Jul 08 AT 12:18 PM Dima Aryeh 20 Comments

Moto X features “Clear Pixel” camera for better low-light performance, device casing leaked


The more rumors we hear about the Moto X, the more excited we get. People do tend to over-hype some products, but we’re eager to see such a unique device. The newest rumor states that the Moto X will ship with a “Clear Pixel” camera that uses the previously mentioned gesture control.

Gesture control refers to the flick motion you use to start the camera. It can be used whether the device is locked or unlocked, somehow knowing exactly when you want the camera (we hope). There may be other gestures included, but that’s not the most important part of this rumor.

The Clear Pixel camera sounds brand spanking new, but it’s actually not a very new technology. It’s a Kodak imaging sensor design that can take more light in than other camera sensors.  While normal cameras take in a specific color, panchromatic, clear pixel sensors take in all wavelengths of visible light, effectively taking in three times more light.

The Clear Pixel camera uses a mix of clear pixels and standard pixels. This design can be adapted to all sorts of devices, and it seems that Motorola is now using it. And we know it’s real, because it has been patented. And there was a time that Google bought a lot of Kodak patents, so Motorola may be getting it from Google.

On top of that, there is this Kodak photo from 2007:


If they actually put this technology into the final device, it’ll make a lot of people happy. It will include all the benefits of an Ultrapixel camera without sacrificing important resolution. And if we’re lucky, the Clear Pixel camera could actually work better in low light. But remember, don’t expect too much or you may be disappointed.

The casing for the device was leaked, too. But this time, it’s actually separate pieces in two different colors, black and white. Looking closely, the white color has a textured back, so either texture or material could be an option available to consumers when it is released. Otherwise, it’s more of what we’ve seen but demonstrates that customizability of this device will be easy.

Add this to the rumors of a pure Android experience with fast upgrades, all -nowing sensors and a sub-$300 price unlocked, and you’ve got yourself an awesome device with what is probably far too much hype surrounding it. Even then, we’re excited for what Motorola has to offer us. What else do you want to see from the Moto X?

Via: Droid-Life

Source: +Taylor Wimberly

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • redraider133

    I am interested in how it performs. Maybe this will lead the way to better phone cameras across the board.

  • Brent

    Better battery life. I want 4 days of good use before I need to charge again.

    • mattcoz

      I want a pet dragon.

      • LukeT32

        I will have to agree with Mattcoz… I don’t see 4 days happening anytime soon with LTE.

        • Kevin

          It possibly will. MIT grad students found out how to increase the efficiency of the radios.

    • Jorge Eslava

      That might be too much for this phone, but better battery life for sure.

    • surethom

      Dont think that will happen for at least 4 to 5 years, but 24 hours would be a start with moderate use, not like most where u have to charge twice a day.

  • Matt

    Removable battery in MotoXcaseleak 6?!?!

    Also dual sim (Sim 1 on the top right, Sim 2 on the bottom left) is shown in the same picture

  • mattcoz

    Would like to see a good comparison with the One’s UltraPixel camera. I think I’ll be choosing between these two phones later this year when my contract with Sprint is up, and this will be a big part of my decision.

    • surethom

      I agree, if HTC had used a 6 or 8 megapixel / ultrapixel not 4 megapixel I would already have the HTC one, lets hope the camera is very good in low light :o)

      P.S. I dont want a Massive 5″ screen phone so this would be ideal.

  • jdog25

    I think that the basic model will be $300 but will go up to $500 when you add stuff like 1080p from 720p screen, 16gb / 32gb / 64gb of memory, Kevlar or Metal casing. Either way the $300 version sounds better then most smartphones that have the same specs and that are automatically $500.

    • mattcoz

      There won’t be a 1080p option, and it’s not clear if you’ll be able to choose storage and materials. But you could be right that some options could carry a price premium.



  • John

    A release date would be nice.

  • Frunk

    It seems like the rumors surrounding this phone are subject to “spec whores”. You can say blah blah blah “if it doesn’t have snap dragon 800 I’m out!” but in reality, since when did you use all 1.5 gigs of memory? Delete some apps you douche….

    If the overall function of the phone is better, than why the need for complaints? Leyden be happy that moto is coming out with a phone that will be suitable for the masses. Not a Verizon customer? Good, here’s a phone for you.


  • 002

    Omg I want it!!! My nexus s is ready to blow up. Moto x can’t come soon enough. I’ll take any specs, anything will be a improvement!

  • donger

    Excited for this!

  • Aaron Scheiwiller

    MotoxCaseleak3 and MotoxCaseleak4 are definitly not the same devices as the other pictures. I mean you can easily fgure that out by yourself, it’s shaped differently. Should have been mentioned in the Text.

    • Aaron Scheiwiller

      Sorry that was completely wrong. My mistake, i had my head somewhere else..^^ Please don’t mind.. xD

  • surethom

    The camera sounds interesting & is the number 1 feature I look for in a new phone.

    Lets hope this comes to the UK quickly not like usual, 4 to 6 months after america.