Low priced version of the Motorola Moto X coming before 2013 ends
A version of the Motorola Moto X priced for the emerging markets would have to go up against entry-level models like the Nokia Lumia 520. While this Windows Phone 8 flavored handset has enough features and functionality to keep demand for it high, no less than Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside said that "The experience of devices you can get for less than $200 is subpar right now, we want everyone to have access to affordable smartphones." Obviously, owners of the Nokia Lunia 520 and its T-Mobile branded twin, the Nokia Lumia 521, would disagree.
Woodside also commented on U.S. pre-paid customers, who are buying 2 to 3 year old technology so that they can afford to have a smartphone on a pre-paid plan. That could be one of the reasons why the Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 521 are selling like hotcakes. Both models offer some of the current smartphone technology at a very affordable price. While he probably didn't mean to, the Motorola executive gave a good reason why Apple is rumored to be producing a low-cost model called the Apple iPhone 5C. "Buying a new iPhone at full price for a prepaid service costs quite a bit of money, especially families who are buying devices for multiple people," stated the CEO.
Woodside wouldn't detail what features we might see in a low-cost Motorola Moto X, but such a device could be just months away.
1. Shatter (Posts: 1751; Member since: 29 May 2013)
"Woodside also commented on U.S. pre-paid customers, who are buying 2 to 3 year old technology so that they can afford to have a smartphone on a pre-paid plan."
That group of people must not know about the Nexus 4...
2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2957; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
So, let me see...
4-4.3 inch qHD screen
Snapdragon S4, adreno 220
1 GB RAM
Just pondering upon the word 'cheaper'...even the given specs would cost more than cheap.
13. a_merryman (Posts: 517; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
Huh...where are you getting those specs?
15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2957; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
From the word cheap...just an assumption.
26. sadegh1993 (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
excuse me but Snapdragon S4 hasn't adreno 220
3. Emmanuelz (Posts: 26; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
Low priced version of this phone later? It should be low price now. Motorola swears this is a high end device. For 199 on a 2 yr contract the upcoming iphone 5s and note 3 will kill you. People wont know about this phone.
4. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 77; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
Let's see here...For months, Woodside has been saying this XPHONE was going to be affordable to the masses, etc., etc., etc...Now , we know that ON-Contract, this phone is going to cost $200---the usual price for TOP-OF-THE-LINE phones, NOT mid-rangers, which is what EVERYONE has been calling this X PHONE ( until today, right Woodside? )...So, NOW Woodside is saying you can get the X-PHONE for mid-range price, BUT you will have to settle for the X-GHETTO-PHONE...My friends in Mountain View, California, i.e. GOOGLE, why did you NOT FIRE these stupid M.F.ers who are RUINING MOTOROLA when you bought MOTOROLA?
5. Shatter (Posts: 1751; Member since: 29 May 2013)
This phone isn't high end its midrange. If it came out a year ago it would of been high end.
21. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 77; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
You're exactly correct...and that's why they should NOT be charging TOP OF THE LINE prices for this MID-RANGE phone...
6. protozeloz (Posts: 5285; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
This is bulls**t, I mean this should have been the affordable phone :/ with its price tag you are better off with the galaxy S4 or the HTC one
8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5479; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
so u rather pay 700$ with out contract?
11. protozeloz (Posts: 5285; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Dude with the X costing around 600 bucks off contract... Do 100 more you get
A proven camera
Expandable storage (on the S4)
I mean this devices the X has an unattractive price :/
I'd rather buy a nexus 4 with that money :/
22. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 77; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
Exactly! Drop another $99 ( IF this XPhone is going for $500 ) and you can get the TOP-OF-LINE HTC M7 for $599...so WHY would anyone buy this phone. I was REALLY looking forward to a great MOTOROLA Phone for a REASONABLE price, BUT then Woodside gave us this " Oh, by the way, we're making like F--K-N iKrap and charging you top dollar for mid-range specs...AND you're gonna like it!"
7. jellmoo (Posts: 357; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Part of the problem is that so far, Android has really struggled at the low end. High end devices work like a charm (for the most part) and come ridiculously packed with features and specs. The mid range does strongly as well, led by one of the top value phones around, the Nexus 4. But at the low end, the devices, for lack of a better word, suck.
The Lumia 520/521, however, gives a great user experience. There are absolutely sacrifices being made for the low price, but day to day use remains incredibly solid. It won't satisfy power users, but at the low end, we are looking at much more casual smartphone users anyway.
I'd love to see some Android devices at the same price point as the 520, and still offer a fluid experience. But so far, at least in North America, it just isn't happening.
9. Cha7520 (Posts: 195; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
Wow! What a disappointment. They can't even give you a price for the unlocked version let alone a release date. What a bust!
10. Cha7520 (Posts: 195; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
As for the Moto X’s full retail price here in the U.S., we are still awaiting confirmation from Motorola, but apparently AT&T divulged that the off-contract price will sit at $575 for the 16GB version and $629 for 32GB. A cheaper variant of the X for prepaid and developing markets could be a success, but for those that want the latest and greatest specs, they will probably not be too thrilled when they hear what types of cuts are made to make the device more affordable.---Per Droid Life. Um....are you serious? LOL. If this is true, this is the best bust every!
24. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 77; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
The 3 TOP guys at GOOGLE should be aiming their sights at the FOOLS running the MOTOROLA asylum in Chicago...Apparently, Woodside, et al. are higher than the SEARS Tower...$575?????? You have got to be F*%#KEN kidding!
12. gazmatic (Posts: 502; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
yes. take a shot at nokia while doing the EXACT SAME THING
if the current moto x is 200 ON CONTRACT and around 600 OFF CONTRACT for mid range specs what would a "cheap" version offer?
25. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 77; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)
...cheap version...probably SINGLE CORE processor...but like Advanced or something...YEAH, RIGHT!
14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 949; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Oh gosh, I'm so tired of hearing about the disappointing Moto X. Before today it was fine but going forward it is no longer entertaining to hear about an overpriced midrange phone.
16. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
"The experience of devices you can get for less than $200 is subpar right now, we want everyone to have access to affordable smartphones"
Use a L520 first, then try to repeat that again. This Moto X is expensive for the specs it offers, a sub-$200 version? I could only imagine even lower specs which android does not run well on them.
23. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
I did use the lumia 520 and it has a subpar screen. So he's quite correct in his statement. I don't know how much the lumia 620 is going for in the states, but that smartphone has a great experience for the price here. Not sub 200 € though.
Other than that the moto x is ridiculously overpriced, even from a business point of view. If Motorola wants to be in the game again, it should at least try to give the brand a place to compete. With these specs, the moto x can't compete against the higher spec phones like the s4 or the HTC one, even with a great experience.
17. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
I should of expected, Motorola products are extremely overpriced. Thanks, Google.
18. AfterShock (Posts: 931; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I agree somewhat as well, it's cost is too high to be the people's phone.
20. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1912; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Wow great, the features Moto X has are great.
27. Cyberchum (Posts: 177; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
I was hoping and praying this comes to Africa when the rumour says it would come cheap but now, NO! thanks, THE U.S can keep this.
28. kanagadeepan (Posts: 565; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Yes, the low priced phone will be coming with 720p screen and DualCore processor...