Motorola preparing cutting edge smartphone a la Nexus 4, but even cheaper, to launch in Q4

Google priced the entry-level Nexus 4 at $299, but Motorola could go even lower now.

Google priced the entry-level Nexus 4 at $299, but Motorola could go even lower now.

Google’s Motorola is preparing something huge - a cutting edge smartphone that will be even more affordable than the Nexus 4. Last year Google introduced the Nexus 4 at prices starting at $300 (300 euro), and it was a small revolution as it offered the same hardware at half the price of other smartphones. 

Now, Motorola could lower the price even further for its upcoming flagship, down to 250 euro (that should translate to around $250 in the States). We are talking off contract price here and the full freedom off carriers that comes with it.

The Motorola Moto X will allegedly be Motorola’s key device in North America where it fights the Apple iPhone, while in Europe the company will have a Nexus-like device under a different name, according to sources inside carriers. The information comes from Spanish publication ADSL Zone.

With cutting edge hardware, the Motorola flagship will have an unprecedented amount of power for its price. It is expected to feature a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, at least a 4.5-inch HD display, and an 8-megapixel camera that will record video in 1080p.

There could be a huge demand for such a powerful yet affordable smartphone and volume is what Motorola would be going for here. This time, Google has learned its lessons and should have enough demand for the busy Holiday season.

Nearly two years ago Google purchased Motorola, and since then has been hard at work making it all click together. We have not seen a Motorola Nexus, but if the 250 euro phone that is rumored now turns out to be true, it might change the Nexus model as we know it.

source: ADSL Zone

Alleged image of the Motorola Moto X.

Alleged image of the Motorola Moto X.

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30 Comments

1. Rocksteady unregistered

Yes, let's hope this will make the new low-budget iphone dead on arrival. Good luck Google and Moto. Please, bring out the next gen Nexus 7 already.

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You know what I am quitely waiting for...... a "NEW" Nexus 10. That is what I want for the holidays this year. +1

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

If it comes with pure Android as rumored, good camera as rumored, and a decent battery as rumored, I'm buying it yesterday!

3. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Probably a Snapdragon 600-loaded phone for $250, if im seeing it as an upgrade from the Nexus 4 (and yet cheaper).

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So this probably means that in Italy we will see nor the Moto X, since it will not be distributed outside the US, nor the new Nexus, since Google never opened the Devices store... and we won't see the Google editions of the HTC One and GS4 as well. The situation is getting a little bit annoying, and Google must be careful not to upset european users too much, as Windows Phone has a great marketing and support here in Europe with Nokia... I understand that, in this moment, their major concern is to gain market share in the US where Apple is much stronger, but they shouldn't underestimate the important of the global market and adopt more global policies. People are not happy when they see that products are available only in the US or have much higher prices in Europe.

5. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

It will kill samsung

8. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Yes in terms of performance and everything but not in sales....

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Enough with the "will kill samsung". At this point that's like saying "x desktop OS will kill Windows"

6. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Motorola should fit it with Snapdragon 800 or S600 atleast if they really mean what they're saying...

7. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

If i get quad core processor,2gb ram, 8mp quality camera, 4.5" screen,2500mah battery,16gb internal + expandable memory stock android, under $250, then i'm your moto:-) buy buy samsung.

12. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

So, are you going to BUY a Samsung or a Moto!? XD

24. kalloud

Posts: 154; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

He means bye bye Samsung not buy buy :-)

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And bye bye bye iPhone too.

10. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

I wouldn't hold your breath for expandable memory if it's a 'nexus' type device.

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I wonder if they're talking about a euro-spec Droid Ultra M. The successor to the Razr i and Razr M.

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow then they should also give good design and good camera.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Motorola going too kick some a$$ when this phone comes out

16. ckoch125

Posts: 192; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So how is this more powerful than the nexus 4? Seems like the same specs albeit maybe a newer processor?

17. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

FYI 250 Euros is just over $320.

18. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Fandoid's are idiots. How would this phone make a budget iphone D.O.A. If a budget iphone is released, it will released on dozens of carriers worldwide. This phone will not. The average consumer will have no clue about this Motorola phone if it's released only off contract. I love the Nexus 4, but the average consumer have no clue about how good it is. The Motorola and Nexus are more for tech geeks like us not some housewife in Ohio. Who BTW, would want a budget iphone.

19. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Is the "affordable" iPhone even coming to the US? Seems to me Apple has done plenty well selling free iPhone 4s and $99 4Ss on contract here. Although I do know a retired lady in NJ who refuses to upgrade on contract...

20. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Love it already. Just give a good battery. Preferably 2500maH+.

22. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I think they intend to take on samsung. Low price, latest updates, moto-google child, high spec. For that price I wouldn´t need the latest and the greatest ( snap 800 eg.)

23. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Coming to Africa? not counting on it. Arggghhh

25. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Hopefully Googs could provide 64gig of memory.. Then hell with sd card! Shut up and take my money!

26. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

The best-selling phone in the world has a removable battery. I hope every manufacturer who aims of being number 1 will take note.

27. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Correlation always equals causation. The best-selling phone in the world is made of plastic. No metal or glass phone can possibly exceed the selling power of plastic.

28. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Ok..I am really confused? If the picture above is the design for Moto X, what is that phone on this link?->http://blog.gsmarena.com/moto-x-to-sport-a-​gesture-controlled-clear-pixel-camera/ The two designs are so different..!!! The one on Gsmarena is much better.. Looks superb...

29. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That's a months-old fan rendering. It looks so smooth and curvy because it's CGI.

30. Newton

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

Better Spec'd then the iPhone 5. Stock Android so no lazy updates. Cheaper than the iPhone Lite. Shut Up and take my money.

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