world)…samsung s4…may be cheaply made but it has high end specs so moto should do the same with their build quality and BAM….instant success

        • Chimphappyhour

          Except Motorola doesn’t have the same name value as Samsung does at the moment. Hence why they need to do this.

        • malcmilli

          not instant success… it took samsung a few years to develop galaxy brand… and htc has had high end specs that perform just as well as galaxy s series n they arent “instant successes” there’s a lot that goes into play, but that 500 million dollar marketing budget is the best first step to take.

  • james ortiz

    am I the only one that thinks this looks like the HTC one?

    • OptimusKLP

      It looks a bit similar, yes.

    • Jokesy

      The back sure looks like the HTC One. Don’t forget that front of HTC One also looks so much like Blackberry Z10. Every design is now recycling of known designs.

      • simpleas

        exactly

    • AnGeLFaCe77

      Learn about technology.

  • PedroAVazquez

    Does any one say htc one much????

  • HeatFan305

    Can we expect some software editing by Motorola or is it expected to have pure Android? I think I might buy the X Phone to ditch my Nexus 4. If not, I’ll go with the S4 when I can afford it.

    • OptimusKLP

      I think it will be like the Google Edition HTC One, where they might make some small adjustments but otherwise will be pure stock Android.

      • HeatFan305

        So those “adjustments” are to preserve the integrity of the product’s features? Such as Zoey and the Ultra Pixel in the HTC One? I am kinda up in the air on those products because why spend extra cash to flash another rom with ease? I just hope they announce the Specs soon.

        • OptimusKLP

          Yea that’s what it looks like.

    • PooPooTron

      If you get it from verizon, it will definatley have bloatware. But motorola’s ui, even before google bought them, was always very close to stock.
      There’s probably gonna be a GE tho

  • izzyt

    im just glad that we have a phone company whose CEO name is easily pronounceable!!!

    • http://www.newportessentials.com/ paco cornholio

      Cook?

    • Sean Royce

      nef quintero?

  • ant-roid

    What’s that rectangle next to the camera?

    • WhoaManWtF

      Looks like a rear facing speaker grill to me.

  • reznorfan0

    I’m not interested in it but I hope it does well. Always like moto hardware, and with google at the reigns you’d hope software will catch up.

    Right now I love my note 2, it moto has something comparable in the near future, I’ll jump.

  • Jordan Caviness

    i would not care so much if it did have midrange specs so as long as the software runs smoothly with the hardware. some other companies(i wont name) are able to produce fluid experiences with dual core processors… just saying… yes i am looking forward to a Motorola come back!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sean Royce

      Perfect statement. And we all know you’re talking about Apple’s iOS or Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

      • mgamerz

        Yeah.. I knew that too.

  • Revas

    It’s a nice looking device, if the specs are competitive with other high end phones Moto will have a winner on their hands.

  • dandybuck

    Just launch the damn thing already!!

  • chris420o

    actually looks like a sexy lil device…i hope it operates as one

  • ineptone

    To me, this phone looks great. It’s too bad it’s going to have such middling specs.

    • Sean Royce

      No one knows until the final announcement.

    • arrigob

      The specs might not be the same as a S4 or a One but I have a feeling it will run smoother than both.

  • T. Hargers

    I can see this coming in at $199 and moto making a killing on case upgrades or other goodies they might throw in…I’ll definitely consider this if performance at least matches my N4.

  • sesar707

    Even if the specs are not high a custom rom will make it perform close to a high end like my og note its 1 year n a half old anf its fast n keeps up whit gs4 n iphone 5 no complain there just hope its affordable n ill be jumping to it whit the quickness

  • AnGeLFaCe77

    This device is looking better each day. This device will be revolutionary. Google and Moto did it again.

  • http://www.legaldefenderspc.com James

    I agree that the back looks like the HTC One which could mean that will have a non-removable battery.

  • http://www.xtremetechnews.com/author/chris-pagan Chris

    too bad it looks just like the htc one

  • arrigob

    All I know is, this is my next phone. I’m sold.