Motorola has had a bumper year thus far with the success of the Moto G and Moto E budget smartphones and it’s showing no indication of slowing down. Hot on rumours of the Motorola Shamu being the Nexus 6 with its 5.9 inch screen, Android Police has gotten a hold of leaked images for a pre-production version of the Motorola Moto X+1.
This will be the follow-up to the Moto X which was Motorola’s first flagship device since being purchased by Google.
The images showcase exactly what kind of upgrades the Moto X+1 will be seeing, namely in its screen which has increased to 5.1 inches.
There’s a noticeable speaker grille underneath the display and it’s a noticeable improvement from its predecessor which only had a grille on the top.
As leaked earlier, the Moto X+1 features a wooden back panel which was a design option for the Moto X. There’s also a noticeable silver lining around the edges which is apparently made of aluminum and takes cues from the HTC’s recent One series.
Replacing the Nexus 5
The rear camera, which is apparently features a 12 megapixel sensor and comes with a dual LED flash. This can be seen in the two dots around the camera’s sensor and though the Moto X was a surprisingly decent photography solution, a dual LED flash should help the Moto X+1 to compete with other low-light cameras like the HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5.
A Brazilian retailer reported some of the specifications which include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.3 GHz with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. One big noticeable change is that the Moto X+1 doesn’t have a microSD slot.
The hardware allegedly includes a 5 megapixel front sensor as well for all the selfie obsessed folks while the 5.1 inch display includes a 1080p resolution.
Overall, the device is a noticeable step up from its predecessor and actually comes much closer to the Google Nexus 5’s current configuration. Despite the lack of a microSD slot, the internal storage has been upped to 32 GB from the Moto X’s 16 GB capacity.
Android Wear and Moto 360
The Moto X+1 will apparently release alongside the Moto 360, part of the Android Wear line-up (wearable gadgets optimized for Google Android). It will be interesting to see if it will ship with Android L, Google’s upcoming 64-bit OS update, though that would probably put its release date closer to the end of the year.
It also remains to be seen whether Motorola will go the iPhone 6’s rumoured route and offer a 5.1 inch version and 5.9 inch version of their next device with the Moto X+1 representing the former as the Shamu becomes the latter.
Perhaps the key feature to look out for is the battery life. The Moto X was famous for including a 2200 mAh capacity cell which could go for several days off of a single charge if used normally.
Even with heavy usage, you could easily clock in more than 24 hours of usage with a screen-on time of almost 12 hours.
The Moto X+1 allegedly includes a larger 2900 mAh capacity cell. Given all the power featured this time, will it still be able to go the distance? We’ll find out in the coming months.