Moto X Comparison with Galaxy S4, HTC One and iPhone 5

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Now that the Moto X has been officially announced, we wanted to see how Motorola’s latest smartphone stacks up against the competition.We stacked the Moto X up against the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One and the Apple iPhone 5. In a war for specs, the Moto X can’t beat the Galaxy S4 or HTC One when it comes to screen resolution or raw CPU power, but it compares well when it comes to weight, battery capacity and camera.Like the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, the Moto X has support for 802.11ac — the latest and fastest Wi-Fi standard. It also has support for NFC (near-field communication), Miracast wireless video streaming to a TV, and Bluetooth Smart Ready devices (like fitness bracelets).On the storage front, the Moto X follows the growing trend of not including a external memory card. You can get it with 16GB or 32GB of storage.Of course, the real story with the Moto X is more about how its software works with the hardware. You can read our hands on for our first impressions.

Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5 vs. HTC One vs. Moto X

Samsung Galaxy S 4
Galaxy S 4
iPhone 5
iPhone 5
Moto X
Moto X
Screen Size 5 inches 4 inches 4.7 inches 4.7 inches
Resolution 1920×1080 1136×640 1920×1080 1280×720
Screen Type/PPI (pixels per inch) Super AMOLED, 441 ppi LCD, 326 ppi S-LCD 3, 468 ppi AMOLED, 316 ppi
Weight 4.6 oz 3.9 oz 5 oz 4.6 oz
Chipset Quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 in the U.S. (8-core 1.8GHz Exnyos 5 Octa elsewhere) Dual-core Apple A6 Quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 Motorola X8, Dual-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro with quad-core GPU and other sensors
Storage 16GB, 32GB or 64GB +microSD slot 16GB, 32GB or 64GB, no card slot 32GB or 64GB, no card slot 16GB or 32GB, no card slot
Connectors microUSB Apple Lightning microUSB microUSB
Operating System Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) iOS 6 Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Battery (in milliamperes/hour) 2,600 mAh 1,434 mAh 2,300 mAh 2,200 mAh
Camera 13MP autofocus, LED flash & zero shutter lag 8MP, autofocus, LED flash 4MP (“ultrapixels”) 10MP, Clear Pixel, LED Flash
Networking Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE Wi-Fi 802.11n, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
U.S. Price (with 2-year contract) $199.99 for 16GB, $299.99 for 32GB $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB $199.99 $199.99 for 16GB, $249.99 for 32GB
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    Smartphone to the Power of X

    The Moto X is Motorola’s latest flagship smartphone. Coming to five U.S. carriers in late summer for $199 (for 16GB), it has shares many features with the latest Verizon Droids in addition offering buyers the option of designing their own custom color combinations.

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    4.7-Inch Screen

    The Moto X has a 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 AMOLED screen.

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    Moto X vs. iPhone 5 vs. HTC One

    Here’s the Moto X (middle) next to the HTC One (left, with a 4.7-inch screen) and the iPhone 5 (right, with a 4.3-inch screen).

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    Always Listening

    Like the latest Droids, the Moto X is always listening for the phrase “OK Google Now” and can come alive, even in standby mode, if the owner utters it.

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    Active Notifications

    When you get a notification, the Moto X lights up only the pixels necessary to show you the notification, saving battery power.

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    If you press and hold the notification icon, you can see the latest message, without unlocking the phone. Sliding up takes you to the app, sliding down unlocks the phone.

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    Custom Colors

    If you order online, there are 18 different back colors available to choose from.

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    The phone has a distinct curve, but it doesn’t feel bulky. Motorola designed a special battery to fit in the unique chassis.

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    Composite Back

    The back is made of a composite material.

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    SIM Card Slot

    Only the SIM card slot resides on the right side.

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    USB Port

    A standard microUSB port resides on the bottom.

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    Buttons for power and volume are on the left.

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    The MotoMaker site offers more than 200 color combinations.

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    Pink Backside

    The Moto X in pink.

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    Light Blue

    This is as close as we could come to Mashable blue.

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    Wooden Phones

    Motorola says it’s working on a wooden backside, although that option won’t be available for a few months.


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