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Shell disguised much of the body, but screen looks large -- 5+ inches

A possible next-generation Motorola Mobility flagship Android smartphone device has been spotted in the wild.  The phone was pictured in a blurry smartphone camera shot snapped by a fellow passenger on board a Chicago, Ill. subway this week.

The photo was reposted to Twitter by @evleaks, a top smartphone leaks collector. Based on the size of the passenger's hands, it appears that the device is in the 4.7-5.2-inch range, putting it in line with Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935Galaxy S5 and HTC Corp.'s (TPE:24982014 HTC One (M8).  You can also see the buttons have changed much from last year's made-in-America Moto X.

Another sign that this is a high value prototype is the characteristic black polycarbonate shell, which is increasingly being used with Android smartphone makers to avoid tipping their designs during testing in the wild.  These cases share a similar shape to some of the older (Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT)) Nokia's Lumias, such as the Lumia 1020 and can be recognized by the lip around the screen and flat top.

Moto X vs X+1
Moto X [Image Source: CBS] vs. Moto X+1 in protective case [Image Source: @evleaks]

The new device may be called the "Moto X+1", or one Twitter commenter suggested it could also be the Bionic 2, the follow-up to the Sept. 2011 first-gen. Bionic.  The latter name definitely seems the stronger possibility, especially because Motorola put up a placeholder next to the Moto X for a device called the "Moto X+1", with a listed price point of $400 USD.
 
The X+1 is expected to be highly customizable, much like the Moto X that has seen decent sales.  As sales of the Moto X have only revived after the price was dropped from $580 USD to the $300-400 USD range, Motorola may look to price its next flagship more aggressively at launch.
 
The X+1 is rumored to have appeared in benchmarks as the Motorola XT912A.  If that's the same device, it will likely feature:
  • OS
    • Android 4.4.3 "Kit Kat"
  • Display
    • 5.2-inch
    • 5-finger multitouch support
    • 1920x1080 pixels (1080p)
  • Processor
    • CPU
      • Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 800 
      • Quad-core @ 2.265 GHz
      • Likely the 8974-AA, the same chip found in some versions of the Samsung GS4
    • GPU
      • Adreno 330
  • Storage
    • 32 GB of NAND flash (24 GB user-available)
  • Memory
    • 2 GB of DRAM (1.7 GB user-available)
  • Camera
    • 12 MP
    • 4160x3120 pixels
    • HDR algorithms, flash, touch focus
June 25 marks the start of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) annual I/O conference for Android developers and enthusiasts.  Motorola has already announced that it will launch the gorgeous "Moto 360" smartwatch at I/O.  Fine print on Motorola's posted documents recently hinted -- perhaps inadvertently -- that the watch would carry a $250 USD price point, although that's likely for the lowest end SKU.

Moto 360
The Moto 360 -- $250 MSRP (tentative)

Motorola -- a veteran phonemaker -- is serving as a brand vehicle for Chinese gadgetmaker the Lenovo Group, Ltd. (HKG:0992) in the U.S. and various other regions.  Lenovo has a smartphone brand of its own, but its mobile devices are virtually unknown to U.S. consumers.  Lenovo paid $2.91B USD to acquire the veteran Android device maker from Google to strengthen its brand visibility in the U.S.
 
Earlier this month Lenovo unveiled its first new Motorola-branded handsets, an LTE-equipped upgrade of the Moto G, and a new device, the budget-minded $129 USD (unlocked) Moto E.

Sources: @evleaks on Twitter, GFXBench





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