To be honest, we nonchalantly let the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx announcement slip through the news net since they’re exclusive to Verizon in the US, but the interesting thing is that they’re powered by Motorola's spanking new X8 processing system.
Said processing system is expected to power the Moto X, too, and Motorola has revealed a bit more about it ahead of the Moto X launch later today.
The details are, uhm, detailed over on PC Mag, with a helpful handful of quotes from Iqbal Arshad, senior vice president of engineering at Motorola.
Arshad explains that the goal was to move away from a primarily CPU-based architecture, and instead save power with “intelligent, probabilistic computing”. My favourite kind of computing.
Essentially, the X8’s CPU is a 28nm Qualcomm S4 Pro running at 1.7GHz, but it’s a little more complicated than that.
"We've done additional optimizations on top of that such as optimizing the entire Linux user space to move it to an ARM instruction set, cache optimization, Dalvik just-in-time optimization, and we've changed the file system," explains Arshad. "It's full hardware-software integration to deliver best-in-class performance."
If you’re not well and truly baffled yet, brace yourselves for a "contextual computing processor" and "natural language processor”, neither of which are ARM-based or even on the same chip.
This is the point where I cease to feign understanding and tell you to click the blue words above. Or these ones (save you scrolling back up).
The upshot for Joe Consumer is that Motorola's X8 processing system will yield improved performance and enhanced battery life. Now that’s something I can get to grips with.
The Moto X launch goes down later today in New York. We'll relay the specifics just as soon as they materialise.