Moto X in India, Quick Review, comparison

Motorola Moto X is coming to India. The popular online retailer in the country, Flipkart, has announced that the device will be arriving shortly on their website. The device which was launched in August last year took almost 7 months to reach India.

Google Moto X coming to India

The happy news, however is that the device will be available for buyers from March 19. Flipkart has announced launch day offers like they did for the Moto G launch.

Motorola seems to have struck an exclusive deal with Flipkart for the the launch of Moto devices. Moto G though rumored to be available from snapdeal is still to make an appearance there. So for time being the Moto X and Moto G devices are exclusively available from Flipkart.

Further tweets on the the official tweeter handle of the site says that the device will be offered in five fixed set of colors and two wood back variants.

Now let’s take a look at the specifications of Moto X and try a brief comparison with Nexus 5 which also has a Google association.

Display

Moto X comes with 4.7 inch wide AMOLED capacitive touch display that offers 720 p HD resolution. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass that protects the screen from scratches. Nexus 5 on the other hand comes with a full HD display with a slightly larger display.  720 p resolution for a 4.7 inch device is fairly good as it offers a 312 ppi pixel density.

CPU and Memory

Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon chipset with 1.7 GHz dual core  Krait CPU and quad-core Adreno 320 GPU powers the device.  There is 2 GB of RAM in this device. The phone comes in 16 GB and 32 GB internal memory options. There is no memory slot, so further expansion is not practical. But Google offers 50 GB storage free for 2 years on Google Drive.

The phone should perform well even though it is powered by a dual core processor. Most phones that launches these days offers at least  quad core processors that goes up to octa cores on some recent and upcoming phones. But this phone has got 2 GB of RAM which surely helps the performance.

Nexus 5 is far better in this area as it is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad core Snapdragon processor with 2 GB of RAM. Interal memory options are same in both phones. Both phones comes with 16 GB and 32 GB memory options.

Connectivity

Moto X comes with all regular connectivity features that are available on Android phones. The phone also comes with LTE connectivity options which is good as we are slowly moving to the 4G. Besides 2G, 3G, and 4G network band connectivity we can find WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, EDGE, GPRS and USB 2.0.

Nexus 5 also has similar connectivity option. Not much of a difference there.

Android OS version

Moto X comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS which can readily be updated to 4.4 Kitkat. So there is really no issue there as you get the recent OS version of Android on your phone, an advantage of Google associated Android phones.

Camera and Sensors

The primary camera in Moto X has 10 MP sensor. A 10 MP sensor in a phone is some thing we do not see quite often. Normally after 8 MP sensors phones offer 12 or 13 MP sensors.  The primary camera can record full HD videos @ 30 fps. Other features of the camera includes Quick Capture, LED flash, 1080p HD video (30 fps), 4X digital zoom, Slow motion video, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Tap to focus, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging. Besides the primary camera there is a 2 MP 1080p front camera.

Pixel wise the Moto X camera is a winner against the Nexus 5. Nexus 5 has got 8 MP and 1.3 MP cameras with features that are almost identical to that of Moto X camera.

Battery

The 2200 mAH battery of the phone offers much juice to keep the phone on stand by for up to 300 hours over a 3G network. It offers a 13 hours of talk time on 3G.

Price and Conclusion

Lot depends on the price of a phone when we do the review and  comparison of phones. We cannot expected high end specifications on cheaper phone. We compared the specifications of Moto X and Nexus 5 here as they have association with Google in the manufacturing and marketing. Nexus 5 in comparison is far better in terms on performance as it comes with a more powerful CPU and GPU than Moto X. But Moto X for a normal user is great device as it has all that requires for a good phone. The price of Moto X in India is not declared while we publish this quick review. We expect price to be around Rs. 25000 for 16 GB device. Price of nexus 5 16 GB phone in India is around Rs. 29000.

Also see Moto X and Moto G comparison

 

Motorola Moto X

LG Nexus 5

General:
Status: Available Available
Released: August 2, 2013 November 15, 2013
Networks:
2G:
  • GSM 1900
  • GSM 1800
  • GSM 900
  • GSM 850
  • GSM 1900
  • GSM 1800
  • GSM 900
  • GSM 850
3G:
3.5G:
  • HSDPA 2100
  • HSDPA 1900
  • HSDPA 1700
  • HSDPA 900
  • HSDPA 850
  • HSDPA 2100
  • HSDPA 1900
  • HSDPA 1700
  • HSDPA 900
  • HSDPA 850
4G:
  • LTE 2600
  • LTE 2100
  • LTE 1800
  • LTE 1700
  • LTE 900
  • LTE 800
  • LTE 700
  • LTE 2600
  • LTE 2100
  • LTE 1800
  • LTE 1700
  • LTE 900
  • LTE 800
  • LTE 700
Size:
Dimensions: 129.4 mm x 65.3 mm x 10.4 mm 137.9 mm x 69.2 mm x 8.6 mm
Weight: 130 g 130 g
Connectivity:
USB: microUSB v2.0 microUSB v2.0, USB Host, USB On-the-go
Bluetooth: v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR v4.0 with A2DP
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
EDGE: Yes Class 12
GPRS: Yes Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
NFC: Yes Yes
3G Internet: HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
4G: LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL / EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
Infrared: No No
Memory and Storage:
RAM: 2 GB 2 GB
Internal: 16 GB/32 GB 16 GB/32 GB
Cards: Available in 16 GB and 32 GB internal memory options, no card slot, 2 years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive Available in 16 GB and 32 GB internal memory options, no card slot
Hardware:
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
CPU: 1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
GPU: quad-core Adreno 320 GPU YesAdreno 330
Radio: No No
GPS: A-GPS support and GLONASS A-GPS support and GLONASS
Software:
OS Type: Google Android Google Android
OS Version: 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, upgradable to v4.4 KitKat 4.4 Kitkat, upgradable to v4.4.2 KitKat
Java: via Java MIDP emulator via Java MIDP emulator
Interface:
Features:
Display:
Display: AMOLED capacitive touch True HD IPS + Capacitive touch
Resolution: 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080
Size: 4.7 in 4.95 in
Multitouch: Yes No
Features:
  • 16M colors, Corning Gorilla Glass, 312 ppi pixel density
  • 16 M colors, 445 ppi pixel density
Sensors:
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Sound:
3.5mm Jack: Yes Yes
Features:
  • MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player
  • MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
  • MP4/H.264/H.263 player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player
Camera:
Primary: 10 MP 8 MP
Secondary: 2 MP 1.3 MP
Features:
  • 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, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, full HD video recording @ 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, photo sphere, HDR, dual recording, full HD video recording @ 30 fps
Battery:
Capacity: 2200 mAh 2300 mAh
Battery Type: Lithium Ion Lithium Polymer (Li-Poly)
Stand-by: Up to 576 hours Up to 300 hours on 3G
Talk time: Up to 13 hours Up to 17 hours on 3G
Sar Value:
Sar Value: 1.39 W/kg (head) 0.50 W/kg (body) 0.92 W/kg (head) 1.23 W/kg (body) in US, 0.49 W/kg (head) 0.48 W/kg (body) in EU

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