Tomorrow August 1, 2013 the Moto X will be revealed to the world. The phone is the first to be developed by Google and Motorola, working as a team, and the expectations are high. The Moto X is one of the most unique Android phones to date, but does it have a chance to become the definite Android phone?
If the Moto X is to become the phone Android is known for, it has to accomplish a lot of things. Many which I think have already been addressed. Accessibility to new Android phones has always been a problem. It seems that unlike the iPhone many Android phones often become scarce the minute they are introduced into the market, mainly due to manufacturing problems and slow distribution speeds. However with the manufacturing of the Moto X being handled in the US, the distribution of the phone should be much faster. It wouldn't be a surprise if production of the phone is already taking place.
Another problem has been an Android phone that appears through all the different U.S. phone carriers. The Moto X however will not face this problem as it will be available in all of the four major U.S. carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. With this in mind the possibility of the Moto X appearing in a number of MVNOs (such as Virgin Mobile) is very likely further expanding its availability.
The Moto X in terms of hardware will definitely not compete against Samsung, HTC, LG and the big Android players. However this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Moto X is expected to come with mid-range hardware if any of the rumors are true. It will not have a 1080p display and it will not be equipped with the latest and fastest Snapdragon chip. It will most likely come with a 720p display and a moderate processor. The Moto X aims to be the most reliable Android phone, and with Google handling all of the hardware specifications, this is the closest we have gotten to an Android designed phone.
The Moto X makes up for its lack of performance with two key features, its price and its software. The Moto X if any of the rumors are true should retail at about $300. That gives it a subsidized cost of around $99. A reasonable price aimed at the middle class that provides the user with a moderate smartphone experience with almost half the cost of one. But this is not a cheap smartphone. You will have the latest Android version and a number of unique features. Motorola Assist, an automatic hands-free mode that turns the ringer up when the light sensor detects your phone is in your pocket. TouchLess Control, used for the Google Glass. And Phone Tracking, a feature that lets you sync your phone with other devices and track it in case it gets lost or stolen.