The device referred to by the press as the Motorola X Phone may not carry Motorola’s branding after all, according to the latest word from the tech grapevine. And it just might be the next “pure” Google phone, contrary to initial reports that it wouldn’t be a true Nexus device. Instead of being a Motorola flagship, the X Phone may be known instead as the Google Nexus X, the most probable replacement for the Nexus 4 as Google’s next flagship handset. This report contradicts previous rumors that Google will be returning to Samsung for Nexus phone production, but supports those suggesting that Google and LG may not be teaming up again for the next-generation Nexus due to the latter company’s slow production of the Nexus 4.
Despite not selling as many units as initially expected, the Nexus 4’s problems do not stem from a lack of popularity, but rather from overly conservative estimates for the device’s demand; as such, Nexus 4 stocks were depleted within minutes of launch, and are still not in the best of health despite several Play stores restocking the quad-core powered handset. According to reports, LG is also not willing to produce large volumes of the Nexus 4 because it isn’t an LG flagship per se, but more of a competitor to the purely LG-branded Optimus G in the high-end smartphone market.
Regardless of whether the Motorola X Phone would come with the far more marketable Google Nexus X name or not, it looks like this would be the device launched at Google’s I/O conference with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie out of the box. It is expected that the Nexus X/X Phone will have a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution and feature other high-end specifications like a 13-megapixel rear camera and the usual quad-core processor/2 GB RAM combo. In terms of features, the next-gen Nexus may come with a ceramic casing, Kevlar backing, gesture recognition and bendable or flexible display technology.