Google X Phone: Leaked specifications and a new OS

Google chairman Eric Schmidt, unveiling the purchase of Motorola's phone division. Picture: Getty
Google chairman Eric Schmidt, unveiling the purchase of Motorola's phone division. Picture: Getty
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INFORMATION is beginning to leak out about Google’s latest iPhone contender, known as the X Phone.

The phone, the first to produced after Google’s purchase of Motorola’s phone business, is Google’s latest attempt to build its Android operating system’s reach at the top-end of the smartphone market.

The X Phone will reportedly run on the latest version of the operating system, believed to be called Key Lime Pie.

According to reports, the handset will have a 4.7-inch full HD screen and two cameras - a 16-megapixel lens for photos and HD video, and a 5-megapixel forward-facing camera for video calls and new security features.

Google CEO Larry Page’s declaration during a shareholders’ conference call that “when you drop your phone it shouldn’t go splat” has been interpreted by some as hinting at a new covering or material for the X Phone.

Reported dimensions for the device suggest a slightly larger device than the iPhone 5, albeit only a third of a millimetre thicker.

Rumours are rife that the handset will be unveiled at Google’s annual ‘I/O’ conference for software developers in mid-May.