The Motorola X Phone has appeared in the rumor mill once again and this time, rumors suggest that the phone could be a “game changer” that could seriously challenge the iPhone and the upcoming Galaxy S4 flagship from Samsung that is rumored to be debuting in just a few weeks time.
Google and Motorola are reportedly working on a collaborative smartphone project currently dubbed X Phone. The device, which has leaked several times in the past, including in a job board listing from Motorola, is said to be a step up from the device’s of Motorola’s past.
Previous rumors have suggested a 4.8-inch to 5-inch display, up to 128GB of storage, a camera better than the ones found on Motorola’s previous smartphones which always left something to be desired, a Kevlar design, and a battery on par with the size of the Droid RAZR MAXX HD’s which provides 21 hours of continuous talk time.
The device has also been rumored to have some unique software for a non-Nexus smartphone with previous whispering suggesting vanilla Android with some bloatware. New rumors about the X Phone suggest that the X Phone will indeed have unique software, software that evidently pulls in Google’s various services like never before.
A report from Australian site Smarthouse, by way of Droid-Life, suggests that Motorola’s X Phone will sport software that has never been seen before inside of a smartphone. The software is said to bring in Google’s services in a way that no other smartphone has, including the iPhone and the Galaxy S series from Samsung.
Hugh Bradlow, CTO for Australian carrier Telstra, has reportedly told employees that the X Phone is a “real breakthrough, a game changer that will put pressure on Samsung and Apple”. In other words, it could be a serious competitor to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and the upcoming Galaxy S4.
Once again, it’s suggested that the X Phone will debut in May at Google I/O with a launch in July, presumably on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The device has also been rumored to be coming not only to the Google Play Store like the Nexus 4 but also to Verizon itself.
The X Phone would be the first major collaboration between Google and Motorola, a company that Google bought last year. It would likely replace the Droid RAZR HD as the company’s flagship smartphone.