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Motorola advisor Kawasaki hints at customizable Motorola X

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Motorola advisor Kawasaki hints at customizable Motorola X
Last week, we passed along the rather interesting rumor about the Motorola X being part of a whole new way to buy phones. The buyer would get to decide how much RAM would go into the phone, as well as choosing from native storage options, color and other specs. Is there any truth to this speculation? That is what Motorola advisor, Venture Capitalist, author and all-around nice guy Guy Kawasaki might have been hinting at when he posted a YouTube video on his Google+ account. Or, he could have just been screwing with all of us.

The video shows the Porsche "Exclusive" program that lets a Porsche buyer choose from a number of customizable options. Sound familiar? Even more intriguing was his comment that went along with the video, It read, "Wouldn’t it be great if you could personalize your phone like this?" Yes folks, it seems that when it comes to the rumor about a customizable Motorola phone, X marks the spot.

source: GuyKawasaki via AndroidandMe

Motorola's Kawasaki drops a hint about the Motorola X

Motorola's Kawasaki drops a hint about the Motorola X


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posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:41 14

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


If you can customize the moto x to your liking then bye bye apple and all other poor unadaptable companies and hello the Motorola revolution!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:45 2

3. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


It would definitely fore a change in the market, and one for the consumer's benefit no less

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:10 3

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5722; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Don't get all worked up about a customizable phone. There will be limits to what can be customized. For example, you could choose either 1 or 2 Gb of RAM. CPU could be configured between S600 at 1.5 or 1.7 Ghz. And, and, and. Thinking you could specify an S800 CPU at 2.0 Ghz in July, 2013 when only samples will be shipping at that time is pure delusion.

Or getting spun up by Guy.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:37 3

21. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I agree about the amount of customization. Even going to PC sites where you can configure your order.....its limited in some areas based on what you start out with. Some PC build to order sites are very limited in what you can change.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:01 4

25. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2430; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


o what? id say thats still pretty damn cool! and i think the power we currently have in our phones will suffice wheter its this years chips or next years......gotta realize good things when you see it bro

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:42 3

11. cheetah2k (Posts: 803; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


If they have chassis customisations as well, say choose plastic back or kevlar back (of course I would choose kevlar :) ) and this sort of customisation I'm in!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 21:29

34. heyhi (Posts: 124; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


that would be great, but very hard to pull-off...the first article said that it would be possible to customize specs and also widgets?? common..this demands time...its not like customize a Porsche...phones have much much more demand...apple, dell and i dont know what companies else do that with their computers for example, but only for specs...is much easier to buy a phone than a macbook or a PORSCHE, so, more demand...Google knows it, especially because they know they are always out of stock of the Nexus 4. Anyway, Motorola and Google can do it, but i think sometimes, they're gonna be late with the shipping.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:43 8

2. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I think I found my new phone

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 16:59 1

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6373; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Can we please wait till the official x phone conference instead of us looking or reading at these false/bogus reports

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:01 4

6. teckem (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


O man of little faith

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:14 3

16. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


one can dream...

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:00

5. teckem (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Hello new phone and bye bye droid razr

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:02 2

7. Ratatat (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


If you can choose to have Nexus OS inside, TAKE MY MONEY!!!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:22

18. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Technically, you *can* do that by yourself. BTW who would mantain your phone up to date in such case? Moto? Google?

Don't take this post seriously, I'm just saying :)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:16 2

9. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


If I buy this I get it from Motorola/Google directly... I want that BL unlocked

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:22 2

10. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


5in 720p (1080 is overrated)
S4 Snapdragon Pro (quadcore)
2gigs ram
Water/dust proof
SD Card Slot
8GB( Cheap)
Thin, narrow with very little bezel please
That is all

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:54 6

14. KParks23 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Really that's all u want just buy a xperia z...

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:31

20. MistB (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


What I was thinking, plus 720p? Thanks, but no thanks.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:39 4

22. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If it saves money on the order...I will gladly take 720p. Its barely noticeable on TV's and game consoles.....

On a phone? Cmon....

