Analysts Claim Moto X Won’t Attract iPhone Users
Despite all the features it offers, Motorola’s Moto X handset is better suited to alter the Android landscape than draw consumers away from Apple’s iPhone according to one noted analyst. In a recent report discussing the possible effects Motorola’s Moto X handset, which was unveiled at a special event recently. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster shared that the new handset isn’t “significantly different than [the Galaxy S4 and HTC One] to change the current market dynamics between Android and iPhone.”
Motorola’s new flagship device sports an array of features currently unavailable on any other device. Chief among these is a constant listening mode, in which the phone’s audio sensors are always active and listening for voice input from a user. The Moto X learns its owner’s voice and can use voice input to set reminders, search the web, send messages and carry out other tasks. It also features a number of gesture controls including a camera that is activated by flicking one’s wrist while holding the phone. Inside, it will pack a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with a 1.7 GHz dual-core Krait CPU and quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, as well as a 2,200 mAh battery which offers 24 hours of life.
Most importantly, the design of the phone will be a big point of emphasis for Motorola. Built in the United States, the Moto X will offer consumers an array of design options for the chassis as well as a choice between 16 GB and 32 GB of storage. Customers can buy the device either online or in store and design it on Motorola’s site. The Moto X is the Google-owned manufacturer’s latest attempt at clawing back some market share in a mobile phone segment that largely left it behind. Motorola continually tried to keep pace since consumers began moving to smartphones but it has been outstripped by both Apple and Samsung, which combine to take all of the profits in the industry.
Munster still believes the new handset won’t be enough to pull users away from the iPhone, which is the top-selling device in the U.S. Whether or not Motorola needs the Moto X to do so, is open to debate. Some observers note that Google needs Motorola to cease being an anchor on its earnings. Ever since the search giant bought the ailing manufacturer in 2012, widely thought as a move to gain access to the company’s patent hoard, Motorola has lost hundreds of millions of dollars for Google as its handsets have failed to gain traction.
Source: Piper Jaffray