Some Moto X owners are curious about what’s new in the new Moto X (Moto X 2nd generation). This post will give you the answer.
First, the official name of the new Moto X is Moto X 2nd generation (Moto X 2nd Gen), not Moto X+1 as rumored. Of course, many may just call it Moto X 2014.
Let’s check the comparison of Moto X 2nd generation vs Moto X 1st generation.
1. Cheaper: Moto X 2nd generation vs Moto X 1st generation
One of the biggest mistake preventing Moto X (1st Gen.) to get the deserved popularity is the stupid pricing strategy for the old Moto X in last year.
Although almost all potential buyers are excited with the unique features in Moto X 1st generation: touchless control (now it is re-branded as Moto Voice), Motorola Assist, Active Display and possible customization (through Moto Maker), they did not become a Moto X owner due to the wrong pricing strategy as analysed in this post: Why Moto X failed to save Motorola?
Moto X 1st generation was packed with middle-range hardware (with best software). The pricing Motorola asked is that for the smartphones with top-notch hardware.
For the new Moto X (Moto X 2nd generation), Motorola apparently corrects this mistake. The most advanced and high quality hardware, with the best (arguable) Android experience, is asking for a cheaper price!
The contract-free, unlocked 2nd generation Moto X (Moto X Pure edition) starts from $499. This is one of the most affordable flagship phones in 2014.
2. Faster: Moto X 2nd generation vs Moto X 1st generation
The new Moto X (Moto X 2nd generation) got a big update in processor and graphics. It is at least 3 times faster than 1st generation Moto X.
The second generation of Moto X is equipped with Quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (which has 3 times raw processing power than Snapdragon S4 Pro in the first generation of Moto X)
If we talk about graphics, the new Moto X (Moto X 2nd generation) comes with with Adreno 330 GPU, which is 50% faster than Adreno 320 GPU in the old Moto X.
Although for most owners, such a processing power is a overkill, it does make your Moto X very snappy.
3. Bigger: Moto X 2nd generation vs Moto X 1st generation
If you hate big smartphones, you choice is shrinking. Almost all flagship smartphones are getting bigger and bigger (or in Apple’s words, bigger than bigger). When the 5.3″ Galaxy Note was introduced in 2011, the common reaction is: is this still a phone?
Now,almost all “flagship” phones (usually with the best configurations) has a screen more than 5″.
Moto X is not an exception in size. It grows from 4.7″ to 5.2″ if you compare Moto X 2nd generation vs Moto X (1st Gen.).
Bigger usually means heavier. The new Moto X (2nd Gen.) is about 14g heavier (144g vs 130g). Not a big deal, actually.
4. Full HD vs HD: Moto X 2nd generation vs Moto X 1st generation
The 5.2″ screen in the new Moto X (Moto X 2nd generation) is not only bigger in size, but also larger in number of pixels.
Full HD (1920*1080) AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is what you get in the Moto X 2014. In the old Moto X (Moto X 2013), you get a HD 720p (1280*720) AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
5. New: Front-facing stereo speakers
Moto X 2nd generation finally gets the front-facing stereo speakers. In all situations, this will improve your listening experience if you compare the speaker to rear facing one.
Front facing sparklers can project the sound towards you, not away from you. This makes the sound not only louder, but also clearer, compared to ass-hole like rear facing speaker. Actually, the rear facing speaker is one of the major reasons why smartphone users seldom use the speakers in the phone.
6. Better camera: Moto X 2nd generation vs Moto X 1st generation
The old Moto X (Moto X 2013) gave us a very simple and efficient camera app. It is so simple that most new smartphone users can use it without much frustration.
But in camera hardware side, Moto X is hit-or-miss. Some Motox 2013 owners can take excellent photos; others may get poor quality photos very often.
In the new Moto X (Moto X 2nd generation), Motorola apparently chooses better quality camera sensors from Sony. So, better photo quality will be expected.
The number of pixels of the rear camera also increases from 10M to 13M. You can also shoot 4K videos.
Moto X 2014 also improved the LED flash with the flash ring. It sounds promising. But we need test it first because this is something new.
7. More choices: Moto X 2nd generation vs Moto X 1st generation
Customization is one of the most welcomed features for the old Moto X (Moto X 1st generation)
Now, the new Moto X (Moto X 2nd generation) simply offers more choices: more materials (e.g. leather), more parts that can be customized, and larger availability (European users can access Moto Maker soon!).
8. From Touchless Control to Moto voice: Moto X 2nd generation vs Moto X 1st generation
Touchless control is also getting better. Motorola re-branded it as Moto Voice.
You can create your own launcher phase ans use your own voice prompt.
9. Still no SD card support, 16GB is still the standard
Unfortunately, the new Moto X (Moto X 2nd generation) still does not support SD card. As a comparison, the new Moto G now has SD card support.
To make it worse, the standard configuration is still 16GB internal storage, so you get about 12GB usable storage. This means the number of big games you can install is very limited. Although 32GB is an option, the availability is limited.
10. Same battery capacity, same battery life
Actually, the old Moto X (1st Gen) has decent battery life and many owners are quite happy with it.
So, in the new Moto X (Moto X 2nd generation), Motorola packs a battery with identical capacity (2300mAH) as Moto X 2013. The battery life is similar: 24 hours of mixed usage, according to Motorola.
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