Motorola Moto X phone isn't the Android you're looking for

The Motorola Moto X phone may not be as world-beating as we'd hoped, judging from new leaked specs.

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Will the Motorola Moto X phone have the X factor? Judging from new leaked specs, it seems the hotly anticipated Moto X may not be as world-beating as we'd hoped.

Why are we excited about the Moto X smart phone? Because since Google bought Motorola we've been hoping for a perfect marriage between Google software and Motorola hardware. Google has put its name to phones before -- like the excellent and super-cheap Google Nexus 4 -- but the X phone could have taken things to the next level.

It seems, though, that the Moto X isn't next-level -- in fact, it's below the level of today's leading phones.

According to the well-informed folks at Evleaks, the Motorola Moto X packs a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM. That's nothing to sneeze at, but in the age of quad-core phones it isn't exactly high-end.

The Moto X is also said to boast a 720p high-definition OLED screen -- again, perfectly fine, but nowhere near the 1080p displays of the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4. Inside there's the usual 16GB of storage, but there's no mention of variations such as a 32GB model if you want more legroom.

The camera is rumoured to be a 10-megapixel job, a decent number but not a patch on the Galaxy S4's 13-megapixel snapper. It does at least have the latest version of Android, Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software.

Previous reports suggest the Moto X has a hefty 4.8-inch screen and can tell what you want to use it for even before you do: the phone acts differently if it senses it's travelling fast, for instance, or automatically starts the camera when you take it out of your pocket.

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