While everyone from Samsung to Sony to Huawei to Microsoft to Acer is packing up their bags for an early September trip to Berlin and the Germany capital’s renowned IFA consumer electronics trade show, Motorola seems to be preparing its own little journey to… Chicago.
Yes, Chicago, Illinois. USA. 4,400 miles west of Berlin. We’ve heard of swimming against the tide, but this feels a little extreme. Unless Moto also plans to take the IFA stage for a simultaneous announcement with the one going down in the Windy City.
Either way, the soon-to-be-former-Google-subsidiary isn’t the least bit subtle in teasing the new gear slated for a September 4 public debut. The press invites contain crystal clear hints as to the introduction of a Moto X follow-up, Moto G sequel, and reintroduction of the Moto 360 smartwatch. Also, a mysterious Bluetooth headset (?!?).
Since we know virtually everything on the 360, save for the recommended retail price, and literally nothing on the BT accessory, let’s see what you should expect the X+1 and G2 (G+1?) smartphones to bring to the table.
The former should make a splash primarily with Moto Maker customization options, leather backs included, although the rumor mill pegs it as a pretty bitching spec monster too, thanks to a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, 2 GB RAM, 5.2-inch Full HD display and 12 MP rear camera.
Meanwhile, the G2 can’t really go nuts on specs given its targeted price point, and so it will likely settle for a 5-inch 720p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1 GB RAM and 8 MP main snapper. Oh, come on, Motorola, don’t be shy, bring the pair to IFA 2014 too.