Cheaper Moto X version in the works, Motorola CEO says

by: Chris SmithAugust 1, 2013

Moto X

The on-contract pricing for the freshly announced Moto X smartphone starts at $199 in the USA, which is much higher than initially expected. But Motorola’s CEO Dennis Woodside said that a cheaper version of the handset will also be available later this year.

While Motorola didn’t initially announce off-contract pricing details for the handset, we soon learned that the $16GB version will cost $575, while the $32GB version will cost $625. These are certainly higher prices than what the rumors said, as it looks like Google isn’t necessarily looking at selling this device at cost (or close to) as it was expected.

However, Woodside said that a cheaper Moto X model – the Moto X Mini? – will be available in the future for U.S. buyers that prefer getting their new devices with prepaid deals but also for international customers that aren’t able to get great subsidized offers in other regions.

Interestingly, a previous report revealed that the UK (and the whole of Europe) won’t receive the Moto X. Instead, the region will get future products from the same Moto X family.

In the same interview with CNET in which he revealed that a cheaper Moto X model is in the works, Woodside also said that the Moto X is the first device of the family, somewhat confirming what a Pocket-lint learned when inquiring about the UK Moto X launch.

“Moto X is the brand that we are most focused on,” he said. “And there is more to come. You will see additional products within months.”

Woodside also added that he wants Motorola to “be able to offer cutting edge technology at an affordable price,” and mentioned the iPhone as as a too expensive option for prepaid buyers:

“Buying a new iPhone at full price for a prepaid service costs quite a bit of money,especially families who are buying devices for multiple people,” he said.

However, Woodside did not say when the cheaper Moto X will launch, how much it will cost, and what features it will have to offer.

  • sivkai

    Too little, too late if you ask me.

  • john

    Moto X has last year spec at the best, I do not see why the non-cheap version should be so expensive

    • It’s made in Texas, not China.

      • TT

        f**k you off

  • AsakuraZero

    One word: suicide

  • Luka Mlinar

    This should have been the cheap phone. I can’t get over it how much this whole thing disappointed me. And here i thought the S4 was a disappointment.

    • CeeDee Nairn

      … HELLO ! CDMA …

    • Peter Barnett

      The reason it is expensive is because of where it is produced. Yes, in China, it would be a hell of a lot cheaper. But customizing a phone takes a lot more workers, and seeing as those workers have to be paid a minimum wage, it raises the cost. Everyone praised the “assembled in the USA” idea, but don’t want the higher cost. It’s a real shame both ways.

      • yt

        I read somewhere that assembly in USA would add 70-80 dollars to the manufacturing costs. I’m not sure if the higher cost reflects only that.

        • Jillxz

          I always though something made locally was cheaper than having to import it. Looks like it would be cheaper made in the USA. Any way it doesn’t matter , as I don’t want the phone at any price. And it will only be 16GB on Verizon.

  • Jacob Buys

    Question to everyone, im not really concidering the moto x anymore, so the galaxy s4 ior lg g2?

    • I’m considering it if I can get it for cheap, not 199 with a 2 year contract, more like 300 without. I have an S3 right now, yes the specs aren’t as good as the S4 or G2 but I have to say it is a nice looking phone. On top of that and the cool customization it’s pure Google, I see a lot of potential with that and I just like it.

      • sivkai

        $300 off contract? Lol. You can forget that.

        • I’m talking about craigslist/ebay prices bro, there’s gonna be someone who buys it with a contract and wants to sell it cause they want to go back to their precious iPhone. I paid 380 for my S3 off contract last September when it retailed for around 600. Not that I don’t like using upgrades, but I just didn’t have one available cause I used it on my S2, so I just broke down and bought it used(it was mint still).

          • sivkai

            Ah, I suppose that’s possible. However a $600-700 smartphone selling at $300 will be snapped up pretty quick especially considering all the hype surrounding it.

          • Yea your right, realistically people will be asking for around 400-500 for them. But I I’ve been buying/selling phones on craigslist/ebay for years. I have a feeling people aren’t going to be quick to drop 500 or even 400 on a off-contract Moto X, so I will eventually run across someone who will settle for 300-350.

    • Syed Mohammad

      Wait for LG G2 and then decide and S4 snapdragon 800 is also coming.

    • Nitinart Nunthong

      I ‘d prefer LG G2 because it uses snapdragon 800.

      • Jacob Buys

        Well i mean the last phone i had before my current crap phone was an LG ENV3 and i had 3 defective models so i dont entirly trust them, also i heard their skin was a little lame and the s4 might be cheaper later around the time the note 3 launches (i probably plan on flashing a custom rom regardless)

        • maxx1987

          i think you just answered your own question

          • Jacob Buys

            Shhhhh you might make the moto x flop, oh wait

  • terpski

    LOL at this piece of sh1t phone.

  • jamesinkorea

    What? They can make these weak specs even weaker and cheaper??

  • Mark-Anthony

    Wow Google just killed this thing before it even got off the ground because they just had to price it like the top-of-the-line devices. Le sigh, what a missed opportunity. I’ll be getting the next Nexus instead.

    • Jillxz

      Google plans to destroy Motorola anyway it can. Google does not want Motorola and is sorry about the purchase. So Google knows it will get a lot of bad publicity if it sells it , so it will just quietly destroy it .

  • RaptorOO7

    Cheaper version, how about making a better version with real specs. I mean these specs are lower than the Galaxy Nexus introduced in 2011.

  • Albin

    I’m thinking this is the new normal – nobody in their right mind has gone wild about smartphone features in a year or so. It’s about what’s it going to cost and what’s good enough to make you pay that. Trix are for Kids.

  • Mystery Man


  • End in sight


  • Tran Nguyen

    I changed my mind. Motorola had flush my interest I will buy HTC One

  • APai

    is google bad at developing and marketing their own hardware ? we’ve seen a string of issues with their hardware
    – nexus has supply issues
    – nexus Q was overpriced and underwhelming
    – moto X has pricing wrong, again, & dated hardware (for the price – pretty much like Nokia’s problem)

  • Lazardus

    This phone should have been around $350-400. Oh well. Next up Nexus 5!

  • GBeack_68

    “Cheaper” moto X phone? Why?!? its already cheap. there’s no way they can charge much for a phone with shitty specs.

  • Jack of All Tirades

    Is it worth getting the Nexus 4 for $300 right now?

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