Motorola Unveils Moto X for $199

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It’s been a long wait. But last week Motorola finally unveiled the long awaited Moto X. Previous reports have given us some hints about the new phone’s design. But, a year after Google acquired the company, it’s new flagship smartphone has some important features.

The Moto X has a 4.7-inch screen and contoured body that fits easily into the palm of the hand. A 10-megapixel Clear Pixel camera is designed for faster daytime exposures and better low light level performance. The camera is activated with two twists of the wrist while holding the device.

Best of all, those ordering online from the factory can use the Motomaker, software that allows you to choose the front, back, and accents of your phone. And that could even include various wood finishes by the end of the year.

The Moto X will be available from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular later this summer for $199 with carrier agreement.

A Different Kind of Virtual Assistant

For small business owners one of the most important of the Moto X’s features may be its response to audio commands via Google Now. In a video from Engadget, we can see the phone responding to the question, “Who is Michael Jordan?” with a full audio run down of the player’s stats and other information. This is after searching for that information online in response to a question from its operator.

More impressive is that asking for a single stat, like Jordan’s height, has the smartphone respond with only the specific information queried. You can even ask for directions to a specific location and Google Now will call up a map with full navigation instructions. See more features of the phone in the full video below.

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Shawn Hessinger Shawn Hessinger is the Executive Editor for Small Business Trends and a professional journalist with more than 20 years experience in traditional and digital media for trade publications and news sites. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has served as a beat reporter, columnist, editorial writer, bureau chief and managing editor for the Berks Mont Newspapers.

4 Reactions
  1. My very first cell phone back in the 1990’s was a Motorola flip phone and I can well remember a decade ago as my kids got their Motorola Razr. As a Chicagoan, I would be happy to see the company succeed with the Moto X.

  2. Shawn,

    Fantastic phone – thanks to Google’s acquisition, I suppose?

  3. I think the Moto X is very expensive with such mid range specifications although the price of a phone should not be only set by its specs. The camera resolution looks fine but not sure how much quality it’s really going to deliver. I believe if this phone is released worldwide unlocked even at a price of $500, many people will be buying it for sure including me.

  4. It’s nice to see that mobile phones are now being more sensitive to the online working industry. I remembered it back in 2008, people are literally insensitive about it. I guess this is a clear sign that things have gone mainstream

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