Motorola has confirmed that its mythical 'X Phone' is indeed set to land in the material world, following comments made by CEO Dennis Woodside at the AllThingsD D11 conference.
Speaking at the event, Woodside had said that a new flagship mobile, the Moto X, is ready to launch in the near future - and Motorola has now issued an official press statement confirming that the device will be made "available this summer."
The statement also added further intrigue as to how the device might incorporate some of parent firm Google's all-knowing, all-seeing technologies, with Motorola noting: "As part of Google, we're being encouraged to take big bets on things that make a difference."
Speaking at D11, Woodside had said that Motorola was ready to relaunch its "entire portfolio this year" and that "several new phones" were in the pipeline.
"We'll launch a handful of smartphones that aren't the end, but show where the company is heading," he commented at the event.
The Motorola boss teased smartphone enthusiasts by saying that the Moto X would sport an OLED screen and feature sensor technology, adding that it would be a high-end handset to go head-to-head with premium devices like Apple's iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Given Motorola's close ties to Google, the potential inclusion of sensor technology is seen as particularly intriguing, with Woodside noting that the device would be "contextually aware." He also hinted that its power consumption management would be superior to rival devices.
He explained: "Motorola has always been good at managing power on the device, but we're really good at managing sensors. We know when it's in your pocket, we know when it's in your hand, it's going to know when you want to take a picture and fire up the cameras. The device will know when you're in the car and it's moving at 60mph and you'll interact with it differently, more safely."
A further point of differentiation is that the bulk of the Moto X will be manufactured in the United States – processors and displays will be imported from Taiwan and Korea, respectively, but 70 per cent of the device will be produced in America. Apparently, it's an undertaking that will bring some 2,000 jobs to a factory in the Fort Worth, Texas area once used by Nokia.
However, it also raises the question as to whether the device will ever break cover outside of the US.
"There are several business advantages to having our designers and engineers much closer to our factory. For instance, we'll be able to iterate on design much faster, create a leaner supply chain, respond much more quickly to purchasing trends and demands, and deliver devices to people here much more quickly," Motorola added in its press release.
One distinct possibility is that Google could be trialling the Moto X in the States with a view to using it as a template for its next Nexus handset.