Motorola is one of the few smartphone manufacturers not present at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin this week but that hasn't stopped the company from launching new devices. At an event at its home base Chicago, Motorola has announced the successor to the Moto X which is simply called the "new Moto X".

With its 5.2-inch 1080p OLED screen, thin bezels and aluminium body the new Moto X has much more of a premium touch to it than its predecessor. As before, leather and wooden back covers will be available through the Motomaker customization service which originally started out in the US, then expanded to Germany and from later this month will be available in the UK and France as well. 

Under the attractive-looking exterior an almost pure version of Android 4.4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. There will be versions with 16 or 32GB of built-in memory to choose from, but unfortunately no microSD-slot. 

In the camera department the new Moto X offers a 13MP sensor and F2.25 aperture, 4K-video and an interesting looking dual-LED ring flash. The default camera app is very similar to what we've seen on previous Motorola devices and has been designed with simplicity in mind. At the front a 2MP unit should be good enough for the occasional self-portrait or video chat. The 2,300 mAh battery is not removable. 

We are looking forward to getting a test unit in our hands to see if the ring flash is an improvement over more traditional LED-units. The new model will be available later this month in several regions including the US for $499.99. 

Key Specifications:

  • 13MP Sony IMX135 CMOS sensor
  • F2.25 aperture
  • 31mm equivalent focal length
  • dual-LED flash
  • ISO 50 - 1000
  • 4K-video
  • 2MP front camera
  • Android 4.4
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with quad-core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 5.2-inch 1080p OLED display (423 ppi)
  • 2300 mAh