Motorola’s premium Moto X mobile phone has just been launched in the UK, where it will be available on the 1st of February, with deals starting from £25 a month (phone free) or SIM free – at £380.
Omio attended its launch event, where we captured these hands-on photos, with a video walkthrough – given by the Head of European Product Management, Google Android Devices, at Motorola Mobility.
This is for a device that has a similar look to the budget quad-core Moto G, only with unique features and at a higher price point.
The states-side version can be customised in more than 2,000 different ways, during ordering, where there’s a possibility this is coming to the UK – adding to the black, and Phones 4u exclusive white, models.
Our pictures start with a look at the edge-to-edge 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 AMOLED display, head-on, with its active display and 316ppi.
That is larger than the 4.5-inch Moto G’s version, which was only an IPS LCD screen.
The active display is essentially, the lock screen for the phone, but it is always active, with only a few pixels alit – saving on battery life.
When it detects light, outside of a pocket, or when it is not facing down, the screen active.
It pulses, quietly, showing the time and any notifications – gently, fading in and out.
All of which saves constantly checking the phone, by powering on a lock screen, just to check messages and their ilk. That is said to be between 30 and 60 times a day, according to Motorola.
This pic shows the curved rear (designed to fit more comfortably in the hand), along with its overall dimensions.
It is 5.7mm at its thinnest, moving to 10.4mm at its thickest part (centre), along with being 129.4mm tall and 65.3mm wide – with a weight of 135g.
On the rear is a 10-megapixel camera, launched by just two twists of the wrist (even when locked) – that is all geared up for you to never miss that perfect, picture moment.
Gone are the days of unlocking a phone, entering a passcode, finding the camera app, launching the camera app, focussing and taking the shot – where that moment, has passed.
Touching anywhere on the screen captures the pic, where holding it down, takes rapid shots and without launching a separate app.
This is with a camera that is based on Clear Pixel technology, with a RGBC sensor that is noted to collect up to 75 per cent more light, than traditional sensors.
That is handy for taking pics in dark places, at night, or just on rainy days.
Its app user interface is simple and is easy to use, matching the Moto G; swiping up and down, zooms in and out; to the right, the gallery and left, settings.
The unique selling point for the Moto X is its touchless controls, where the mobile is always listening for your command.
That is, even in standby mode, with it working in conjunction with Google, Motorola’s parent company.
This operates via Google Now, where saying the trigger command ‘OK, Google Now’ awakes the device – ready to act upon the next sentence.
There doesn’t need to be any physical interaction with the Moto X, as tasks are solely actioned via voice. This is everything from searching the Internet, finding out if you need an umbrella today, calling someone, or navigating to a certain place: the list is endless.
This is all thanks to Motorola’s X8 mobile computing platform, which is made up of eight processors – with each part playing their own role, saving on battery life.
That is a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, a quad-core Adreno 320 graphics processing unit, a natural language CPU and a contextual computing processor.
The last two are at the heart of the touchless, voice activated controls, while the very last one is at the centre of the aforementioned active display.
The X8 setup is supported by 2GB of RAM, with 16GB of storage capacity.
It also comes with 50GB of free Google Drive cloud storage, adding to the 15GB already in place, for a total of 65GB.
This shot is the Android KitKat Easter egg screen, ending with the about screen showing that it is the Moto X.
Above, is the default home screen, followed by all the pre-installed apps on our demo model, ending with the settings’ menu, showing access to the touchless controls.
There are a few notable app inclusions from Moto, on top of the default Android ones.
Those are the likes of Motorola Migrate, for the automatic transfer of your old phones’ contents to the X.
There is also Moto Assist, which runs a predefined set of rules that alter the behaviour of the handset, such as in meetings, driving or at night.
Another useful tool is Motorola Connect, where you can use your desktop Chrome browser to send and received text messages, via the phone.
Lastly, is Omio running from the Web browser and the Moto X on the left and Moto G, on the right – and the rear of the white and black X models, plus its new power pack accessory, in the middle.