Update: Motorola X Phone will launch this summer, be manufactured in the US

Ian Hardy

May 29, 2013 7:29 pm

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Motorola has been rumoured to launch a new flagship smartphone this year. The name going around the web is that it’ll be called the Motorola “X Phone” and will sport a 4.7-inch full HD screen, NVIDIA Tegra 4i processor, 16MP camera, 5MP front-facing camera and come in various colour options.

Some of those specs are rumours, but today at the D11 conference Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s CEO, confirmed the existence rumoured X phone. This “hero” device, according to Woodside, will be called Moto X. There seems to be some unique technology built into it as Woodside was quoted as stating “We know when it’s in your pocket, we know when it’s in your hand, it’s going to know when you want to take a picture and fire up the cameras… The device will know when you’re in the car and it’s moving at 60mph and you’ll interact with it differently, more safely.” Seems like the previous speculation of the X Phone having some “eye tracking for scrolling” might be coming true.

In addition, the only other known details of the X Phone are that it’ll compete directly against the iPhone and Galaxy S4, have an OLED display and be built in the United States.

Update: Motorola has issued a press release about the X Phone, claiming that “available this summer, every Moto X sold in the USA will be assembled in Fort Worth, Texas, making it the first smartphone ever assembled domestically.” Claiming advantages to designing and building the phone in the US, the release claims Motorola can “iterate on design much faster, create a leaner supply chain, respond much more quickly to purchasing trends and demands, and deliver devices to people here much more quickly. And as a part of Google we’re being encouraged to take big bets on things that make a difference.”

Source: AllThingsD, Motorola
Via: TheVerge

  • baconeater

    Amazing. But creepy…

  • thatguythere92

    This is exciting if it is true. Can’t wait!

    • mola2alex

      I would tend to believe it is true if the CEO is saying it is and giving it the name.

    • howitzerr

      I was about to buy a Nexus 4 and then this news. I think ill wait an other half year with my broken Galaxy Nexus !

    • Jonathan G.

      I am in the EXACT same boat as you are. I have a functioning galaxy nexus but with a cracked screen in the corner, so when this is ready to come out I will probably be buying this phone.

    • Julian Nowland

      are you both me?

  • Dimitri

    Its real when it gets announced. Until then, anyone from any company or another human being can say rumors / things. If he truly has it in his pocket as he claims he does, why would he even say that? Why not keep it silent & not say that? Also all sensor & act different while the car is going 60+mph? i want to see this before i believe anything this guy is saying. Yes we have the technology BUT why spoil it by giving us all this info exactly? Just say the phone is in production or say nothing.

    • mola2alex

      Its called creating buzz

  • Dylan D’Croix

    I’ll believe it when its announced. Of course Motorola is making a phone. Of course its going to directly compete against the top-contenders. Of course its going to have high-specs.

    Anyone saying details or names or anything else is just stupid. This is like saying Apple will be releasing a new iPhone “at some point”. Well no duh.

  • KrispyInTO

    If all this is legit and they put a 3000mah+ battery in there it will be my next phone

    • Plazmic Flame

      Damn! Someone beat me to it! After the Droid Razr Maxx HD seeing limited release outside of one carrier in the USA, they better be going full tilt with the release of the Moto X and it better have the same size battery as the Maxx HD!

      Motorola has the next closest skin to stock which equals less bloat, add in SmartActions which is sooooo under rated plus LTE and stock 3,000+ mAh battery?!?!?!

      Whoa…. I’m sweating now….

  • Super_Deluxe

    Hopefully it’s the Nexus 5 with a 3000+mAh battery and 5″ display!!

  • Omis

    I’m more amazed that people are still marketing things by putting an X in it. I am getting tired of it. How about giving the letter D a chance? D-phone has a nice ring to it.

    • Darth Paton

      Nah, people will just compare it to a d-bag :/

    • 3453453

      the dick phone.

  • Jacob

    Motorola?
    They still around?

  • LeafsFanGirl

    I hope Motorola doesn’t make the phone too big. I have small hands and phones are getting too big. I love Motorola because they have the best RF and call quality. Love the build quality of their phones lately, esp. the Razr HD LTE.

  • Graham Wilson

    …built in the US? that’s pretty amazing right there.

  • Gsizzle

    That’s why I am not opting out and buying the S4 or the HTC One. Waiting for this Bad boy to show up and ‘WOW’ us.

    We have given you a lot of time, don’t disappoint us.

  • Ibraheem Habeeb

    Its gonna be super expensive, it will come only on Verizon as all other Motorolas… sad

    I wanted a droid razr maxx hd but it works only for Verizon which won’t work in my local networks. Also, No more Motorola in middle east… hate this

  • Mark Landry

    Is this the next Nexus :D

    • Dimitri

      Doubt it. Google would not let any company announce the next Nexus unless Google would announce it. Even tho Google owns Motorola, i really doubt its the next Nexus device.

    • Jonathan G.

      I do too, but with some luck and wishful thinking this could very well be the base to the next Nexus phone like the Optimus G was to the Nexus 4…Fingers crossed!

  • Ray Taylor

    Blackberries are manufactured domestically both in Waterloo and in Mexico.

    • Ben

      And when you go to the airport, the drug dog will tag you (hence made in Mexico) because of your “new” phone with the drug residue.

    • Ray Taylor

      I guess that explains why my Z10 keeps asking me for nose candy, lol

    • Tom

      I think the mass production for retail is exclusively done in Mexico. Haven’t seen Canadian-built BBs other than prototypes for a long while.

  • Thomas Gregan

    Oh guys, It doesn’t have to be a nexus device. Just a “Google Edition” what they are calling it lately :D

  • Glucksdrachen

    Apparently this phone is supposed to be on the same playing field as the One/GS4 and iPhone 5S… however, some rumours claim it to have a 720p display, which would already place it with last year’s tech. Personally, I couldn’t care less whether the screen is 720p or 1080p, but if Moto is trying to compete in the specs market, they’ll have to go out with guns blazing. If the phone looks like its leaked photos, there had better be a 3000 mAh battery bulging in the back there!

  • Diderot

    I am curious to find out how this phone will know whether I’m the driver or a passenger. I wouldn’t be impressed if I couldn’t use this phone because I’m passenger.

    • Tom

      It’ll probably have a toggle-off feature, like Garmin GPSes. Garmin systems have a safety lock turned on by default that prevents destination entry if the vehicle is in motion, but a few seconds in the system settings will allow you to toggle it off and allow the passenger to manipulate the system.

  • Charles Berry

    Hurrah for Motorla going back to made in the U.S.A. I purchased a Motorola smartphone this year from my carrier. It has been the best phone I have ever owned. for reliabilty, the Motorola smartphone is the best in my opinion. Can’t wait to see the Moto X.

  • dracos

    they ONLY way I am buying this is if its stock Android and the updates come from Google, if this is just another Motorola product I would rather get an iCrap, there is no way I am getting another Motorola product after the Xoom fiasco, I don’t care how good it is.

    • 3453453

      lol xoom hahahhhahahahaahhahaha

  • Garrett Cooper

    Please please please be stock android. You don’t have to be the next Nexus, as long as there is a google edition I’ll be happy, well and a 3000mah battery please :)