What is Google cooking up with the rumoured "X Phone"?
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A 600-page forum thread, picked up by Droid Life, spills a number of new details for the forthcoming Google and Motorola initiative.
Although the X Phone, as it is known now, may make its formal debut in mid-May at the developer conference, the handset isn't expected to arrive until 8 July.
The Android smartphone will be reportedly offered on "all carriers" in the US, though it isn't clear if this simply means its big four providers or other players as well. The Verizon model is expected to fetch US$299 with a contract, but other versions could be sold unsubsidized.
What this will translate to in Motorola's approach to Australian distribution remains to be seen, but it is a rare smartphone that is released across all carriers at the same time.
Reportedly, the X Phone will not be considered a "Nexus" handset and will come with a few preloaded applications and games. Customers who purchase the device through Google Play will have unlocked bootloaders and can subsequently uninstall the software, if the rumours prove true. Those who buy through Verizon won't be so fortunate; unlocking the bootloader could cost a $15 monthly fee.
There's plenty of time before Google I/O kicks off on 15 May, and that means we could be in for many more details on the X Phone, and even a few surprises. Conversely, it also gives us plenty of time to see conflicting rumours and reports.
Looks like we'll have to tread lightly with rumours of this long-awaited Motorola super-phone.