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

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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18 Comments

1. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

10. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

17. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Both of them are not important to most consumers anymore.

18. DaveBurton

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

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

2. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

3. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

4. namartlu

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

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

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Very unlikely...

9. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

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

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

12. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1271; Member since: Jan 24, 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)....

14. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

16. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

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

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

15. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 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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