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Motorola Announces the Moto X – Starts at $199 On Contract Through Five Carriers

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After months of waiting, the Moto X is here. Today in New York City, Motorola pulled the curtains back for its new “Made in the USA” flagship device. The phone will launch on five carriers in the U.S. starting in late August/early September. The device will be priced at $199 on contract for the 16GB storage option, but for $50 more, you can grab the Moto X in 32GB on contract. 

The devices features a Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor with the Motorola X8 Computing System, a 10MP camera, Android 4.2.2, 2GB of RAM, a 4.7″ HD 720p display, 2MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 2,200mAh battery, Touchless Control and a whole lot more.

Starting at launch exclusively for AT&T, buyers can head to the MotoMaker website and design their very own Moto X. With the customization choices vast between build materials, colors, engravings and cases, there is no doubt you can make one that you will instantly love looking at.

To see more Moto X, check out our full unboxing and hands-on gallery here, and peek at MotoMaker here.

Via: Motorola

  • ThomasNeidhart

    FEAR NOT, MASSES OF ONCE PROBABLE BUYERS OF THE MOTO X, because we are so let down by the pricing being the same price as fancier phones, you can rest assured it will drop to FREE ON CONTRACT WITHIN 60 DAYS based on all this negative press/opinion on the pricing matching higher spec’d phones!

  • ThomasNeidhart

    hmmm… They better do a 180 rather quickly on the high-end $199 On-Contract pricing. The HTC One and Samsung S4 are fare superior phones for $199 On-Contract! With the cute customizations we all would have fun doing, but covering up unless they give you a free clear case with purchase (there’s your idea Moto!) and innovative features, along with mid-range specs this phone would be VERY popular at $149 On-Contract and sell like hot cakes at $99 On-Contract.

    Also, $499 Off-Contract would sell well, and quickly at $449. Reading $199 On & $599/649 Off, is such a disappointment. I was going to buy one to help American jobs, but there’s little reason to do so at this pricing that clearly is overreaching.

  • Kisuk3


  • Reginald Jefferson

    Man, a lot of people upset over something that was expected. You guys were really that surprised? Can’t wait till you guys find out about water being wet.

  • cancerous_it

    This thing must be made of unicorn shite. That’s the only explanation for the price.

  • Luigi90210

    Contracts. What are these? I don’t have a contract on tmobile

    • ThomasNeidhart

      contract or not, you still pay for the full price of the phone. TMo just makes you pay monthly as a separate fee for the new phone, the others add it to the monthly price. Sprint is the best value at 70, and 48-58 if you have their old SERO plans

  • Kelly OBrien

    Just went limp !

  • Bummed

    One of the biggest tech let downs ever. $200 on contract. So much for googlerola hating the carrier pricing model.

    If there is carrier bloat….I will change my statement and say that this IS the biggest tech let down/fail

  • SmokeNMirrors

    The best news from today is that we can stop wasting time discussing the Moto-X. It’s pricing makes it an epic fail. Carry on…

    • ThomasNeidhart

      ha! that’s one good thing. the discussions can end, and the 2% that are gonna buy it can have the discussion. I woulda paid $99 on contract (if I was off I’d have paid $400, not 600+), so they’re hurting their sales by demanding this rate, unless it’s Carrier bloat on the pricing!

  • SomeDooD

    I am disappoint.

  • JD_26

    having no further surprises today makes me think … why wouldnt some1 just get the Droid mini.. it sems to do everything this phone does and if someone wanted a phone to feel small in hand im sure they wouldnt mind .4″ less in screen size !

  • AdamJay

    Definitely disappointed. The Moto X is SOO close to being an extremely compelling device. It’s a great looking phone, all hands on accounts have said that it feels great in the hand, Made in the USA, and (if the 24 hour claims are accurate) great battery life.

    But outside of being Made is the USA, there is NOTHING unique or great about the Moto X. Nothing that sets it apart from the S4, HTC One, or iPhone. On screen notifications are nice, but I don’t see that selling millions of phones and it’s certainly not that exciting to me.

