Moto X+1 Leak Shows Front Speakers, New Camera

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Notorious tech leakster Evan Blass, better known as evleaks, may have “retired” from the game, but he made sure to go out on a high note. In a tweet that reads “My retirement gift to you,” evleaks shows off some pretty convincing images of what could be Motorola’s upcoming Moto X+1 smartphone.

The new photos showcase black and white variations of the purported Moto X+1. The black version sports a matte black rear panel while the white variation sports a wood finish, though we assume you’ll be able to customize the phone’s paneling using Motorola’s online Moto Maker shopping tool. 

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The most noticeable design change from last year’s Moto X is in the X+1′s rear camera lens, which now appears to have a ring of silver around it. That outer ring sports what could be two small flash LED sensors, instead of the large single flash that lies under the Moto X’s 10-MP camera. The Moto X’s rear-facing speaker looks like it’s moved to the front for the X+1. 

Droid Life recently uncovered what could be the Moto X+1′s final specs, which include Android 4.4.4, a 5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, a Qualcomm Adreno 330 processor with 1.8GB of RAM and a 12-MP camera. The original Moto X sported a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 720 display, so the jump to a bigger, full HD display would be welcome. 

Motorola is holding a press event in Chicago on Sept. 4, and based on its hint-heavy invitation, we expect to see the Moto X+1, the Moto 360 smartwatch, a new Moto G phone, and possibly another wearable device. We’ll be on the ground for the big showcase, so stay tuned. 

Sources: evleaks, Droid Life

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  1. J Says:

    There was a recent MIT article about the ability to use infrared LED lights and machine learning techniques to turn a single-lens camera into a 3-D one.

    technologyreview/com/news/529986/turning-a-regular-smartphone-camera-into-a-3-d-one/

    Someone on my Google plus feed wrote this comment about it:

    >**MIT’s New Single-Lens 3D Camera Looks a Lot Like the Moto X+1′s**
    >
    > Thinking of Google’s +Project Tango, which is using a dual-camera prototype mobile device to provide 3D mapping of objects and of spaces that you walk through, This development from MIT that uses a single traditional camera lens in conjunction with near-infrared LEDs, which essentially turn the camera into both a traditional camera and an infrared camera.
    >
    > —
    > What’s particularly interesting about this new device is that it looks remarkably similar to the supposedly zero-flash camera being seen in early leaked photos that purport to show the upcoming Moto X+1 smartphone).
    >
    > The alleged Moto photo shows only four small LED lamps of some kind surrounding the camera lens, while there are six near-infrared LED sensors in the MIT design, but the layout and the probable sizes is essentially identical.
    >
    > —
    >
    > My guess: Moto may be one of the first to get a single-lens 3D camera, probably not in the upcoming Moto X+1, but no doubt the multilateral brainstorming that’s a part of the +Google ATAP team’s product development may have inspired some further refinements at MIT – or vice versa.
    >
    > At Google I/O next year the fruits of Project Tango in more production-ready form are likely to surface, and the form factor for Moto X+1-generation phones looks to be ready for the opportunity coming from Tango.

    Also:

    > “turn the camera into both a traditional camera and an infrared camera”


    > “sensors are coming out that can switch between regular camera and infrared camera”

    wired/co/uk/news/archive/2014-02/25/eye-tribe-android

    Eye-tracking requires a camera that senses infrared.

    Maybe this is the kind of switching sensor that the Eye Tribe eye-tracking company is talking about?

    Or maybe I’m completely wrong.

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