Press photos of the Moto X smartphone have been shared by Evan Blass of @evleaks, providing what could be our clearest look yet at the upcoming handset before its unveiling. Both the front and rear sides, both in black, are shown off in the photos. They feature on-screen buttons and near-stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Shortly after its release, however, it is expected that an Android 4.3 update will be made available. It also appears like the smartphone will sport a rear casing made of Kevlar, a durable material that Motorola has used on several other handsets including the Motorola Droid Maxx, RAZR M, and RAZR I. Such rear casing seems to have a striped look, possibly indicating some texture .
Plenty of photos supposedly showing the Moto X have been published before, including one in the hand of Google CEO Eric Schmidt himself in a recent event. However, none of the photos had been image renders of the smartphone. For the most part, consumers had been left guessing how the actual phone would appear when it arrives, especially because Google and Motorola will introduce many customization options.
The Moto X will be finally revealed on August 1 in a press event in New York, according to an official announcement from Google, putting an end to months of leaks and rumors.
Although the smartphone is believed to be pitted against flagship handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the HTC One, the phone makers allegedly did not include too many high-end specifications, and instead focused on bringing impressive features. This will allow Google and Motorola to sell the Moto X at a mid-range price.
Android Police claims to have sources that have confirmed the following specifications: a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 Pro MSM8960DT CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 16 GB of internal storage space, of which only 12 GB will be available to the user, 2 GB of RAM, a 10.5 MP rear-facing camera, a 2.1 MP front-facing camera, and a 4.7-inch display (or 4.5-inch, without including the on-screen buttons) with a resolution of 720 x 1184 pixels. Furthermore, the smartphone is said to have a18-19K AnTuTu score and 7100 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme score.
The Verge was also able to obtain a list of specifications that mentions a 1500mAh battery, an autoHDR camera mode, support for a wrist flick gesture to launch the camera, an always-on listening feature, and a removable Kevlar rear casing.
We will keep you updated with more Moto X information as the launch date approaches.