Disclaimer: All the images used in this post are renders of the Motorola X phone, and not the actual pictures of the device itself.
Back in 2011, when Google bought Motorola Mobility, they made quite a news. One of the main question asked was If Google will be giving Motorola a priority over other manufacturers for it’s Nexus lineup, to which Google replied that every other company has just as much chance as Motorola to be a manufacturer of one of Google’s Nexus device.
So, when there was a job posting for a product manager for a unknown device called “X” from Motorola, we started wondering what could this “X” device be. It was almost as if it could be something big after the acquisition of Google. Obviously, more and more rumors and assumptions followed. But, the picture is getting clearer as time is passing.
What could be Motorola X be? It could be a lineup like Samsung’s GALAXY. Or, it could just be a single device.
Motorola X as a lineup: If the Motorola X is a lineup, we should expect several devices from the company. There should be high-end phones, mid-range phones and who knows, they might just throw in a tablet. But, the possibility of being a lineup seems unlikely.
Motorola X as a phone: If it’s not a lineup, only being a single phone of it’s kind makes sense. It could be a phone engineered by Google and possibly the next Nexus phone, after the Nexus 4 manufactured by LG. Or it could be just another phone by Moto.
Also, there were speculations on the internet that Motorola X will be sold over Google Play, so expect it to be priced around what the Nexus devices cost and not too high-end. If it’s the next Nexus, it’s pretty obvious that it will be sold over Google Play. But, it sounds a little crazy for Google to send another Nexus in the market where it’s last Nexus has faced pretty strong availability issues. Nexus 4 owners would be very disappointed if Google released another Nexus just after months of their buying the previous one.
Google’s I/O 2013 is to be held from May 16th, 2013. We’re probably going to see this “X” phone or the next Nexus there. Remember when Google said all the companies have the same chance of getting selected as the manufacturer of a Nexus, it also implies that Motorola could be a manufacturer. Google has had a lot of time since the last launch and it has all the production capabilities because of the Motorola Mobility acquisition. This might just be a Nexus styled phone sold by Motorola. We’ll have to wait to see what this turns out to be.
Here are the specifications based on what the rumors have cooked:
Personally, I’m pretty excited about this one. Only May 16th can tell us what part of the assumptions are correct.
Does the “X” suggest the X in the neXus?