Motorola France: Motorola Moto Maxx is not coming to Europe

Motorola France: Motorola Moto Maxx is not coming to Europe
Having an international version of a DROID branded handset that is exclusive to Verizon in the U.S., is nothing new. When the Motorola DROID kicked off Androidmania in 2009, a version of the phone was available for those outside the U.S., including Canada. The Motorola MILESTONE not only had all of the features that the DROID did, it also came with pinch and zoom right out of the box.

Now, five years later, the most powerful DROID model ever has been released in the states as a Verizon exclusive. The Motorola DROID Turbo has all of the top notch specs that a current flagship phone should be packing. And last week, the manufacturer announced the Motorola Moto Maxx as the name of the phone in certain overseas markets. Available with 64GB of native storage, and sporting the Ballistic Nylon back, the Moto Maxx carries the same specs as the DROID Turbo does.
The Motorola Moto Maxx is already available in Brazil, priced at $870 USD. It is also expected to turn up in Mexico and in certain Central, South and Latin American countries. One area where you won't find the phone, is in Europe. A tweet from Motorola France that was disseminated on Monday, reveals that the phone will not be offered in France, or any other European country for that matter.

Those in Europe shut out of the Moto Maxx, might want to consider the Nexus 6. With similar specs to the Moto MAXX, the major difference between the two is the .7 inch larger screen on the stock Android Nexus model. Both phones are manufactured by Motorola, and the Nexus 6 is now expected to see the light of day on the continent by the end of this month, or in early December.

source: @Motorola_France via TuttoAndroid (translated), BGR

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1. android_hitman unregistered

good, we don't need it.

17. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

gsmarena review isn't really good, average phone, not on par with other brands, so yeah, we don't need it

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bring it to the rest of North America, please and Thank you.

21. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Because as we all know, the world ends at the borders of North America.

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Considering the Droid Turbo is a global phone, couldn't they pick one up and use it there anyway? It's meant to run in Europe with it's global bands. Am I missing something here?

10. Tommy-Ka

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I use my Droid RAZR Maxx HD in the way you mentioned: in Europe, with my own non-Verizon SIM card... However, after KitKat update, something went wrong - Fast Dormancy Monitor went nuts: it drained the battery and restarted the phone randomly. Apart from that, I can't use tethering with my own carrier's packages because it's locked to Verizon's services. At least I was able to go back to 4.1.2 but I'm afraid of taking another Droid due to all these issues. (BTW, I'm still fully satisfied with 4.1.2). Hoped for Moto Maxx but, oh well... I'll stick to my Maxx HD :)

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What I'm curious about is, is the Moto Maxx a global phone like the Droid Turbo, or not. If it is, then people may have better luck using the Moto Maxx in Europe vs using the Droid Turbo. Sucks that the update took away some of your functionality. Updates are supposed to improve the experience, not make it worse.

26. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I saw a posting on one of the Android forums that after this most recent update that hotspot functionality was lost, and that was here in the US, so it most likely is an issue that may be resolved.

29. Tommy-Ka

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

It was KitKat that allowed for free tethering. But I needed to make a decision: tethering in 4.4.2 or no battery drain with 4.1.2 :) I like it as it is anyway. Also, one thing that I haven't mentioned: 4,7" screen phone is the absolute maximum that fits in my hand, 5,2" will be way too big.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Totally had my $$ ready for a US release window. Guess its between the N6 and Note4 now. Cant seem to get top end specs without going phablet..

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

As I see it though, the only differences between the Moto X '14 and the Turbo are the battery and the 64GB option. Those are a big factors, of course. But the benchmarks I've looked at say 801+1080 vs 805+QHD is pretty much a wash, and the 21 MP camera doesn't perform much better. Specs aren't everything.

5. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Well, then f*ck off Motorola!

6. Sealblaighter

Posts: 430; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Stupid idea!

7. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

Yeah seriously, F Motorola. They sell us (Europe) a half-assed Moto X with crap battery and camera, and won't give us the option to buy what the new Moto X SHOULD have been in the first place. I used to be a Motorola fan until now but they just lost me with this move.

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

And Lenovo is fine with this? Lenovo's goal was to make Moto profitable. I am pretty sure this decision was made ages ago before the aquisition was finilised just recently. And I am pretty sure Lenovo will spank some ass in Motorola and make it worlwide.

9. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Mind your math: 6"-5.2"=0.7" NOT! :) To the topic - Europe will hopefully get a proper 64-bit version (add Type-C USB 3.1 to that, and I will trade in the family gold immediately).

19. DerPakt

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Nexus 6 has 5.9" screen.

31. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

5.96" to be even more precise.

11. surethom

Posts: 1721; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

This is because Motorola is stupid & does not like making money. I am hoping Lenovo will realize they can launch more Motorola phone outside america will make them millions of £ more money than Motorola has ever made.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It might be due to manufacturing limitations. Globally they've got the Moto G, E, and X, and considering how well those models are selling they might have trouble keeping up with demand. Motorola up until this point hasn't been able to manufacture on the level of a company like Samsung. And the deal with Lenovo just finalized a week ago, so that really isn't a factor yet. But with Lenovo's resources they will have access to going forward, we may see situations like this improve. But seriously, they don't like making money? All companies like to make money, but some are limited in what they can produce.

18. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1271; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

If they can't keep up with demand, they should sell it at higher price say 699Euro, instead of 699$ equivalent and make more money, than making NO MONEY... They are really STUP!D... Having Half Ar$e battery phone (New X) as flagship phone and NOT selling real high end phone in International markets...

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So do you guys also go after Samsung and HTC for releasing their best phones only in Asia? Look at the S5 LTE-A, and the HTC Butterfly. Those are arguably their best phones, but their release is limited to their home countries. And they should raise the price to make more money? Then everyone would bitch that they cost too much and wouldn't buy them. Look at last year, everyone said the price was too high for the specs they had, and their sales suffered because of it. Raising the price doesn't translate to more sales if it prices itself out of what customers are willing to pay. Like I said before, the Droid line are global phones that are made to work in Europe, so in most cases they should work. Have you seen if you could buy a Droid Turbo and have it work with your carrier's Sim card in it? It may be as simple as that.

14. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012


27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's ironic that you're calling out Motorola for not being able to survive on their own, and your screen name is pureview user. Nokia ringing any bells there?

15. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

We Europeans have better choices than that SH.T

16. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

This is aimed at Motorola only not to Americans .

20. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

RIP Moto. If our money is not good enough for you we can always buy Asian phones.

23. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You guys act like this is nothing new. How do you know the EU's version of the FCC wouldn't approve it? How do you know production or import issues aren't the problem? Maybe they didn't want to flood the market with a bunch of models in a market that is saturated? Maybe you should just get one imported or buy a Nexus 6 instead? Newsflash: Motorola's core market is the United States, always has been. Of course they'll have more models. Some of your rants are baseless on how you go about them...

24. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Hear, hear. Motorola didn't have to release the Moto Maxx anywhere. They could have left it US Verizon only. That's what they did last year with the Droid Maxx. They chose to focus on the Moto G and X lines. The Moto X is still their global flagship. Complaints about its battery life are valid, but the existence of the Turbo/Maxx doesn't make it an end-all solution.

28. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Moto x a flagship c'mon!!!!!if motorola had an ounce of common sense they would release the moto maxx globally and gradually be a viable alternative to other smartphone makers,

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