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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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By Flunk on 5/29/2014 2:24:02 PM , Rating: 4
Or it just could be any smartphone at all in a black hard case similar to an Otterbox. Even if it is an unreleased model it doesn't mean that it will ever come out and you can't see anything anyway.

Makes this whole story mostly pointless.

RE: Meh
By retrospooty on 5/29/2014 2:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
It probably is based on the back story, but it still doesn't matter. All we can tell is that it's a smartphone and it has a a case on it. This doesnt confirm anything at all. Not sure why it made it around the web. We know a new gen X is being worked on already

RE: Meh
By amanojaku on 5/29/2014 4:50:56 PM , Rating: 2
It spread around the web because everyone wants to be first to leak something. If it turns out to be false then you just say "oops!" If it's true you get... Well, I don't know what you get, maybe a few extra visitors who think you've established credibility.

As to the OP saying this article is pointless... That's true for most of the articles on DT. As of now, five articles have been posted today. None discuss technology, just stuff ABOUT technology companies. Yesterday, seven articles were posted. Two touched upon technology (Google self-driving car, Skype realtime translation), but briefly. The fact is, DT isn't a useful tech site, and hasn't been for a few years. It's great to find articles that you might not have seen somewhere else (didn't even know about the RR Kickstarter until I saw it here), but I can't remember the last time a serious, somewhat in-depth technical or science article was posted. Memristor, I think. I don't consider product launches where RAM is bumped up and screen sizes enlarged to be "technical". This site should be renamed to "TangentiallyTech".

This is not a complaint about DT; I read plenty of other sites to learn about science and technology. I just find it amusing that after all this time long-time visitors are still shocked at the lack of quality content. This is a club, not a news site. Otherwise there would be more content to peruse, and more writers than Jason and Brandon (not even sure if Tiffany is still on board, and so many other names have collected dust). Sorry, Jason, Brandon, and everyone else, but that's my point of view.

RE: Meh
By retrospooty on 5/29/2014 6:01:53 PM , Rating: 2
"As to the OP saying this article is pointless... That's true for most of the articles on DT. As of now, five articles have been posted today. None discuss technology, just stuff ABOUT technology companies."

??? Yes, but that is tech news, and that is what the site is about. Not necessarily in depth tech details on various upcoming products, or potential breakthroughs, it's just posting/re posting news from the tech world.

RE: Meh
By amanojaku on 5/29/2014 6:53:27 PM , Rating: 2
I know, I'm just saying I wish this site was more than that. But it isn't, and never claimed to be, so I never understand why people expect so much. Like I said, this is really a club of guys (gals? dogs?!?) who've been sharing tech tidbits, and ribbing, insulting, or trolling each other for about 10 years.

RE: Meh
By retrospooty on 5/29/2014 8:28:10 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know, I don't even think of it that way. I still access it through Anandtech. To this day I don't think I've ever gone to dailytechs home page once except by accident. To me it's just the news and comments section of Anandtech and always will be.

By EasyC on 5/29/2014 5:36:10 PM , Rating: 2
They nailed the size/power ratio last go around...

Very sad to see them jumping on the huge screen bandwagon. What happened to making an excellent single hand phone?


RE: Ugh
By flyingpants1 on 5/29/2014 6:13:23 PM , Rating: 2
The original Moto X was too small for me. It also didn't sell. I don't blame Moto for chasing the 5" market.

RE: Ugh
By bug77 on 5/30/2014 3:37:09 AM , Rating: 2
The X didn't sell because it was (justly?) perceived as being too expensive and because all the added dedicated processors ate into its battery life. Not because it had a 4.7" screen.

RE: Ugh
By fteoath64 on 5/30/2014 3:46:28 AM , Rating: 1
Moto in US and Europe is really doomed as a brand. But in China, that brand used to be Number 1 in the "old days" of flip phones and candy-bar phones. With China and South East Asia including India, the market is just enormous for Lenovo to capitalise on. In themselves, Lenovo already offers many models in their line up at various price points and lower than market prices of Samsung/HTC/LG mid-range and below models, so the Moto technology infusion can only be good and would allow more model brand changes to Motorola and relaunch at those lower prices creating a much much stronger presence and choice for the consumer. This is the "old trick" Nokia and Ericsson used to operate when that had more than 30% each of the market. Flagship phone do not make money in the long term, but mid-range to lower-end handsets ship 5X the volume so are real money makers.

Specs are completely boring
By piroroadkill on 5/30/2014 3:59:09 AM , Rating: 1
Just another generic 5 inch 1920×1080 beast.

I like the Moto X because it has a reasonable SoC (which runs cooler, allowing less throtting, allowing higher GPU benchmarks than expected), a reasonable screen (something huge is stupid, 1080p is totally pointless, costs too much, drains too much).

RE: Specs are completely boring
By bug77 on 5/30/2014 4:47:49 AM , Rating: 1
You do realize one can't even tell if the phone pictured is a Motorola. Talking specs at this point is speculation, at best.
And I'd like to point out again that even with its reasonable specs, battery life on Moto X still sucked. "Reasonable specs" does not guarantee a well-balanced phone.

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