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:10 1

26. MistB (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


You are talking to Clark Kent y'know? ;)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:16

27. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


maybe the ZL if it was water/dustProof
720p, 8gb, old Snapdragon to save on cost
:}

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:51

29. 14545 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


4.5 inch. 5 is too big. You can't reach the whole screen with one hand if it's bigger than 4.5, that is literally the only thing I can give apple on user experience. Second, I wish people would stop adding the "p" on the end of the pixel height. All screens are p in the mobile world, so there is no need to use that term. Interlacing is not used on phones etc. That being said, yes, I would only want a 1280x720 phone. 1080 is just excessive on a phone and beyond what the eye can even really distinguish. The only other thing I would disagree with is the 8gb on board. I would like 16 with an sd slot, that would be my optimal setup. But knowing google, there will be no SD slot.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 22:12 2

35. vincelongman (Posts: 1132; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I can reach beyond the corners of the S3 4.8" screen with out to much difficulty in one hand, so I could probably reach the corners of a 5" as well, but the Note II is a bit uncomfortable to use in one hand. I must have big hands, but I'm about 1.73 m.
Also on Android you dont need to use the corners as much as on iOS because of the onscreen/capacitive/physical back, home and options bottoms.
By the way I have old sony ericsson phone (not smartphone) and iPod Touch 4, but use my friends phones a lot and find it easier using their bigger screens because I dont accidentally touch the wrong thing as much, especially when typing.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:45 1

12. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1265; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


This is what I have been hoped for years now! This is awesome but yet could be a dangerous move by Google. But we will see how this whole thing goes :D I can't wait!!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 17:50 1

13. Iconia (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


OMG, I had the same idea last year. Wouldn't that be awesome if you can upgrade your RAM and CPU on your phone. But I think it will be a very geeky idea. Most comsumers won't do that.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:04 1

15. _Bone_ (Posts: 2123; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


What's the point of a customizable phone if you'll want the best combination anyway?

It's like those "High Bass" buttons on 80s stereos. If it has high bass why put an extra button on it to turn it on? Because giving you a choice is a great marketing trick.

But will the best possible combination outperform the complete package say a GSIV offers or a great priced Nexus 5? And will customizable phone have the quality built and SW standards of the ones that are built for one size and SW for one set of HW?

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:42

23. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Even with PC's I get built to order...I go for value in some areas.

Like someone mentioned earlier.....I would take 720p over 1080p if it means a cheaper phone.

Might even go for a screen tech from the last 2 years. Like an older Amoled screen instead of a newer one. The one on my Maxx HD is fine.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:19

17. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


As good as this sounds, I wouldn't put my hopes up too high. It might end up like "customize your prebuilt!" offerings from lenovo, where an extra RAM stick costs $60~$100 (which can be bought for $30 or less).

Also, I foresee uo to one month shipping times and extra fees for "customizing" your phone.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:27

19. MistB (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


This is similar to Dell only you're very restricted to hardware. The max amount of RAM you could use would be 2GB unless you were to use Tegra 6 or ARM 57 depending on the OS as well. Snapdragon 600 or 800/Tegra 4 would be the processor of choice clocked at a set frequency and the battery which I kinda find hard to believe that Moto and Google will be able to meet the demands. You can customise your phone....as long as they get to decide what specifications you can and can't use.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:45

24. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The thing about this......are developers gonna be able to keep up with the possible different customizations? Google too....

Like some have already said.....I think the customization will be more limited than we want.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:48 1

28. imkyle (Posts: 982; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Highly doubtful, but still hopeful.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:55

30. bighandssmallpockets (Posts: 42; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


OK...so I might be able to get a Razr M sized phone with top of the line specs? THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 20:00 2

31. dynamo.one (Posts: 62; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


4.6 super amoled 1080p
128 gb
2gb ram
kevlar back
10 MP cam xenon flash
tegra 4
micro sd
gorilla glass 3
4000 mAh removable bat
little bezel
android 5.0
capacitive buttons
IR blaster
:)

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 21:00

33. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Google and micro sd don't gel well ...

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 22:24

36. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Your specs are just......AWESOME!!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 15:01

38. bighandssmallpockets (Posts: 42; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Would gladly pay $350 on contract for:

4.3 super amoled with 400+ ppi
64 gb
2gb ram
quad core 1700+ MHz
kevlar back
10 MP cam bi-xenon flash
micro sd
gorilla glass 3
3300 mAh bat
little bezel
android 5.0
capacitive buttons
IR blaster
waterproof or splashproof

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 20:59 2

32. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Samsung will just need to give following as customizable option ...

Plastic
Aluminum

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 07:03

37. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 98; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


There are supposed to be multiple X devices out there, I guess these will be categorized and the customization options will depend on which base you have chosen, I dont expect there to be a low end model There might be a mid-high end model, which might be customizable as to what camera it will have, internal storage, display type and resolution(little chances) and the processor (Most probably the dual core S4 pro and the quad core S4 pro) as far as the softwae is concerned it might be coming with little customizations on top of android.
For the top end, they might offer the build materials, storage, camera, display type and resolution (for those who think 1080p is overkill) and the processor choice might be 600 and 800, throwing in tegra 4i will be interesting though.
MY SPECULATIONS!

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