    The Moto X needed to have revolutionary pricing or cutting edge specs to be a game changer and it has neither. I know that specs are not everything and we’re to the point with mobile processors where the software is holding performance back more than the hardware (at least with Android). However, I would be all over this phone if it had a cutting edge camera, phenomenal display, and more up to date processor.

    As it stands, you’re paying a high-end price for a mid-range phone. It’s pretty simple for me…there is no way I’m paying $199 for this phone when I can get a superior phone for the same if not less.

    I just don’t understand what Motorola is thinking.

  • I’m pretty disheartened by that price point. Actually, very disheartened.

  • jer85008

    Can we officially start the Nexus 5 hyperbeasting now?
    Nothing more to see here….

    • j973

      Yes please this Motorola S**T is depressing

  • duke69111

    RIP Motorola. It was nice knowing you.

  • Razma

    Im looking at my Gnex with renewed appreciation

  • I cannot be more disappointed by this. This price is absurd.

  • i actually think the phone looks awesome. im still rocking a vzw gnex. honestly we still don’t know what pricing is going to look like in a couple of months. this might just be a launch thing so carriers don’t freak.

    • eibook

      Good point, the phone will have 2 year old specs in a few months so the price should drop dramatically.
      I think the phone looks sweet as well.

  • Fadeley

    why is everybody so butthurt? it’s a smartphone, what’d you expect?

    • j973

      Motorola is behind the game . Offer a phone at low price off contract grab the market back make money in volume . look what they have to compete with Samsung Galaxy s4 and Htc One . Motorola might as well lay down and wait for the bulldozers because Samsung and HTC are going to flatten them

  • So disappointed. I don’t want a giant S4 and I’m not really into the HTC One. I was so excited to get rid of my laggy Galaxy Nexus and move onto something cheaper off contract. Guess we’ll be sticking together a little bit longer.

  • JD_26


    Um.. NOT

    only thing that can be said is MEH!

  • vOc627

    I’ll bet a dollar not even 10% of the people crying about leaving Verizon will actually leave so long as that unlimited data plan is intact.

    • AMTrombley89

      I’ve left my unlimited behind. I don’t mind tiered data so long as I have at least 2GB for myself. And once my Maxx HD contract expires, I’m BOOKING it towards T-Mo for the no-contract prices and the Jump! program. Hell, I may even pay the VZW ETF if the Nexus 5 is worth jumping on right away. I regret not getting the N4

      • vOc627

        I applaud you sir for putting your money where your mouth is!

  • ojd514
    • vOc627

      At a very similar price point to the other, far superior Google play edition phones I’m sure.

      • eibook


  • Jeremy Martin

    Nope…not doing that on Verizon. That means it will be $599 or $699 off contract. Bionic you and sarge screwed us again.

  • tutaina

    Now what am I going to do????

  • This is not the Droid you are looking for…

    This is a phone for the masses:
    1) It’s not top of line specs
    2) It’s not a great buy off contract (un-initiated will have no idea) due to giving up unlimited to get $199 price
    3) This is an iPhone-like play (thank Guy Kawasaki) to get the same Android phone across all the carriers and to fight against the “dreaded” “fragmentation”.
    4) Pretty colors, etc.. (aka: Marketing)
    5) Rumored $500M advertising budget

  • Dan

    WOW!…I just found out for the same unlimited plan I have on verizon, is $100 cheaper on T-mobile…plus I get 15% company discount…BYE VERIZON ASSES!

  • landon

    I was skeptical anyway

  • samizad

    Now I have to wait until the Nexus 5.

    • j973

      Give the nexus at least 32gb and im sold . dont know if that will ever happen. Im to the point where I refuse to be in contract and refuse to pay 550+ for a damn phone . even if the next nexus is 16 gb looks like that will be my option and im just going to have to deal with it .

  • Razma

    9 months left on my verizon contract…..AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    edit: wait, its 10 months…..AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • jer85008

    Let’s see…

    Typical contract pricing? Check.
    Not a single surprise that hasn’t been leaked? Check.
    Verizon customers screwed again? Check.
    No firm release date? Check.

