New Motorola Handset Shows Up In Vietnam, But It’s Not The Flagship You’re Expecting


A new Motorola smartphone has surfaced in images and video from Vietnam ahead of the handset’s official unveiling. The device sports a design unlike anything we’ve seen from Motorola in recent years, with a small resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But is this the flagship “X Phone” we’ve been expecting? It doesn’t look like it.

The handset was obtained by Vietnamese website, which claims it has a 4.65-inch 720p AMOLED display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and an Adreno 320 GPU. The device also features a 2,200mAh battery.

While those specifications certainly poor, we’re expecting a little more from the flagship X Phone — such as a 1080p display. But even so, this device is particularly interesting because it’s unlike any of Motorola’s recent Android smartphones.

The sharp edges and flat, Kevlar-coated body are gone, and they’ve been replaced by smooth curves and a rounded, non-removable rear panel. I have to say, I much prefer this look.


There are small perforated holes alongside the camera, which are believed to be for the speaker, and a small and subtle Motorola “M” logo just beneath the LED flash. There’s also a SIM card slot on the side of the device.

As for the software, Motorola’s familiar clock and weather widget can be seen on the home screen, but it appears this handset has more of a stock Android feel. The icons for apps like Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Camera, and Email are all stock Android icons, which you’d usually find on a Nexus handset.

It’s unclear whether this device will ever see the light of day, or whether it’s just a prototype that’s been used for testing. It’s possible this could be Motorola’s mid-range smartphone for 2013 — a cheaper alternative to the flagship X Phone — but we’ll have to wait and see if Google makes it official.