Last year’s Moto X was one of our favorite smartphones for business, thanks to its clean interface and useful touchless controls. Now a new iteration Motorola’s flagship phone – the 2015 Moto X – looks primed to leapfrog its predecessor with improved hardware and better security.
Motorola hasn’t officially announced the new Moto X, but the smartphone is heavily rumored to be ready to launch this week. Here are five ways that the 2015 handset could be an even better business phone, based on early reports.
The new Moto X should be one of the fastest smartphones on the market, if reports are true. The device is expected to run on a speedy Snapdragon 808 processor with an impressive 4GB of RAM, providing a huge power boost over the 2014 Moto X. In practice, that should translate to smoother multitasking and fewer delays while using your phone.
Longer battery life
Motorola is also reportedly packing in a beefier 3,280-mAh battery, up from a 2,300-mAh battery in last year’s model. That should provide a nice battery boost, which is a key feature in a great work phone. The upgrade would be especially welcome after last year’s Moto X offered underwhelming battery life, dying about an hour earlier than the average smartphone.
Integrated fingerprint scanner
Samsung smartphones, as well as Apple’s iPhone models, are able to offer better security to users thanks to their integrated fingerprint scanners. Now reports say the new Moto X will incorporate a scanner of its own. According to rumors, it will be located at the bottom corner of the phone, instead of being situated in the center of the bottom bezel like on Samsung Galaxy phones and iPhones.
A fingerprint scanner can do a lot more than provide a secure way to lock down your business phone. Samsung phones also let you use the scanner to access private work folders, and even securely log in to frequently-accessed websites.
Are bigger smartphones better for business? They can be, since they give you more room for screen-intensive tasks like viewing a document or editing a spreadsheet on the go. Rumors say that the new Moto X will feature a big 5.5-inch display, up from 5.2 inches for the 2014 model. If those reports are true, the new display would be larger than the Galaxy S6’s 5.1-inch screen, and on par with the 5.5-inch LG G 4.
Not everyone wants a bigger display, though. Large smartphones are harder to use with one hand, and big, pixel-dense screens usually translate into shorter battery life. But depending on your needs, those might be fair tradeoffs for so much extra real estate.
While the 2014 Moto X comes with a thick bezel around all four sides of the display, reports suggest that Motorola will trim it down for the 2015 model. That could allow the manufacturer to include a larger screen without increasing the overall size of the phone by much. Other rumors indicate that the new Moto X will also have a slimmer than its predecessor.
If you’re put off by the thought of a 5.5-inch smartphone, you might want to wait to see just how big the 2015 Moto X really is upon release.
If it’s not broke, why fix it? The 2014 Moto X already has some of the best productivity-boosting software features around, and reports indicate that they’ll return for the next release.
That includes the Moto X’s unique touchless controls, which let you perform all sorts of actions without ever touching your smartphone, by but uttering a passphrase. I love this feature because it lets me quickly save notes, add reminders and calendar events, access turn-by-turn navigation and a lot more, using only my voice.
Other phones offer similar voice command functionality, but require you to manually activate the command prompt first. The Moto X, meanwhile, lets you use voice commands even when your phone is sitting across the room from you.
Another feature that’s expected to return is Moto Display, a nifty feature that flashes incoming alerts, notifications and messages on your lock screen, even when the phone’s display is turned off. That lets you gauge whether an alert demands immediate attention at a glance, without needing to stop what you’re doing to fiddle with your smartphone.