    This all leads me to one important question: When is the HTC One coming to Verizon again?

    • eibook

      Maybe a better question is when people will start getting fed up with VZW’s crap and leave.

      • j973

        Ive already started…

      • jer85008

        I’m beyond fed up, but still working my way out of a five-line family plan. Down to three lines now, with two more contracts ending within three months.

        I need to go do some yoga or meditation….patience.
        Will try to hold out and not get the HTC.

        • eibook

          Tough it out man…The ONE is a great phone though…

  • samari711

    Ugh, I was hoping for a better option to replace my POS Thunderbolt. There’s no way in hell I’m rewarding HTC for repeatedly screwing me over, and I don’t really want to give Samsung any money either. None of the Motorola options seem particularly attractive now.

    • j973

      I know how you feel . 🙁
      Nexus I Guess

    • eibook

      It may be time to give HTC another look. The ONE is as good a device as the Thunderbolt was bad. Plus, HTC had some help from Verizon with the Thunderbolt.

      • samari711

        I’m pretty sure that Verizon had nothing to do with the OS being 2 versions behind before the device was on sale or with major features disappearing right before launch. I knew I was going to have a bit of a rough time being an early adopter but this phone was worse than what I thought was possible in the worst case scenario.

        • eibook

          I guess, technically, the ONE is two versions behind but it doesn’t really seem to matter, the phone is solid.
          But don’t kid yourself that the carriers have nothing to do with the OS being behind.

  • Nayners

    This simply will not do. Why pay N4 pricing, for a lesser phone, on contract? Boo. No thanks. PS. Only girls care about that many customization options. Fail Moto.

  • vOc627

    Massive MotoTrollo.

  • M3D1T8R

    I’m still curious about this phone, but without being truly customizable, looks like I’ll be sticking with my DNA and hoping the Butterfly S some how manages to come to Verizon (not likely, I know). Really how hard would it have been to add a 64GB option for an extra $50… More customers, and more profit. 32 is a lot better than 16 (which shouldn’t even be an option for a 2013 “flagship”), but not worth the trouble of selling my DNA and buying this.

    And my predictions of no online customization for Verizon and weeks/months until arrival sadly proved exactly correct.

    And the price is a joke. Made in USA is awesome, but what happened to Google not needing Moto to have profit margins like the others. They could have really changed the game releasing this for even $450 off contract ($99 on). Somehow I have a feeling we will be seeing reduced to that price very quickly after launch and the disappointing sales to come.

    And hopefully a quick retire of the 16gb, replaced by the 32, and the 32 becoming a 64 option. Please. Been literally years now with no upgrades in storage. GNex almost 2 years ago was already at 32. Better screens and processors for HD content, but no additional storage required by it. Phones can play full HD, cool, but maybe store only ONE movie on the device… What a joke./end rant.

  • J2000pro

    The same typical carrier and vendor crap that we’ve been seeing for years. You can tell from the sentiment in all the comments, how tired, and how jaded everyone is of it. I’ll be keeping my aging Razr Maxx until it dies, and continue to use as mostly an access point for my Nexus 7.

    • Utekking

      Thats what I am doing, Keep the Maxx until something happens and using it for my Nexus!!!

  • Chippah


  • j973

    Motorola FAIL . all these fu**ing on contract prices F**K these greedy ass carriers and Manufactures how much damn money do they have to make . Verizon might have the best service but i still drop calls on them so what difference does it make to switch Wifes AT&T discount 25 % or go prepay tmobile or prepay AT&T I will never sign a contract with anyone
    I Guess ill be rocking my razr Maxx hd for awhile longer . and its sim unlocked works on tmobile and att fu*k yourself Verizon

    • ravenofdoom

      This. It’s basically market collusion between manufacturers and carriers… manufacturers are guaranteed a certain quantity of product is purchased and that they won’t fail outright, and in return carriers are ensured that customers are forced into giving them a bounty of at least $2000/year (e.g. $80-85/month x 24 months) without reprisal. Win-win for everybody (except the consumer).

