Moto X will be the first smartphone assembled in the US

Motorola CEO confirms Moto X smartphone will launch this year

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has revealed that the firm will launch a smartphone called the Moto X in 2013.

In an interview at All Things Digital’sD11 conference, Woodside commented on some of the features the new handset will sport: “Motorola has always been good at managing power on the device, but we’re really good at managing sensors. We know when it’s in your pocket, we know when it’s in your hand, and it’s going to know when you want to take a picture and fire up the cameras.”

During the interview, Woodside claimed to have the Moto X in his pocket but refused to offer it up for public viewing. However he did say that the response has been great from carriers that have seen the new phone.

A short while after the interview Motorola confirmed the news on its website’s media centre, saying the handset will be available in the summer.

The firm has stated that the Moto X will be the first smartphone assembled in the USA.

“There were a few reasons why we decided to do this. There are several business advantages to having our Illinois and California-based designers and engineers much closer to our factory,” reads Motorola’s blog.

“For instance, we’ll be able to iterate on design much faster, create a leaner supply chain, respond much more quickly to purchasing trends and demands, and deliver devices to people here much more quickly. And as a part of Google we’re being encouraged to take big bets on things that make a difference.”

It is thought that the device will come with a 4.8-inch display and is likely to run on Android 4.3.

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