Nikhil SubramaniamFeb 09, 2013 11:18:32 IST
We can’t wait for Google I/O. The annual Google event, which will begin on May 15, is expected to be packed with surprises. Google is expected to unveil Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie at the event, but with regard to smartphones or tablets, the company is rumoured to announce the Motorola X Phone and one or two new Nexus tablets.
After the job posting that confirmed the phone’s existence, PhoneArena has got hold of a bunch of more information about the phone. The website got a tip from one of its readers Sniggly and his contacts allegedly are in possession of an early prototype of the Motorola X smartphone.
Can the X Phone revive Motorola's magic?
During the last quarterly conference call, Google announced that it is working with Motorola, a company it acquired last year, to produce a phone that will address two issues that smartphones are seemingly lacking today, i.e., battery life and durability.
The X Phone is expected to be covered in a Kevlar chassis, a material Motorola has used in phones like the Razr and Razr Maxx. When it comes to having solid battery life, Motorola has some experience thanks to its MAXX series of phones. Sniggly’s contacts reportedly told him that the handset stayed alive for hours on a recent road trip with the GPS constantly on, which could mean it has great battery life. We are happy to hear that the Kevlar coating will be continued by Motorola and it did add a measure of durability to the Motorola Razr Android smartphones.
The phone allegedly has a 4.8-inch display, but we’ve heard that it may have a 5" one. A 2013 flagship is expected to have a quad-core processor and Motorola has obliged. Other details revealed mention internal storage of 128GB, which can be further increased thanks to the microSD card slot. This last rumour sounds like a fantasy spec rather than an actual inclusion, but if true, this would be one multimedia powerhouse.
The website also revealed that besides running stock Android, the phone will supposedly be using a Sony sensor for the back camera. Sony’s "stacked" Exmor RS camera sensor is seen in the Xperia Z currently and it should help keep the X Phone’s side profile slim. It takes up less space inside the phone and has in-built HDR support for both pictures and video. Many other OEMs are Sony’s customers when it comes to this sensor, especially now that the Japanese electronics giant’s exclusive deal with Apple has run out its course.
In the past, rumours indicated that the X Phone will be a cross-carrier phone but may not be part of Google’s Nexus series of phones. In fact, the earlier rumours indicate Motorola will be running a propietary skin on top of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Perhaps, Google is wary of alienating rest of the OEMs invested in Android by somehow showing preferential treatment for the X Phone. It is also rumoured to have a 1080p resolution screen.