      • j973

        Yes I know so sad . Prepay is coming to the rest of my handsets . already have one i took off of verizon and put on tmobile next will bemy other 2 phones most likely att 60 dollars a month 2gb its whatever

  • Weber


    • JoserJDM

      My co-workers are staring at me while I laugh my head off. Thanks, I needed that.

      • Weber

        I do what I do when I do what I do.

  • ravenofdoom

    I could accept the lack of 1080p screen and slightly older tech CPU, but locked bootloader and $575-$650 off-contract price, and you’ve lost yourself a customer. Their tweaks and CPU customizations will make it somewhat smoother, but ultimately it’s still Android and you’ll still get random stutters.

    Being on verizon with 8+ months of unlimited contract leaves me with few options. My Gnex is getting sluggish, but I don’t want to shell out $600+ for a phone when Verizon may cut me off the unlimited teat. The prospects of a Nexus device on Verizon are slim until a phone sans CDMA (solely VoLTE) is unveiled… but that won’t be until mid-to-late 2014.

    • Greyhame

      I think I’m going to take a good, long look at AT&T prepaid. Just hating Verizon more and more every. single. day.

      • ravenofdoom

        I’d do the same if I wasn’t frequently travelling and, by Verizon’s account, “abusing” my unlimited data. I tether and use VPN while travelling which easily accounts for 2GB per month; add-in downloading TV programs when I don’t want to watch CNN at the hotel (another 4GB); email and etc. adds another 1GB.

        My current plan costs me $75/mo (450 min, 250 texts, unlim. data)
        Cheapest 2Gb plan would cost $100 ($40 base + $60 for 2Gb)
        Plan to match my data usage would cost $130 ($40 base + $90 for 8GB).

        That’s $75->$130, or +$55. At 24 months, that’s $1320 lost. (and at best you get +$400 from subsidy). Even if I were able to use only 2GB/month, that’s $75->$100 or +$25. At 24 months, that’s $600, and STILL more than the at best $400 subsidy.

        The only thing that would really piss me off is if Verizon cuts month-to-month right around after my 8 months are up, because then they’ll be screwing me at the +$25 or +$55 and also have made me lose out on the $400 subsidy.

        A part of me almost wishes that Verizon would come right-out and say they’re terminating unlimited and forcing people to share-everything… that way at least I don’t have to feel like I’m in limbo with them having the potential to pull the unlimited plug on me any given day off-contract.

        • Droidzilla

          If you get good T-Mobile coverage, get a Nexus 4 (or a Samsung SGS4 or GN2, if that’s more your flavour) and unlimited everything for $70/month off contract. If T-Mobile coverage sucks where you are, then I’m sorry for your loss.

          • ravenofdoom

            Sadly, t-mobile coverage isn’t great where I live… but moreover, since I travel a lot and rely on my phone for GPS/navigation, crappy t-mobile coverage across the rest of the US puts me in a difficult position. Verizon is really my lifeline for reliable turn-by-turn navigation and 4g speeds for work VPN connectivity.

  • Thomas Cholette

    Looks like our hero has fallen. Disappointment hangs heavy in the air.

  • Castortroy

    I might as well go buy a used DNA

  • Mike

    Read the article then slid the Galaxy S4 out of my pocket, gazed into it’s lovely screen and though “Damn I’m glad I didn’t wait”

  • Keith

    This couldn’t have been more disappointing. I was ready to drop $300 for off contract. This is one of the most epic fails I’ve seen. Unbelievable.

  • Gnex

    Call me crazy, but I really like it.

  • samari711

    So the Moto X is the Droid Mini with the Droid Ultra’s price tag? Go home Moto, you’re drunk

    • j973


  • MichaelFranz

    honestly they should of just droid branded it and made the moto x the new droid line. now verizon has 3 droid line phones and now a moto x to sell….and they swear by the droid brand so moto x wont be pushed except by moto’s advertising efforts

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      dude they really should have just left verizon in the dust with this phone – we already have three new crappy DROID phones as it is. Let the other carriers lord over Verizon with exclusiveness lol.

