Eric Schmidt Moto X

Commence freak-out, everyone! Here's Google Chairman Eric Schmidt holding the unannounced-but-hardly-a-secret Moto X at the Sun Valley Conference "Camp for billionaires." You can see that's Schmidt on the right, holding the phone. And that's the phone on the left, held up to Schmidt's right ear.

Also note the perfect posture Schmidt is employing. Also known as the Graves Method, this provides the perfect amount of control while holding a smartphone. Thumb positioned properly along one edge of the device, with index finger at the recommended 3 degrees off vertical. This gives quick access to what has quickly become the most overhyped phone since the last overhyped phone.

Source: Reuters; More in our Moto X forums

 
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bsannes says:

Haha love the write up. But the phone does look nice.

Fairclough says:

Looks like a one. But does look good.

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+1

impulse101 says:

If this thing had better specs for the CPU/GPU and a better screen I would get one in a second. Unfortunetly this has crap specs like and Iphone 5

Erievon says:

I was unaware we had official specs on this? Care to share?

This. Because we are all so eager to know, so please share.

ConTejas says:

I see what you did there...

NoNexus says:

not these are final specs but EVleaks is usually dependable and their last go around was:

1.7GHz dual core MSM8960 Pro (an updated Snapdragon S4 Plus with an Adreno 320 GPU), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 720p display resolution, 10MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and Android 4.2.2.

eramos31 says:

I didn't see 2 GB of ram but this area closer to higher range specs in my opinion. I am now officially more excited.

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silverghozt says:

16gb??? Mega-MEH. God, another bust from Goog.

mwara244 says:

Let's Hope this won't be the first Moto phone without expandable storage

s2weden2000 says:

it is a midrange phone..+ it will be affordable

rkirmeier says:

It's stupid comments like this that ruin all credibility. First let me say that I hate Apple and you couldn't pay me to use a iPhone on a daily basis however there is nothing wrong with the iPhone specs or hardware in general other then that the screen is too small for my preference in a smartphone. It's actually otherwise a really nice piece of hardware, the true shortcomings of the iPhones is the OS and Apples locked down environment...

s2weden2000 says:

and yet you have one in your p0cket

snookasnoo says:

You "hate" Apple. How immature.

turdbogls says:

the RUMORED specs are going to make for a very speedy phone. just thinking about 99% stock android 4.2.2 on something that is faster than my G'nex, with 2GB ram, a MUCH better camera and probably screen....it makes me drool to think that this is mid range. Android is to the point where Processor doesn't make THAT much of a difference for every day tasks. my Old and tired G-nex is still smooth as butter.

eramos31 says:

This!!!

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Man you are fucking stupid,the iPhone 5 has very powerful specs.

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idontball says:

Do specs matter that much to you? the iPhone 5 has the specs of a 2011 phone but still beats out modern 2013 android phones

snookasnoo says:

Yet the iPhone 5 is faster and smoother than any Android phone.

DaVince says:

Partly true. I have both Nexus 4 and iPhone 5. The OS interface is much smoother on the Nexus 4. But apps and games are smoother on the iPhone 5.

phositadc says:

Do we know how big this is going to be? If not, any guesses based on the pic?

Gekko says:

looks to be about the size of an S4/HTCOne.

still1 says:

No, Not S4/One sixe. those phones are huge.
This look more in the 4.3-4.5 inch size range

ConTejas says:

The S4 is smaller than the S3. A Note 2 is huge...

BoB16731 says:

huh the S4 is

5 inchs

s3 is

4.7

mikepahl318 says:

you naming screen size.... note the incredible small bezel on the s4 homie.

KingGinger55 says:

And the s3 is actually 4.8

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s2weden2000 says:

the size of the s4 is actually smaller than the s3 because of less bezel and updated components

eramos31 says:

Yeah the s4 is a bit smaller and easier to hold

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Joet says:

This may be my favorite post of all time. +1

Dreamless531 says:

+1

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abtxpress says:

+2

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s2weden2000 says:

-2

user7618 says:

= +1

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JonK says:

I love reading comments. Very entertaining.

LOL this is the most awesome article ever!

arjen82 says:

how much of the marketing budget was blown to get this pic to go viral (it is all over Google+ and tech sites)?

NoNexus says:

Only the money to pay the photographer and that more than likely was Moto's payroll. Look at all the nerdgasms, it would go viral if it was posted on MySpace at midnight on a Wednesday.

Great piece Phil! Hilarious! Though, I do like the looks of that phone... I am currently using a Droid 4, and sadly it doesn't look like there will be a replacement, so will be looking for something else in the next few months. I am excited to see what Google/Moto come out with, especially if I can support more American jobs buying one(but specs may win out if it comes out with the low specs rumored).

mzanette says:

Just officially announce it already Motorola.

eahinrichsen says:

At this point, I'm pretty sure that it's going to have been in stores for six months and sold millions of units before Moto officially announces it.

s2weden2000 says:

just like the 10 milj+ ajiphoneys in verizons shelfs that nobody wants anymore

Dreamless531 says:

The phone simply looks beautiful. I can't resist to think that Google & Moto has some sort of software optimizations going on under the hood to rock the hardware that will make this phone snappy as any other flagship. Maybe releasing the full potential of "Project Butter" either way with the rumored internals the price tag has to be unbelievable

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judasmachine says:

You can rest assured that it's going to preform like a champ. Even last years specs are plenty to kick Android into high gear. This spec race is becoming nonsensical. They'd have to add a boatload of bloat to slow it down.

