Jul 31 AT 8:46 PM Dima Aryeh 26 Comments

New Moto X’s X8 chip details, plus other pre-launch rumors


Tomorrow is the big day: We finally get to see the Moto X announced! Motorola will be discussing the details of one of the most anticipated and by far the most hyped smartphone of the year. We’ll hear things we knew, and maybe Motorola has a few surprises for us (we hope so!). However, there have been a few more bits of information since we last wrote about the Moto X, so to celebrate the day before the launch, let’s get discussing!

The first detail isn’t a rumor, but an explanation of the X8 chip used in the new Motorola products. We know it has eight separate cores, but what exactly went into developing such an interesting chip? We know that two of the cores are CPU cores, and four are GPU cores. Allegedly, the processor used was a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, though others have mentioned the S4 Plus. However, it’s not as “mid end” as it sounds. Not only is the GPU a current gen Adreno 320, Motorola has done some allegedly great stuff with the software.

We've done additional optimizations on top of that such as optimizing the entire Linux user space to move it to an ARM instruction set, cache optimization, Dalvik just-in-time optimization, and we've changed the file system. It's full hardware-software integration to deliver best-in-class performance.Iqbal ArshadMotorola senior vice president of engineering

What about the two other cores on the chip? Well they aren’t even ARM cores at all. They are the “natural language processor” and the “contextual computing processor.” The former will be used for audio recognition and noise cancelling, while the latter will control all the sensors and be the processor used for standby. They’re both custom designed low power processors.

All this optimization and extra cores provides “50 percent better than [the] competition” while also having amazing battery life. Those are some lofty claims, but damn do they make us excited. And the best part is that the whole system can be made with any processor, not just the Snapdragon.

Then, there is a rumor that the small MVNO Ting will be getting the Moto X at launch. The CEO of Ting says that the Moto X will come “almost immediately” to the network. US Cellular will also be getting its own Moto X, which recently went through the FCC. It isn’t uncommon for smaller networks to get high profile devices, but it usually doesn’t happen so fast. Motorola looks to be doing its best to spread Moto X to as many customers as possible, and we’re very thankful for that. And of course, as you know, Moto X is coming to all four major carriers.

What about the design of the phone? We know how it looks, but very little about how it’s built. Taylor Wimberly has revealed that the Moto X will have a laminated aluminum structure for added strength and the front of the device will be covered in “Magic Glass” – a piece of Gorilla Glass that is molded to a special polymer to cover the front and sides to ensure a zero gap design.

There are other small details floating around, like the Moto X having dual LTE antennas and a nano SIM tray instead of the current micro SIM. This adds on top of the stuff we’ve already heard, like the Clear Pixel camera, voice control seen in the new DROIDs, and many more details. However, Motorola is probably saving something amazing for the event. We’re excited to see it, so stay tuned tomorrow! And tell us, what would you like to see from the Moto X?

Source: PCMag, Gigaom, +Taylor Wimberly (2)

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.

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