Moto X arrives to Australia, priced at $549

by: Andrew GrushMarch 17, 2014

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As expected, the Moto X is finally making its way to Australia. The Moto X’s Australian launch comes just a little more than a half year after the handset first arrived to the United States, though the Moto X is still more than capable of providing an excellent Android experience.

The Moto X will set customers back AUD$549 directly from Motorola (currently listed as coming soon), though no carrier-specific announcements have been made just yet. Judging by frequencies, the handset should support Optus, Vodafone and Telstra networks. There is no planned Moto Maker support for the Australian model of the device, so your color choices are limited to white and black.

Aside from differences in frequency, the Australian Moto X is the same as what we’ve seen in other markets. That means you’ll get Motorola’s X8 computing platform, which at its heart is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU. Other specs include 2GB RAM, a 4.7-inch 720p display, 16GB storage, a 10MP ClearPixel camera, 2MP front cam and a 2200 mAh battery.

For more details on what to expect from the Moto X, be sure to check out our full review.

Any of our Australian readers planning on this one up, if so will you buy the handset outright or will you be looking to pick it up directly from a carrier?

  • Nexus time

    More expensive than a nexus 5! Serious!!

  • wezi427

    A little too late of a release. It’s a shame because it’s a very good phone. Hopefully they don’t have to wait this long to get the X2.

  • Juan A C

    Here in Argentina it’s $1000 usd… the Moto G about $500. It sucks so very much

    • Guest123

      so much for the inexpensive device for “emerging” markets — guess they think you all down there are rich as sin. Or there are massive tariffs to import into Argentina?

      • Juan A C

        It’s a combination of factors. They are actually assembled here in Argentina, but all the pieces come from China (what’s the point, right?). It creates Argentinian jobs, but the Argentinian worker salaries are about 12 times the Chinese’s. And the cost of logistics is high too (China -> Buenos Aires -> Tierra del Fuego -> Buenos Aires). Those costs are translated into the final price, and you get almost the same device as if you bought the phone directly imported from China. Of course imports are closed to benefit the local industry, so no way out.
        Then there’s the issue of retailers, which are quite monopolized and organized, so they get a very sweet markup.
        You could order the phone from amazon at $179, right? Well, given that there’s a big problem with capital outflow, caused mainly by the energy crisis, the goverment is taking a series of silly dollar-related measures, like blocking all incoming e-commerce packages. If you want to receive them, you have to go the central Post office and pay like 50% or more of the cost of the product. It’s still cheaper, but most people are scared of the mountains of paperwork and burocracy.
        Didn’t mean to write so much haha, but it’s a pretty good picture of the situation.

        • Guest123

          ouch. . . sounds like it isn’t the labor costs. studies showed that assembly in the USA vs China would only add about $10 to a phone.

          Always nice when the gov becomes protectionist that screw those they are supposed to be protecting.

          • ger

            Hoooo mennn!!!!

            In argentina it’s around 5500 and if you get the real dollar rate for ars money… that it’s around 10 …. it’s the same damn price!

  • Alfredo Mendoza

    here in mexico its $380.00

  • geospa300

    For an 16gig 720p plastic phone with no SD card…….

  • Joshua Hill

    Only 2 colour options, 4G only works on some telcos, over half a year late with the new Moto X2 already rumoured, and priced at $550!

    Do Motorola really think they will be successful with such a local product launch?
    Obviously I can’t see it being successful for them. $450 would have been a more reasonable price. I’d like to see more Moto products in Aus so good luck to them.

  • Daniel Botts

    Already got my moto x from clove in the UK. Using on Telstra 4g network. Best phone I have had minus the shit camera.

  • Ben

    Or go to Allphones and buy the G2 for 550 dollars with a free gift card (actually paying 600 dollars with a free 50 dollars card)