After months of rumors, Motorola has confirmed that its next flagship smartphone will be called the Moto X. It’ll arrive sometime this summer on multiple carriers, and will sport an OLED screen along with two unspecified processors to help provide prolonged battery life.
Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside made the announcement at the D11 conference in California last night. He didn’t get into many other specifics, but he did boast that the long-rumored “X Phone” will be the first smartphone to be assembled in the United States. While some components will come from Korea, Taiwan and the like, Moto X units will be put together in a “500,000-square foot facility that was previously used to build Nokia phones” just outside of Fort Worth, Texas.
Beyond that, Woodside claimed that the Android device will be aware of when and where it’s could be used and will adapt accordingly. He didn’t say how it’ll be done, but he teased that the device will know when it’s in a user’s pocket or hand, and will know “when you want to take a picture and fire up the cameras,” among other tasks. Woodside said that device durability has been a concern of Google CEO Larry Page, so expect the Moto X to have a sturdy build as well.
The Moto X will be one of the first major devices entirely conceived and built by Motorola Mobility since it was bought by Google in August 2011. While Woodside noted that he has had talks with Page and other Google higher-ups about where to take the device, he claims that Motorola’s business is still treated like any other Google partner. “We\’re hiring out of Google, but once you come to Motorola you give up your Google badge,” he said. “It really is separate.\”
More specific details on pricing and availability are still a ways away at this point, though the fact that the Moto X will not be exclusive to any one carrier is a shake-up from its usual way of business. Woodside also said the Moto X will be just one of “a handful” of new Motorola devices arriving by the end of the year, so it would appear that there’ll be more news coming out of the company in the near future.