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Motorola DVX (cheap Moto X) to have swappable color backplates

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Motorola DVX (cheap Moto X) to have swappable color backplates
Back in June, we got a tip from our Motorola insider that the company was working on a low-cost device, codenamed the DVX, that would target emerging markets. In early August, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside confirmed that the device was in development and said it would also be coming to the U.S. prepaid market. Now, we're seeing leaked pics of the device for the first time.

The pics come from a user on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, and show swappable color backplates that could be used in the low-cost Moto handset. This would mean that rather than having to use the Moto Maker tool, customize your device, and lock in your choice, you would be able to simply buy a different backplate and change the color anytime you want. 

The backplate doesn't look wildly different from the Moto X backplates. The speaker grill is on the opposite side of the camera, and the case isn't quite as tailored as the Moto X. The backplates for the DVX look to be basic rectangles without any flourish. Word has it that the DVX should be launching before the end of the year, so we should find out more soon enough. 

source: Sina Weibo via G4Games

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posted on 29 Aug 2013, 13:33

1. Genersis (Posts: 206; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I'm guessing this is the one Europe will see.
I wonder how much of a downgrade it is...

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 16:28

5. boosook (Posts: 1091; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Well, I don't know how many Europeans would be willing to buy a cheap version of the Moto X: its specs are already at the minimum level for a good midranger in 2013, so if Motorola just wants to save something on the cost of the case (also given the fact that we'll never see a customization service like Moto Maker) this would be acceptable (provinding that the materials are good anyway), but if they decide to cut on specs like cpu, ram, screen, the camera qnd most important the chip that handles always-on speech recognition I guess that Europeans will continue to buy Samsung, Sony and LG, because the phone would not have any added value anymore.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 17:56 2

10. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Cheaper means, not assembled in US.
The biggest qestion is if there is swappable battery and SD support.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 03:47

17. boosook (Posts: 1091; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Both of them are not important to most consumers anymore.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 09:51

18. DaveBurton (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


Absolutely right, Long1. I could maybe live without SD card support, but a glued-in battery is a fatal flaw.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 13:46

2. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I'm also guessing the cheaper version will be assembled in Asia?

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 16:35 1

7. boosook (Posts: 1091; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Of course. It would not make any sense to assemble it in usa: here in europe google must not fight a patriotic war wit apple, and europeans don't care much if the phone is assembled in the us, let alone asians. The costs, on the other hand, would be prohibitive, and Motorola would not be able to compete.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 13:58

3. PootisMan (Posts: 204; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I wonder if the build quality will suffer because of these removable back plates.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 16:29

6. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


No if its worse it would be because moto cheaped out.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 14:04

4. namartlu (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


I hope this is not the Nexus 4 Gen 2...

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 16:37

8. boosook (Posts: 1091; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Very unlikely...

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 16:57

9. antmiu2 (Posts: 241; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


Wait a minute.... Cheaper version??? the components in the Moto X are crappy enough

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 18:22

11. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


The Moto X isn't crappy... But it ain't on my list of must have phones either. Motorola will be the next Blackberry if they keep making really, really nice midrange devices that and nothing for the high end market.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 19:37 2

12. kanagadeepan (Posts: 724; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


If its coming with that JUMBO 3500mAh battery, then SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY, ekse if the same 2200mAh, then SHUT UP AND GET LOST... (Either way they have to SHUT UP)....

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 20:25

14. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


mAh means squat.

The Moto X outclasses other phones in its battery size class because it was engineered with components (hardware and software) designed to make the battery last longer.

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 23:04

16. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


"(Either way they have to SHUT UP)...." - best part of that whole statement

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 20:10

13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


DVX?? So, this one runs on diesel??

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 23:02

15. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


oh snap! welcome back to the old school Nokia candy bar style phones w/the replaceable face plates...just in reverse.

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