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TheMimic12 says:

So true. The droid DNA is filled to the good with Verizon bloatware, and still runs like a champ

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Dreamless531 says:

I believe since this is actually Google's phone and not just a partner OEM to make the device that Google can actually take the the and make this phone work perfectly with Android's OS. Kinda like Apple does became it make software and its own hardware. This phone is what we've been waiting on since the Google, Moto acquisition. I'm just really curious to see this baby in action I guarantee it'll blow some flagship's out the water. I just don't understand how people can call this mid range when the iPhone launches with last years specs all the time and its considered "high end'" right?? So what's the common denominator?? Software optimized to run perfectly with the hardware its built on no matter how much RAM or how high your processor is clocked

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On2Vegas says:

Exactly!! Took the words right out of my mouth. Let's see how it performs.

Dreamless531 says:

+1

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Metro1088 says:

Looks big. At least 4.7 inches screen. Maybe 5.

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deadpenguins says:

If this is the same phone that leaked in Taiwan some time ago, this phone is only a *smidge* larger than the iphone, and has a 4.3" display.

yungtris says:

The phone in Taiwan was a 4.65-4.7" screen. The guy in the video said so himself.

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Small_law says:

Ladies and gentlemen, we have lost cabin pressure.

So you farted??

Small_law says:

When I saw this, a little.

user7618 says:

Actually, that was me. I'm not sorry.

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s2weden2000 says:

i knew it :-o

moosc says:

Can't wait to see the new motoblur. I bet it's sexy

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abtxpress says:

Its rumored to be stock, no blurry crap.

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s2weden2000 says:

almost stock..

Wow, it looks even better than the renders. Excited for the official announcement. Hopefully the hype hasn't killed it yet.

Connor Mason says:

this phone looks fantastic. but there's no way in hell i'd use Verizon.

sakasune says:

Rumor is that it will be on all four major US carriers.

That being said (and a Verizon customer), there's no way in hell I'd use [your carrier of choice] :P

+1

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abtxpress says:

+++1. Hands down Verizon's got the best coverage and I don't drop calls.

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True. They also are the best at bending over their customets and pulverizing their rears with their thrusting manhood. I love good coverage, but I do not love the way Verizon rapes you for it. Nothing is worth my dignity and purity.

JonK says:

Dignity and purity? Customers are so sensitive nowadays.. Verizon offers great service, I pay for it. Simple as that.

ludusmaximus says:

Can we stop saying that companies "rape" people? Hyperbole is one thing, but does it have to be so damn insensitive?

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TheMimic12 says:

For some, even spectacular coverage direct justify horrible ripoff excuses for plans. Myself included. I'm ditching Verizon as soon as my contract is up in April. Hopefully the Sprint version will work on Ting. If not, I'll head over to AT&T go phone. Coverage is spottier, but their 4G service is even better than Verizon's.

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Best service? I agree, but I do drop calls, sometimes more than once while remaining in one place during one conversation. It could be my GNex's fault though.

wa1vei says:

Freaking out as instructed. Standing by for the stop freaking out signal.

VMdoug says:

WANT!

TheWenger says:

Phil must be so excited he can't help all the typos.

judasmachine says:

I think they are befitting on this article. Silliness all around.

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Dirty-Bird says:

I still have seen people say this is going to be a mid-range phone. Not sure if that's confirmed or not, but the price didn't look midrange. I've never been big on Motorola, but I did promise myself my next smartphone would have a much better battery. If the Ultra is the top spec phone, I will look into the Maxx version. If not, I will look out for the DNA2. Are there reset buttons on phones without removable batteries. As long as I've had a phone, I've had to take out the battery when the phone freezes every once awhile.

holding the power button for 10 sec has the same effect as pullling the battery on most phones

Nev says:

GODDAMNIT!

Sorry guys...I don't have anything important to contribute. Just wanted to be a part of the conversation.

TLB69 says:

So you don't have anything to say but you use GODS name in vane.Very wise sir

Sent from my HTC One rockin Jelly Bean 4.2.1

Nev says:

Pray for me?

jaymars says:

"GOD'S name in vain." Fixed that for you, Mr. Judge of What's Wise.

kingjames924 says:

That phone looks so good, it makes me wanna slap my momma!

Dreamless531 says:

+1

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anicholas7 says:

Looks a little like the HTC One with a rounded back. I like it so far.

griff7774 says:

Moto what? Moto who?

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gt7143c says:

The speaker grill is on the right side of the camera like that pic from Vietnam from a few months ago. All the new leaks, body case parts, etc have the speaker grill on the left side. Just something to keep an eye on.

Here. Better?

gt7143c says:

He's right handed and holds his phone to his right ear based on the other photos I can find...

creepy research....

