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Recent Verizon Roadmap Still Shows Moto X Arriving on August 23 at Verizon

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A couple of weeks ago, a Verizon roadmap showed a potential launch date of August 23 for the Moto X. According to sources of ours, that date has not changed with less than a day to go until the phone’s unveiling. I wouldn’t necessarily say I find this all that surprising, but with the flip-flopping of dates for devices like the HTC One, it is a little. 

New sources are also giving us an HTC One launch date of 8/15, which we reported earlier. Verizon is still showing the DROID ULTRA and MAXX with launch dates of August 20 as well, but that was announced last week at both phones’ unveilings.

Last, the DROID Mini may not arrive until August 29.

One thing to keep in mind with the Moto X launch date for Verizon, is that we could always see the phone available sooner from other carriers. Verizon has typically released phones later than others, just look at the Galaxy S4 and Note 2. So even if Big Red goes with 8/23, don’t be surprised if AT&T or T-Mobile are ready sooner. We’ll know for sure tomorrow.

New Device launch Schedule:

  • HTC One – 8/15/13- Replacing DNA
  • LG Enact- 8/15/13– Basic Phone
  • Motorola X – 8/23/13– High end Smartphone
  • Motorola Droid Ultra- 8/20/13– In store Launch
  • Motorola Droid Maxx- 8/20/13– In store Launch
  • Motorola Droid Mini- 8/29/13– In Store Launch

Cheers Mr. K!

  • jt O’Brien

    As long as the battery can last me a whole day with heavy usage of twitter and texting I’ll be fine. My GNex can go through two batteries while it’s on airplane mode half the time and be completely dead my mid-day.

  • TeeJay1100

    Verizon will get it last of all carriers!! Verizon sucks!!!

  • aDROIDfreeworld

    If verizon forces a 599 off contract price, I’m going to sh** myself blind with disbelief

    • lolNOP

      Get ready for disbelief then. You think Verizon will sell a phone with the same specs/features as its droid line for half the cost? lol AND everyone thinks this has some new features that hasn’t been announced yet? LOL

  • carlisimo

    Why is the LG Enact listed as a “basic phone”? It may not be very good, but it’s running Android 4.1.

  • Tony Byatt

    Verizon is like the Sony of cell phone service providers…Or is Sony like the Verizon of cell phone manufacturers?…smh…

  • Tyler Durden

    Yeah after they rape it

  • StankyChikin

    They will be available Aug 4th for $35.00!!!!!!

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    My theory is that Verizon is skipping the HTC One for the Butterfly S ala DNA+. The aluminum backing isn’t that cool. I’d rather have wireless charging anyway.

    • Charlie R.

      Verizon just confirmed last week that the only Droid phones from here on out will be only from Motorola, so no DNA sequel, unfortunately.

  • EdubE24

    Come on Motorola….please don’t suck!!!

  • Zack Kolev

    Since VZW is always last to release a cross-carrier device, we can expected it earlier on every other carrier, right?

    • Jeremy Martin

      Thats what the article said.

    • Rob Schoenfeld

      Somebody call the WAAMBULANCE. Do you even have an upgrade?

  • Jeremy Martin

    What does “sarge” say for prices on this Bionic? 🙂

  • jstew182

    The image you guys are using for this post and a few others annoys the hell out of me with that hand cursor in your screenshot…

    • EC8CH

      tiny finger is almost touching you!

    • Trevor

      I like to think that there’s a miniature, invisible Mickey Mouse attached to that hand. It makes me happy inside.

  • MichaelFranz

    Tmo ATT varients, Aug 13, VZW Aug 23rd…..i bet something like that

  • Tim Buchanan

    Verizon is a bottomless well of soul-crushing bitterness and disappointment. Every piece of information I read about them sends me reeling headlong into the throes of a deep depression and blackness unparalleled by the vast emptiness of our universe.

    • rabidhunter

      So, you’re saying the VZW Network is the most amazing ever? ;-p

    • Greyhame

      Haha. Hyperbole at it’s finest. If they manage to screw us over with the pricing or availability of the Moto X (which I’m guessing they will), I will seriously consider bringing my business to AT&T. Not any cheaper, but the phones are amazing and the coverage comparable.

