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General The (maybe) "Epic" Motorola X Pre-Release Thread

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by The_Chief, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Red Devil

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    I'm confused on some of the terminology here - MCM, SoC. What is the difference between these two? I have a fair idea of what an SoC is, but how is an MCM different from a SoC?
     

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    Lol I hope my gnex doesn't take offense. Its gotta hold out a bit longer.
     
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    Usually, one thinks of those black things on a motherboard when chips come up.

    Those are packages.

    They usually contain one chip, an integrated circuit cut off a wafer during semiconductor manufacturing.

    An MCM is a multi chip module - a package containing more than one chip.

    Usually, your ram and eMMC storage ("rom" ) are contained in a single MCM rather than two separate packages, for example.

    An SoC - system on (a) chip - is like taking a slice of a motherboard with many chips and building it on to one big chip. Typical SoC packages include the processor or the collection of radio gear.

    The X8 appears to be an MCM containing a processor SoC and two other processing chips, all in one package - based on statements made by Motorola. We'll know for sure when we see a proper teardown, but I'm betting on it being what I described.
     
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    For us AT&T customers do your think they will launch Moto Maker 4 days before launch so we can take delivery on launch day? I am going standard colorwise but need 32.

    Sent from my HTC One using Tapatalk 4
     
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    Well said Covert, and I shouldn't lump all VZW reps together based on my experience. It's sad that VZW as an organization (probably all phone retailers) don't try harder to train reps to overcome the impression of bias. It is just poor customer service.
     
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    Pretty sure I saw a Maroon backing color in the press shots...I'll be going Maroon and White :)
     
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    I'll probably be going Maroon and Black but that's really only because i prefer darker phones. I really should be going for Maroon and White as well.

    Although we'll probably be told it's Burgundy, wine red, dark red or some such other dark red color. They all are the same I'm convinced.
     
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    Are you guys Verizon or ATT? How many of you will be waiting until November so that you can customize your phone?
     
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    I am on Verizon and I will wait. As I understand, the 32GB is only available in MotoMaker, which won't be up for Verizon until November. And I NEED 32GB.
     
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    I've had a cell phone with Cingular->AT&T since the end of high school. I really don't care about the customizability but i figure i may as well take advantage of it because i can.
     
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    Chief, you are confusing me! I thought you moved on to the G2! :D :p
     
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    I'm on Verizon, but due to poor coverage we are switching to AT&T.
     
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    Okay, Halon, let me un-confuse you:

    After careful consideration of specs vs. functionality, the Moto X simply wins. Hands down. Thank you for posting this in the GNWH:

    Top Motorola engineer defends Moto X specs (Q&A) | Mobile - CNET News

    It didn't convince me to come back to the X; I had already decided that. But it DOES reinforce and confirm WHY I came to my decision.

    So no G2 for me. As much as I like it, I personally believe that the X will fare me better in the long run for what I want it to do. And I will wait to get the X I want, in the capacity I want and the external customization I want.

    And I shall be happy :)
     
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    Good article.

    Wish he'd said more about the 32 GB copy, but we'll have to wait.

    The S4 is not from last year, additional low power cores are used to expand the user experience rather than use a quad and take more power, the display is not PenTile so it's true 720p, and motherboard customizations can't happen without considering radio performance.

    I thought that the part where they opened dozens of web pages and didn't go beyond the need for 2 cores was interesting.

    The explanation why it's running 4.2.2 was excellent. :)
     
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    I've been lurking in this thread for a while now but I wanted to just chime in that I really appreciated that CNET interview article. I bought the GNex the day it came out on Verizon several years ago, so I am under contract until then, so I can wait for customizations to come to the masses.

    Im curious about switching to T-Mobile. I'm hoping I can buy this phone off contract and try it out on T-Mobile, and maybe swap in an ATT SIM if T-Mobile turns into T-Maybe. Will that work with this phone? Will I be limiting myself from an LTE/HSPA+ aspect doing that? The radio compatibility stuff can be pretty confusing for me.

    I really wish the phone supported XI charging. I was hoping my next phone would have that. That said, this seems like a really exciting phone to me. I want to hold it in my hands so bad. I'm trying not to get too excited though. 2 years ago I was getting excited about the Bionic at this time...
     
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    Great question. I really hope they do.
     
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    If you are a day one GNexxer your early upgrade date should be 8/15.
     
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    Yeah, my current plan is to jump ship though. I plan on closing out my Verizon account and try another carrier for the first time since Suncom in 2004.

    I may have some overlap and have 2 phones for a while. I'm hoping if I get an unsubsidized phone and use it on T-Mobile, if it doesn't work out I can try it on AT&T or sell it on eBay and go crawling back to VZW.
     
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    Actually today is the day Gnexers can get their early upgrade. All you have to do us call a Verizon CSR and ask them to move your date to today. They will do this within one week of your early upgrade date.

    Doesn't really help me because the Maxx isn't out until the 20th. But I can Pre-order now.
     
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    I will confirm this as someone who got their GNexus on launch day and just checked my Verizon. You can easily check your upgrade date through the MyVZW website.

    Getting more excited for a new phone everyday.
     

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