Motorola to launch first U.S assembled Smartphone
Cellphone manufacturer Motorola, in its bids to make a comeback in the hot-competitive mobile market, has announced it will launch its new flagship device – Moto X – later this year.
Moto X, the first Smartphone ever assembled in United States, will be built at a 500,000 square-feet facility in Texas that will create about 2,000 jobs by this October.
Motorola has already started hiring for the Fort Worth plant in Texas. The site was most recently vacant but it was once used by mobile phone giants Nokia. The factory will be owned and run by a Singapore-based contract electronics manufacturer – Flextronics International Ltd – which has a long time relationship with Motorola.
Moto X will be designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S but all of its components won’t be made there. The likes of screen and processor will be manufactured overseas.
Though the specifications of Moto X have not yet been disclosed by the company, it is rumored that its screen and display could be anywhere from 4.5-inches to 5-inches. The phone will use two processors to conserve battery life.
While most of the current phones use Gorilla Glass 2 for screen protection, Moto X is expected to come up with an enhanced version – Gorilla Glass 3 – to ensure the maximum screen safety. The phone is said to be water-resistant as well.
Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said Moto X will have the feature of managing ultra-low power sensors; such as in gyroscopes and accelerometers, that can sense which components are currently not being used and shuts them down to conserve the power.
In addition to the Moto X, Motorola, which was acquired by Google for $12.5 billion last August, will also launch several lower-end Smartphones this year.
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