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Motorola's X phone is finally confirmed, now all we need are the details

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside is speaking at D11, and he announced what many of us have been waiting to hear -- news of the Moto X. According to Woodside, who teases us by saying the phone is in his pocket but he can't show us, the Moto X will be a true game changer. Made in the USA, using all the APIs Google announced at Google I/O last month, the X is the lead device to show off the companies new direction.

He also was sure to mention that Motorola was ready to build high quality, low cost devices for emerging markets, but the X is not one of these. The X will be "more contextually aware. And you can interact with it in different ways." 

There's not much to go on here, but you can rest assured that we'll let you know as soon as we do.

Edit: A lot of the talk was about how the X will be different. Specifically mentioned was the battery tech, which we all care about. The question was asked: "How can you fix it, [battery life] when everyone else has struggled with it so much? There are ways to improve it, but can you solve the underlying problem? How do you go about doing that?"

The answer:

I'll save the more detailed discussion for later. But your question about how you understand the change in state and optimized the battery — we have some of the best engineers, and they've created a system where there are two processors that are more aware.

So we can expect an all-new "smart" battery monitoring processor of some sort. I can't wait for the details on this!

Edit 2: Motorola has also issued a mini press release, which you'll find after the break in its entirety. 

Via: The Verge

Moto X: The First Smartphone Assembled in the USA

There are more than 130 million smartphones in use in the USA today and not one of them was assembled here...until now.

May 28, 2013  Danielle McNally

Today at the AllThingsD conference Dennis Woodside revealed how we are reinventing Motorola through a portfolio of products starting with Moto X, a new flagship smartphone that will be designed, engineered and assembled in the USA. We’re not talking about just a handful of units either -- available this summer, every Moto X sold in the USA will be assembled in Fort Worth, Texas, making it the first smartphone ever assembled domestically.

There were a few reasons why we decided to do this. There are several business advantages to having our Illinois and California-based designers and engineers much closer to our factory. For instance, we’ll be able to iterate on design much faster, create a leaner supply chain, respond much more quickly to purchasing trends and demands, and deliver devices to people here much more quickly. And as a part of Google we’re being encouraged to take big bets on things that make a difference.

We still have a network of global operations, and that won’t change. Our global manufacturing partner remains Flextronics and we’ll continue to assemble devices locally in China and Brazil. But Flextronics is busy looking for people for the new Fort Worth facility now. If you’re interested, we encourage you to check the available positions and apply.

This is an incredibly exciting time to be in the mobile device industry. Our role in inventing the mobile phone is well known. We’re happy to be shaping its future as well.

 

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Moto X to be the lead device for the new Motorola

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I'm trying not to get too excited but I CAN'T WAIT TO UPGRADE MY BIONIC! Cmon Moto. Everyone is trying to "root" for you guys. You have the spotlight now. Don't screw it up.

I'm right there with you and I am about to pull the trigger on GS4 tomorrow. I think this is a little to late for me and my BIONIC is showing its age.

While this phone sounds really promising, I just don't know that I can wait until October. I hope it comes sooner (September maybe?). I just got a replacement BIONIC from Verizon because my old one's hardware failed, and I'm eligible for renewal in early August. Unless specs come out that completely blow me away, I may have little choice but to get a Galaxy S4 or HTC One (if Verizon really is getting it).

while yesterday i swapped my bionic for an sgs4, for (all) your sake - i hope it's not 4+ months late like the bionic was!

It isn't that bad. I still use the EVO 3D which is pretty much in the same ballpark spec-wise. I am not saying there aren't phones out that are nicer, but my phone still does everything i need it to do. I really wont be accomplishing anything different with one of the newer phones that are out (besides nicer pictures). furthermore, most smartphone manufacturers stilllll release devices with specs that are lower than the bionic and EVO 3D... Really what i holding me back from upgrading is that i have a WiMax phone and get it were i am at. however, there is no sprint lte here. So if i upgrade i will be forced to use Sprint's horbile 3G network all the time. i hardly consider than an upgrade.

The Bionic isn't really that bad a phone. Once they patched up a lot of the big issues with it, radio dropping signal.

You could do a lot worse from the time period of smartphones, especially on Verizon.

