Motorola’s long-awaited successor to the Moto X – known as the Moto X+1 – could represent a solid step in the right direction, though won’t be nearly high-end enough to rival new-generation devices from Sony, LG and Samsung.
By debuting the LG G3, the South Korean tech firm kick-started the race for true next-generation Smartphone superiority in a big way. Next to join the mix will most likely by the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime and the HTC One (M8) prime – both of which are expected to feature QHD touchscreens and epic Snapdragon processors.
Also tipped for a summer launch is the Sony Xperia Z3, which once again will be a 2K Ultra-HD handset with more power than God.
As such, you’d expect the next offering from Motorola to follow similar lines – especially given the firm’s covering of every imaginable base across lower-end to mid-range markets.
The Moto X+1 is the long-rumored successor to the Moto X, which was and is a pretty perfect piece of hardware in every way. Not the most powerful on the market, but that’s not what Big M was going for. As such, it technically comes as no surprise to learn that the Moto X+1 will apparently by more of a Q1 2014 standard than the new-generation standard set by the above-mentioned powerhouses.
In terms of improvements, the Moto X+1 is said to feature a 5.2-inch 1080p HD touchscreen, which is both larger and of higher quality than the 4.7-inch 720p panel of the standard X. Power will be served up courtesy of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU and RAM is expected to come in at 2GB. An ace in the hole for the Moto X+1 could be its Micro-SD card, though whether the device will feature one remains to be seen.
Another rather huge unknown is that of whether the Moto X+1 will offer the same Moto Maker customization options as its predecessor. The reason being that Motorola has of course confirmed that its Texas plant is to close down – custom cases and the like were hardly the biggest selling points for the Moto X, but still helped its cause.
As such, we’re once again left with a scenario where the determining factor for the Moto X+1 will be its price. It doesn’t pack close to the kind of hardware needed to rival the likes of the LG G3, the Sony Xperia Z3 or the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, but for the right price it has every potential to redefine the market’s mid-ranges.