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Motorola To Introduce Modular Back Panels With This Year’s Moto X

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Last December, the Internet was taken up by surprise with an alleged Moto X prototype picture leak. Most dismissed the info and moved on. But on Sunday, an image leaked by HelloMotoHK on Google+ confirmed the accuracy of the previous description.

Apparently, this year, Motorola will be releasing its flagship Moto X brand in the form of two different smartphones– the Vertex and the Vector Thin. The Vector Thin is said to be the higher-end device of the two while the Vertex is comparatively lower in terms of specs. According to the leaked images, both the devices look almost identical but their specs vary widely.

Both the devices will sport a 5.5-inch AMOLED display. That’s the only thing common between them. The Vector Thin will ship with a Quad HD display while the Vertex comes in with a Full HD one. The former is built over Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 system-on-chip (2.0GHz quad core) while its counterpart comes with a Snapdragon 625 (an octa core chip reportedly clocked at 2.4GHz instead of the stock 2.0GHz).

In terms of design, as the name suggests, the Vector Thin is very slim, just 5.2 millimeters thick. The Vertex, on the other hand, itself is quite sleek at 7 mm. But this means the Vector Thin has a smaller batter– a 2600mAh cell to be precise. The Vertex houses a 3500mAh pack.

Storage and RAM are also very different on both handsets. The Vector Thin will ship with 32GB of storage capacity coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, while Vertex will reportedly come with either 16GB storage/2GB RAM or 32GB storage/3GB RAM configurations. Same goes with the cameras, Vector Thin- 16-megapixel sensor with both laser-assisted and phase detection autofocus technologies and Vertex- 13-megapixel sensor with laser AF, but with optical image stabilization.

But that’s not even the main highlight of these smartphones. Apparently, both the new Moto Xs are going to come in with built-in support for modular backplates. The company is said to have at least six modules, called “Amps,” planned for launch, including a simple colored backplate that ships free with both handsets. These back panels will snap onto the devices and add new features or enhance existing ones.

Alleged backplates to be launched first-hand include stereo speakers; a battery pack; a camera grip with flash and optical zoom; a pico projector; and a rugged cover with wide angle lens attachment. The modules will not just be sold by the device manufacturer but also by third-party vendors.

We had seen many other manufacturers attempt modular approaches before but none of them ever took the mainstream market by storm. It will be interesting to see how Moto performs.


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