Cory S says:

...I think it's funnier if no one tells him.

TheDu9du says:

There maybe an explanation for why he's holding the phone with his left hand, he needed the right hand to do another more important task ;-P

Disclaimer: Sorry in advance to give you guys that image to your heads, I hope you can recover.

gt7143c says:

As usual, Droid Life is on top of it. US version on right, International version on left due to dual SIM phone (if looking at backside - one SIM bottom left and one top right, thus the speaker has to swap sides).

Love the write up :)

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arjunamin says:

Top of the line specs or not...this looks like a slick device which if combined with a pure google experience is bound to be a hot commodity!

Raylz says:

I'd call it the moto nexus because that's what it seems to be like.

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Fingers crossed.

Just switched from Windows Phone to Android to achieve more cohesiveness between my phone, tablet and Chromebook. Using a hand me down RAZR M that's pretty solid. This Moto X will be my next.

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eramos31 says:

+1 I've been jealous of the razr m ever since they've released it exclusively for Verizon. Love the small for factor with a good size screen.

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sentinelred says:

It's called marketing. They gotta fight off Samsung's huge advertising budget somehow. Viral is the way to get it out there. He's probably not even really using it lol

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Dreamless531 says:

$500.000.00 is more than Samsung's budget

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Here, you're missing some of these:

000000000000

Take however many you need; I can get more.

jpcalhoun says:

Aside from Phil's typos, the only noteworthy take-away of this article is the picture of the phone. I don't recall Phil (or any other member of the AC staff) claiming Samsung (in the case of the S3 and most recently S4) or HTC (in the case of the HTC One)"over hyping" their phones so prematurely. Without any verified "specs" or hands-on how do we know what's under the hood? I thought good journalism was suppose to be objective, and factual. It's seems that if your phone isn't made by Samsung or HTC it's going to be treated like a red-headed step child here. Just my opinion / observation.

hodan says:

Whoosh! Phil is making fun of the hyping...learn2AC.

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tr-1 says:

This phone looks awesome in white.
If only they centered the speaker grill on the bottom :(

NoNexus says:

If you go to the cnet article there is another photo of him holding it

dd0yl3 says:

Great write up.

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smooth3006 says:

looks a tad tiny to me. if it doesn't at least have a quad core + 2gb ram ill be passing.

Jacques says:

Still waiting to see how this phone will be when all the specs and everything else is official, but it looks pretty nice from that teaser shot alone!

CaptainSisko says:

Man, Phil.....I'm starting to wonder if you even read what you write :P .
"Here's Google Chairman Eric Schmidt hold the unannounced-but-hardly-a-secret Moto X" I think is supposed to be "holding".
"And that's the phone on the on the left, held up to Schmidt's right ear." Have a seizure? :P

Hey, everybody. Sorry for the typos. 

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elvisgp says:

Hahahaha.

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epic.

sdreelin says:

So he finally turned in that Blackberry......

ChuckG73 says:

Take my $$$$$.

anthonok says:

Actually really like it in white.

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ChuckG73 says:

I can not wait for this to be released

MetalMagic says:

What it LOOKS like, is that phone is thinner than 99% of the other smartphones on the market today.

That is something to be very excited about.

Daniel Nava says:

I LOLd

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It reminds me of a white plastic-y HTC ONE. Not bad looking!

IceDree says:

LOOOOOL ! Easily the Article of the Year ! Good one Phil

user7618 says:

While I think this piece deserves the Pulitzer, all I got is a bowling trophy from 1983. Congrats, Phil! You can brag to Jerry about the 300 game you bowled.

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Awesome article.. I was wondering for a second what I was reading :) well done Phil :) this is why I love mobile nations.

rackumrack says:

I have always used Motorola because of their outstanding radios in their devices, something Samsung has not mastered. I look forward to the new line.

return_0 says:

100th comment and gotta say that phone looks awesome :P

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lockwyn says:

Gimme dat phone...

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3 degrees? HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!

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t0ked says:

The S4 is smaller but by a mm here and there. For all intents and purposes, the S3 and S4 are basically the same size. This phone looks smaller than both...

revtech says:

Yea, now give me a nice deep, dark, royal blue back and I'll line right up =)

ACADM says:

I hope they release this phone in the EU and not just the US. It would be good if it was heavily subsided by Google and available on the Play Store too. Might be a contender for my Nexus 4.

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fodderp says:

My mother works at mobility in libertyville and I hope to check one out in the very near future. She won't tell me squat about the specs tho. It does look stellar.

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idontball says:

Hoping for 4.3 or 4.5 inches

Drizzle18 says:

LOL. This thing looks gorgeous in white. I'm still waiting for the G2 though!

KreepyKen says:

My contract is up in just about a year. With T-Mobile's new JUMP! plans and Motorola starting to put out nice-looking and Googlized phones, I'm pretty excited to see what kind of options I'll have next July.

Mystic Dawn says:

New to use of android clp281a and how it works basically computer dumb

NATE072107 says:

Thats not a moto X

TheNexusMan says:

That looks nice.