The tech community is on high alert, digging up any any information on Motorola’s soon-to-be-released Motorola X+1, the company’s upcoming 2014 flagship. We’re certainly excited about it. Last year’s model was seen by some as carrying sub-par hardware (at least by 2013 flagship standards). But if recent leaks and rumors hold true, this year’s model could finally offer something to rival current flagships.
A new Geekbench benchmark was uncovered, uploaded back on August 6th showing a device listed as “Motorola XT1097.” While the benchmark doesn’t reveal much, it does show a Qualcomm 8974 processor clocked at 2.45GHz. Now, it doesn’t specifically list a “Snapdragon 801″ processor, but because the regular Snapdragon 800 caps out at 2.36GHz (typically 2.26GHz), it suggests the Moto X+1′s MSM8974 is, in fact, the 801. This is the same processor found in current flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and LG G3.
One of the must-have features in last year’s Motorola Moto X was its always-listening Google Search functionality. Motorola had to put precious R&D into developing their own custom X8 chip with a low-power always listening core. With the Snapdragon 801, Motorola has a little less work to do. This functionality is already built in.