Motorola Moto X rumour roundup: key specs and official press shots leaked

The Moto X rumour mill is about to get a little bit juicer thanks to a new batch of leaked images of Google's upcoming Motorola smartphone.

If that sounds a wee bit odd, remember that Google purchased Motorola Mobility back in 2011 in the hope that the smartphone manufacturer would become a quasi-independent hardware arm of the search giant. The Moto X is the first flagship smartphone from Motorola on tap since the acquisition.

The images, posted by famed smartphone leaker @evleaks, look to be the first official press shots of the rumoured 4.5in or 4.7in device. There aren't any secrets that the images reveal – at least, nothing beyond that which has already been gathered by the rumour-hungry enthusiast sites so far. Even Google chairman Eric Schmidt leaked the Moto X a bit when pictures were taken of him walking around with the device at mid-July's Allen & Co conference.

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While the Moto X has yet to make its official public debut – you'll have to wait until Motorola's 1 August launch event for the big reveal – plenty of other leaks have painted a pretty good picture of what the smartphone might have in store.

"I think they're working hard on making good products. We're really excited about it, they're excited about it," said Page, discussing the Moto X in Google's second-quarter earnings call.

The device, which Google bills as the "first smartphone you can design yourself," is expected to run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and feature a 1,184 x 720 pixel display.

Elsewhere, it's thought there will be a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 pro chip powering the device, and the phone is expected to come with 2GB of RAM. Leaks so far put the smartphone's total on-board storage at 16GB, and it's unclear whether that's set in stone or whether Motorola intends to produce different variants of the Moto X. Droid Life reports that, as of the leaks thus far, the Moto X doesn't appear to have any expandable storage.

A leaked video from Canada's Rogers Wireless has already showcased some of the Moto X's more eye-catching software features, including the phone's ability to learn your voice and respond to vocal commands for tasks like updating a user with the daily weather forecast, finding directions, and setting phone alarms, to name a few examples.

Elsewhere, it's thought that the Moto X will feature a 2.1-megapixel front camera and a 10.5-megapixel primary snapper, as well as packing NFC support.

Much (albeit generic) talk has been made about new contextual awareness capabilities that might be built into the Moto X. Google Now will invariably fuel a part of that, but it looks as if smartphone enthusiasts will have to wait a bit longer to see what other tricks Motorola has up its sleeve in that regard.

The Moto X is expected to hit stores in Q3. It's unclear what Motorola's has planned with regards to European and international rollout, but more will no doubt be revealed at the big launch.