Moto X versus flagship smartphones

In a battle between Moto X versus flagship smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10 and Nokia Lumia 1020, which handset would emerge as the one with the best technical specifications? We have compiled the data into a table for easy reference.

Moto X versus flagship smartphones
Moto X versus flagship smartphones


If a smartphone with a premium-quality display is your priority, the Moto X may not be your best bet. The Moto X has a 720p display, which is easily beaten by the 1080p displays of the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Sony Xperia Z. However, if you are looking for a smartphone with a large display in which you can enjoy videos or games, the Moto X may not be such a bad choice. Measuring 4.7 inches, the Moto X is only slightly smaller than the 5-inch displays of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z. It is also the same size as the HTC One, and larger than the Nokia Lumia 1020, Blackberry Z10, and the smallest among the group, the Apple iPhone 5.


The processor on the Moto X is not all that impressive. In the group, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, both featuring a great combination of Snapdragon 600 and Adreno 320, have been shown to produce much better benchmark results. Although the question of how accurate and truthful these benchmark tests are have been recently raised, the HTC and Samsung Galaxy S4 are still generally considered to have better CPUs than the Moto X. On the other hand, the Xperia Z has a more inferior processor and GPU combination. When tested, the Sony flagship smartphone supposedly had similar results with those from the Moto X. Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 5 also does not provide a very good processor, either, notwithstanding the contention that it does not require one because it runs on iOS. However, just considering the numbers, the processor of the Moto X beats the Apple iPhone 5.


The Nokia Lumia 1020, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 appear to have pretty good cameras, based on the figures as well as reviews. Compared to these, somehow the 10MP camera of the Moto X does not seem to be a good match. Thus, if you intend to take a lot of photos with your smartphone, you would probably be better off skipping the Moto X.


Motorola contends that the battery of the Moto X, which has a capacity of 2200 mAh, is able to last for 24 hours of general use. That will be difficult to top for these flagship handsets. It is worth noting, however, that the Samsung Galaxy S4 reportedly has a long-lasting battery, as well. More tests would need to be run to see how the Moto X stacks up with the competition.

Experience over specifications

Motorola has stressed again and again in the past that the focus of the Moto X is on the user experience instead of the specifications. This explains why its specifications may not be as high-quality as the ones offered by the other devices. Ultimately, however, consumers decide which among these two factors they would consider to have the higher value. Some would simply prefer more high-end specifications whereas others would be content with features like customization.

Be sure to check out David’s article which details the Moto X launch. Also, take a look at Adrian’s opinion of the Moto X for more insights on the device.

Be sure to check out Adrian’s opinion on the Moto X for more insights regarding the new handset.