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|March 22 2014 |Android Phones, Android, Motorola, Reviews

"A closer look at the Moto X and it’s India packaging"

Buoyed by the Moto G’s tremendous success globally and in India, Motorola has just brought its flagship, the Moto X to our shores. Just like its sibling, the new device also comes as a Flipkart exclusive, and is only available to buy online for a starting price of Rs 23,999. Now the Moto X may not compare to flagships from other brands in terms of specs – on the face of it, the dual-core processor that powers it seems like it wants to run and hide when pitted against the quad-core and octa-core chips packed inside most flagships these days. However, the device is really more about the software than hardware. Also, it brings some very unique and interesting features to the table, thanks to its M8 mobile computing system and various software features such as Touchless Control, Active Notifications and Quick Capture for the camera. Sure, Motorola may have chosen not to bring its Moto Maker customisation service to India, but the two variants with wooden backs are also quite noteworthy.


We’re quite stoked to have a brand-new, sealed unit of the Moto X with us for review, so join us as we take you through the unboxing and present our first impressions using pictures and video.

First up, the box looks pretty neat courtesy a lid that flips open to reveal the device lying face-down. Underneath, you’ll find the getting started guide and safety information booklets in both Hindi and English, along with warranty information.

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While its sibling the Moto G skips a microUSB data cable, the Moto X box does include one. The two-pin wall charger bundled sports not one, but two USB ports – so you can actually use it to charge another device simultaneously as you charge your Moto X. Apart from a wired stereo headset, you’ll also find a SIM tray eject tool right at the very bottom of the box.

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Coming to the device itself, it looks quite similar to the Moto G in terms of construction and build. It’s compact, and fits very well in the hand, indicating it’s going to be great for one-handed usage just like its sibling. However, there are a few key differences worth pointing out. While the back cover of the Moto G is removable, the same isn’t the case with the latest smartphone.


The rear of the Moto X also sports a chequered pattern that’s smooth to the touch, but has a matte, rubbery feel that offers good grip and doesn’t smudge easily. Though the pattern doesn’t exactly make the device look flamboyant, at least it adds a tad bit extra to the design when compared to the Moto G which sported a plain, staid design. The circular camera lens, an LED flash, a Motorola logo embossed inside a depression, and a speaker grille with minuscule holes can also be found at the rear.


The device doesn’t have a memory card expansion slot, and the ejectable SIM tray is placed on the left side. Also worth pointing here that the Moto X is a single-SIM device, and accepts a nano-SIM, just like the Apple iPhone 5, 5c and 5s, and the Nokia Lumia 1520. You’ll need to get your SIM card replaced if you opt for the Moto X.


At the front, you’ll find the 4.7-inch, 720p display, along with the usual earpiece, front camera and sensors on top. The 3.5mm audio socket is right on the very top of the device, with the microUSB port at the bottom. On the right, you’ll find a power / sleep key, and the volume rocker.

On the software side, our Moto X unit came with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box, and this is yet another feather in its cap. The interface is stock, so you won’t find any dedicated hardware keys in the front – these are implemented as software overlays instead. Apart from the usual Google apps, Motorola hasn’t thrown in too many preloaded apps – you’ll just find the Motorola Migrate utility and the Assist apps as we saw on the Moto G.

Motorola is only selling the 16GB variant of the Moto X in India, and you’ll get just under 11GB out of that to use. As we mentioned earlier, there’s no way to expand memory, but thankfully, the device supports USB On-the-Go, so you can connect external flash drives to it directly using cheap adapters which are available quite easily these days.


The 720p display looks quite scrumptious, and the smartphone seems zippy enough based on preliminary usage. We can’t wait to try out the special features properly, and will be getting you more on the Moto X and its real-life usage shortly. Keep watching this space for more. And now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to get busy whispering sweet nothings (or more specifically, the ‘OK Google Now’ hotword) to our Moto X.

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