Moto X X8 processor gets explained

News Marin Perez 12:57, Aug 01 2013

Motorola gives details on the X8 processor which should power the Moto X

The Moto X phone will be fully unveiled in a few hours but Motorola has already revealed some details on the X8 processor which should be powering its new flagship. 

Motorola detailed the X8 chip to PCMag and it potentially opens the doors for some interesting capabilities on the Moto X phone. It's based on a Qualcomm S4 Pro processor at 1.7GHz but Motorola has tweaked it enough to make it stand out from the crowd. 

The X8 chip which should power the Moto X phone has "full hardware-software integration to deliver best-in-class performance," Motorola told PCMag. This includes a so-called "contextual computing processor" and a "natural language processor," but those aren't exactly on the S4 processor, they're just part of the overall system. 

We had heard some rumors about the Moto X having two separate chips and, in a simplified explanation, that may be the case. PCMag speculates that the contextual computing processor could handle things like the screen, sensors and touch elements while it's in standby. The natural langauge processor will allow the Moto X to listen to you and trigger actions once you've said, "Ok, Google Now."

Along with computational advantages, the X8 processor could allow the Moto X to have fantastic battery life. We're not talking about 9-5 battery life but perhaps up to 24 hours on a single charge because the main processor isn't burning that much energy listening to you or handling interactions with the display.

All of the Moto X specs should be revealed within the next few hours but we're expecting it to be powered by this X8 processor, have a 4.5-inch 720p HD screen, Wi-Fi, GPS, 4G LTE, Bluetooth and it should have a 10-megapixel camera with the Clear Pixel technology. 

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