When the Moto X was first arrived back in late-August, one of the biggest selling points was that the device allowed for deeper customization through the Moto Maker tool. Not only could you choose different colors for the front, back and accent — Motorola even promised that they would eventually offer “premium” back covers made out of additional materials such as wood.

Fast-forwarding to today, we’ve yet to see the promised wood backings. This led to some speculation earlier this month that Motorola might have canceled their plans to add extra build materials, at least until @evleaks came forward with news that the backs were still on the way.

Sick of the waiting game? Thanks to a new tweet from Rueter’s Sinead Carew, we have now learned that the wood-backed Moto X is finally almost here. According to the reporter, Motorola confirms that the wood back option won’t be here in time for Thanksgiving but will arrive sometime in the “coming weeks”.

So what kind of wood are we talking about here? Although Carew’s tweet doesn’t go into any specifics, the previous @evleaks information indicates we can still expect four different options: teak, ebony, rosewood and bamboo.

Now that the handset has been on the market for nearly four months, it seems a little late in the game to be introducing the promised premium build materials, but better late than never. No word on how much extra the wood backs will cost, though prior rumors suggested around $50.

What do you think, would you be interested in picking up a Moto X with a wooden back or is it too late in the game at this point?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Agustin Almada

    Love it! Would like to see if the wood back actually modifies the weight of the device.

  • AbbyZFresh

    I feel this wooden back is going to be a gimmick. Does anyone actually want their backs to be made out of wood?

    • Ivan Myring


    • NexusMan


    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      Why not? It’s something different, and kinda cool. More forgiving than either glass or metal. And the treated wood will (should) be plenty strong enough, and hold up just fine.

    • ian


  • MasterMuffin

    We got wood!

    had to be commented

    • MasterMuffinFan89


  • Matt R Carner

    I kind of like the look – but I wouldn’t pay extra for it.

  • dlongstreth

    I think it looks cool. $50 would make me pause though.

  • Scott

    Finally! I’ve been waiting on this for what feels like a very long time(especially with my current phone slowly dying). Although there still aren’t any specifics on the date…

    • ian

      i’m in the exact same boat as you. s2 has been slipping, and i’m just waiting for the wood backs to be released to upgrade. i google ‘ moto x wood ‘ far too often.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Holy F*** they are slow! One would imagine with a CEO that’s named Woodside that it wouldn’t take them that long to roll it out. At this point i am expecting the G to hit Europe about the same time Marty Mcfly arrives to the future to save his kids.

  • mrjayviper

    I feel the delay with wood backs was purposely done to maintain interest with the product long after launch.

  • T.J.

    The only reason I don’t already have a Moto X is because the wood backs aren’t out yet. I can finally pick one up with an ebony back. I can’t wait!

  • Nighthawk

    According to my source Teak and Rosewood will be available in December. Ebony and Bamboo will be released in February.

  • endy

    I will buy the day it releases. I want wood in my pocket.

  • M@

    Already have a moto-x: Verizon had a good deal on a plain-black one. Am hoping the wooden backs are user installable.

  • Motox fan

    Question ….if I buy the wood back and install it myself does it screw up my warranty or insurance?