Motorola's Moto X pops up in leaked pictures

Motorola Mobility appears to have a lot up its sleeve.

A seemingly "press-ready" render of the Maxx.
(Credit: @evleaks)

Leaked photos and chatter surfacing over the weekend have helped to clear up the picture for the new flagship device as well as a number of apparently US-exclusive models. As it stands today, we may have no fewer than five handsets to look forward to in the coming months: the Ultra Maxx, Razr Ultra, Razr M Ultra, Ultra Mini and Moto X.

We might better understand the various products floating around if we knew the names and corresponding model numbers. According to a recent report from Twitter account @evleaks, the breakdown is as follows: Ultra = XT1080, Maxx = XT1080M, Mini = XT1030 and Moto X = XT1060.

Assuming Motorola don't stray from its current path, we might infer the Ultra to be the "standard" model, with the Maxx being the high-capacity battery flavour and the Mini being more akin to today's Razr M. It's possible that the M Ultra and Ultra Mini are one and the same; however, we may not want to rule out the possibility of two separate models.

Among other things, the Moto X is expected to be offered with user-defined colour choices and engravings for the shell. According to a recent report, there will be up to 16 colours to choose from, with blue, purple, red and green among them. In addition to the colour options, users may also be able to pick from a variety of finishes. New photos from Monday show a slightly more textured design to the shell. For what it's worth, custom finishes have been rumoured for months, and, at one time, included word of a wood case.

The so-called Ultra could be a variation of the next Maxx smartphone.
(Credit: XDA)

Based on what has been reported thus far, the Moto X will be more about experience than top-tier hardware. Given the relatively mid-range hardware that has been leaked, we could only hope for a low-cost handset that appeals to the everyman smartphone user.

We might even hope for a cheap, no-contract handset with stock Android. Admittedly, we have no concrete evidence that points to such an experience. Rather, it just feels like something that Google and Motorola might do for such a big re-entry into the market. High-end devices such as the Nexus 4 were offered at US$299 without a contract, so perhaps "last year's hardware" might fetch a more attractive price.

Recent details for the XT1080 suggest a larger display size, three capacitive buttons and a high-capacity battery. Pictures making the rounds this week show the phone as possibly being offered in a white finish.

Presumably, the XT1080M is a similar experience, but with a larger, even higher-capacity battery. If history is an indicator, then this version could fetch a slight premium for those who need the all-day juice and don't mind an extra millimetre or two. A new photo, courtesy of evleaks, shows the familiar Kevlar finish and angular shoulders of recent models.

The virtual floodgates have opened; we could look forward to a slew of new information and reports to surface in the coming weeks. With some of the details now coming from more official channels, it sounds like we're getting pretty close to announcements.

Reports suggest the Moto X will be offered in a variety of custom colour choices.


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