If you were harboring any doubt that Motorola was about to deliver a new Moto X, the September 4 event invite we saw go out earlier this week, with its clear image of an “X” handset, should have succeeded in convincing you. But even if this hardware really is about to go public in just under three weeks, how will it arrive? We’ve been looking at a smattering of leaks over the summer so far that have attempted to reveal the phone’s design to us, but inconsistencies and just a general lack of faith that what we were seeing really was the X+1 have left us without the strongest sense of how this phone will appear. Today some new evidence arrives that might be able to steer us in the right direction, as a purported X+1 front panel gets compared to last year’s model.
We’ve been hearing that the X+1 would grow in size from the Moto X’s 4.7-inch display, possibly to 5.2 inches, and that seems backed up by the size difference we can observe here.
The other big change is this second cutout (and granted, one we’ve seen on earlier leaks), and while that may suggest stereo front-facing speakers, we wouldn’t be so sure. After all, the Moto E sported a similar look, and that was very much still a mono affair.
Even with that stereo question up in the air, the cutouts are still interesting, as what we’ve seen hasn’t looked consistent from leak to leak. The very wide cutouts here match some earlier leaks, but others, like that one from late last month, aren’t quite the same size. Is one of these an earlier prototype? Could we be looking at two different Motorola phones? That’s not an answer we have just yet, but it’s one we’re counting on getting soon.