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Motorola Moto X vs Moto X 2014 specs comparison

Motorola unveiled the latest version of its flagship handset, the Moto X, at IFA 2014. The new Moto X will be available to all in the coming weeks, and some are wondering how it stacks up against the last generation device. Our comparison shows the key differences between the Moto X 2014 model and past iteration in terms of design and features. Read on to find out what's new with the Moto X.

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The new Moto X (left, middle) and the older version (right). / © ANDROIDPIT


The new Moto X has undergone a somewhat gentle facelift. It has a metal frame, a larger display, leather or bamboo style reverse, more overt camera module Motorola logo, but it still retains the spirit of its predecessor - for better or for worse.

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The new Moto X, from the rear. / © ANDROIDPIT


The display of the new Moto X is about 1 cm larger and has a higher resolution. The pixel density increases from 312 ppi on a 4.7-inch display to 424 ppi on a 5.2-inch screen for the new version. The screen-diagonal was significantly increased and is now on a level with the Xperia Z3 and only slightly smaller the Galaxy S5. The full HD resolution corresponds to the current flagship standard, with the AMOLED display technology being favored by many manufacturers, including Samsung. 

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From the front, the two devices are similar, but the display of the Moto X (2014) is significantly larger. / © ANDROIDPIT


From the somewhat weak dual-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Proclock processor found on the original Moto X, Motorola has made ​​a big step forward. The Moto X 2014 has a quad-core Snapdragon 801 with a clock speed of 2.5 GHz. The accompanying 2 GB of memory is also befitting of the current flagship trend. This set of hardware specs can safely be considered premium flagship standard; Motorola has confidently responded to critics who had issues with the first Moto X being called a true high-end smartphone. 


The resolution of the Moto X camera has been upgraded from 10 to 13 megapixels. Once again, the Moto X features a quick-start gesture (rotating the wrist) which can launch the camera directly from standby mode, but the camera flash has changed position and is now housed around the lens. The resolution of the front camera has remained the same at 2 megapixels. Finding out the extent to which these changes have affected the camera performance will have to wait until we conduct a full test when the new Moto X is released.  


The battery capacity has been raised only slightly, from 2,200 mAh to 2,300 mAh. By comparison, the Galaxy S5, with similar overall specs, has a 2,800 mAh battery. We have to hope that the hardware inside the new Moto X has been optimized so that the battery life won't be killed by the upgraded hardware. Again, we will have to wait for our full review to ascertain this. 

Technical Specifications

  Motorola Moto X (2013) Motorola Moto X (2014)
System Android 4.4.4 (after update) Android 4.4.4
Display 4.7-inch, 1,280 x 720 Pixels, 312 ppi 5.2-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 Pixels, 424 ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-Core, 2.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB 32 GB (expandable via microSD-card slot up to 128 GB)
Camera 10 MP (rear), 2 MP (front) 13 MP (rear), 2 MP (front)
Connectivity Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth, NFC
Dimensions 129.4 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm 140.8 x 72.4 x 9.9 mm
Battery 2,200 mAh 2,300 mAh
Weight 130 g 144 g
Price 399 USD 579 USD


The new Moto X follows a similar design ethic as its predecessor, but is still unmistakably improved. Better materials give the new Moto X a more premium feel than its predecessor, and it has a larger screen with higher resolution - meeting the current standard for flagships. It has also improved in almost every technical department over its predecessor. In short, people are going to find it very difficult to level the same set of criticisms at this Moto X device as they did the last one.

We will have a more in depth look at these two devices when the new Moto X is released. In the meantime you can keep up to date with all of the price and availability news for the Moto X in our dedicated article.

What are your thoughts on the new Moto X?


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  • Thanks for the corrections Matt!

    No intentions to falsify information on our part -- whether our readers believe that the new Moto X is better or not, we don't really receive a benefit -- it was just mistranslated from my good friend Johannes's original article!

    I've edited the article now and I've removed a french word from your comment too ;)

  • Matt Bess Sep 19, 2014 Link to comment

    Are you stupid or is this article intentionally falsified to favor the new Moto X and make it look even better? Rotating the wrist to launch the camera from standby was a feature of the original Moto X. Not a new feature of the new one. Also, the original Moto X has NFC capability, which you only have listed on the new Moto. Get your facts right before writing an article. I can't stand STUFF like this. I know. I'm holding it in my hand right now. The new Moto X is a step up already. It doesn't need help; especially untrue help.

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    Yanwyn Sep 10, 2014 Link to comment

    I'm glad they have added the SD card option, I am never interested in devices that lack it. I'm also glad they seem to of made improvements to the camera. Don't understand why the battery didn't receive better attention then it did, but still some improvement is better than none! I'm guessing the battery is the non removable type, which would be a shame. It is certainly a beautiful device, I'm sure as is the case with my Moto G 4G Lte, it would feel good in the hand. In fact I think these Motorola phones are really quite gorgeous, to me other brands are rather boring looking, they're just mobile phones. Moto X, G & even E are things of beauty, functional art in a sense. Wonder how long before the new X is available in Australia, and whether Telstra, unlike with my G 4G, will have it on offer?

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