Definitely NO NEED to wait on this The Galaxy Note 3 is and will be the device of 2013. If the Motorola Xphone isn't packing a 6 inch 1080p screen, with internal storage 32 with sdcard expansion 64, battery 4200mAh, and major software solutions and feature enhancements then it will be a normal Motorola flop.

Who wants a 6 inch screen? I have huge hands, but the Note/Note 2 are about as big as I would want to go. My hands might be big enough, but I'd like to not have a small piece of plywood in my pocket. (Cue wood jokes now.)

Can't blame him WindRunner. He's a Samsung spokeperson. He's like a racehorse with blinders. Doesn't see or respect anything else. His car, house, computer, and everything else are the best in his opinion. His mind's narrow as his Note 2 is thin. Can't reason out to this guy.

Haha that's funny. He doesn't have a car, as he's made quite a few videos of himself walking everywhere around NYC and posted them on Youtube (not to mention that he brags about owning 2 carrier subsidized smartphones per year). He doesn't have his own computer, since the Bowery Mission had to teach him how to use one 5 years ago, and constantly claims Android phones with Touchwiz on them are the epitome of "multitasking and productivity", despite desktops having had the ability for almost the past 2 decades. And 5 years ago he was homeless on the streets of NYC until the Bowery Mission took him in. Now he works as some kind of security guy for them.

I'd wager your big hands already prefer their daily large piece of plywood.

I was ashamed at the lack of puns.

Stop being such a retarded Fanboi... Samsung is good but doesnt mean everyone likes it..Some People prefer a minimal experience...

Why the hell would I need a phone with a 6 inch screen when I already have a 7 inch tablet?? The Note doesn't even fall in the same category as a regular high end phone. Sometimes I agree with ur comments but every once in a while u gotta pull ur head outta Samsung's ass for a little bit.. u know.. get sum air.. Then maybe u can THINK more rationally. No one likes an ass kisser.. not even the ones getting their ass kissed (unless they hired u to do it.. maybe).

Don't count on this being a CDMA device. Verizon burned their bridges with Google with the GNEX

The XFON's that passed through the FCC are just the mid range phones. Dual Core chips, not the high end dream machine.
Granted I'll still buy the Verizon version of the mid range device when it launches just to hold me over. Going to put my GS3 on ebay when I get home.

This is fantastic. The reshoring trend is slowly growing but most companies are too scared to move the production home. The fact that Google/Motorola is leading the way will be an important factor for me when deciding to buy the Moto X.

If Moto comes out swinging with the X I'll be leaving Sammy high and dry... Always been a big fan of Moto devices but nothing compared to the Note 2 when I upgraded... Keeping a close eye on AC for more details! Please Moto, give me a better option than HTC!

Yeah, I'm excited too.

But the big question is do I buy the first one, or wait for the Maxx version with the big battery. Once burned by that ploy, makes me twice shy.

Hah! Wait for the MAXX version in 3 months or the MAXX HD in 6 months. I'll being looking hard at this Moto X but it is scary to think about what they've done in the past.

How exciting! Sounds like it'll be tough deciding what my next phone will be. It's going to have to be good to sway me from buying the next Nexus.

No it won't. Moto x will be a consumer device, where Nexus is directed towards developers. Google will keep those two separate.

The latest Motorola devices are vanilla with a few extra fluff, I think they'll have a few moto apps/widgets but it'll be mostly stock.

A rumor I saw, can't remember where, say that the Nexus program as we knew it is dead. The Nexus 4 may be the last "Nexus". Notice how Samsung released a GS4 Google Edition and the rumor is HTC is doing the same thing with the One?

Please give yourself a few lashings once the next Nexus comes out. What kind of fool really believes this "rumour" created by a nobody after the GE GS4 was released? The N7 and N4 were the most successful devices from a sales standpoint, and now they drop it to make GE OEM devices that almost NOBODY will buy over the carrier devices? Come on?!

Google has been planning on doing GE OEMs for a LONG time. Has nothing to do with the Nexus program.

The Nexus rumor thing started last fall well before Google I/O and GS4 GE. When it was said multiple OEM's would be able to make them. Pretty sure the rumor started before the N4 even came out.

I was trying to decide what to upgrade to from my Galaxy Nexus with a broken screen. It was between the HTC One and the Galaxy S4.

