Jul 23 AT 12:33 PM Dustin Earley 20 Comments

Motorola debuts X8 Mobile Computing System to be used in Moto X

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Back in early July, Android and Me was the first site to bring you news that Motorola would use an 8-core chip developed and manufactured in partnership with Qualcomm, set to be used in the Moto X. Today, at the Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini unveiling event, Motorola took the wraps off that chip, sharing some information on performance and how the new Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System works.

As we previously detailed, Motorola’s X8 Mobile Computing System will utilize 8 different cores to split up computing tasks, making for better battery life without suffering in performance. According to Motorola, by using their X8 Mobile Computing System, CPU performance will increase by 24 percent while graphics performance will increase by 100 percent.

Two cores in Motorola’s X8 Mobile Computing System will be used for application processing, four will be used for graphics, one will be used for “contextual computing,” or sensor processing, and the last for natural language processing. We already have an idea on how the natural language processing features will work on the Moto X. Motorola confirmed that natural language processing will always be active, even when the phone is in standby, ready to act on voice commands.

Motorola isn’t holding back when it comes to which devices will use their X8 Mobile Computing System. The Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini will all feature the chip. Whether or not the Moto X will do anything special with it remains to be seen, but you can bet it will be inside.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • jonstle

    There are a lot of great possibilities with that chip! I wonder what the improvements to battery life will be?

  • renyo

    Actually the benefit of battery technology lagging behind! High efficiency in mobile computing!

  • Shrink

    Really now. I don’t get it. I thought the moto x was supposed to feature a dual core processor. 8 cores is a completely different story. So how does this add up?

    • Shrink

      OK. Found it on Engadget. The ultra and the maxxx have the following setup:

      “both phones feature Motorola’s new X8 arrangement, which includes two dual-core, 1.7GHz Qualcomm 8960 Pro CPUs plus a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU and two additional contextual cores.”

      So I got it now. Guess the moto x will have the same specs.

      • DrFaust

        Indeed that is true. Disappointingly it is not a very special processor. Ars Technica has a good article detailing it and picking apart some of the deceptive language Motorola used to describe the chip, which is basically a modified Snapdragon Pro, not even part of the newer Snapdragon 600 or 800 series.

    • Loco

      CPU is still dual core

    • Justin

      We get the whole dual-core thing from benchmark data. The benchmark software only know about the two cores used for application processing. And it is true, for this reason, that it is in a sense a dual-core device but having a quad-core GPU and two special-purpose processors is far more valuable than having four primary-process parallel cores which would not provide a meaningful speed/responsiveness increase and would just drain the battery.

  • AnthonyRyan

    If the Moto X uses this Chipset its a done deal. I will take this phone, instead of waiting for the next Nexus Phone.

  • allie

    The only way id take it is if I could turn off contextual awareness sometimes you don’t want the world hearing your conversations.. ie on a bus or train

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Why would the world hearing your conversations? For one, the processor is not an app — it just processes raw data. If an app doesn’t allow you to turn the contextual awareness feature off, you don’t have to install it. As for system wide feature of always-on voice recognition, I’ve read that it can be turned off.

    • mike

      there’s a privacy setting to shut it off- so you are fine..

    • Loco

      Looks like you can

  • allie

    Did you not read about when you’re driving it launches speakerphone or did you just miss that thats what I was referring to

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      >> it launches speakerphone

      As you put it, it launches speakerphone — if you don’t answer, no one would hear a thing from you. And, if you are driving, and you aren’t using speakerphone, or something similar, you are breaking the law in many places.

  • allie

    What if you take the bus or train everyday and your child’s school calls then what… you’d like everyone hearing what the school has to say? You’re obviously not comprehending what I’m trying to say is there’s privacy issues with that.

    • Jesse

      Then either turn that feature off or don’t answer your phone while you’re on a bus. This has been explained to you, what part aren’t you understanding?

    • Joe

      I’m sure you actually have to answer the phone first. It’ll most likely then change to speaker phone since you are moving. It won’t just answer the phone for you.

  • Murtaza

    Here’s the link for those who need to know more about Moto’s X8 system. Here it from horses’s mouth :


  • donger

    Let’s see how this will work as a daily.

  • Richard Hess

    That chip is amazing! Imagine that we can use 8 different cores to split up computing tasks. And that was fantastic for the performance of a computer. This X8 Mobile Computing System is definitely rugged! RJLTechnologies.com