    • bkosh84

      As an AT&T customer I laugh at all this Verizon rage then cry because I know that the only thing keeping AT&T from being all out evil is them being second to Verizon, lol

  • Geo

    I switched from AT&T to T-Mo to Verizon, and I just feel I can’t win with whatever choice I made. Oh well, I want to replace my GNEX but this phone hasn’t wowed me from the rumors we’ve seen. My upgrade is due in 3 months, maybe there’ll be something better then?

  • Eric R.

    Is Verizon getting the Butterfly S?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      That’s what I thought the DNA+ rumors could’ve been.

  • Kelly OBrien

    Still calling it a high end smartphone ? Is it ?

    • TJWaterskier

      The only spec that isn’t bleeding edge is 720 vs 1080. I have the DNA and I’m looking forward to a smaller screen (720 will still look great).

      Yeah it’s has a dual-core.. but it’s a dual core that doesn’t have to do anything but run your apps really. Instead of a quad-core that’s always switching between app and sensor processes. I think the X8’s speed and efficiency will blow most away.

      • EC8CH

        and some claim the X8 is all marketing hogwash.

        • Render

          The introduction of a natural language processor, as well a contextual processor is very, very similar to the introduction of the GPU to the PC world way back in the day…after the GPU was introduced, the PC market was never the same (aka game changing, which the X8 should also be).

          • Franklin Ramsey

            But it also took a little while for GPUs to change the PC World. I’m thinking it might be a year or so before this catches on and software is setup to use this properly. Yes, they could customize the Kernel to run it, but third party apps and the like might have a hard time until some standards are laid down for it.

          • EC8CH

            I’m not saying it’s hogwash, but that’s what some blogs say.

            It’s interesting because it’s something different than the typical spec race at least.

      • Trevor

        I am hoping this will be the case regarding the processor(s). Guess we’ll know soon enough.

  • LiterofCola

    If that’s true then it’ll be the Droid Maxx for sure for me.

  • Charlie R.

    Still think there’s no way this thing is $300 off-contract on Verizon. Maybe I’m wrong though.

    • EC8CH

      If Google can pay LG to make a phone and sell it at those price levels, why couldn’t they hit those same prices with a phone made by a company they own?

      Especially since the Moto X seems to be designed cost consciously using economical materials (ie plastic) and components (ie s4 pro).

      I wonder how much of a say Moto even has in the pricing of the Droid phones. I chalk up their high prices up to Verizon. Moto I think could care less about those phones. Compare the release of the RAZR to the release of the last 3 Droid Phones. Moto made a huge deal about the RAZR, and these last Droids they basically just tossed out there, which I’m betting is just to fufill their contract with Verizon.

      I think they could care less because the X phone is their new strategy moving forward, and a big part of that strategy is selling more economically designed phones at lower retail pricing.

      Maybe I’m totally wrong, but that’s what it feels like to me.

      • Greyhame

        Because proprietary CDMA.

        • EC8CH

          That’s why if Verizon blocks reduced retail pricing while it happens on GSM carriers

          It’s table flippin’ time.

      • Charlie R.

        First off, I’m really setting myself up to be pleasantly surprised instead of let-down depending on the pricing announcement. But…

        CDMA is a big one, but also LTE. Just look at the new Nexus 7 with LTE price difference. Also, the Nexus 4 doesn’t even have LTE, which helped enable it to hit that price point.

        I also don’t see them undercutting the new Droids, at all. Verizon just announced last week an exclusive partnership with Motorola for Droid phones from here on out, so there is no contract ending anytime soon.

        I also don’t think that Verizon will allow this phone to be sold through the Play Store, but instead through them only. The only thing I can really count on is Verizon finding some way to screw this up, but that’s just my opinion. Again, maybe (hopefully) I’m wrong.

        • Justin W

          Also, to those of you who say the Nexus 4 had LTE, while it did *technically* support LTE at a hardware level, it wasn’t licensed to and it was missing the antennas. The licenses are where a large part of the costs come in.

