1. singelectric's Avatar
    I think , but am not sure, that I spotted a Moto prototype device last week.

    Location: I live in Chicago, working about a half mile north of Moto's headquarters and living in an area west of downtown which is reasonably popular with young tech types.

    A certain sense of curiosity makes me just glance at what phones people around me are using, especially if it's a device that I can't recognize at first glance. I was taking the bus from work to home one day last week in mid/late afternoon. The route I was on has/used to have a Motorola facility (that didn't have a lot of branding, but did have banners visible in their entry way), and again, was on a route that a Moto employee might use to either get to that facility or from Moto HQ home.

    This device was very eye catching, though I didn't want to stare. What I first noticed were long, flat speaker grilles that started at the very top/bottom of the device - no bezel whatsoever above or below. The device had a dark back, and from the edge looked very thin. When the guy was using it in his hand, it became clear that it had a tapered back, just like the Moto X always has, but the edges of this device looked significantly thinner than any Moto device I've actually seen. I didn't get a good look at the camera part on the back, but it didn't seem to be in a raised circle like the Moto Z

    At this point, the guy seemed to kind of notice me glancing at his phone so I stopped looking, but I did notice: 1) What looked like a small 'M' logo etched in the glass top left of the phone, and 2) what looked like a series of numbers/letters (maybe 6 long?) etched into the glass elsewhere.

    I had a 1st gen Moto X (but never as my daily driver), so I'm familiar with that device (and a Moto G I used for a short while), and this phone looked like it wasn't that much larger but was much thinner at the sides. If I had to guess, I'd say a 5- to 5.2 inch screen, again, curved at the sides (unlike the Moto Z), with no camera 'island.'

    It wasn't until after getting off the bus that the pieces clicked in my head - this device looked premium, it was definitely smaller than the near-phablet that the Moto X has become, and way thinner; it definitely had a Moto logo etched into the screen, and that suggested to me that it might be a prototype. I looked up images of Moto's past few years of phones, and none have that. So, I'm wondering: Could I have spotted a new Moto X? If so, it's actually a device that I'd be interested in buying (I've liked the X's design but since the original, it's felt too big and bulky).

    Thoughts?
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    06-30-2016 10:24 AM
  2. Aquila's Avatar
    Yeah, probably.
    06-30-2016 10:38 AM
  3. Ry's Avatar
    The M logo you describe sounds like all the Motorola prototypes.

    Posted via the Android Central App on the Moto X Pure Edition
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    06-30-2016 11:26 AM
  4. anon(9072051)'s Avatar
    At this point, the guy seemed to kind of notice me glancing at his phone so I stopped looking, but I did notice: 1) What looked like a small 'M' logo etched in the glass top left of the phone, and 2) what looked like a series of numbers/letters (maybe 6 long?) etched into the glass elsewhere.
    Did he notice you because he felt you breathing on him? My only thought is, Why didn't you just ask him about the phone?
    06-30-2016 12:59 PM
  5. Aquila's Avatar
    I wouldn't have been able to avoid asking.
    06-30-2016 01:11 PM
  6. singelectric's Avatar
    Yeah, I was a few seats away. I totally wish I had asked him about it, but 1) the guy seemed kinda weirded out and 2) I don't expect to find myself staring at an unreleased phone prototype on a bus. By the time that I pieced it together, the window had kinda closed (and the guy got off the bus without being on there too long).
    07-01-2016 08:05 AM
  7. singelectric's Avatar
    That's what I figured. Well, I will say this. I just bought a OnePlus 3, but if this phone is half as good as it looks, I'd be sorely tempted. (No offence to your choice of phones, but for me, the Moto X line has always had a 'fatal flaw' that kept me from buying after the first one; mostly, that they were just too big for my tastes - the OP3 weighs 20 grams less, and it really is at the top end of what I'd want).
    07-01-2016 08:08 AM
  8. greenanon's Avatar
    I would have had to ask him about it
    Posted from my moto g 3rd Gen

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-07-2016 08:40 PM
  9. dookie.'s Avatar
    Did you see the back? The new X is rumored to have dual cameras.
    07-24-2016 07:41 PM
  10. anon(464338)'s Avatar
    That's what I figured. Well, I will say this. I just bought a OnePlus 3, but if this phone is half as good as it looks, I'd be sorely tempted. (No offence to your choice of phones, but for me, the Moto X line has always had a 'fatal flaw' that kept me from buying after the first one; mostly, that they were just too big for my tastes - the OP3 weighs 20 grams less, and it really is at the top end of what I'd want).
    I'm looking at the opo 3 and I don't like giant phones either. Being of that mindset yourself, how is the the day to day use ? Looks to be a bit more narrow than other 5.5's. Let me know your thoughts. I may wait for the smaller nexus or even the iPhone 7. I just like a more manageable handset.
    07-31-2016 07:02 AM
  11. wonderbread's Avatar
    Someone fill me in. Are we expecting a followup to the X as a above the Z?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    08-02-2016 12:27 AM
  12. streetkilln's Avatar
    If it is when will they launch it, it be kinda dumb to launch 2 different lines of phones with in the last few months of the year. I mean the z is released for verizon but i hear unlocked will be released in September.. so if i had to guess id think some time in q1 of next year , idk..
    08-04-2016 07:27 PM
  13. steelrain82's Avatar
    Maybe they are going to do a two phones a year cycle? Z in second half, x in the first. Or maybe they are switching to a once a year cycle. X one year, z the next.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    08-14-2016 07:56 PM
  14. Matty's Avatar
    Let the excitement begin! Moto X 2016!
    08-15-2016 12:18 PM

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