Now, I'm thinking I'll upgrade to an inexpensive Nexus 4, and wait until October to get the Moto X (if it meets the potential).

I am in the exact same boat as you with a GNex and a cracked screen. I don't want GS4 because of Touchwiz and I don't want HTC One because of Sense. I know both are supposedly launching a vanilla android version but I am not sure I want to spend $600-$700.. I am on Verizon and I am contemplating switching to T-mobile for the Nexus 4. I have been eyeing different phones but I think my best bet is to wait till October and see if a new Nexus is going to release.

Unfortunately I see this thing having the most locked down bootloader in the history of all bootloaders.

I don't. In fact, I see the Moto X setting new standards for openness as it is more of a Google designed product than any Nexus phone to this day...

The carriers still run the asylum so Google might not get the final say. Unless they can sell directly from the Play store with all the right GSM LTE bands in tow? I hope his hinting at this being affordable means we will get an unsubsidized phone at a decent price point ($499 or lower).

Fingers are crossed.

so there's... a motorola device... called the xphone... that runs the latest version of android... this really tells us nothing we haven't heard/expected...

I love their designs and the fact that they have a micro-HDMI port built-in (no MHL adapter needed) but I tried the Atrix HD and battery life was abysmal and the camera was terrible. Fix those two things and I may try Motorola again.

Just upgraded my Bionic to the S4... now the question is... do I return my S4 and go back to the Bionic till the X Phone comes out?

The main reason to not wanting to own a Motorola phone is because of their camera, even with high mega-pixels, it looks like a VGA camera, unless they could ever fix that, along with their UI and stupidly hard locked bootloader, no matter how beautiful it be, I will pass on the device.

I was all set to get the HTC One. Now I have to look at possibly getting the Moto X. I'll hold off judgment until it is out. Also Motorola needs to desperately get from under VZW's thumb. As good as some of Motorola's products have been I will not ever go back to Verizon. If the Moto X comes to all carriers then I might just be getting it. Samsung must be fought on all fronts.

This is not your fathers Motorola anymore folks. The New Moto is coming, and will be wearing a cape. This will be exciting!

Please release on Verizon. I'm on AT&T, but my friend has a dying Galaxy Nexus and is waiting for a new great Android phone in Q4 this year.

I'm wondering how much better the Moto X will be compared to the RAZR Maxx HD. The battery and performance of the maxx HD is awesome.

As long as they keep the software as close to stock as possible I'm sold. I'm tired of having to buy powerhouse devices with shit custom skins.

apparently you never owned the razr with jellybean. the moto skin is almost identical to stock android. i hear the x will be stock android though.

The only difference is the icons and with nova launcher you can have the droid razr with jelly bean and nova launcher stock android with identical icons.

so when will they officially launch this thing? IF its that good with stock android i will sell my s4 and buy this full retail.

If you listen carefully, you'll be able to hear the sound of them shooting themselves in the foot when they bring a device to market with only 16GB of memory and no SD card.

If they can release a phone with the spec list of the S4, the battery size of the razr HD Maxx, and vanilla android for Sprint, I'm SOLD! Battery is #1! I really hope samsung, HTC, and the rest start realizing that.

So this is the phone that Google declined to put their own brand on earlier this month? Doesn't sound like a "true game changer" to me.

I will say one thing for Motorola, my Droid M battery life last all day and then some. It has the best battery life of any Android phone I have had including the SII and the LG Nitro. I don't care how fancy the phone is with display and software if the battery life is not there it is worthless. The LG Nitro had a beautiful HD display but the battery didn't last half a day leaving me to hunt for a plug in or taking it my truck to charge. Which means it was not on me and usefull. I only hope that being Motorola mobile is now a part of Google that will mean they will get updates more frequently like Google phones do.

My Verizon G'Nex is starting to slowly die and the G4 and the One aren't what I'm looking for as an upgrade. This could be it (making the big assumption it will be on big red).

I'm in the same boat, though my G. Nexus is still going strong. All I want is awesome battery life (a la Razr Maxx line), quality build, a high res screen, and either stock Android, or as close to stock Android as you can get.

My GNex is chugging along just fine, but I really need something with better battery life. I truly miss that aspect of my Bionic, that it actually lasted most of the day.

Great to start hearing some news about this device. Was starting to wonder if it was just going to be some mythical thing you only hear about and never see.