  • chris125

    Hopefully it will be available through play store at cheaper price and before Verizon sells it

    • Dan

      This is what I am thinking, the VZW variant will be available via Google Play, but not from actual VZW stores until the 23 so it doesn’t ruin their DROID launch or the HTC One.

  • MK17

    Sorry VZW guys but I really hope that is just Verizon being typical and that the Moto X will be coming out sooner for other carriers. Time to make the switch for me…

  • Kevin

    probably the 23rd for vzw and tomorrow for everyone else

    • Justin W

      Exactly. Vzw is likely holding out on it due to the Droid line being also launched.

      • michael arazan

        Note to Manufacturers:

        Please Give Verizon your New Phone 2 months in advance to have a Release date that is Not Delayed!

  • EC8CH

    Price Price Price

    We need a Droid-Life poll for people to guess the retail price of a 16gb Moto X on Verizon
    Either that or what price it would take for them to buy it retail off contract.

    A: 600
    B: 500
    C: 400
    D: 300
    E: 200

    I’m guessing C.

    • Bi0nic

      Which C? atm there are two…in case he edits it.

      • EC8CH

        fixed… but actually I think it could be either one… between 300-400

        • Jeff C

          300+tax! so therefore 300-400.

          sorry, i like bein a [email protected]

          • EC8CH

            Ahhh Tax! Wish they sold it on Amazon then like the Chromecast.

            How awesome would that be…

            “Moto X available to order now from Amazon, Best Buy, and Google Play for $299 off contract. And for a limited time receive 3 free months of Netflix”

            17 seconds later

            “Due to overwhelming demand the Netflix offer is no longer available”

          • Verizon

            $299 off contract with a free Chromcast and New Nexus 7!

    • Joe

      lol, you have C as two answer choices. (fixed)

    • Guest

      Lol, D

    • Thomas O’Brien

      I’m betting Verizon customers will get the shaft and it will be ~600

      • EC8CH

        If the retail pricing is nothing special across the board then fine.

        But if the retail pricing is lower on ever carrier except Verizon…

        ima flip some tables.

      • Verizon

        You’ll get the shaft either way, but the phone should be $299 off contract.

    • chris125

      Any more than 400 and ill hold off. I want something cheaper off contract to keep unlimited data. If its anymore than $400 might as well just buy a used s4 for around same price.

      • EC8CH

        I agree. anything more than $400 and it doesn’t stand a chance at shaking up the current pricing structure.

    • AxemRed

      I’m thinking D for the 16gb version and B for the 32gb version. 😉

    • Bret Horick

      B. 500 though I would think it could be as low as $479 or $449 but no lower than that.

    • Jackson


      • Joe

        Use the blue pill

    • Zack Kolev

      Hoping for $300. If its 300 for the cheapest variant, I am canceling the insurance on my Tmo GS4. If anything happens to my GS4 I would love to get a new comparable phone for $300 instead of paying $12/month, and $200 deductable for a refurb of an older device.

      • Greyhame

        The deductibles are $200 now?!?!??? I don’t remember reading that.. yeesh.

    • StankyChikin


    • Verizon

      It is D off contract.

    • Verizon

      Oddly enough, I’m also hearing August 1st for launch.

    • King Lo

      I’m guessing D off contract. Pre-order starting tomorrow and in stores Aug 23.

  • BigWormBigPerm

    Remember when the G-Nex had a potential release date on Verizon?…Pepperidge Farms remembers

    • Bret Horick

      Please don’t bring back such horrible horrible memories. The GNex was well worth the wait though.

      • EC8CH

        Remember the pictures of them sitting on Radio Shack shelves but they couldn’t sell them.

        • neo1738

          What about the Bionic…nothing beats that.

          • Kisuk3

            Everything beats the Bionic

          • neo1738

            In terms of delayed release dates I’ll say it again.. Nothing beats the Bionic.

    • NexusPhan69

      Motorola is giving away tickets to the event to the public and DL doesn’t post it here?!!! I’m going crazy right now I easily could have gotten tix! @MOTOROLA twitter

      • Eddie R

        the locations are only in NYC. would have been cool if they were across the country.

