than six months after the release of the Moto X in India, comes its successor, the Moto X (Gen 2).
announced the successors to the Moto G and Moto X at an event on Friday,
alongside the Moto 360 smartwatch. In an attempt to cash in on the
popularity of both smartphones, has launched them under the same names
as their predecessors, not "Moto G2" and "Moto X+1" as rumoured in
While announcing the handset, the company stressed
that the new Moto X offers "pure style and pure performance", but the
pricing of the Moto X (Gen 2) in India has not been disclosed yet.
Motorola confirmed that the smartphone will be made available by the end
of the month, and so the pricing will be announced at that time.
Interestingly, the previous generation Moto G, Moto X, and Moto E will
remain available on Flipkart, presumably till stocks last.
to first generation Moto X, the Moto X (Gen 2) looks and feel solid. We
got to spend some time with it at the launch event in New Delhi, and
here are our thoughts.
Build, design and display
glance, the black Moto X (Gen 2) that we played with looked like an
elongated version of the Moto E with a curved metal
frame. It features a single front speaker below the display.
The second-generation Moto X measures
140.8x72.4x9.97mm and definitely appears taller and sleeker than the
original Moto X, which measured 129.3x65.3x10.4mm. However, the new
version is a bit heavier at 144 grams compared to 130 grams.
like the old Moto X, the new smartphone's front is completely bereft of
buttons and branding. There are sensors and a visible front camera. The
back has been completely reworked and sports a prominent new Motorola
"M" logo. The physical buttons for power and volume are placed on the
right similar to the Moto X, and were reachable with our thumb. Motorola
wants to stress the Moto X (Gen 2)'s new design elements, including its
curved housing and durable materials.
The second-generation Moto X
features a 5.2-inch (1080x1920 pixels) full-HD OLED screen with a
density of 423 ppi, and also boasts of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for
protection. The new Moto X's screen is marginally bigger than the 5-inch
one on the Moto G (Gen 2). The screen looked crisp and readable during
our limited time with the device.
Specifications, software and performance
of the biggest upgrades in the second-generation Moto X lies under the
hood. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC)
clocked at 2.5GHz. Notably, flagships such as the Sony Xperia Z2,
Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) use the same processor.
Moto X (Gen 2) has been launched in two storage variants, 16GB and 32GB,
but there is no microSD card slot for expansion. Motorola has not
revealed whether it will release both variants in India.
has also upgraded the Moto X's 10-megapixel camera to a 13-megapixel
unit, which now has an f/2.25 lens and supports 4K video recording.
There is also a dual-LED ring flash around the lens. There is a
2-megapixel front-facing camera capable of full-HD (1080p) video
The images we managed to take in well-lit conditions
looked brilliant and colours looked vivid. However, camera performance
will have to be tested more thoroughly during our full review. We expect
that 4K video recording will be another big selling point of the
handset, if priced and marketed well in India.
The new Moto X runs
Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box, and the company has confirmed it
will roll out an Android L update in due course. Like the previous
generation Moto X, the new device uses a stock build of the OS without
any additional UI skinning.
Notifications on the Moto X (Gen 2)
can be expanded by pulling down with two fingers. The notifications area
also offers quick shortcuts for the brightness, Wi-Fi, airplane mode,
Bluetooth, and location settings. The new Moto X comes preloaded with
multiple Google apps and also includes three of Motorola's own apps -
Motorola Migrate, Motorola Assist, and Motorola Alert.
Moto X also retains one of the highlights of the first-generation
device, the Active Display, which the company has renamed to Moto
Display. There is also a feature that enables users to create their own
prompts for voice commands.
While we didn't get a chance to run
benchmarks on the Moto X (Gen 2) at the event, the Moto X (Gen 2)
handled whatever we threw at it, and the performance seemed good.
Moto X (Gen 2) is expected to go on sale by the end of this month. The
company did announce the US pricing of the device which is $499.99
(roughly Rs. 30,200) for an unlocked unit. We will have to wait for the
Indian price to be announced by Motorola before commenting on whether or
not it offers good value for money.
Considering it comes with
upgraded processor, a full-HD screen, better camera and sturdier body,
the Moto X (Gen 2) looks like a huge improvement over its namesake.
Motorola Moto X (Gen 2): First Look