It’s been about nine months since the first-generation Motorola Moto X was launched, a phone that put the emphasis on customisation rather than brain-melting specs. Unsurprisingly, it emphatically failed to set the world on fire.
Vaguely set for release later this summer, its successor, the Moto X+1, looks set to put the emphasis on customisation and brain-melting specs. Good idea, guys.
Motorola hasn’t said much officially, beyond this tweet: “Q from twitter: When is next version of Moto X? A: Keep posted - hint - late summer.”
Unofficially, we’ve heard that Moto X+1 backplate options will include plastic, wood (teak, bamboo, rosewood, ebony) and leather.
The latest news comes by way of a GFXBench benchmark for something called the XT912A. You might recall that model number was linked with the Moto X prior to launch last year. As such, it’s probably safe to say we’re dealing with the Moto X+1 here. Probably.
Moto X+1 specs revealed by the results include a 5.2in 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 1.7GB of RAM (2GB, realistically), 24GB storage (of 32GB, presumably), a 12MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter, and KitKat Android 4.4.3.
All in all, it sounds like the Moto X+1 will be capable of playing with the big boys, on paper at least. While the 2013 Moto X was an entirely capable handset, it was considered mid-range by many.
We’re thinking August is probably a good bet for the Moto X+1 launch, give or take.