  • eibook

    Oh well….There’s always the Nexus 5 (if you’re not on VZW).

  • Danny

    Well I relized that my contract don’t expire till Dec. Hopefully something better comes out by then. I will not pay $200 for a phone with less memory storage than what I have now, on contract! I’m getting real sick of Verizon. Been with them for years. Think I might just get T-mobile in Dec. My company gets a 17% discount with them Looked forward to today, now I’m sad Google/Moto screwed up. And and AT&T exclusive to rub it in!?!! F’ AT&T and MOTO!!

  • ToddAwesome

    I blame Bionic.

  • Zeph

    Really? Only 24 hours of mixed usaged time on a 720p screen, dual core 2200mAh battery? The thought of a little smaller phone spec wise for better battery life was appealing, I’ve lost that too.

  • Dave

    Made in the USA…. with Asian parts. Just like a Hyundai. LoL

  • Dan

    I need an off contract price…

  • J.A. Rose

    HAHAHA, whats moto thinking? You walk into a store and order the phone, then have to wait { 4 } DAYS – People want now now now, gimme now! This will not work!

    • MichaelFranz

      thats for customization only. all carriers should have the straight black and white versions

      • J.A. Rose

        I know! The custom stuff will not be very profitable!

        • MichaelFranz

          i think thats all up to marketing and if carriers let you do it in stores with them to attract business

  • chikpee

    Yeah, as far as a Motorola phone on Verizon…looks like you’re better off with the ULTRA series

    • samari711

      or if you don’t like big screens you could get the Droid Mini for $500, which as far as I can tell is the same exact phone minus the on screen buttons

    • chikpee

      EDIT: better off with the ULTRA MAXX…still boggles my mind why phone manufacturers aren’t pursuing long battery life harder. I would think that your phone dying on you mid-day is a much bigger problem to solve than trying to cram 1080p video on a 5 in. screen. Just my two cents

  • MichaelFranz

    im not disappointed….but im not thrilled. I guess I was expecting something that we had not heard of before in all the previous leaks. Honestly the surprise i was hoping for was a maxx size battery option. I think if you added that into the mix this device sells like hot cakes

  • hugo

    A Google play edition coming soon folks

    • eibook

      It will cost > $600.

      Give me a SGS4 or ONE GPe for $600.

      No thank you Moto.

  • Razma

    $200 ON CONTRACT

  • Greyhame

    According to Taylor Wimberly:

    Off contract Moto X price on AT&T: $575 for 16GB, $630 for 32 GB.


    It’s still you and me GNex.

    • Razma

      …I really wanted one too……

  • speraider430

    Everyone hyped themselves up for this. Remember two things.

    1.) Verizon will never have a Nexus or “Nexus-like” device
    2.) There will not be a 299 off contract phone that is not specifically a nexus

  • mgamerz

    I don’t get why everyone is bitching so much. You seriously expected a $300 phone? Motorola is in the red. A $300 phone is not going to get you out of the red. Assembled in America? American labor is nowhere near as cheap as China.

    Motorola is still a business and it is there to make money. I don’t seriously see how you could have expected otherwise.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Well on technology there are also tariffs, taxes, and shipping costs which would offset the cost of labor. In reality, the labor cost on technology items between American and China anymore is almost offset by tariffs, taxes and transportation costs. Also the labor costs in China have risen drastically and are expected to be close to the same as American labor costs in a year or two which is why companies are starting to look to other places, or bringing mfg back to America.

      Don’t believe me, here is just one of the sources I had for a research paper on this topic.

    • JoserJDM

      Everyone knows it’s not good to have a race car in the red.

  • burkett375

    Off contract Moto X price on AT&T: $575 for 16GB, $630 for 32 GB

  • Guest

    this i don’t believe was ever their intention. I believe they did it to increase overall battery life.

