by Chris Smith, 7 months ago
Google’s Nexus lineup for the Christmas season was made official earlier today, and we have showed them to you already, at least virtually: the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. But if…
A few days ago we talked about the Motorola X handset – reportedly a non-Nexus but Nexus-like Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie 5-inch smartphone coming out this spring at Google I/O 2013 – and it looks like there are more details on the device, thanks to a new rumor.
The earlier report revealed that the handset will be a multi-carrier device, unlike Moto’s Droid family members that were available from Verizon only, and that it will run stock Android OS with no custom UI even though it won’t be marketed as a Nexus device.
Now, the Motorola X is said to be launched on July 8 after being announced in mid-May at Google I/O, although don’t be surprised to see that date change. Moreover, the handset will cost $299 on Verizon with new contracts, while Google will sell the device contract-free from the Google Play Store at “a similar off-contract price to Nexus line.”
Pricing details for other carriers are not available at this time, although it would make sense to see them charge their subscribers similar fees as Verizon. What’s interesting though is that Big Red will have a special fee for anyone looking to unlock the bootloader of the Motorola X – $15/month – whereas Google Play buyers will get it unlocked from the get-go.
And yes, since it’s not a Nexus, the handset will come with some bloatware on board, although the unwanted apps carriers think you need on your smartphone will probably be removable.
We’re a long way from seeing any confirmation from either Motorola or the mothership on these sort of rumors detailing the Motorola X smartphone, but stay close, as we’ll check out all the leaks and reports that come out until this handset is officially unveiled.