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What if the Moto X is $300 Off-contract?

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The Moto X is coming next week, on August 1. We know that much. We also know the specs, what the camera UI looks like, and some of the new features that Motorola will use to try and make the phone stand out from a crowded market. But what about the price? Could Motorola do something crazy and offer it at Nexus 4-like price points? They might. 

Recent rumors that are circulating the blog-o-sphere suggest that Motorola may introduce the phone at $299 off-contract for the 16GB version, while also releasing a 32GB variant at anywhere from $350 to $399. We’ve had sources suggest that it could be as low as $200 off-contract, but I’m not going to lie, that sounds insane. Only 16GB versions are floating around in the wild for testing, so the 32GB variant rumor is just that, a rumor.

But let’s talk about low prices – is it even possible to go that low for such a new phone? Well, sure it is. Dennis Woodside – Motorola CEO – said himself in a recent interview that his company is interested in the “low-cost, high quality market.” They see this huge gap between feature and smartphone pricing ($30 to $650), and they feel as if they can bring that gap closer together or at least dive right into the middle of it. You could call that a hint or a vision of the future, but Motorola seems poised to make something radical happen today.

But think about the specs. We’re talking about a processor that is technically a step behind that of the Nexus 4, which was a phone that sold for $299 at launch. For those not familiar, the Nexus 4 sported a Snapdragon S4 Pro, but was the quad-core version – the Moto X is running a Snapdragon S4 Pro that is the dual-core version. The display is a 720p panel, which we would assume could be had for quite reasonable prices these days now that the standard has become 1080p. The rest of the make-up is pretty standard smartphone stuff these days in terms of hardware.

So why not? If Motorola wants to do something wild and really grab attention, an insanely low price would help do that along with a push for experience over specs. Get people this phone without a contract at a great price, let them customize it, have it learn their patterns, and you may have a winner.

What would a $300 off-contract price mean to you?


    If we see a new Nexus 5 later this year for $299, the off contract, unlocked, MotoX should be around $199. Googorola will blow them out the door from the first day, it’s on sale, at the Play Store.

  • aDROIDfreeworld

    I don’t get how they can sell the DROID devices at 600 off contract wile selling nearly the same hardware present in the Moto X at 300 off contract. Something doesn’t add up here.

  • BOB Dudek

    Xfer’d my Wife’s D3 upgrade .. just for this..But the 32GB ..@ under $360…that’s a game changer.
    I just hope that is sturdy , no frills, a hard worker and efficient (like me) as hoped.

  • Rodeojones000

    The answer to the is simple. If the Moto X is $299 (or $350 for a 32GB version) I’ll be buying one. Maybe even two if my wife decides she wants a new phone. Otherwise I’ll wait. With rumors of a better version coming in the fall I’m happy to keep using my GNex until that time.

  • thetruth

    I agree, it would be crazy to sell a phone worth 250$ for 300$. way crazy. you guys are crazier for dick riding a meh device like its the newest iphone.

  • thetruth

    I agree, it would be crazy to sell a phone worth 250$ for 300$. way crazy. you guys are crazier for dick riding a meh device like its the newest iphone.

  • rabidhunter

    At that price, I shall get it and then call it fluffy and it shall be mine.

  • Ketan B. Parmar

    Being Non-US reader I find it offensive when people go blah blah about Verizon, in every damn post.

  • Sean Bello

    ok, I originally said I wouldn’t take a downgrade in specs, but this X8 deal has me REALLY intrigued. even moreso when they toss a legit quad core in there to improve on it.