    • Zeph

      Battery life isn’t any better. They are only saying 13 hour talk time with it. With a dual core only i was expecting something stellar…

  • Dale

    Now waiting for August 7th.

  • aDROIDfreeworld

    I would have spent $399 for off contract at Verizon… Now? Fu** that, I’ll stick with my gnex – Thank you moto for taking a great phone and pricing it out of the park for “the average consumer”. a**holes…

  • Razma

    Starting at $200 on contract…ok so what is it Finishing at for Off Contract with 32GB?

  • Defenestratus

    Apparently X == 0

  • David

    Motorola fans..your tears taste delicious.

    • JoshGroff

      Back to not caring and playing with my S4. As a Motorola fan, I wanted this to succeed, but after their sub par phones last year, I wasn’t expecting much.

  • tonytj

    I seem to be the only one here that is still excited about this device. I plan on picking one up as soon as its available for verizon. I never believed that we would get an off contract price of under 300$ (unless the device was very cheaply made).

    • Tonytj

      Being made in the US that is

    • David

      Lol. That’s the on contract price.

  • Joseph Pojunis

    How much off contract?

  • ryan ness

    The phone is made in Texas, how did all of you think it would be cheap???

  • Jon


  • Eduardo Cruz

    Haha here comes all the whining and bitchin..let me hear it

  • BrianLipp

    Welp, guess im sticking with my trusty GNex

  • Jordan Pfingsten

    G+ is stating $575 for 16 GB and $650 for 32 GB version.

    • eibook


      • Jordan Pfingsten

        Sucks, right?

    • Charlie R.

      And the 32gb is an AT&T exclusive to boot. (Per Engadget)

  • InvaderDJ

    Well, so pretty much not interested in the X then. They really needed a reduced price to justify the lower specs. $199 on contract? Especially on Verizon and other carriers where you can’t even customize it? Nope.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    So how do they justify a $200 on contract price for a phone with last years specs? I am not trying to incite a spec war.

    I think we all assumed the reason for the lower-res display and dual core processor was so they could sell it cheaply off-contract. WTH Motorola?

    • samari711

      It’s the same on contract price as the Droid Ultra, which has a bigger screen and battery

    • trixnkix637

      this i don’t believe was ever their intention. I believe they did it to increase overall battery life…

  • Razma

    I dont care anymore….my hopes and dreams have been dashed…looks like its just you and me again Gnex

  • This phone is a horrible pos. This is what happens when apple doesn’t give the android oems any ideas. First the s4 now this. What a pos.

  • J.A. Rose

    I will be sticking to my Galaxy Nexus, for a long time.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i want to see off contract prices from the play store. Even Tmo tried to rip people off selling the N4 in store and over-priced. I still believe Moto is changing the way smartphones work.

    • Defenestratus

      $575 for the 16GB.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        on the play store sir, the play store model isn’t out yet. I suppose the number u gave is from the carriers.

  • jhlinka

    can we have a comparison chart for moto x, new droid family, and galaxy s4? I’ve got an upgrade 2 weeks from today w/ Verizon…

    • eibook

      Add the HTC One to this ^

      • mmm

        htc one or s4 for me. i have my upgrade coming as well, and this was so underwhelming.

  • asdf

    coming next month – moto x hd
    comnig by dec 2013 – moto x hd+

    • Spider210

      don’t forget last years specs is todays latest phone! but wait, (verizon announcing) HTC ONE for verizon!

  • Mordecaidrake

    And a huge let down.

    • Phil

      huge is a major understatement

  • Adam Collins

    This is teaching me to never get excited for anything in the mobile industry. They like picking us up to knock us down.

  • Christopher Hsu

    It is a phone for ants. 16 / 32 mb varieties.

  • AT&T only customization, $199 on contract for 16Gb — that’s the end of it. Motorola, you just blew your chance to dethrone Samsung.

  • onDroid

    Still holding out hope the off contract price will be reasonable. Help me unlocked version you’re my only hope.

  • eibook

    It’s time for y’all to make the jump to the HTC One. A true flagship for $199 on contract.

