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Can Motorola Moto X threaten Samsung?

Last updated on: August 06, 2013 19:34 IST

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Meenal Singh

A look at 7 special and unique features of Motorola Moto X -- features that make the device adorable and first of its own kind. These features can soon pose a major threat to Samsung -- the top manufacturer in the smartphone industry. Till then, keep your finger crossed!

Motorola, the renowned multinational telecommunication company, was acquired by Google in May 2012. Following the acquisition, Motorola had gone back to the drawing board and since then, has 'arrived' with a beauty of a device named Motorola Moto X. It has truly become the flagship smartphone of the company, assembled in America. Completely developed under Google's guidance, the handset is blessed with lots of amusing features that altogether make it a strong competitor against the flagship devices from Samsung, Apple, Sony, HTC, and Nokia.

Though there is nothing so spectacular in the specifications of Moto X, it is the presence of additional features and gestures in the handset that have created a flutter in the world of technology. After a very long time, a device by Motorola has received such hype in the world of smartphones, all thanks to Google, the technological giant that has reigned supreme in the software arena for its Android platform.

Well, the question that stares us in the face now is about the magical features that have made Motorola Moto X so special in the eyes of the customers. Of course, it goes without saying that Google -- the name itself is enough to draw the crowds towards the phone but the device too, has quite many features that just showcases the 'wow' factor.

According to the company, if one can modify his/her watch, dress, bike, and other accessories in this modern era, then why not a phone? This is for the first time, a mobile company is offering such heavy customisation options to its customers, that is, more than 2000, to give a new look to your gadget.

With the notion of 'Designed by You, Assembled in the USA', the company has tried all the required marketing schemes and strategies to make Motorola Moto X the centre of attraction. Smartphone users will also get a free storage of 50GB on Google Drive for the first two years, so their data can be retained whenever and wherever they want to.

Let us have a look at some of the special and unique features of this pathbreaking device Motorola Moto X -- features that make the device adorable and first of its own kind.


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1. Assembly

Motorola Moto X is the first phone from the company, which is assembled in the USA, and this enables the customers to modify the handset according to their own choice of colours and features. Along with this, the company is also claiming that the droid will be delivered to the customer within four days or less after the placement of order.

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2. Moto X -- Quick Capture

Earlier, while hanging out with friends or family members or during a party or function, if you wanted to capture memorable moments, either you had to keep the scene on hold that stole the show and the charm of the shoot or you had to keep your camera on all the time that did not make any sense at all. So what is the solution for this? Well Motorola Moto X comes with a special camera activation gesture.

Now twist your wrist twice with Moto X in your hand, and the camera app will come into action at that moment only, even when the phone is in sleep mode. Sounds amazing! Now you click natural images without keeping your friends on wait or hold for a particular pose. For multiple shots, simply tap and hold on the screen to get pictures quickly.

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3. Moto X -- Always Ready

Google is the company, which is known for its superb quality techniques and amazing platform. Experimenting with the same, Google has bestowed upon a special feature in Moto X, which makes your life simpler, easier, and more wonderful than ever before.

Acting as a servant -- or would it be better to call it a 'Genie'? -- the voice assistant by Google does everything for you. It can set alarm and note, make and answer a call, do web search, send a message, fix appointment and many other multiple tasks within seconds that too without any touch of yours. Simply give voice command to your droid using a prefix phrase, "Okay, Google Now" followed by your wish and it will obey your order instantly like a slave.

The best part is that for all this, there is no need to touch the device or take it out of your pocket, as if enabled, it will always listen to you actively and make your wishes come true.

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4. Active Display

Motorola Moto X comes with an AMOLED display that can be used to show up selective information on the screen without eating the battery life. The smartphone will display notifications for calls, time, messages, and other selected events without the need to unlock the device. This type of feature was previously the part of some Nokia handsets.

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5. Hassle-free Wireless Sharing

The users can set their smartphone on authentication mode that enables them to share data, multimedia files, etc., with their trusted paired devices placed nearby. This feature waives off the need to unlock the phone every time you want to share something with the trusted gadgets like laptop, bluetooth-enabled headsets and speakers or other smartphones.

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6. Customised Design and Memory

No other smartphone in the market offers such customisation to its end-users like Motorola Moto X does. Now you can set the front, back and accent colours as per your choice and demand to give a different look to your Moto X. Not only the colours but also you can select the in-built memory that will adorn your handset from the available options of 16GB and 32GB, along with a microSD card slot to expand the external memory.

You can also set a signature for the back panel and a 'Power on welcome text' that can be your name or any short personalised message. Then you can also select a wallpaper for the home-screen of your droid from among the huge options available on the site. You can also transmogrify the colour of the accessories that will be available with the device.

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7. Two low-powered DSPs

To increase battery life and take off the load from the shoulders of the main processor, the Motorola Moto X has got two low-powered DSP (Digital Signal Processing), which are microprocessors in actual terms. One of these microprocessors will look after the Google Open Mic feature that will come into activation after listening to the "Okay, Google Now" phrase. The other one will work for the camera activation gesture and will keep a track of the handset's motion for displaying messages and information without unlocking the device.

On paper, the 4.7-inch Motorola Moto X seems to be the toughest competitor to the likes of HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Nokia Lumia 920, Sony Xperia Z, and BlackBerry Z10.

It will run on Android v.4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, which will get updated to the latest v.4.3 soon, as promised by Google.

The 10MP Clear Pixel (RGBC) primary camera with LED flash support clicks to obtain amazing images even at low light conditions, and to support video chats, a 2MP snapper is provided at the front. The smartphone will draw power from a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor coupled with 2GB RAM along with a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU.

A powerful 2,200mAh battery will keep the phone alive with a single charge for longer duration. With a mixed usage, the battery can withstand heavy load for up to 22 hours, claims the company.

The major threat to Samsung, which now, is the top manufacturer in the smartphone industry, will get real soon. Till then, keep your finger crossed!

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