Confession: I’m obsessed with footprints, and no, I’m not talking about feet. How much technology can you shove into a given space is an area of the technology industry that never ceases to amaze me. Take the Galaxy S4 for example. It’s narrower and thinner than the Galaxy S III, but it has a larger display and a bigger battery. Magic, right? Nope, just really bright engineers.
With that in mind, let’s examine the Moto X. It has a 4.7 inch 720p display, and it measures 65.3 mm wide by 129.3 mm tall. Samsung’s 2011 flagship phone, the Galaxy S II, is 66.1 mm wide by 125.3 mm tall and has a 4.3 inch WVGA display. Put another way, the Moto X is narrower than the GS2, and it has a footprint that’s only 1.9% bigger, yet it houses a display that’s nearly 16% larger in terms of surface area.
Sure, the Moto X is fatter at 10.4 mm versus 8.5 mm, but whereas the Galaxy S II is uniformly 8.5 mm, the Moto X is 10.4 mm at its fattest point and then it tapers down to 5.6 mm at the edges.
Oh and while we’re doing comparisons: The Moto X has a battery that’s holds 33% more juice.