  • Mark P

    What’s the difference between this and the Ultra?? (besides the customization stuff – which I don’t really care about). Is all the X8 stuff on the Ultra too? If this is all the same, why would any Verizon customer not just get Ultra Maxx and have better battery life?? (I’m not asking rhetorically… I’m actually curious)

    • NickA

      The Ultra is X8 as well.

    • Greyhame

      The only difference I can think of is that the X has onscreen buttons.

  • Robert Macri

    Awful lot of hype for nothing… is bootloader was unlockable or it shipped with 4.3 then I’d take my chances, but its apparent nothing has changed at Moto

  • DanWazz

    Awesome, great, fine. Looks like I will be sticking with my GNEX until my contract expires, then buying the Nexus that is available at that time.

  • Mike Lee

    So much for that low, affordable price for a mid-ranged spec’ed phone at best.

  • Jon

    Last years tech with current day prices. What a HUGE let down. I’ll keep my GS3 and mourn what could have been….

    • Steve B

      Last years tech? You poor idiot.

      • briankariu

        You and I know its not. But every other consumer out there will think the same. Last years tech, for a ludicrous amount of money. Oh well moto, am glad I knew thee

        • Steve B

          Not necessarily. The only people who care about the hard core specs are the readers of sites like these, which for better or worse only make up < 1-2% of all users.

          With the marketing Moto is going to throw behind this, plus the best design on the market, great camera and high-end "like" performance, this phone will sell really well to the masses.

  • SmokeNMirrors

    News Flash: Motorola and Google have just announced that Samsung will continue to dominate the Android landscape.

    • Dave

      The Wall Street Journal said that for every Moto sold globally, Samsung sells 18 devices. That is before the first complete quarter after the S4 launch.

  • Ray

    Charging full price for a phone that should have been out mid to late 2012. Moto you almost had me buying your device. Fail and after this not even Google will be able to save you.

  • Phil

    Im soooo disappointed my GNEX internal speakers mic have stopped working and was waiting for this phone to be my replacement but not any more 🙁

  • mateorod

    So everyone is getting one, I see.

  • Bowen9284

    Take me out to the shed and put me out of my misery already

  • Defenestratus

    I am absolutely drunk on schadenfreude over here at the dozens of eternal optimists tears being spent over this failure. I called it when the specs first leaked.

    • hkklife

      As am I. I made a post here about 3 weeks ago condemning the mid-2012 specs, the silly and pointless gimmicks and gestures and the unlikelihood of anyone ever selling a “cheap” CDMA device and/or undercutting the N4. I was down-voted into oblivion, so I must admit that there is a certain smugness in predicting things accurately…but I STILL expected a cheaper unlocked GSM price and did not forsee SUCH carrier entanglements.

      This is one announcement that has ended up worse in every way than even the worst of the nay-sayers’ predictions!!

  • Rithvik Rao

    From Motorola’s official website… 16MB is absolutely normal on a phone, apparently. 😛

    Source: http://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/Moto-X/moto-x,en_US,pg.html

  • Chris Taylor

    Oh well. back to life.. they will sell millions based on the ad money they will throw at it.. but not my money..

  • ToddAwesome

    I have to apologize to my GNex for what I said about her earlier, it seems we’ll be spending much more time together. I love you GNex!

    • Arnoldo Lazaro Rivera

      Right there with you, except i never put my baby down

    • EC8CH

      Moto X on verizon comes preloaded with VZ Nav…. ef dat in da a.

      • Dave

        $5 per month after the trial period? What a bargain. LoL

  • Arnoldo Lazaro Rivera

    … This is awesome! Said no one ever… Oppo find 7, here i come

  • atcchris

    aaaaand, nope. huge fail. $200 on contract is a complete and utter epic fail on this phone. Way to go Motorola. Join Verizon as a crusher of dreams

    • capecodcarl

      I think I’d be better off paying the remainder of my early termination fee to Verizon, then switching to T-Mobile while they’re still running their $0 down offer on their phones like the Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5.

