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Moto X 2013 vs Moto X 2014 – What Did Motorola Change?

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When Google released the second generation Moto X, the fans were confused and undecided whether to change their old phones and upgrade to the new model, or to stick with them and wait for another future Motorola handset. For those of you who just found out about the Moto X 2014 and you’re curious how different is from its predecessor, here’s a comparison between their specs and features.

Designs

The Moto X is a big leap up from the Moto G 2014, looking more elegant with an aluminum case instead of a plastic one, and we can not help but admire the smooth finish around the edges. The Moto X 2014 has a similar body shape, but it features two horizontal bars on the front panel, which aren’t very attractive for some people. Compared to last year’s model, the Moto X 2014 is much taller, shorter and slightly thinner, measuring 140.8×72.4×10 mm and weighting 144grams. But the new phone is water resistant, and its curved shell can be customized and replaced with any color you like using Moto Maker. The original Moto X weights 130grams and measures 129.3×65.3×10.4 mm, featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on its front panel, just like its successor.

Displays

The Moto X 2013 came with a 4.7inches AMOLED screen, being classified as a medium sized smartphone that can easily fit in any pocket. Its resolution is pretty good at 720×1280 pixels, which is standard HD, but the texts and images don’t look very crisp with an average pixel density of 312ppi. A better resolution is offered by the 5.2 inches Full HD AMOLED screen from the Moto X 2014, which is 1080×1920 pixels with 424ppi. If you’ll care a lot about the quality of your phone’s screen, then you’ll pick the newer model, which gives more vibrant and crisper colors.

Hardware and OS

On the first Moto X, Motorola used a poor dual core Krait processor which was clocked at 1.7GHz and paired it with a Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon chipset, an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Then, a “miracle” happened, or let’s say that technology won, and the new Moto X came with a greater performance, being powered by a faster quad core Krait 400 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, which sits on a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset along with an Adreno 330 GPU and the same 2GB of RAM. So, you’ll feel a major improvement in Moto X 2014’s performance, being able to play more complex games and run complicated applications. Unfortunately, the internal storage is still unexpandable, and on the Moto X 2013 you’ll get variants of 16, 32 and 64GB, while the Moto X 2014 removed the 64GB variant.

The Moto X came installed with Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), but it suffered a small upgrade to v4.4.4 (KitKat), and it’s planning to take the big step to v5.0 (Lollipop). The Moto X 2014 has, for now, the v4.4.4 (KitKat) OS, and likewise its predecessor, soon it will receive the v5.0 (Lollipop) update.

Cameras

The 2013 model features a 10MP back camera with LED flash, autofocus, HDR, 1.4µm pixel size etc. and a 2MP camera on the front panel. The 2014 model brought a 13MP back camera with dual-LED flash and other similar features, but which is now capable of recording 4K videos. The front camera retained the resolution of 2MP, and has the same video recording capabilities of 1080p.

Batteries

Both the Moto X 2013 and 2014 models are powered by removable batteries, and their capacities don’t differ much. The older model has a 2200mAh battery, with 100mAh bigger than the one from the new handset.

Prices

The 16GB variant of the 2013 model costs 280 dollars on Amazon, while the 2014 variant with the same storage capacity costs 393 dollars on the same website.