More Moto X secrets spoiled ahead of launch

At this rate, we'll know everything there is to know about the Moto X before it's announced.

Although the Moto X phone will be officially unveiled on August 1, Motorola can't seem to stop the details from squeaking out ahead of time.

Image credit: @evleaks
Image credit: @evleaks

Over at Android Police, an anonymous tipster has sent in detailed screenshots of the phone's camera app, showing how Motorola has gently tweaked the stock Android experience.

While the app's blue-on-gray color scheme and flat white icons pay homage to stock Android, Motorola has retooled the interface around swipe gestures. Swiping in front the left edge brings up a rotating wheel of camera settings, and swiping from the right takes you to the gallery. It looks like users will have options for HDR photography, live effects and slow motion video, along with typical toggles such as flash and shutter mute.

Unlike most Android phones, the camera on the Moto X reportedly won't have a dedicated shutter button. Instead, users can tap anywhere on the screen to take a photo, or hold the button down to take multiple photos. To zoom in or out, users can drag up or down anywhere on the screen. A pair of buttons on the screen will let users choose between photo and video recording, and to switch from rear to front-facing cameras.

The leaked screenshots also appear to confirm the "Quick Capture" feature outed in a video from Canadian carrier Rogers last month. Users will reportedly be able to turn the camera on by shaking or twisting the phone twice, bypassing PIN or security pattern entry until you try access other parts of the phone. Though it's a far cry from Motorola's earlier claims of "contextual awareness," it could be useful if you're trying to grab a quick picture while taking the phone out of your pocket.

Previously, Android Police had also put together a list of potential specs for the Moto X, culled from photos, benchmarks and FCC documents. The phone will reportedly have a 4.7-inch 720p display (including on-screen buttons), a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 10.5-megapixel rear camera, a 2.1-megapixel front camera, 16 GB of storage and a 2,200 mAh non-removable battery.

As for looks, product shots from evleaks and The Unlockr show a rounded frame--presumably plastic--with Kevlar backing and a tapered design that becomes thicker near the top of the phone. Users will likely be able to customize the color of the Moto X's shell, order personalized engravings and pre-load a matching wallpaper onto the device, which will be assembled in Fort Worth, Texas.

There've been murmurs of a $300 off-contract price tag for the Moto X, though wireless carriers may sell a subsidized version of the phone for cheaper. In the United States, all four major carriers are expected to sell the phone this fall, the Wall Street Journal reported, and Google may spend up to $500 million on marketing to make sure people know all about it.

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Jared Newman

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