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CNET First Look
Meet Motorola's new Moto XMotorola's Moto X targets midrange with slick Android skills, fast camera, and creative design.
Hey, guys. This is Brian Bennett from CNET.com and right now, we are taking a first look at the brand new Motorola Moto X smartphone. We're at Motorola's launch event in New York City. So, this device has been long awaited. It's born out of a partnership with Motorola and Google who owns the company. We have a very distinctive design you can tell. It's got a 4.7-inch AMOLED screen with 720 resolution. What's really nice, though, is that it's very thin. The shape of the back is actually a very kind of a rounded scalp shape that has little tapered edges here on the side, on each side here that will hopefully fit in your hand a little bit easier. The back of the phone uses a soft touch surface here and the whole device actually is nano-coated for some water resistance. Now, on the back, you can see there's a 10 megapixel camera that uses the clear pixel technology which is in the Droid phones that just were announced on Verizon and what's interesting, you can tell it's got a little like dimple here where you put your finger when you hold it, it's kinda cool and the Motorola logo. We've got a SIM card slot where you can put in your SIM card it's gonna be available on 5 carriers in the US. Among those will be Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. The phone itself is gonna cost $199.99. And the other key features to the phone here, we can see is it's got a typical stuff like the volume, very small volume control, power key and you know, front-facing camera on top, headphone jack over here. This phone is running Android 4.22 Jellybean. It's not 4.3. Some of the features that make the Moto X very interesting is that it uses the X8 processor. Potentially it has-- what Motorolla says is 8 cores but really it's based on the dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro processor that processes information for applications and then it also has a quad-core Adreno graphics processor and then underneath that, it's got 2 processors; one for contextual computing and one that controls, you know, voice recognition and that kind of stuff. So, as part of this whole Motorola Touchless interface where you will just address the phone and say, okay Google Now, you know, please do this, please do the search, it will tie into Google Now's service which analyzes your voice and basically does lots of searches and things really quickly, without you having to touch the screen. Other features include the ability to customize the phone. Basically, you will be able to customize the phone in thousands of different ways and it's all gonna be handled out of a factory in Forth Worth, Texas and basically, that will enable you, the customer, to order your phone and receive it within four days. That's pretty cool. Another interesting feature on the Moto X is this ability called Quick Capture that enables you to take photos within 2 seconds. So, basically, if you have the phone and it's sitting down, you could just pick the phone up like this and then twist it two times and that immediately fires up the camera and you can quickly fire off a shot boom, like that, just by touching the screen. To reach the other kind of basic settings and see modes, you just kinda swipe the screen on the left side and you've got a rotating little control here where you can access, you know, panorama mode, location settings. Additionally, on the Moto X is a feature called the Active Display. So, you have the phone in your pocket or it's sitting like this on the table, it uses the ambiance sensor to immediately fire up a notification area on the lock screen. So, here we go. We have the notifications here, we can see who is texting us or sending a message. We can also just push up and jump straight to that message so we can do exactly what we need without having to waste time messing around the menus, firing up the screen for a long time and hopefully that also will save your battery. So, there you have it, folks. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET.com and we just took a first look at the Motorola Moto X. Check back soon for a full review.