        • NexusPhan69

          As I i’m NYC, I tend to disagree haha. Would have been a better chance for me. Too bad DL didn’t post it in time!

      • RobRomeo

        I showed up. Couldve had one. But im not 21 so they wouldnt give me tickets =(

  • Jackson

    What time does the event tomorrow start I need to plan my work around it lol

    • NexusPhan69

      The press has a gag order from Motorola. They can’t tell you anything until they are given the clear by Motorola. I’m still not positive how this will work. Event is at 9am EST but I’m guessing you won’t hear much before noon. We’ll have to wait and see I guess.

      • Charlie R.

        Exactly. No live-stream, and the embargo looks to lift around lunchtime.

      • chris125

        Taylor wimbley said 3pm

      • Jackson

        Okay thank you for atleast giving me an idea of time lol.

    • Eric

      Just ask for the whole day off 😛

      • Jackson

        I own my own company lol

        • Eric

          LOL. Close it for the day then. /s

        • Fozzybare

          then ask for the day off…seriously 😛

      • NexusPhan69

        I’m calling in sick.

  • moelsen8

    When tomorrow? I can’t find any info on the event other than it’s in NYC and may not be streamed..?

    • Charlie R.

      Moto confirmed it won’t be live-streamed. We’ll all have to follow a live-blog. They also mentioned an event tomorrow evening at 8pm/EST, but I think there is an embargo that will be lifted around lunchtime with all the news.

      • moelsen8

        Damn 8PM? That’s like a whole nother day away from tomorrow. I need something to happen while I’m slaving away behind this screen at work. Hopefully the floodgates open during the day..

        • That’s the after hours party thing. The real unveiling takes place in the morning.

          • Guest

            Is the after party where everyone will be able to get their hands on the device?

          • moelsen8

            Ah I see. OK then.. Anybody have a time for the actual event?

          • tyguy829

            There is no event. Different press members get to attend different sessions at different times. Everything they see and hear will be under embargo. Then, everyone gets a couple hours to write everything up. At 3pm, the embargo is lifted, and everyone can post their content- pictures, write ups, specs, video, etc.

            Edit: I would assume 3pm is eastern since the event is in new York.

          • EC8CH

            It’s interesting why they are doing it differently than everyone else that just holds one big live event.

          • tyguy829

            Yeah for sure. It will be interesting to see how well this works. I have this weird hunch (my own blind guessing) that each press member will be given their own customized Moto X (ie Kellex would get a pink DL one). Then, a Moto rep will show them everything about the device. After that, they are free to go, Moto X in hand, and create all of their content. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

          • EC8CH

            Wonder if it’s to get past blogs from nailing it for it’s underwhelming specs. Giving them the chance to use it for a few hours first so the first stories aren’t just about sub par specs.

            I don’t know, but it’s weird.

          • Al-Burrit0

            Is the DL Team already at NY?

          • Yep! Kellen is on hand for the good times. I stayed home to make sure everything runs smoothly and it’s my turn next week for LG’s event in NY 😛

          • Al-Burrit0

            Alright awesome! 😀
            But where is the DL Show?! :

      • Joe Lemaire

        The event at that time I believe is the after party they always throw.

    • Joe Lemaire

      3pm EST.

    • Greyhame

      Your avatar pic was perfect for this post. I imagined Ahhnold saying it.. no, yelling it actually.

    • Justin W

      Just keep your eyes peeled on Droid Life and you’ll get all the info you need 🙂

  • jnt

    I think the Mini will be a sleeper success. No idea why it’s 9 days after the Ultra / Maxx, but whatever, it’s Verizon. And the X right in the middle? Just odd…

    • Mike Hilal

      So they’ll actually sell some of their “droid” phones.

    • LiterofCola

      Well the Ultra and Maxx were announced first, so it makes sense.

      • jnt

        Ah, I thought the Ultra/Maxx/Mini were unveiled at the same time… my bad.

  • Jason Downing

    Don’t like this news, but not surprised.