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It's like the new Moto X, only bigger-er
Google’s Nexus ship sure has been leaky lately, and today we got what’ll probably end up being the closest thing to a confirmation that the Nexus 6 by Motorola is a real thing until it, you know, is actually announced. The FCC just revealed a new six-inch smartphone made by Motorola with compatibility for both AT&T’s LTE network as well as T-Mobile’s. That fits perfectly with what we know about the Nexus 6, which a massive leak revealed in comprehensive detail just a little while ago.
If you aren’t up to date on your Nexus rumors, the Nexus 6 is basically a 2014 Moto X with a 6-inch display – and you thought the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus was big. No word yet on whether or not the upcoming Nexus 6 will make its way to Verizon and Sprint (though I don’t see why it wouldn’t), nor if it’ll come in a slightly smaller version for those with slightly less gargantuan hands, nor when it’ll be making an official appearance.
The 9 isn't the only new kid on the block
The Nexus 5, Google’s flagship Android device, is coming up on a year old – almost an eternity in the mobile space. That’s why it should come as no surprise that Google is already hard at work figuring out its successor, and today thanks to 9to5Google we got our first real look at both the design and the technical specifications of Google’s upcoming Nexus 6, designed and manufactured by – wait for it – not LG (like the Nexus 5), not Samsung (like the Nexus 10), not even HTC (like the rumored Nexus 9)… but by Motorola.
As you can see in the leaked shots above, the Nexus 6 (which isn’t yet an official name, by the way) bares more than just a passing resemblance to Motorola’s latest lineup of smartphones, the Moto X and Moto G series. In fact, it looks almost exactly like a stretched out second generation Moto X, complete with the top / bottom speaker grille on the front, and the aluminum chassis around the sides.
What has changed, however, is the size – the Nexus 6 is simply massive with its whopping 5.92-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1440, the Nexus 6’s display evens out at a cool 498 PPI, making it higher resolution than Apple’s big screen device, the iPhone 6 Plus (401 PPI) but lower resolution than Samsung’s next generation phablet, the Note 4 (550 DPI).
Driving this big screen is said to be a Snapdragon 805 processor, one of the fastest out there, a huge 3,200 mAh battery, and 3GB of RAM (compared to a measly 1GB on the iPhone 6 series). Though that sounds impressive, all that extra oomph will presumably be needed to power the Nexus 6’s ginormous high resolution display at acceptable levels of performance for this tier of device, meaning you shouldn’t necessarily expect next generation graphics or 48 hour battery life.
No word yet on pricing and availability, though 9to5Mac speculates on a late October launch, but with both the Nexus 9 and Android 5.0 “L” seemingly just around the corner, I wouldn’t really be surprised to see this thing hit stores sooner rather than later. And given Motorola’s excellent track record at developing and manufacturing beautiful, high powered devices at an amazingly low cost, it sounds like it’s going to be worth the wait – as long as you think you can stomach that extra huge screen.
Has a deal been inked?
Well, this is a bit of a twist. Just days after reports have suggested that Google is looking to end long running Nexus lineup of Android devices, an entirely new rumor has suggested that Google will be selling Motorola to Lenovo. While a deal has yet to be fully inked, Google and Lenovo are said to be in the late stages of discussion after sales of the Moto X and Moto G have fallen mostly flat.
Google appears to be ditching their Android hardware lineups in favor of deals with industry leaders LG, Samsung, HTC, and more which allows google to offer specialized “Google Play” editions of their handsets running stock editions of the latest version of Android, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition and the Moto G Google Play Edition.
Google originally bought Motorola for $12.5 billion a couple of years back, however the company is said to be selling Motorola for a mere fraction of that at just under $3 billion. Ouch.
Edit: It’s confirmed!
$25 for a wood back sounds more reasonable
No matter how you cut it, $100 for a small chunk of wood is just a bit on the high side. Fortunately, starting today, the price of the wood backs is dropping from $100 to just $25, perfect for those of you who have been holding out on getting one because of the price.
But if bamboo isn’t your style, you’ll soon have three more options to choose from: Ebony, Walnut and Teak wood. Like the bamboo choice, these three new woods are real pieces of cut-down trees stuck on the back of a phone so every back is unique. These new woods will also be available at the new $25 price point and they’ll be coming around on January 21st.
France, Germany, and UK
Motorola and Google have just announced that their flagship in-house smartphone, the Moto X, will be launching overseas in Europe next month for a not-too-terrible price o f€429 in France and Germany or £380 in the United Kingdom.
The Moto X is the older, more impressive brother of the Moto G, which just launched in both the United States and parts of Europe last month. While the Moto G is more affordable at just £130, the Moto X does have many advantages that makes it worth the price – an improved camera, more functional software that takes advantage of the AMOLED display found in the Moto X to display notifications without lighting up the entire display. The Moto X also comes with more storage, a faster processor, more memory, and an improved build quality.
