Leaked Moto X specs don’t sound much like a flagship

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It’s been a couple weeks since we first got confirmation of the Moto X, capping-off months of Motorola “X phone” rumors. Even before we had that name, we had been hearing quite a bit of talk about the phone’s possible hardware specs, and tried to gain some insight from potential benchmark results. What we were able to suss out sure made the X seem a lot less capable than the 2013 flagship phones we’re seeing from companies like HTC, Samsung, or Sony. Now some newly arrived Moto X specs have leaked, and while they finally go into detail about a number of the hardware’s capabilities, they once again have us wishing for a more powerful smartphone.

In contrast to the 1080p screens and quad-core, if not octa-core SoCs, the Moto X will supposedly have a 720p display and run a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.7GHz. The idea of an S4 had been broached before, but it’s crazy we’re talking about a dual-core chip and not a quad-core version. This is the very same an upgraded version of the SoC Motorola uses for the Droid RAZR HD. The big change is the move from an Adreno 225 to a 320, but we would have loved to see the quad-core APQ8064 instead – and even then, we’d still probably be complaining that it’s not a Snapdragon 600/800.

Sadly, the most impressive spec mentioned here might be the presence of a ten-megapixel main camera. The Moto X could arrive with 2GB of RAM, 16GB flash storage, and run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)

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