Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen (2014) : What's Different from Moto X 1st Gen

Motorola Moto X was one of the most successful comeback of Motorola in the smartphone market. It was a huge success in Indian market and was priced reasonably at Rs.23,999 for the 16 GB variant. The new Moto X 2nd Generation, also known as 2014 edition was recently launched for Indian audience but with a slightly increased price and better hardware. The 2014 edition of Moto X is available exclusively on Flipkart at Rs.31,999 for 16 GB model, currently in India, only 16 GB variant is available.

Moto X 2nd Gen

What's New in Moto X 2nd Generation?

According to the company, Moto X 2nd Gen is an updated model containing better hardware and features. The display size has been increased and the camera is also a better shooter. The hardware is also better than the earlier edition. In this article we will look at the Moto X 2nd Gen Specs and will also do a quick comparision of the 2nd Gen with the 1st Gen Moto X.

Build Quality and Display

Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen looks quite similar to the earlier edition Moto X, there are some noticeable changes like metallic sides and soft-touch back panel etc. Moto X 2nd gen is 10 mm thick which is thinner than its earlier edition which was 10.4 mm thick. Moto X 2nd Gen weighs around 144 grams. The 3.5mm audio jack is at the top, along with a secondary mic. At bottom you can find microUSB port. Overall the build quality is quite sturdy and it really feels good in hand. It consists of 5.2" Inch Full-HD OLED Display with 1080 x 1920 resolution and ~424 ppi pixel density. It also comes with corning gorilla glass 3 protection.

Moto X 2nd Gen


Moto X 2nd Generation packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2.5GHz Quad-Core Krait 400 processor accompanied 2GB RAM. It also packs Adreno 330 GPU for gaming and graphic processing. The hardware looks quite good and ensures high performance, there is a huge improvement under the hood as compared to the first generation Moto X. The 2nd Gen device comes in 16GB and 32GB variants but currently in India we only have 16GB variant, this might hurt but No, you cannot expand the storage as there is no microSD card slot.

However there is a way for solving the storage issue, you can read it here.

Software & Camera

Moto X 2nd Gen runs Android v4.4.4 KitKat Out-of-box and can be upgraded to Android L in future. Moto X gives pure Android experience, as it runs the stock Android ROM. The primary camera on Moto X 2nd Gen is a 13 Megapixel Shooter which comes with dual-LED flash, beautifully packed in a circular manner around the back camera. It can shoot videos up to 4K resolution (2160p@30fps). The front camera is a 2 Megapixel selfie shooter and can shoot 1080p HD video.

Moto X 2nd Gen

Battery & Connectivity

The battery department of the Moto X 2nd Gen is better than the first generation model but still quite disappointing. The 2nd Gen Moto X packs a 2300 mAh Li-on battery which works quite well but looking at a 5.2" inch display device, 2300 mAh seems inappropriate but still it is better than the first gen 2200 mAh battery. The battery is sealed inside the phone and cannot be removed.

Connectivity wise you get 3G and 2G networks compatibility in India, other than that you have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, GPRS, EDGE, NFC etc. The sensors packed inside are Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, gyro, compass, barometer and temperature sensor. You also get GPS support with A-GPS and GLONASS.

Other Features

Water Resistant coating: The Moto X is not water resistant but do claims to have a water resistant coating which helps it from accidental splashes.

4-Mic technology: Moto X packs 4 microphones at different positions which help reduce the background noise and gives good call experience.

Price & Availability

The Moto X 2nd Gen is an impressive upgrade and looks quite premium. The features and hardware is also impressive and overall the Moto x 2nd Gen is a great device. Moto X 2nd Gen is available on Flipkart for Rs.31,999 (16GB) and is exclusively available at Flipkart only. You can use the below link for buying the device.

Quick Comparision with Moto X 1st Generation.

The Moto X first generation had a 4.7" Inch display with 720p resolution. It had a 10 Megapixel camera at the back and a 2 Megapixel front camera, both capable of shooting 1080p videos. Hardware wise it had a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset with 1.7 GHz Dual Core processor and 2 GB RAM. It packed a 2200 mAh battery with other basic phone features. Out-of-box it ran Android v4.2.2 JellyBean which was upgradable to 4.4.4 KitKat. Moto X first generation was priced at Rs.23,999 for 16GB variant at Flipkart.


So this was the Moto X 2nd Gen and I hope now you're able to spot the difference between both the devices. The Moto X 2nd Gen is a great device but I find it to be overpriced, please let me know your views in the comments below.


About Jimmie Luthra

Jimmie Luthra is a Mariner, Tech enthusiast, Blogger and Gadget reviewer. He is fond of technology and is usually found playing with some piece of tech. He is also a Guitarist, Music lover & fitness freak.
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