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Leaked Moto X ad demos completely touch-free and gesture-based features

A leaked video has shown off some of the features packed into Motorola's upcoming Moto X smartphone.

The two-minute promotional clip, shot by Canadian telecommunications firm Rogers, demonstrates some of the new phone's capabilities, including a number of voice- and gesture-based commands.

'Open Mic' is perhaps the most significant of the lot. The feature allows users to control the device purely through the power of speech, without the need to touch it.

"Your Moto X is ready to listen and respond," says the Rogers spokesperson in the video. "Talk to it and it learns your voice. With the power of Google Now, it tells you what you need to know even when you're not touching the screen."

Speaking in May, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside announced the device would have a variety of always-on sensors (opens in new tab) – a move that will no doubt raise privacy concerns. The Xbox One (opens in new tab) and Google Glass (opens in new tab) have already received widespread criticism for similar features.

Next to debut on the Moto X will be the 'Active Updates' system, which will supposedly deliver notifications in a more useful manner.

"Instead of a blinking light that doesn't actually tell you anything, information quietly appears on the screen," says the video.

Also on show are a few new camera features. Users will be able to launch the camera with a flick of the wrist, snap pictures by touching any part of the screen and shoot multiple images by holding down a finger.

The Moto X is set to launch later this summer, and will be the first flagship smartphone the company releases since its $12.5 billion (£8.3 billion) takeover by Google in May 2012 (opens in new tab).

Earlier this month, Motorola released an advert for the Moto X, calling it the "first smartphone you can design yourself." (opens in new tab) What this exactly entails is still unclear, though colour and engraving options have been widely suggested.

The device is set to go head-to-head with the best of Samsung's and Apple's offerings, with the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab) reporting that Google has earmarked $500 million (£331 million) just for marketing purposes.

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, Newsweek, and ITProPortal.