Feb 13 AT 6:45 PM Taylor Wimberly 54 Comments

Motorola’s first Android phone with Intel inside to appear at Mobile World Congress


Last month at CES, Intel and Motorola announced a multi-year, mult-device partnership and now both companies are expected to unveil the first device from that deal at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Details are scarce at this point, but Evan Blass of PocketNow posted up the first image of the device and said the camera would be major selling point.

We can see from the single render of the device that it will be running Android 4.0 with Motorola’s custom UI. It also appears that Motorola will use on-screen buttons, similar to what we saw with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The camera is said to offer instant-on capabilities as well as 15 frame-per-second burst capture. It appears that the device will have a dedicated camera button along its right side.

Check out our hands-on report of the Lenovo K800, for an idea of the kind of experience that Motorola might deliver with their device. That device featured a single-core 1.6 GHz Intel Medfield processor, which is likely what we are to see from Motorola.

Motorola has sourced processors from just about every semiconductor company, but their most recent partnership has been with Texas Instruments. Intel’s new Medfield processor is said to be competitive with the newer ARM-based processors coming from NVIDIA and Qualcomm, but we have yet to spend any extended time with an Intel-powered device.

Hopefully Motorola has a few other surprises for their first Intel device. It’s possible we could see a new implementation of webtop along with a redesigned lapdock accessory.

Now that Google’s acquisition of Motorola is nearing the final stages, it will be interesting to see what changes are made going forward. If you were Google, how would you improve Motorola’s devices?

Source: PocketNow

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  • Christian

    Holy mother of God. Blur is hideous.

    • dcds

      Did you notice the onscreen menu at the bottom? It seems to have a blue gradient! A gradient! Nothing to do with ICS fundamental concepts for UI elements!

      It’s a Blurkenstein.

      • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

        I’m not happy either that it will have MotoBlur on it, but let’s give it a chance :) A x86 Android phone is long overdue. It’s been too long and I want to see benchmarks and real life usage on it.

        • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

          I thank my die hard fans that are eager to give a thumbs down but don’t comment. I bow to you.

          • dcds

            Don’t worry about it… they do it everytime.

            There, take those two thumbs up for you… :-)

    • jonathan3579

      While Blur is still definitely ugly, this is by far one of the lighter and better looking iterations. It’s leaps and bounds ahead of what we’ve seen for Sense and TouchWiz thus far…

      • Christian

        Are you kidding? At least Sense and TouchWiz have some sense of design. The most recent version of TouchWiz is actually approaching acceptable. But this is just a tragedy.

        • jonathan3579

          Sense so far has the greatest inability to evolve. At least this new Blur looks like ICS even if it isn’t up to par for you. They have come a long way from being the slowest most resource hogging phones. This is probably the closest Motorola will get to vanilla Android. Sure, there is room for improvement but this is a step in the right direction.

          • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

            Let’s talk about Sense after the new Sense is released on the phones. Of all custom OEM launchers, Sense is the most different, I’ve said it before and I am saying it again now. Don’t hate it because it is not Vanilla Android, it will never be. There are alternatives to Sense, like CyanogenMod. When I had my HD2, I never used a Sense ROM because I could get results at least as good as Sense and I needed the internal memory space. I use Sense 3.0 now and it is ok. I didn’t use another launcher, since I already have Sense and I would only try to replicate Sense.

  • xsynth

    Will be interesting to see how the intel chips perform.
    I would def dump blur if I was google and just run stock android on moto phones.

    Though I do quite like that clock/weather/batt widget they got there..

    • nsnsmj

      Yeah, that widget is nice.

    • Mark

      Want to see how they perform? Check out the Cisco Cius? It’s Hot, Heavy, slow, poor battery life, and most of the good apps in the market won’t run on it because they require ARM CPU’s and not x86 instructions.

  • 69 with Rosanne

    Motorola phones are always the ugliest – the weather girls of smartphones!

    • Chris Lewis

      Clearly you dont live in San Diego where Aloha Taylor does the weather for one of the local stations….Look it up.

    • epps720

      I am not feeling the design of this phone, maybe I’m spoiled with the clean look of my G-Nex. I looked up Aloha Taylor, she’s cute but google images threw in a pic of Taylor Makakoa….I’m IN LOVE!!! Now Check HER out!

  • Owain

    Yeah, the iPhone 7 perhaps… which will have the option for you to choose from 5 preselected homescreen widgets “This changes everything, again!”.

    • dracer777

      Well said, Sir.

    • LukeT32

      I would have to assume someone in the Android community has a patent on widgets by now. I don’t think Apply could ever implement them.

  • Owain

    They be trollin’ with the Blur, but I’m liking the return to silver!

  • jamal adam

    The background color of the soft button is horrible. I will never understand why the make something beautiful so ugly. Yuck!!

    • dcds

      It’s worse. It’s a blue _gradient_.


  • Meister_Li

    It looks quite nice, however I am still somewhat doubtful Intel’s x86 Processor will be able to compete with ARM-Processors via Emulation.

    Also – How to improve Motorola Devices now that Google has them?