Don't know why people still continue to dump on the Bionic. Aside from the upgrade issues which isn't the hardwares fault and being treated like the red headed step child by VZW it's been a quality device without a single issue. It's the phone that made me fall in love with Android. Certainly better than the Razr. My wife has that and it's a glitchy wretched mess that has her ready to sell her soul for an iPhone and touch Android again. I'm already upgrade eligible. I'd love to wait for this but not sure if the upgrade period has a limit & still hoping against hope I'll somehow get to keep my unlimited data in the next contract. Might have to go with SG4.

I had a Bionic and got a GNex. I miss a lot of stuff from it. It was just fine when we got the official ICS update. My mom still has one, and loves it, but is thinking of getting something with a bit better battery life. I used it with the 4.1 update and it was great. No reason to bag on the Bionic, it's a great device for when it was released. It certainly owns my GNex in the battery and radio departments, I only like the better screen (still not a huge fan of AMOLEDs though), and the whole Nexus environment.

I wonder if the "X-Phone" could be actually the new Nexus? It would make sense that Motorola finally do a Nexus device.

Battery life?...why are they concerned and even ask a question like that. The Razr MAXX HD battery is awesome and adds very little bulk to the device over the standard Razr HD. Its a no brainer that they should at least put that battery in all their phones as a standard battery.

Maybe because it's still important.. I can't go a full day on my GNex, and it's not simply about the size of the battery. It's about efficiency.. Remember when your flip phone could survive almost a whole week without a charge? I'm still hearing that the GS4 and HTC One have so/so battery lives. Moto does seem to have better battery lives in general.

The energy demand on your flip phone was also significantly possibly even exponentially) less than a modern-day smart phone.

A near-desktop speed CPU + 1080p display + multitasking = higher energy demand, & that doesn't take into account that there haven't been any significant improvements in battery technology in about 20 years.

Read what i typed again..I didnt say that battery life is not important. I implied that this should not even be a conversation anymore. Motorola has already developed an awesome battery in the Razr HD MAXX. That should be the standard battery in all Motorola phones.

If you have never used a Razr MAXX you should really try it. I have a Galaxy Nexus with an extended battery..it died within 8 hours of moderate use. My Droid Razr HD MAXX can sit idle for 2 days before dying and with what i call "strong" usage i get easily 17 hours out of it.

Idk if many will hold off buying that long! I held off to get a biopic back in the day and was let down pretty major.

they hit upon the issue i care most about - battery. sounds very promising. guess i'm not going s4 when my upgrade comes up in august. have never been happier with a smart phone than i am with my razr maxx simply because it does everything that a smartphone should and doesn't die in less than 8 hours. can't wait for this. go moto!

Maybe it's time for me to start hounding (applying?) to these guys & get them on the right track, I mean they build everything but they just don't see the right way's to put the phones we require together.

I agree completely. I mean China has very high government regulation of manufacturing standards. For example, they would never make children's toys with lead paint.

Also, the term you were looking for is "undocumented workers" unless you were just being an anglophile. Or you think it's the 1940's-1970's.

Im imagining some sort of beefed up tasker like app for the X that uses all the new APIs to be more aware of where the phone is and what the user is doing.

This might be the phone that holds the Intel processor(s) inside. Intel is working with Motorola and still has not released a phone in the American market yet.

Would be nice to see this phone come to Verizon.

Of course, it would also be nice of VZW and Moto to release a fix for the Droid RAZR(Maxx) HD that would stop the reboots and the WiFi problems. But because it's VZW, we're gonna be left in the dirt again.

All of you contemplating on waiting or returning your GS4's...ever heard of EBAY? You dont have to wait, just sell your GS4 or HTC ONE in october and get the MOTO X if its worth it. You wont lose too much money. Im on tmobile and just buy and sell on ebay. I did this while on Verizon and Sprint too, not too hard. Sprint phones are always cheaper than tmobile on ebay too, probably because whover paid for them only had to fork out 100-200 so they are satisfied with less, even though your really paying more for the phone in your monthly bill.. anyway just my two cents, OR you could cry and agonize over which phone to buy and stick with for two years. :)

I have been waiting to hear good news about the moto X but this is awesome! The first smartphone made and produced in the US. Freaking sweet.