Motorola's Moto X officially announced for Europe, high price tag attached

Motorola today announced that it would start selling its Moto X smartphone in Europe (so our assumption from last week was correct). The smartphone - available in the US since 2013 - will be sold in the UK, France and Germany beginning early February.

Although the Moto X currently costs as low as $399 in the US, it won’t be that cheap in Europe. Customers in the UK will have to pay the equivalent of $622 (£380) to get a SIM-free Moto X. In France, the handset will cost $586 (€429), and we’re thinking that the price is going to be similar in Germany.

Talking to Agence France-Presse, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside declared: "When we priced Moto X at $399 in the US as a promotion, we sold tens of thousands of units in a matter of eight minutes." This being said, the high prices for Europe are rather disappointing.

We’re guessing that the Moto X will run Android 4.4 KitKat when it lands in Europe next month. That aside, it will offer a 4.7 inch 720p AMOLED screen, Active Display, Touchless Control, LTE, Motorola’s own X8 Mobile Computing System (including a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor), 10MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB / 32GB of internal memory, and a 2,200 mAh battery. For the moment, we do not know when Moto Maker (which provides customization options for the Moto X) will be available to European customers.

source: Global Post / AFP

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