We've heard a lot about Motorola's Moto X over the last few weeks, but today brings us something new: A release date. A leaked video from Canada shows off the Moto X in the flesh and also provides and August release timeframe.
The video in question is from Canadian cell phone provider Rogers Wireless. Posted to Google Plus, the video shows off the Moto X's ability to process voice commands, even in stand-by mode. The user simply starts their request with, "Google Now," and the phone jumps to life. What's more, the phone's camera is accessible with a couple of flicks of the wrist, meaning you don't have to swipe to access the camera. You can also take photos by touching anywhere on the screen and hold to take multiple photos in quick succession.
The video also mentions Rogers' LTE network, which means the Moto X will indeed have support for 4G LTE. Other rumored specifications (though still unconfirmed and not included in the video), are a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 28 nm SoC clocked at 1.7 GHz (MSM8960 Pro), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 2MP camera on the front, a 10MP camera on the back, and Google's Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" OS.
Previous reports suggested that users would be able to customize their Moto X smartphone with colors of their choosing via Motorola's, though Rogers will only be selling the phone in black and white. It's possible that the aforementioned customizations will only be available to those buying the phone unlocked and off contract or at an increased price. One thing is for sure, if you're getting the phone on Rogers Wireless, you better like plain old black or white.
It's not clear if the August release applies to all of North America, or just Canada, but the video does state that the Moto X will be a Rogers exclusive in Canada.
The hardware isn't suppose to be cutting edge as all reports so far talk about it being a mid range phone, won't have an SD slot, won't have a user replaceable battery.
I can see it being a good, solid seller as many people will want a good phone at a decent price, but it pushes away the heavy phone user who will want to swap out batteries. Will also push those away who want control over their data and not have to do everything on the cloud as well as not attracting the enthusiasts who want the "latest and greatest" in hardware.
Just don't understand how this phone warrants so much attention.