Moto X owners on T-Mobile will likely be happy to hear about a new OTA update that drastically improves the phone’s camera experience. The 1/2.6" format sensor with 1.4µm pixels, a unique RGBC color filter array with single clear pixel and an f/2.4 optical system should have been a strong point for the Moto X but results with it were mixed at best according to at least one reviewer.
AnandTech’s Brian Klug recently got his hands on the update and found imaging performance improved dramatically indoors and out. Specifically, the update improves exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes. White balance and color accuracy are also tweaked and there is a noticeable reduction of noise in low light scenes.
Sample images from an original Moto X and one running the update pretty much speak for themselves. The white balance that left a cool bluish tint in some scenes is now replaced by a more accurate warmer tint when necessary while colors overall, especially outdoor scenes, have more pop.
Klug noted the changes made by Motorola are the biggest he has ever seen to come across in an OTA update. With any luck, the software update will eventually arrive on other carriers pending testing and approval. No word on when that might take place, unfortunately.
It’s also worth mentioning the update addressed issues related to choppy audio during voice calls, an improvement to Moto Assist and increased Touchless Control accuracy.
The Moto X is the first Motorola smartphone to be assembled in the US and the first big release since Google took over the company. The Moto X is touting out of the box customization, choose one of 18 back colors and designs, colors of the phone buttons and the ring around the lens of the camera. The X is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2. It also features a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display and comes in 16GB or 32GB versions.
The Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship handset that shipped along Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4 packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, dual cameras (1.3MP front, 8.0MP back), and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Google also baked in NFC support and wireless charging.
The iPhone 5s is the Apple’s latest flagship handset. The iPhone 5s is powered by a first of its kind 64-bit A7 processor and the same 4" Retina display as its predecessor. It also includes a fingerprint reader dubbed Touch ID, HD video capture at 720p at 120FPS that can also perform slow motion at 120FPS. Battery life on the iPhone 5s is rated for 10 hours of 3G talk time, LTE browsing, Wi-Fi browsing and video.
The HTC One represents the firm’s latest attempt to regain lost ground in the smartphone market. It is made entirely of aluminum and boasts a large 4.7-inch full HD 1080p display with 468 PPI flanked by two speaker strips with integrated amplifiers. Inside is a 1.7-GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
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