Motorola DVX, a poor man's Moto X, to come with at least 4 backplate color options
We've know about Motorola's plan to release a cheaper version of its customizable Moto X for emerging and prepaid markets for a while now. Lately, indications that the launch of the devices will take place soon are many and coming from each and every direction. For example, we already have some indication of the price that we can expect the Motorola DVX to cost off-contract, and we even know that Republic Wireless will be offering it as soon as October.
The Motorola DVX, while bearing a visual resemblance to the Moto X, differs from it in more regards than just price. For starters, the design is similar, but also slightly different, in the sense that it's flatter (and cheaper-looking) and features some re-arrangements. Moreover, while the Moto X can easily be crowned as the current champion of customization, the lower-cost Motorola DVX will likely not feature the same berth of customization options, with one exception – interchangeable backplates. Until now we've only seen two color options for those – pink and green – but this has changed today. A new snap, showing a black and a white option, has been posted on the Weibo (China's Twitter-equivalent) profile of the same Motorola enthusiast that leaked the initial two plates.
Interchangeable backplates are, obviously, nothing innovative or new, though it's nice to see that Motorola is looking into ways to differentiate itself, and so what if it's taking a page from phone's history.
Motorola DVX's swappable panels
1. Genersis (Posts: 177; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Really wish they'd just announce the thing already...
2. anupam.chopra (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Poor choice of Words by " Chris P." the writer of Article. He should have written" The affordable Moto" . Motorola and Google should also discourage such sites and writers, who mock people cos they choose to buy an affordable handset.
8. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
You forget this site is paid by Apple anything to make Andriod look bad they will take a stab at it... I would poor choice of words..
10. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
It is a simple expression. It is not targeted at anyone or was used to degree anyone. People in general need to stop trying to read more into things, when there's actually nothing there to read into. It only causes more useless problems in the long run. A statement, such as the title above, should not be taken more than face value. If it does, the problems might lie more in the mirrors then the words used.
12. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Hey if you call me a =/+-= or a female dog it's the same outcome just saying poor choice of words..
16. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
That would be something directed at you. This is describing the phone. Nothing more.
19. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
You have to admit it's distastefully used here. Cellphones need not be made into a status symbol and this certainly isn't helping.
3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2415; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Cool color options. But why poor mans Moto X? Wrong title.
4. Sniggly (Posts: 6755; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
As long as Motorola doesn't skimp on overall quality and reliability, and includes enough firepower to keep the phones running smooth, I think they'll have a winner for prepaid carriers.
5. FoneAddict (Posts: 196; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
No Moto X for Europe? Not interested Moto!
6. Sniggly (Posts: 6755; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Not like you could buy it if you were.
Besides, such a comment smacks of a sense of entitlement. Give Moto a break; they're trying to start their company pretty much from scratch. They'd be overreaching trying to get Moto X's anywhere but the Americas right now.
7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3934; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Considering the Moto X is advertised as being made in the USA, it would be too much of a hassle to have it be sold anywhere else.
First, it would take too long and be too expensive to make and ship Moto X's for 2 continents, one of them being on the other hemisphere. Second, even if they did make a plant in Europe similar to the plant in the States, it would cause confusion due to Motorola's "Assembled in the USA" campaign.
14. sicofante (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
So when phones come from China they can traverse the world, but when they're made in the US, they can't cross the country's boundaries?
Sure, customization is difficult to support cross-continent, but not even every American gets customization, only AT&T customers.
15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3934; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
When you can mass produce because assembly in China is much cheaper than in the States, yes they can go all over the world, but not when there's one plant with workers that have higher wages in that specific country.
Also, the AT&T deal is supposed to end in either October or November, so after that, that one plant in Texas is supposed to assemble Moto X's for the entire USA.
17. sicofante (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
AFAIK "much cheaper" is incorrect. Wages are not the issue (if they were, everything would be produced in Nigeria...). In fact it's a pretty small portion of the final price. The reason everybody assembles in China has more to do production capability than price. So, just make more facilities in different parts of the world or build the exact same phone in China for non-American users (no need to offer customization on demand for everyone). As an example, Nokia produced their phones both in Finland and China.
Once the phone is made, logistics is about the same from the States or China.
What's definitely not acceptable is a smartphone brand manufacturing for the home country only. Unless you believe Motorola can survive selling phones to US customers only...
9. MotorolaX (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)
Chris P do respect poor mens..... they are also a human like you & others.....!!!
11. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)
In Brazil, where motorola has a manufactoring plant, they will sell the Moto X for about U$550, but no moto maker yet.
13. Immolate (Posts: 274; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
Republic Wireless is getting a Moto X, not a Moto DVX. Check their website. They discuss it in detail.
18. theaztech (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)
Sure the Moto DVX is a poor mans Motorola X but the Iphone 5c is simply an iPhone 5c Not a poor mans iPhone 5. Im really getting tired of PhoneArenas biased articles.
20. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
This precisely, but it's not just PhoneArena. The whole cellphone class system nonsense is still thriving on mobile tech sites.