Mystery solved. The cryptic Motorola XT1096 is more than likely a Verizon-bound version of Moto X’s sequel, aka the X+1. And the XT1097 variation brings large-scale performance improvements to the table.
Of course, the upgrades will be adopted by the XT1096 and all other carrier or region-specific X+1 models, helping Motorola play in the mobile big leagues again, alongside Samsung, LG and HTC. Sounds like Lenovo really got a bargain in its deal with Google.
Assuming data supplied by benchmarking authority Geekbench is correct (and it usually is), the XT1097 packs standard, cutting-edge Snapdragon 801 processing power instead of a custom-made, dubious “X8” solution.
We’re talking a quad-core CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz, paired with Adreno 330 graphics, and 2 GB RAM for buttery smooth multitasking. Granted, rival flagships from LG or Sony exceed X+1’s amount of memory by a gig, and 4 GB RAM smartphones might be right around the corner.
Still, odds are Motorola is trying its best to keep the pricing bar low, in which case 2 GB of random-access memory is more than enough. And so is Full HD resolution on a 5.2-inch screen, 12 megapixels for the dual-LED flash camera and 2,900 mAh battery juice, the previously rumored features that our source can’t support or negate.
Also, yeah, Android 4.4.4 KitKat is found underneath it all on the software front, although an Android L update is definitely in the cards either ahead of the commercial release or soon after. And don’t forget about customization options, wood, leather and all.