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Moto X Hands on, Quick Review, Photos and Video

Motorola was launched in US last year and its global launch has been quite restricted. After the success of Moto G, Motorola is all set to launch Moto X in India as well, in the next few weeks. A few weeks can mean a lot of things, but we got to lay our hands on the Moto X well before its India release. Let’s take a look.


Moto X Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 4.7 Inch HD Super AMOLED, 1280 x 720 resolution, 312 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.7 GHz (Krait 300 cores), Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon, with Adreno 320 GPU, 1 contextual awareness core and 1 natural language core
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Software Version: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Camera: 10 MP camera, LED flash, 1080p Video recording at 30 fps
  • Secondary Camera: 2.0 MP, 1080p recording at 30 fps
  • Internal Storage:  16 GB, 32 GB
  • External Storage: No
  • Battery: 2200 mAh
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature
  • Connectivity:  HSPA+, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, GLONASS, NFC

Moto X Hands On [Video]


Design and Build

Moto X scores high in design and build department. The curved back cover follows an ergonomic design which feels quite natural to hold in hand. Motorola has also used a glass fused with plastic for the front, so that the plastic to Glass transition is seamless without a gap.

Motorola has incorporated 3 Microphones in the body design for efficient noise cancellation also useful in automatic speech recognition. The 4.7 inch display sports 720p HD resolution. The display is very different from that of Moto G. If you like natural colors and like to read on your phone, you would definitely like the more bright IPS LCD display of Moto G.

The marginally bigger Moto X display is Super AMOLED display. In super AMOLED displays only those pixels which are required are powered. There is no back light similar to LCD panels which means you get awesome blacks, great contrast and less power consumption. But the whites are not as good and the display brightness is not at par with IPS panels. Moto X has an Active display feature which displays Notifications on lock screen. Thus AMOLED display was must for power consumption.

Camera and Internal Storage

The 10 MP camera at the back is capable of full HD video recording. The camera gave us some excellent shots in bright light condition and was quite quick in operations. The low light performance however was less than expected. You can launch the camera app simply by flickering your list, which is actually quite accurate and convenient.

You got two options for internal storage- 16 GB and 32 GB. The storage is not extendable and the lack if MicroSD support could be a deal breaker for many people.

Battery, OS and Chipset

The Battery is 2200 mAh and Motorola claims that you can get 576 hours of standby time and 13 hours of talk time which is not great but certainly decent enough. The operating system is Android 4.4 KitKat .

The UI is mostly stock android and Motorola has added features like touch less control (through Voice commands) and Active display. Active display displays notifications on a lock screen but it goes dark when your phone is in your pocket or is upside down.

The chipset has two Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. Motorola has opted for two high frequency cores rather than 4 low frequency ones and we didn’t find any lag whatsoever in UI transitions. The processor is backed by 2 GB RAM and Adreno 320 GPU. It also comes with 1 contextual awareness core and 1 natural language core for active display and touch less control respectively.

Moto X Photo Gallery

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Considering our initial time with the device, we really liked Moto X. The main problem with the device will be the pricing. If Motorola manages an aggressive pricing similar to Moto G, the phone has good hopes in cost sensitive Indian market. If the pricing of 16 GB variant is around 25K mark, it will be a tough sell.


Deepak Singh

The Author spent a significant chunk of his formative years resisting technology. He now keeps an eye on where the world is heading to, and drives a passive pleasure from this indulgence. His passion to write, learn and improve drives him each day. When his day ends, he enjoys the pleasant languor and detoxifies with family. You can connect with him on and Twitter