Moto X+1 or Droid Ultra sequel? Motorola XT912A surfaces with Snapdragon 800

Posted on Apr 24 2014 - 7:46am by Adrian Diaconescu

It’s no secret Motorola means business in spite of an impending Lenovo acquisition with still hard to guess ramifications, as an eclectic blend of ultra-affordable Moto devices and high-enders have been tipped of late for 2014 introductions.

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The leathery X+1, LTE-enabled G and dirt-cheap E are among these forthcoming potential box-office hits, with Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini follow-ups also implied. And let’s not forget the 360, Motorola’s first foray into the booming wearable market sector and one of the first smartwatches built on Android Wear.

Also, the XT912A handheld. Wait, what XT912A? Well, the XT912A revealed in a GFX Bench test moments ago. Now, it’s virtually impossible to guess the phone’s future market name based solely on that confusing model number, but looking at the specs disclosed I think I’ve narrowed down the list of suspects to a couple.

My hunch and nothing but my hunch tells me the XT912A is… drum roll, please… either the X+1 (which I secretly hope will end up being called something else), or some kind of Droid Ultra sequel. Or who knows, a flagship device part of a different family and set to roll out internationally.

Nah, my money’s on the X+1. I mean, the hardware is high-end, but not too high-end, just like with the first-gen X. The 5.2-inch display sports 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution, which is an obvious progress from 1,280 x 720, but nowhere near Oppo Find 7 and LG G3’s 2,560 x 1,440.

Motorola XT912A

The chip taking care of the speed business is a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800, not a 2.5 GHz S801. Then you have 2 GB RAM, not 3, a 12 MP rear-facing camera, not 16 or 21, and finally 32 GB built-in storage (24 user available), signaling the absence of a microSD card slot.

On the software side of things, this X+1 prime candidate runs Android 4.4.3 KitKat, which is yet to roll out in an organized fashion to a single gadget out and about. One more reason to doubt we’re dealing with a Verizon-exclusive Droid Ultra Plus, Droid Ultra 2 or whatever.

Back to the cryptic XT912A designation, let’s mention it smells a bit fishy, as last year it was allocated to a Moto X test build that, as far as we know, never became reality. Digging even further, we can track an XT912 model number associated with Verizon’s 2011 Droid Razr, meaning this XT912A might be part of the Droid family after all. Or a very complex hoax. Or another prototype doomed to never see daylight.

Damn it, there are just too many variables to the equation! But the bottom line is Motorola is alive and kicking. 

Via [GFX Bench]

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Adrian has an insatiable passion for writing ever since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about technology and gadgets in general and Android in particular.