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Moto X Phone Will Arrive Late Summer

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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside surprised the world today, when he confirmed at D11 that his company is indeed working on a phone called Moto X that is their “hero” device for 2013. He also mentioned that from now through October, we would see a handful of devices from them that they would consider to be their new portfolio. But there was some early confusion on when this device would launch – would it be their pre-holiday device and show up closer to October? According to a press release sent out shortly after Woodside’s chat, the Moto X will be “available this summer.” To confirm that this was correct, we reached out to Motorola who replied back with “late summer.” So what could potentially be your dream Motorola device, will be available within the next few months. 

But continuing on, now that the video of Woodside’s chat is live, we’re getting extra bits of goodies. For example, during his talk he mentions that phones priced at $650 (full retail) are not going to persist. He mentions that his company doesn’t have to make a 50% mark-up on devices, so that they will be able to create high-quality phones at lower prices. They also see a major opportunity to dive into the lower-end phone market (could be the XFON).

Here is his quote confirming that the Moto X is real. The rest of his interview is live here.

Press release from this afternoon:

Moto X: The First Smartphone Assembled in the USA

There are more than 130 million smartphones in use in the USA today and not one of them was assembled here…until now.

May 28, 2013 

Today at the AllThingsD conference Dennis Woodside revealed how we are reinventing Motorola through a portfolio of products starting with Moto X, a new flagship smartphone that will be designed, engineered and assembled in the USA. We’re not talking about just a handful of units either — available this summer, every Moto X sold in the USA will be assembled in Fort Worth, Texas, making it the first smartphone ever assembled domestically.

There were a few reasons why we decided to do this. There are several business advantages to having our Illinois and California-based designers and engineers much closer to our factory. For instance, we’ll be able to iterate on design much faster, create a leaner supply chain, respond much more quickly to purchasing trends and demands, and deliver devices to people here much more quickly. And as a part of Google we’re being encouraged to take big bets on things that make a difference.

We still have a network of global operations, and that won’t change. Our global manufacturing partner remains Flextronics and we’ll continue to assemble devices locally in China and Brazil. But Flextronics is busy looking for people for the new Fort Worth facility now. If you’re interested, we encourage you to check the available positions and apply.

This is an incredibly exciting time to be in the mobile device industry. Our role in inventing the mobile phone is well known. We’re happy to be shaping its future as well.

  • Scott

    interesting they would name it the Moto X when Moto X is already a thing….moto-cross anyone?

  • FWGuy

    buying a USA built Smart Phone has been by #1 tech priority, I am buying this phone at full retail when its released.

  • Chad Persaud

    Er hmmm
    Moto Razar (the old flip one) > LG Rumor > Iphone 4S > Galaxy Nexus > Sony Xperia S > Lumia 920 > Black Berry Z10
    Pros and cons

    Iphone 4S was good until i jailbroken it then it couldnt handle my programs. Stutters and crashed a lot.

    G-Nex Probably one of the best phones still out there but no 4g But I think it still rivals Sammy S3 and 4 as many apps are not yet made 4 quad core and 8 core + I hate touch wiz and carrier Bloatware.

    Xperia S Sexy and powerful. Had the best screen on the market b4 S4 and HTC One caught up. yes it had 441ppi for years now. Too bad its 13mp camera is bad and it has some software shortcomings. I tried to flash stock android but only got as far as unlocking the boot loader.

    Lumia 920 is a beast. Unfortunately I took its durability too literal and it can take falls etc but lets just say gorilla glass cant beat sand and stones. Replacing the glass panel cost more than what i paid for the phone so i passed it on. Windows app store isnt the best and WP8 software still is not ready though but it can get you by.

    BB Z10 is wonderful but the App Store is lacking. It natively runs flash which i love because i can go to youtube watch a vid and i can use downloader sites to download it straight to my sd card for later viewing. (SD and removable battery should be essential on all phones) too bad G Nex lacked SD

    Hope moto gives us SD and replaceable batteries.

  • bombhills

    Aww, I want the specs so that I can decide between this and the Htc One. Eagerly waiting for a leak.

  • TC Infantino

    Shut up and take my money! And my timeline is – – – OG Droid – – – > Rezound – – – > Droid Increadible 4G – – – > Droid RAZR, was about to get the Droid RAZR Maxx HD, but I will wait for the Moto X.

  • Khary Anderson

    Why do people want this phone so bad?

  • Sporttster

    Late summer is when my deal is up with Verizon. Guess it doesn’t really matter because I’m going to buy the phone outright to keep unlimited anyway. But this is the phone I’m waiting for…..

  • DroidSinceDay1

    is there ever ONE post that nvitone23 isnt a complete doushbag?

  • Foosa Noble

    I have my dream device a galaxy note 2. will NEVER EVER go back to Motorola.

  • chris420o

    lessss goooooo….my droid razr hd(got for free through asurion over my gnex which was a super win) will last me until this bad boy comes out and i dont even care throwing it on the cc and rockin the ish out of this…i want a nexus like device made by moto is that so much to ask for?…but with a better camera/flash then current gen motos pictures come out pretty much useless with the flash on my phone but without they come out great

    • chris420o

      OG Droid–>Droid Bionic(for a week)–>Droid Razr—>Galaxy Nexus–>Droid Razr HD–>Moto seX Phone

  • WWW

    Droid 2—–>Droid 4—–>DNA—->Moto X

  • meijin3

    Droid X—>Nexus 4—>Moto X.

  • JaredCarlson

    *with a tear shed*