ABC News: Motorola Moto X buyers will be able to add a customized engraving on the back of the phone

ABC News: Motorola Moto X buyers will be able to add a customized engraving on the back of the phone
According to ABC News, the eagerly awaited Motorola Moto X will offer buyers the opportunity to select from a variety of colors for the back cover and trim. Earlier this year, our source told us to expect more than 20 colors to choose from. ABC also says that Moto X users will be able to have the back cover of the phone engraved with a message or a name that can be entered on the Moto X site when the phone is ordered. At the same time, buyers will be allowed to upload a personal photograph that will be used as wallpaper for the phone when it arrives. While the customized version of the phone will be ordered online, carriers will have a standard version of the phone to sell in their stores.

Our source has tipped us from the very start that we should not expect any hardware customization for the phone. This has been confirmed by the ABC News report today. Our tipster also has told us to expect a 720 x 1280 resolution on the display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor under the hood and a large battery. The report from ABC pointedly called the device a mid-range model, something that we have been doing since benchmark tests revealed that the Moto X is not a high end model designed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z, LG Optimus G and the HTC One, as originally thought.

ABC is reporting that a version of the Motorola Moto X with Android 4.2.2 is currently undergoing carrier testing. This will be the first phone designed from start to finish since Google purchased Motorola in 2011. All other models had been in various stages of development in the Motorola pipeline. To make sure that it is shipped out to buyers in a timely fashion, the phone will be manufactured at Google's 500,000 square foot facility in Texas. Motorola spokeswoman Danielle K. McNally said that 2,200 new positions will be filled at the factory, which is located in Fort Worth. A full page ad that leaked on Tuesday has been published today in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

The Motorola Moto X is expected to come equipped with sensors that will know when you are driving and launch the speaker phone automatically. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has also alluded to a sensor that will allow the camera to know when you are going to take a picture and fire up the snapper automatically.

It certainly seems that we are getting closer to the introduction of the phone, which could launch as soon as next month.

source: ABCNews

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Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)

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18 Comments

3. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

It may not be a top range device, but it looks like it could easily be the best mid-ranger this year if it surpasses the HTC One Mini and Sony Xperia SP.

4. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I will not be able to sell it easily if I get my name engraved on it :P

16. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

You'll just have to change the back cover!

6. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Hmm.. sounds pretty boring to be honest. Buy your own back cover, download your own wall paper, better yet, I had that option on my 12 year old Nokia and can choose a variety of colours for the Lumia too. This is more like the BMW 3 Series of it's segment, no doubt it will sell based on it's technology and ideal size and colour covers as opposed to specs but should perform reasonably well. The HTC T6/LG G2/Lumia 1020 and Note 3 sound more the Bentley Mulsanne/RR Ghost/Range rover Sport and S 63 AMG S class, more my cup of tea

7. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Motorola's designs are not boring

9. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I never said the design aspect was boring.

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'll buy one because it's a Motorola phone plus it will be made in America not CHINA.

11. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

This is the amazing 'customization' that they took out ads for on the fourth of July? Engravings, color, and *gasp* setting your wall paper for you? I'm extremely disappointed. Guess that the new droids will be there high end offerings...

12. euhm1

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I agree, the amazing 'customization' is totally lame...

15. indianapple89

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

These are still just rumours. Nothing concrete. Why don't we wait for the launch before passing comments. Who knows? Maybe they do have some unique customizations that they've miraculously kept a secret.

13. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

You can engrave an iPad or iPod too

14. FlushGordon unregistered

If they can provide the best hardware for the price, then what's the point of customizing it? Also, what's wrong with including 3 or 5 Jellycases in the package? I don't think this gimmick will ever click...sorry...

17. lifebeyondearth

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I'm a ROCKSTAR!

18. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

That was really dissappointing... Colors and engraving? That will most likely end up inside a case... I really thought Moto would offer true customization... Oh well...

19. legend1

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

if thats the case all of the buyers of this phone will get it from the online store and will be sold out forever :p

20. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I like the idea of it, after all people cherish their phones more than ever. But other than the fact that its being made in America, I am not impressed. However, that tidbit alone would make me interested in owning one, because even though it is a midrange, it has a more powerful processor than my S3 does.

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