Mystery Motorola Phone Passes Through The FCC, Looks Just Like Early X Phone Leaks

Posted: May 11, 2013 in Gadgets, GT, Mobile

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Here’s a little noodle-scratcher for you fellow mobile
hardware nerds to ponder this evening. This little
Motorola Mobility beauty, brandishing the model
number XT1058, recently passed through the FCC
and left the customary paper trail in its wake. Alright, maybe calling it a beauty is a bit of a stretch,
but here’s the kicker: the rudimentary sketch included
with the listing looks bears a striking resemblance to
a slew of earlier leaked images that purportedly
showed off Motorola’s secretive X Phone. Consider the alignment of those three circular
elements on the back — those bits match up rather
nicely with the camera, LED flash, and Motorola logo/
button as seen in images of an unreleased
smarpthone originally circulated by the team at
Tinhte.vn. Even the seemingly curved section along the top edge where the device’s headphone jack lives
and the placement of what appears to be the sleep/
wake button are spot on when compared to those
leaked photos. Having a hard time visualizing all that? Here’s a side
by side view to give you a sense of the similarities: Of course, this doesn’t bring us any closer to figuring
out what the device is actually capable of — all the
FCC’s listing reveals is that this thing sports radios
for Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac and NFC. It could be that
this is the first regulatory appearance of the so-called
XFON, a device that noted gadget leaker @EvLeaks posted photos of earlier this month. After all, the
XT1058 has been found to support AT&T’s particular
LTE bands, and the XFON’s IMEI label clearly calls it
out as an AT&T device. At this point no one (save for the lucky chump who
snapped those photos in the first place) can
definitively say whether or not the XFON and this
curious AT&T device are the same, but it’s distinctly
possible. There are a few cosmetic similarities
between the two — namely the Motorola logo stamped on the top left corner, the shape of the
speaker grille, and the placement of the indicator LED
and the front-facing camera. Don’t pay too much
attention to the chunky chassis though, as it’s not
uncommon for non-final hardware to undergo testing
clad in patently ugly shells. You may recall that BlackBerry’s Dev Alpha and Beta devices lived in
similarly unflattering boxes before the innards were
officially unveiled at a series of simultaneous launch
events back in January. For all of the things that Google is expected to show
off next week at its annual I/O developer conference
(the refreshed Nexus 7, a unified chat system,
redesigned Google Maps, etc.), a brand new
smartphone wasn’t expected to be one of them. Of
course, that doesn’t mean that the X Phone (or XFON, whatever) won’t make an appearance in San Francisco, but there has been a distinct lack of
chatter that leads me to think that such a smartphone
isn’t on the agenda. After all, Google’s been downright
lousy at keeping things under wraps lately.

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