Rumors and speculation will always be part of the tech game. Leaked screenshots, leaked device images, benchmarks of unreleased devices, FCC filings and more are just some of the things that make their way around the web. It is all like a puzzle that is just begging to be pieced together. The last few months have generated some buzz around an upcoming, we all hope, Moto X+1 device. That would be the follow-up device to the currently successful Motorola Moto X. A new round of benchmarks is now floating around from the Geekbench database.
The information above depicts a device that carries the device name of XT1097. It sports Android 4.4.4, a quad-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 2.46GHz and 2GB of RAM. We naturally assume the processor is the Snapdragon 801 since the 800 only clocks to 2.3GHz, where as the 801 goes to 2.5GHz. The motherboard listing is the MSM8974 and is the same for the 800 and the 801, minus a v3 listing. It carries an Andreno 330 GPU and all the goods for USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, 4K playback and capture and more. While the chipset support it all, that doesn’t mean the device will take on the much beefier specs that it is capable of.
A Brazilian site leaked out some specs for the Moto X + 1 back at the end of June that were similar to those found above, with the exception of the processor being the Snapdragon 801. With talks of a 1080p HD 5.2-inch display, 32GB on board storage and a 2,900 mAh battery. Those specs line up with some other benchmarks from April that had a device name of XT912A, but only carried a Snapdragon 800 and Android 4.4.3. Interestingly enough, the XT912 code is the Droid Razr (Verizon), where as the Moto X line carried XT1052 (Europe), XT1053 (T-Mobile), XT1055 (U.S. Cellular), XT1056 (Sprint), XT1058 (AT&T) and XT1060 (Verizon). Seems to me that the XT912A could be a Razr refresh for Verizon with newer hardware.
It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that since the last round of leaks Motorola has changed the processor along with the Android version. After all, Android 4.4.4 isn’t that much different when compared to Android 4.4.3 and changing out a newer version chip during development isn’t unheard of.
Putting all the pieces together from what I have read and where I think Motorola should head, I would expect the Moto X+1 to carry the Snapdragon 801. While the 800 is a great processor, the 801 is the new challenger that is finding its way into device already on the market, such as the LG G3. Heck, even the upcoming Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro and even the Xiaomi Mi4 offers the Snapdragon 801. If Xiaomi can wrap up similar specs into a device that is $320 for 16GB and $400 for 64GB, Motorola should be able to do the same.
What are your thoughts and predictions about the Moto X+1?