When it comes to new flagship phones, one of the first questions out of spec fiends’ collective mouth is: “What’s the processor? It better be the best chipset money can buy or I'm out.” Oh, shoosh.
A recent benchmark thingy purportedly for the Moto X+1 suggests it’ll be the newish Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. That'll do nicely.
Over on Geekbench Browser, we’re looking at the Motorola XT1097, largely thought to be the model number for the imminent Motorola X+1.
Popping the “motherboard” (MSM8974) into Google, some rumourmongers suggested it’d be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, but the clock speed (2.46GHz) actually implies Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC).
Cynics might bemoan the fact that it’s not the even newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, but the primary benefit there is the addition of Cat 6 LTE support.
Other rumoured Moto X+1 specs include a 5.2in 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 12MP rear camera, 5MP front shooter, and 2,900mAh battery.
That all sounds perfectly capable, and of course Motorola will inevitably offer a whole bunch of customisations, perhaps including plastic, wood and leather backplate options.
Motorola has cracked the low-end thing with the entirely decent and remarkably wallet-friendly Moto G. It remains to be seen if the US/Chinese manufacturer can similarly wow consumers at the high end of the smartphone spectrum.
The Moto X+1 will land in “late summer” – that’s according to Motorola.