The Moto X has been available in the United States for quite some time and is the first phone to come out of the Motorola/Google merger that contains an influence from Google’s DNA, so to speak.
A great price for a great smartphone
If you had any interest in Motorola’s impressive Moto X smartphone, now would be a great time to pull the trigger. Motorola has announced that, as a New Year present for all of their adoring fans (chuckle), they’ve dropped the price of the Moto X to an easy to swallow $399. That’s a great price considering that’s an unlocked, high end Android 4.4 device officially supported by Google that works on any carrier, even if you don’t have a free upgrade.
Or, if you’re the type who likes to tinker with his hardware, check out the unlocked Moto X Developer Edition. While it was more or less ridiculously expensive before, Motorola’s also dropped the price of this bad boy to just $449 – only $50 more than the standard consumer version. Not too shabby!
But at a premium
Have you been dissatisfied with only plastic being available for the Moto X, wishing those wooden cases would hurry up and get here? You can stop wishing and start wanting because the new “Natural” case options for the Moto X are here.
Currently only shipping in bamboo, the natural options gets you a Moto X with a wooden back on it. And it’s not plastic with wood grain printed on it, this is real sheets of wood that have been shaped to fit the Moto X which means no two backs will ever be alike. These new natural backs come at a premium though – if you want a little slice of bamboo on your Moto X, you’ll have to add an extra $100 and get your order delayed until sometime in January next year.
As predicted earlier, the Moto Maker has lost its AT&T exclusivity and is now available to customers of T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. The service is pretty much the same as it was on AT&T: pick the colors you want and buy it which means that you could have a pink Moto X on Sprint if you really wanted one. Moto Maker does now support adding custom messages to your Moto X, but they still don’t have any wood panels up for order yet.
Perhaps as another little bonus, Motorola has confirmed that Android 4.4 will be coming to the Moto X soon – but that’s hardly a surprise, is it?
Source: Moto Maker
Goodbye, AT&T exclusivity
AT&T’s about to lose their Moto maker exclusivity, if the reliable @evleaks is to be believed. According to the report, Moto Maker – Motorola’s tool that allows you to design and order custom Moto X handers in a variety of color combinations and with various software configurations over the web, will be available to Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile on November 11th, with the T-Mobile version perhaps launching as soon as today.
Prior to this move, only AT&T customers were able to custom order their unique Moto X handsets – Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon customers were stuck with the beautiful but not all together too unique Black or White models with matching front plates. So if you’ve been holding out on one of those newly $99 Moto X handsets until you could get yourself a pink one on Sprint, your day has (almost) come. Rejoice.
Except for Verizon. Verizon still charges $199.99.
Good news, friends of Motorola – your beloved Google-owned smartphone company has just dropped the price of their flagship Android smartphone, the Moto X, by a whole $100 to get that sucker down to just $99.99. That price drop is now available on AT&T via Moto Maker, Sprint, and US Cellular. Unfortunately, Verizon is a bit of a holdout here – if you’re inclined to get your hands on a Moto X from the big red carrier, you’ll still need to drop $199.99 for some reason or another. And you better remember to bring all that change.
That’s all for the 16GB model of course, but that doesn’t mean that the 32GB model is getting left out. If you’re eying the Moto X with just a little bit more storage, you’ll only have to pay $149 for a 32GB model from now on, from the same sources of course. And because all of this is now available on Moto Maker, that means that you can get the 16GB and 32GB Moto X in a plethora of just adorable colors. Now didn’t that make your morning?
Google Now, remind me to buy a Moto X
Are you excited for the Moto X as… well, a whole lot of people are? Are you a slave to the Sprint mobile empire? Then good news – Sprint has confirmed today that the Moto X will be launching on their 4G LTE network tomorrow, September 6th. Pricing is in line with other carriers – that’s $199 , which some could consider to be a little steep for what essentially adds up to a midrange phone being marketed as a high end one, but really it’s not that bad when you consider its closest competition.
Sprint has also confirmed that their $100 instant savings for new lines will continue to be in affect for anyone buying the Moto X, which means that if you’re jumping ship from another carrier to Sprint you can get yourself a nice little $100 savings, bringing the cost of the phone down to just $99. How’s that for having your cake and eating it too?
Google Now, launch Moto Maker
Have you had your eyes on one of those pretty new Moto X’s? Well then get a load of this – starting today, you can open your browser up to Motorola’s new Moto Maker customization tool, design your very own Moto X with one of the hundreds of configuration possibilities (literally – there are over 500 potential configurations), and purchase your very own unlocked Moto X.
Sure, it’ll run you a cool $579 – which is quite a bit more than Google’s other flagship device, the Nexus 4 – but the Moto X is Motorola’s first phone designed and developed under (Google’s) new management, and to make it even more appealing it’s assembled right here in the good old United States. Or if buying a phone outright isn’t your cup of tea and you’re ok with selling your soul to the mobile carrier devil, AT&T’s Moto X is now available through Moto Maker as well for an easier to swallow $199. The choice, as they say, is yours.