As Google I/O approaches, the next couple of months will be filled with speculation about what we can expect from the Android team this year, but most of the talk will be centered on Motorola. After completing a deal to acquire the mobile manufacturer last year, Google hasn’t done much but cut jobs and downsize. That will all change when Motorola unveils its first phone designed under Google’s supervision later this year.
The so-called Motorola X Phone, which could be the centerpiece of Google I/O, has been little more than a name until a leak dropped today purporting to be our first look at the device. Along with the not so clear image depicting what is labeled “Motorola nXt” comes a pretty complete list of specs. The X Phone (or nXt?) is said to sport NVIDIA’s LTE-enabled Tegra 4i, a 4.7-inch 1080p display, 16MP rear camera, and 5MP front camera.
The higher resolution on the front camera not only provides better picture quality for things like video chat and Google+ Hangouts, but it is also said to accommodate a range of eye-tracking features such as automatic webpage scrolling (we’ve heard of similar tech making its way to Samsung’s Galaxy S4). As far as the Tegra 4i chip goes, it uses the older ARM Cortex-A9 architecture rather than the more recent Cortex-A15. It’s a tradeoff that should allow Google to cut down on the manufacturing cost of the phone while still providing plenty of power (and 4G connectivity).
The rumors go on to say that Motorola will borrow from the Droid RAZR M’s design in terms of using little to no bezel to provide a device that covers a small footprint despite its screen size. The X Phone is said to measure 131.2×66.7×7.9 mm, smaller in every dimension than the HTC One, a phone with an identical screen size.
But as we said before, this information is untested. The specs don’t sound so outrageous so as to read as unbelievable, but there is a long way to go between now and the end of May. Assuming for a moment that the hardware details are true, does the X Phone sound like a good enough reason to hold off on buying the soon-t0-launch HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4?
Update: As pointed out by a commenter over at AndroidWorld, these rumors are of the untrue variety. In fact, here is a picture of the original render that was then photographed to create the above “leak.” This means the list of specs are also almost certainly dubious. I guess we’ll have to stay in the dark a bit longer about how Google and Motorola plan to “wow” us in the coming months.