Motorola DVX, the low cost Moto X, visits FCC and reportedly costs around $200 unlocked

by: Joe HindySeptember 3, 2013

Motorola DVX

The release of the Moto X came and went, but another project Motorola has been working on is just now starting to gain some traction. It’s called the Motorola DVX and it’s a low-cost variant of the Moto X. Last week, the Motorola DVX passed through the FCC and appears to be on its way to prepaid carriers in the United States as well as emerging markets. The time frame for release is the end of the year, which is a mere few months away.

Here is what we know about the Motorola DVX right now.

  • Multiple sources claim the Motorola DVX is being made to undercut everyone in terms of price.
  • It should look and operate at least a little bit like the Moto X, since it’s being touted as a low cost version of the X.
  • There are rumors circulating that the Motorola DVX will also have swappable back plates.

Aside from the photo above and the rumors, not much else is known about the Motorola DVX. There are some interesting rumors regarding the price, however. Phone Arena reports that pricing for the Motorola DVX can already be found on some UK sites. They tend to range from £137.29 to £155.98 or about $214US to $243US. These are off-contract, unlocked prices.

Those are competitive prices, but the question will be the specs. Currently, you can grab a Nexus 4 at $199US. Without postulating too much, we’re just going to say that it’s going to be tough for Motorola to compete with that. As always, we’d love to hear your opinion. Can the Motorola DVX be successful in emerging markets and prepaid carriers? Let us know in the comments.

  • Luka Mlinar

    So is their flagship had 2 cores and costs 630$ this one will most likely be single core for 430$ :D

    • Steve

      Low end could still technically be 2-4 cores. Just might go under a7 or a9 architecture.

  • Troy Chapman

    You can’t buy a Nexus 4 @ $199….it is sold out.

    • DarxideGarrison

      You can try Swappa com, but alot of the Nexus devices are selling really quick or got pulled from sale probably because of the 4.3 update. I barely got my hands on a Sprint Galaxy Nexus! And Sprint doesn’t even carry it anymore

    • billnozick

      Glad I got mine on the first day

  • Jack Parker

    They may surprise us, The Moto X has infact got 8 cores but they all do different things, maybe they’ll just chuck in a Dual core Snapdragon S4 and 1gb of ram without all the optimizations?

    • Luka Mlinar

      Except the restructuring philosophy of Dennis Woodside is to copy Apples color palette and overprice everything.

      • Nine2Nine

        Moto x is customizable to what the customer wants the color to be. So unless Apple has now patented the full visible light spectrum I don’t see how.

    • briankariu

      You got fooled by the marketting. It does not have 8 cores. It has 2 main cores supplemented by 2 augmentary cores for small tasks ( and I mean very small/resource intensive tasks) and the main GPU which almost every other phone out there has. In the same reasoning, the htc one has 10+ cores

    • Simon Belmont

      Not 8 cores in the sense of an 8 core CPU. It’s really just a dual-core CPU.

      The other cores are specific to device functionality like the language processing and, of course, the GPU. That’s not say that it’s not a good package.

      • Jack Parker

        Thats why i said it has 8 cores but they do different things..

        • Simon Belmont

          Haha. Technically 8 CPU cores can do different things, too. :P

          But I know what you meant. I’ll not get into semantics. :)

  • briankariu

    Wonder what they will remove from the moto x to make a cheaper version. QHD screen? Single core proc? 512mb ram?

  • DarxideGarrison

    Even though I have a GS3, I actually bought a Galaxy Nexus on Swappa because I wanted to try pure a stock Android experience. Now I prefer stock over custom U.I.s (Touchwiz, Sense, etc)

    • Simon Belmont

      Welcome to the G’Nex club. I bought a GSM version a couple months back and love it.

      Android 4.3 has been fantastic on it as well. Long live the G’Nex.

  • Androidslikebiscuits

    The moto X is a midrange phone marketed as a flagship,So basicly this is a low end phone marketed as midrange I guess.

  • Kenton Douglas

    very strange device in terms of the dimensions. Guesstimating from the image it’s the same size as the Moto X, which should mean 4.7″??

  • Marc_Bills

    I love how it’s always a comparison to the Nexus 4. I would buy a Moto X for the same price over the Nexus 4 any day, solely based on the fact that the Nexus 4 doesn’t have LTE.
    Also, number or cores doesn’t dictate speed. I’ve been using the Moto X for about a week and it feels just as fast as the S4 and the One.

  • Anothermuse

    Here’s a crazy thought. What if there are two nexus phones this year? The flagship 5″ that everyone expects, and a 4.7 Nexus X from Moto? My thinking is the 5″ LTE phone with 13MP etc seems tough to get in at $299. So the 5 can compete at the high end, still at $399 which still blows away all of the Google edition flagships, then bring the Nexus X in, more modest specs at $299. Probably not likely, but one can hope.