Motorola X Phone release slips to "August or later"

Motorola X Phone release slips to
It looks like work on the mysterious Motorola X Phone is not going as quickly as hoped. We had been hearing that the device was slated for release in late June or July, but new word from our sources say that the release date has actually slipped to "August or later". There's no word on why the release date has been pushed back though.

According to our source, the device is still in the early prototype phase. It is planned to be about a 1080p 4.7" display with a very thin bezel, and was described to look a lot like the leaked photo we saw a while back, so maybe that photo was a real shot of a prototype. The prototype did not have an SD card slot, as expected. And, it was running Android 4.2, but it was not pure stock, there were some small changes. 

There was no word on why the device had been delayed, but we have heard before that Google was not "wowed" by devices that were in the Motorola pipeline, and the X Phone is one of the last of those devices. We suspect that Google may have decided it's better to make the phone into what it wants rather than releasing something that doesn't meet internal standards. Whatever the reason, it's looking less likely that we'll see the device at Google I/O.



1. Kakooli98 unregistered

Screw it i'm getting the htc one

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Motorola definitely wouldn't be a first, second, nor third choice for a phone simply because of their previous behavior with their past phones. $10 says a certain someone won't be jumping my case for commenting on Motorola's past mistakes.

33. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Ok, how about for a change I try. So now I think I've got you figured out. Basically you're pro Apple in every aspect, anti Samsung in every aspect, & you or someone you know owned a Bionic and were let down by their support of it and now hate Moto as well. Btw, don't know if you saw, but the Bionic is getting upgraded to Jellybean currently. I know it's not as quickly as you'd have it, but considering that sales weren't that great for it, it makes sense that the Bionic is the last to receive the update.

45. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Did you just bet 10 bucks that I wouldn't show up? You just lost then. By the way, you replied to my comments before I ever replied to yours. Also, I don't know if you reviewed a certain previous article on the site that says that the most popular Android phone in the United States behind the Galaxy SIII is the Motorola XT912, denoting the Razr/Maxx. So yeah, I think Motorola's sales, at least in the US, will go okay. Just like Apple's still able to sell iPhones after Antennagate.

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Hook line and sinker I figured with this article being Motorola related, you'd be commenting on it. Antennagate was nearly 3 years ago, get over it. Motorola is still pretty much shafting customers out of critical updates.

50. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

lol, your comebacks are so sad that it's actually quite amusing. xD

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not as amusing as you trying to get my attention every time I address Sniggly.

54. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What's hilarious is this delusion you have that I respond to you as a result of some epic manipulation on your part. The truth is much simpler than that. If you post something stupid and wrong, I will usually choose to correct you. If a truck drives by at the same time every day on a road, you don't manipulate the truck into running you over if you throw yourself in the tire treads where the truck's gone every time before. Who cares how long ago Antennagate was? It happened once, so obviously it's going to keep happening again and again in the future despite the fact that Apple hasn't made a phone with a bad antenna design since. Unless you're saying that the only difference between Motorola and Apple is the time scale since their issues. So tell me, for the sake of logical consistency, will you cease harping Motorola for one time issues once the update fiasco of summer 2012 is three years ago? How about the Bionic incident? You should know that according to your internal clock since incidents, you only have about a year and a half left before you can't claim that Motorola will keep having Bionic style issues. The only meaningful difference between what's happened for Motorola and what's happened for Apple is time scale. For instance, according to the logic you're presenting, since Apple Maps happened after the update fiasco, we should all still rip on Apple Maps and claim no one should ever buy an iPhone since they have horrible map software.

53. Memo214

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

Agreed. Never again after owning an Atrix 4g...

2. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Why spread rumors on a rumored change of a rumored release date on a rumored phone that does not exist?!!! Come on now!!!

9. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Why did you click on the article, which includes the name of a rumored phone, if you are not interested in rumors?

46. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Because I live in Chicago, Motorola's home city and the fact that the company's name is mentioned and the logo was used, I clicked on the article. You're dumb bro!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I hope we don't get another Droid Bionic situation.

42. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

The Bionic was a real fail in every sense.

4. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

this is a major bummer, i was hoping for the new X Phone to be available by the time that my upgrade eligibility came around in july, but the June July release schedule was a rumor anyway. by that time Ill be deciding if I want to buy the X Phone or the new Nexus. but i have the s3 and Evo LTE, I guess I can wait. my guess is that if they dont show it at I/O its because of the fact that they want to show case Glass and drum up major support for the and KLP... for better hardware integration if indeed it is being pushed back.

5. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It's all speculation. Just wait for the I/O convention for hard facts.

6. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Really want to see the X phone come out cause it will most likely reduce the used phone market prices for current moto phones. Want to replace my iphone 4 but need to pay full price so I don't lose unlimited data. Used market for Droix razr maxx is still a lot.

7. stychill unregistered

I was waiting for this, unfortunately that time frame doesn't sit well with me. Hopefully its just a rumour

8. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

man that's a long ways away, motorola must be doing something big if it's going to take that long, the razr & maxx hd are starting to age.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

"motorola must be doing something big if it's going to take that long" Like I said above, Droid Bionic. Took an extra 6-7 months to finally be released and just for 2 months later to already have a successor. lol

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The difference is that the Bionic was a product that was already promised and shown off at CES that year, alongside the Atrix. The biggest problem with the Bionic was that it used a dual core procesor with LTE, a hitherto unattempted combination, and no one anticipated the battery drain. My sources told me that the main issue was that the battery would only last about two hours during testing by Motorola and Verizon, so they had to shelve the original design completely. The X phone, however, hasn't even been officially announced, so technically it could never see the light of day and we would have no justification to call Motorola or Google out on it. Now, if it's presented at I/O and THEN reaches Bionic status, THEN we'll talk. :P


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

true, I just hope they don't repeat history again lol. I am very interested in what the X will be and look like. As much as I love Samsung, I am always open to switching to another.

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the problem with the Etna was the combination of Nvidia's hardware and Motorola's first gen LTE radio to be more specific. it's a shame, the Etna was a good looking device. better looking than the Targa i think.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Agreed, the original Bionic looked a lot nicer, I even liked the UI better, but it was OBVIOUSLY not ready, I still remember seeing it on here for the first time on video, it was painfully obvious they were not ready to release it prime time.

10. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Good job motorola. Blow this release like you did the bionic release 9 months later after announcing and the s4 and htc one will eat into your numbers

11. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Actually, I don't think it's too bad of a move. Announce a few weeks after the One and S4 release, allowing the X Phone to release a few months after the then-semi-outdated Android flagships and, possibly, just in time to crush the iPhone. If it's good enough to convince potential One or S4 buyers to hold out, it should do relatively well at launch, and get a second wind if the iPhone lets down.

14. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

i don't think manufacturers need to worry about the iphone any more. It's still plenty popular in the US but most people are starting to realize there are better phones out there. The 5s will probably just be minor hardware/software upgrades so I think motorola needs to focus more on taking away from potential gs4/one buyers.

22. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I do think that the S4 and One will be hugely successful, and that most people with upgrades looking for an Android flagship will probably get one of them before the X Phone comes out. However, keep in mind that Motorola is a Google subsidiary. If the X Phone were timed to compete with the S4 and One, and it ended up taking considerable market share from the top two Android manufacturers, it would probably drive OEMs away from Android. It won't kill Android, but will factor into decisions about Windows Phone or whatever new OSes start to come out. If Google takes share from the iPhone instead of from HTC and Samsung, it's a win-win-win. Android gains market share, allowing for a better Play Store for everyone, Google makes money off of a successful phone, and the One and S4 don't lose many sales to Google. I don't think that the X Phone's timing will do THAT much in terms of hurting the iPhone, but it's better to compete with the competition rather than allies. And if the iPhone is as big a disappointment as you think it will be (and I think that's fairly likely to be the case), Google should do a little better in terms of stealing market share.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Since it was never officially announced...its not like the Bionic fiasco. Everything about the release date has been rumor so far, nothing official. Not too many ppl even know this phone is coming out yet. It could get scrapped....and still many ppl wouldnt even know about it.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009


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