Motorola is set to unveil its new flagship Moto X smartphone August 1st, but even before the company makes things official, The Verge can confirm several of the device's hardware specifications. A source who has used a CDMA variant of the phone firsthand tells us that it features a display in the vicinity of 4.5 inches, a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon MSM8960T processor, 2GB of RAM, and a removable Kevlar rear shell. Some of these details were initially reported by @evleaks.
Our source has also offered insight on what to expect from Moto X's software. As Android 4.3 has yet to ship, the smartphone currently runs a "near stock" version of Android 4.2.2. The "always-on" listening mode — which recognizes commands after a user says "OK Google Now" — must be enabled in settings; apparently the Moto X isn't passively listening by default. Additionally, device owners can train Moto X to better understand their voice, a detail first hinted at in a leaked carrier video. There's indeed a wrist flicking gesture that immediately opens up the camera app (another tidbit we learned from the Rogers video), and Motorola has included what our source refers to as an "Auto HDR" mode. And similar to Samsung's Galaxy S4, Moto X will also provide a summary of your notifications (and the current time) when you pick up the device after it's been idle for some time. We're digging for more information and will report back as we learn more.
Update: An earlier version of this article stated that the battery was 1,500mAh. Since the original publication our source verified that this number was reported by software, not direct inspection of the battery itself. Software reporting of battery size can be unreliable, so we can't be sure that capacity is correct.
Update 2: And indeed, it appears that the 1,500mAh number was incorrect, as evidenced by FCC documentation and noted by @evleaks. The documentation, which appears to be for the AT&T version of the Moto X, shows that the phone should contain a 2,200mAh battery. We regret the error.