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Moto X Specs Suggest Modest Dual-Core Device, So Why All the Hype?

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The Moto X is just around the corner, but should we really be that excited? If you’re idea of a ‘great’ handset revolves around killer specs that push the limits of what is capable – then no.

We’ve heard murmurs in the past that the Moto X would arrive with decisively mid-range specs. Now thanks to Android Police we get a look at what supposedly is the final specs for the upcoming handset. The Moto X will be powered by a modest 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB RAM, a 4.7-inch 720 x 1184 resolution display, a 2.1MP front cam, a 10.5MP back cam, 16GB storage and just Android 4.2.2.

Not exactly an impressive device on paper. So what – if anything – will help the Google-guided Motorola Moto X live up to the extreme levels of hype that has been thrown its way?

Customization. Unique sensors/features. Killer pricing.

The first two of these things have been mentioned before by Motorola, though we aren’t sure exactly what the customization or sensors/contextual awareness abilities will actually entail. The point is that a phone doesn’t need the most RAM or processing power to lead the pack, it needs unique features that set it apart. It’s possible that Motorola is focusing more on unique features than raw power.

As for the pricing? While Motorola has never confirmed low pricing, rumors continue to suggest the phone will cost around $250 – $350 unlocked, putting it somewhere near the pricing of a Nexus phone. If the low pricing and unique (read: potentially gimmicky) features play out, the Moto X still offers plenty of appeal for many consumers – it just might not be a power-user’s dream.

What do you think of the Motorola Moto X: skeptic, excited or indifferent?

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  • http://michaelkwan.com Michael Kwan

    For me, the pricing is what will make or break it. It has to be slightly cheaper than a new Nexus, because of the mid-range specs. I’d really want it to be pentaband too.