Low priced version of the Motorola Moto X coming before 2013 ends

Low priced version of the Motorola Moto X coming before 2013 ends
A low-priced version of the just introduced Motorola Moto X is coming to emerging markets later this year.  Designed for emerging markets where customers don't buy smartphones with a subsidized contract, the low-priced Moto X will also be packaged for U.S. pre-paid carriers where customers generally pay full price for their phone.

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.

source: CNET

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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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28 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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...

19. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

i cant afford a nexus 4

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So, let me see... 4-4.3 inch qHD screen Snapdragon S4, adreno 220 1 GB RAM Not Motomake-able Just pondering upon the word 'cheaper'...even the given specs would cost more than cheap.

13. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Huh...where are you getting those specs?

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

From the word cheap...just an assumption.

26. sadegh1993

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

excuse me but Snapdragon S4 hasn't adreno 220

3. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 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: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 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: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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 unregistered

so u rather pay 700$ with out contract?

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Dude with the X costing around 600 bucks off contract... Do 100 more you get A proven camera 1080p Better specks 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: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 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: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 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: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 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: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

...cheap version...probably SINGLE CORE processor...but like Advanced or something...YEAH, RIGHT!

14. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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: Mar 07, 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: 54; Member since: Jan 24, 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: Dec 17, 2012

I should of expected, Motorola products are extremely overpriced. Thanks, Google.

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I agree somewhat as well, it's cost is too high to be the people's phone.

20. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow great, the features Moto X has are great.

27. Cyberchum

Posts: 1111; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Yes, the low priced phone will be coming with 720p screen and DualCore processor... OH.. Wait...

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