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Will the Moto X+1 be another 3D phone?

Pictures of Motorola’s Moto X+1 have been leaked online, showing off a possible rear power button plus a number of sensors on the front of the device. Could the new Moto rock another 3D smartphone interface, like Amazon’s Fire phone?

Motorola’s latest flagship mobile, the Moto X+1, is due to be announced officially in Chicago on Thursday September 4th. However, impatient leaksters have already spread photos of the handset online, showing what could well be a rear power button (as per the LG G3) and several sensors surrounding the screen.

Motorola Moto X+1 leaks online showing sensors for 3D interface and rear power button

The sensors on the front of the device were first rumoured to form part of the device’s Moto Aware feature, which dynamically changes settings like security, alerts and UI visuals on the phone depending on what you’re doing and the environmental conditions.

However, Apple has reportedly blocked this feature, so Motorola may now be using the sensors to power its Moto 360 UI, a faux 3D interface that shifts and changes according to how you’re holding the device, just like Dynamic Perspective on the Amazon Fire Phone.

Shots of the stand-out Motorola logo on the back have led to specualtion that the logo doubles as a power button, just like the LG G3’s rear-mounted controls.

The pictures also show the Moto X+1 will come in a range of rather weird finishes, including wood, leather, plastic and denim. US carrier Verizon is said to be introducing a carbon fibre device for Christmas too.

Previously leaked specs of the Moto X+1 include a 5.2-inch display with a 1920×1080 pixel resolution, Android 4.4.3, a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.

There’s also said to be an embedded pedometer that may work with Motorola’s smartwatch, dubbed the Moto 360 thanks to its circular watch face.

The Moto X+1 event will happen right in the middle of IFA 2014 in Berlin, where Samsung is expected to announced its Galaxy Note 4 and Sony will also reveal its latest handset. We’ve got a meeting with Motorola set, so we’re hoping to bring you hands-on reviews of the new kit before the end of the week.



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