As we expected, Motorola have announced today that their Moto X smartphone will go on sale in Europe from February 1. Up until this point the device has only been available in the American market. Initially Motorola have stated that the device will go on sale in the UK, Germany and France with no mention of Ireland.
While that doesn’t mean it’s not going to go on sale in Ireland at some point, at least for now it means if you want to pick one up you will have to go the same route as the Nexus 5 and purchase it online from the UK and get it shipped here.
The phone will set you back £380 if interested. That does price it quite a bit more than the Nexus 5 with a worse spec sheet but the Moto X includes some features not available on other devices such as the always on voice control. One of the features that’s not making it’s way over here though is the customisation options available to consumers in the U.S. The phone will only be available in black from most of the stores initially with the white model being a three month exclusive to Phones4U.
Specs for the device are as follows:
- Display: 4.7″ AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720p
- Size: Width 65.3mm; Height 129.4mm, 5.7 -10.4mm thickness
- Weight: 130G
- Wi-Fi: 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable), mobile hotspot
- Rear-Facing Camera: 10MP CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) – Quick Capture – LED flash – 1080p HD video (30 fps) – 4X digital zoom – Slow motion video – Burst mode – Auto HDR – Panorama – Tap to focus
- Front Facing Camera: 2MP 1080p HD video
- Battery: 2200 mAh
- Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB standard, 32 GB version available
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Processor: Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which includes a software optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU), a natural language processor and a contextual computing processor
You can check out the full press release by clicking the button below.
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Moto X. Just Talk, it responds.
LONDON, 14th January, 2014 – Meet Moto X™ by Motorola, the ultimate wingman, because your smartphone should work for you – not the other way around. Moto X represents the best of Motorola and Google, and it’s coming to the UK.
Moto X has a unique curved back, designed to fit your hand. Talk to Moto X and it learns your voice. With Google Now, it tells you what you need to know – even when you’re not touching it. With two flicks of your wrist, Moto X becomes your camera and captures the shots you used to miss. All of this coupled with its all-day battery means that Moto X is ready when you are.
“At Motorola our roots are deep in mobile hardware – we invented mobile communications,” says Andrew Morley – Vice President & General Manager, Motorola Mobility UK. “Now, as a Google company, we’ve become the kind of company that can build a 4G smartphone like Moto X. It fuses our history of mobile innovation with the best of Google mobile services.”
To use your Moto X, you only need your voice. Without touching it at all, you can get directions, set an alarm or do just about anything – just by talking. Say “OK Google Now” to get started. Ask it if you need an umbrella and it gives you up-to-the-minute weather for your location. Tell it you’re going home, and your Moto X will get you there. Because it knows your voice, Moto X can do things other phones can’t.
Moto X is always ready to tell you what you need to know. Instead of an unhelpful blinking light, Active Display on Moto X quietly pulses the info you need without interrupting you. Even while it’s asleep, it’s always on top of things. A last-minute dinner invite? A missed call from your boss? A key email while an important meeting is going on? Moto X will discretely keep you up-to-date.
Get the shot.
Moto X knows when you need a camera. Just twist your wrist twice and it’s ready. Touch anywhere on the screen, and you’ll get the shot. All in just a few seconds. The camera’s 10MP high-quality sensor with Clear Pixel technology will capture the darkest scenes or stop motion blur in bright light. With Moto X, you’ll always get the shot.
Don’t have your Moto X nearby? The Motorola Connect extension for Google Chrome™ lets you see and respond to notifications and text messages – right from your desktop. Hate the hassle of switching phones? Motorola Migrate makes it easy to wirelessly transfer photos, texts, SIM contacts, call history and more from your old Android phone to your Moto X – you can even migrate contacts and calendar events from your iOS device. While Motorola Assist helps keep interruptions at bay when you’re doing specific tasks like driving, attending an important meeting, or sleeping. It can read and reply to texts for you or screen your calls. Just a few examples of how Moto X puts the smart in smartphone.
Built for you.
With Corning Gorilla Glass, an advanced water-repellant nano coating, and an all-day battery, Moto X is as durable as it is smart. It has a gorgeous edge-to-edge HD display which strikes the perfect balance between readability and one-handed use. And it is powered by the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, a tightly integrated system of eight processor cores that have been purpose-built for the demands of today’s mobile users in terms of device size, performance, responsiveness, battery life and overall user experience. All of this packed into an approachable and warm design with a curved back sculpted to fit comfortably and securely in your hand.
Availability and pricing
Moto X will be available in black from 1st February from Phones 4u, Carphone Warehouse, O2, Amazon and Techdata. Moto X will also be available in white exclusively to Phones 4u customers for the first three months. Prices vary but start from £25 per month on contract or £380 SIM free.