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Motorola confirms X Phone: Moto X flagship "hero phone" coming soon

By James Geddes , May 30, 2013 06:19 PM EDT
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To call the X Phone a highly-anticipated smartphone would be an understatement. The rumor mill were churning for a very long time about its specs and features. Some had dubbed it would be a game changer and will  debut with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Some even ventured to say that future offering from Apple and Samsung would not be able to compete with it. And now, thanks to Motorola, we know that the smartphone does exist and it'll be coming soon.

During the AllThingsD conference, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside surprised everyone by revealing that his company was working on what would be Motorola's "hero phone" of 2013. You don't hear the phrase "hero phone" thrown around lightly, especially from the CEO of the company. It has to live up to the title and it sounds like Motorola believes it has a worthy offering that would be able to compete with Galaxy S4 and Apple's next iPhone - iPhone 5S (and sometimes dubbed iPhone 6).

Woodside has confirmed that the smartphone will officially be called the Moto X and he went on to share a few details on the smartphone. We had reported back in April that the X Phone would be released in August, and have an "always on Listening mode", and predictive intelligence. Woodside explained how the Moto X would stand out and be able to compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy smartphones - he said the Moto X will be "contextually aware" i.e. it will know its surroundings and adjust itself accordingly. The presumption is the Moto X will have sensors in the smartphone and special software that will detect what it should do next.

Woodside was light on details and rightfully so, as he doesn't want to give too much information away at this point. He also announced that the Moto X would be designed, engineered, and assembled in the USA. The Moto X would also be one of a handful of devices Motorola would release from now through October as it looks to increase its market share in the smartphone world.

Motorola seems to be getting back to its roots in the mobile world, and Woodside said the company would take big risks in coming up with "category- defining products." Motorola has issued a press release acknowledging that Moto X will be made available soon and we'll have to wait and see whether it is really a "hero phone" or just another Android phone that fails to live up to the growing expectation of Google fans.

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