The new Moto X from Motorola, which will simply be called Moto X instead of the rumored “Moto X+1,” will cost $99 with a contract from AT&T when the network launches the phone later this month. Off contract, the phone will cost $499 for the 16GB version while the 32GB version will run you an extra $50.
Similar specs that the second gen phone will share with the first gen phone include 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB NAND, a 2.1MP front facing camera, Android 4.4.4 as an operating system, the same connectivity and the same Nano SIM card support.
The phone’s new specs make it a great competitor for the HTC One M8, the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. They include a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, a 5.2″ 1080p display, a 13MP camera and a 2300mAh battery, as opposed to the first gen’s 1.7GHz processor, 4.7″ 720p display, 10MP camera and 2200mAh battery.
As far as physical features go, the biggest differences between the first generation and second generation of the Moto X upon first inspection are the larger dimensions and metal accents, which is mainly featured as a metal rim that wraps around the outer edge of the phone, which isn’t just for looks as it also acts as an antenna.
At the top of the phone, you’ll find a SIM tray and headphone jack while the bottom of the phone simply sports a micro USB port. The left hand side of the phone is bare while the right hand side features the power button and volume rocker.
At the front of the phone, you’ll find two aluminum speaker grilles, which can be customized into whichever color you desire. You’ll also find a few given features that help to improve the Moto Display, air gestures and Attentive Display, including IR transmitters, a front facing camera, an IR receiver and a light/proximity sensor.
You’ll also be able to note that the phone’s display features thinner bezels than that of the first gen’s, which will improve your overall viewing experience.
At the back of the phone, you’ll find two mics as well as that 13MP camera, which is highlighted with a ring diffuser and two LED flashes. You’ll also find the Motorola “M” dimple, only this one is much larger and features a metal accent rim.
Finally, we have the back cover, and it looks as though Motorola doesn’t plan on chucking out the “Designed by You” concept anytime soon. Along with being able to select any color for the metal accents that we mentioned, the back cover can come in any color that you choose in various types of plastic, but it can also come in leather and wood variations as well.
After a lot of uncertainty this year between Motorola closing down its assembly plant in the U.S. and Lenovo’s acquisition of the company from Google, it’s a delight to see Motorola shine again with its upgraded flagship phone, the Moto X.