In the crowded Android smartphone world, the Moto X has stood out because of its customizable design, useful touchless voice controls and mostly clean build of Google's software. But it has yet to really rise to the level of Samsung's Galaxy line or LG's flagships in terms of buzz. Motorola hopes to make more noise with a new Moto X, expected to be introduced on July 28. From a front-facing flash and beefier battery to a strange new fingerprint sensor, here's what to expect from the next X.
Leaked images from the Peru Android Facebook page suggest the new Moto X will come with a front-facing flash, possibly eliminating shadowy selfies for good. The current Moto X has a 2-megapixel front camera, and while there aren't any details about the sensor, there are rumors than the rear camera could get a boost from 13 MP to 21 MP.
Discreet Fingerprint Sensor
We're used to fingerprint sensors on phones being under the home button or on the back of the handset. The new Moto X could do something different with a new fingerprint sensor, with rumors suggesting it could be placed at the bottom front of the device, to the left of the speaker grill. This would make the new Moto X's fingerprint sensor one of the least obtrusive on any smartphone, allowing for an edge-to-edge display.
Better Insides, Better Battery
Motorola should be improving the guts of the 2015 Moto X. Word is that the new smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor and feature 4GB of RAM. That would be a big improvement from the 2014 version's Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM.
The next Moto X could also come with a bigger battery - up from a 2300 mAh to a 3280 mAh battery. In our battery test, the 2014 Moto X clocked in 7 hours and 33 minutes, which is shorter than the 8:27 average.
More nebulous are the rumors surrounding the design of the next Moto X. More than likely, Motorola won't fix what isn't broken - the 2014 Moto X is sleek and simple, but we could see some minor aesthetic improvements like skinnier side bezels. It is possible the new handset will be larger and hold a bigger screen, possibly 5.5 inches up from the current model's 5.2 inches, but nothing is certain.
Motorola typically introduces updated smartphones in September each year, but we could see the next Moto X much sooner. The company is having an event on July 28, and that's where we could see the debut of the smartphone. Also, Motorola could debut new Moto G budget smartphones and possibly the next iteration of the Moto 360 smartwatch. Be sure to check Tom's Guide for all the latest Motorola news and our hands-on impressions.
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