    1. Don’t be dicks to your customers anymore
    2. Unlock your Boot loaders or give your customers a method of doing it themselves.
    3. Stop being massive dicks to everyone outside the US.

  • Fulaman

    finally a phone that is not using capacitive touchscreen buttons. I wonder how this will compare with the Galaxy S3.

    • Chris Lewis

      I dont expect it to compair at all. This doesn’t seem like a flagship phone the way the GSIII will be for Samsung.

      • giggles

        Eww dude. She’s a twig with a wrinkly neck.

  • Alex Fischer

    ” If you were Google, how would you improve Motorola’s devices?”

    Two words: Unlockable Bootloaders

    • aranea

      Two more word: Ditch Blur!

  • nsnsmj

    The icons…good lawd the icons are hideous. I don’t like the blue background of the software buttons either. Black looks much better since it blends in with the front of the device. Still looks better than TouchWiz on ICS though, and the phone itself looks really nice.

  • Dirge

    I personally don’t see how this Blur is “hideous”. To be honest, ICS Sense looks ugly.

    I’m very curious to see how this compares to…quad-core phones?

  • https://plus.google.com/116890911944947316349/posts Ryan

    No blur and/or unlockable bootloaders.

  • spazby

    pure google please…. give us the option finally

    • pjamies

      Or at least the ability to kill the forced UI !! and make it pure Google ..
      Also, updates .. lots and lots of GOOD updates .. I love getting a new phone, but
      would also like to know that it’s OS upgradable for at least 2yrs !!

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  • aranea

    I’m not sure about the performance of the single cpu. It may be fast but if the clock speed is not controlled well it may drain the battery very quickly. We need some real world hands-on tests.

  • pjamies

    Ya, there phones are not that good looking ..(hard and rough looking phones ..)
    Samsung on the other hand has done a much better job of designing a decent looking phone (even if they seem to have stolen much of it from Apple .. lol)
    Simple and streamlined is always the best way to design something .. (in my opinion ..)
    The new Galaxy Nexus is as good a design as you can get in todays market ..
    Use the KISS analogy and will have the phone customers want ..

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    >> If you were Google, how would you improve Motorola’s devices?

    Stock OS, period. There’s no point for Motorola to create a phone that doesn’t run the stock OS. Now, one might argue that Motorola may come up with some OS enhancements that could be useful. I don’t disagree, but if those enhancements are so useful, shouldn’t they become part of the stock OS? So, basically Motorola should cease making OS level changes. Any customization that is NOT at the OS level should be released as an app. Any OS level customization that is considered to be useful should be added to the core Android OS.

    • dcds


      It does not even need to be in the Market. But the user should definitely have the option to go default.

      Sorry for the lame analogy, but it’s like North Korea: you can’t prove the value of something until you give people the option to opt out. If you don’t, chances are it’s serving another purpose. And it’s one that does not benefit them.

  • Bryan Stoner

    Okie let’s put the UI aside. This device is pretty darn sexYYY!! As another user pointed out, it’s great to see silver com back. I think if I were Google I would simply let Motorola stay as they are.

  • greeny42

    I enjoy the slight wedge thing they have going on

  • CJ LaFleur

    You insolent troll! You think you’re clever by using a dollar sign instead of an s and making android meandroid! Is that the best you’ve got! If you’re gonna troll, at least use something clever and original, not something an infant could’ve come up with!

  • lancaster09

    Here’s to hoping a top tier Motorola device comes to T-Mo!!!

  • classic_hero

    thats an interesting design….

  • 4n1m4l

    Do my eyes deceive me? Is that a physical button?

    • 4n1m4l

      err, camera button that is….

  • Hall Lo

    The device indeed looks quite nice :) and nice to see device with color besides black and white
    But please moto, no more locked bootloader please…. nor the non-removable battery…

  • benben

    Really nice looking phone. It reminds me a lot of the Desire Z/G2 actually. Now put a hardware keyboard in it and we’re talking. Make it happen, Googerola!

  • h0ruza

    If the Intel chip has good performance then I welcome it with open arms.

    Can’t say I’m too keen on the look of this phone though.

    I miss the days when every manufacturer would develop at least one phone that looked good and was made from polished metals and carbon fibre. Could someone remind Motorola and all the others please.

  • http://about.me/barontankhe Ton Habraken

    Could this also be second android phone to finally loose the capacitive buttons… let’s hope so.

    • h0ruza

      I’m hoping so too. Bare in mind this is a Photoshop’d press shot so the art worker may have got the position wrong for the screen graphic. I only say that because of the big black space at the bottom.

      Why have nothing there?

  • Gold D Roger

    doesn’t Motorola have any good designers? or are they just lazy to come up with something easy on the eyes?

  • kicost

    Ugly phone…Motorola needs to hire new designers!!!!!

  • Kimbo

    I don’t care about Blur, as long as you give me an unlockable bootloader – I’ll just take Blur off of there myself :)

  • amit kumar

    Thanks for the review. It’s really a nice device. I saw this phone in this website as well. http://www.gadtecho.com