  • Anonymous Guy

    Carrier Exclusives
    On contract
    Slightly above Mid-range specs
    Custom colors covered up by case/cover in most peoples cases

    Moto Fail

  • Spider210

    For $199 2 yr contract Mr Customer, you can have top of the line, S4 or you can have last years tech newly (lately) released Moto X.

    • JoshGroff

      Reminds me of another tech company…

  • dragonflyr

    …. pass. moving along now …

  • tgom222


    They couldn’t fail more if they tried.

  • Dan

    Dual core 720p display for 625$

  • Fahad Beg

    I like it for the customization and so will man REGULAR consumers!

  • lensgrabber

    What crap. Gnote 3 come take me away. $350 off contract unlocked w/ a unlockable boot loader and I would have been pleased. All this hype for nothing.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    I’ll wait for the next Nexus. Maybe this will be $400 off contract. Or the Play store might sell for a loss.

  • Adam S.

    For me it is going to be between this or the new Razr family for my next upgrade in August.

  • macewank

    At $199 *on contract* I cannot think of a single reason why I’d want to buy this phone over a S4 or the HTC One. Or, hell, the DROID Ultra.

  • Motorola

    Gotcha!!! Stay tuned it gets better muahahaha

  • Zach K

    Almost as disappointing as that Verizon-JLo presser a few months back….same price as the GS4 and HTC One? Really? Pass
    That being said – this does, in general, give hope for some cool phones in the future from Moto-Google

  • Tyler Durden

    Moto is dead

  • brkshr

    I kinda figured the carriers would still want their money even though the phone is cheaper than most other phones off contract.

  • JB

    Honestly, I don’t see why anyone really expected this phone to be cheap off contract with how the new droids being priced

    • Ian

      Well aren’t you cool.

  • Christian Trevor Clauss

    You’re not taking my money!

  • Blake Curtis

    off contract price= Arm and a leg

  • Defenestratus

    Anyone expecting a “Made in the USA” phone for $300 has no concept of reality.

    • jose

      Send that bish back to China! I want my $300 top tier phone dammit.

  • SadderdaySteve

    No. Thanks.

  • Spider210

    PASS….. >>SIGH<<<

  • moelsen8

    this thing is a huge bummer

  • Chris Bailey

    Moto – I am disappoint.

  • Dan

    Yup not what I had in mind. Looking for that sweet 300$ off contract price ain’t happening. No thanks motorola.

  • SmokeNMirrors

    They blew it on the price. What a fail. Will anybody buy this?

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Not I says me.

  • Bradley Albert Nemitz

    What is the off-contract price?

    • Jordan Pfingsten

      Google+ is stating $575 for 16 GB and $650 for 32

      • ToddAwesome

        shut the front door.

  • Eldorath

    $200 on contract.. yeah.. that’s entirely revolutionary…



    • Tyler Durden

      I’d rather get the Droid Maxx. Same thing but bigger battery and screen.

      • hkklife

        Yep, the VZW-branded version DESTROYS this travesty. Or, a $199 GS4 destroys this travesty. But most people looking for a chrap on-contract phone will buy a “free” DNA or $29 GS3. What a spectacular failure in every regard by Google & Motorola.

        Bring back Jah!

        • Greyhame

          Bring back Jah?!!

          Calm down man.. that’s crazy talk.

  • chris125

    $199 on contract. fail googrola…..

  • Kane Desousa

    Really? that price is ridiculously high.

  • Bill Newman

    Ultra Maxx for me at that price…

  • Rich Steele

    Wow that’s much lamer news than I expected.

  • Buur

    Welp, there goes that.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    OFF Contract Price?????

    • NexusPhan69

      Too much.

  • Onlooker

    I was hoping this would come out at $300 off contract, so that used phone prices would all crater to $250 or less. Looks like that isn’t happening. 🙁
    So, is the phone priced this way because the carriers wouldn’t let it happen, or because Google/Moto wanted to turn a profit?
    Best response: don’t buy the phone.

  • Aaron H

    And, I won’t be getting this. Bummer. Still hanging onto my Verizon Gnex.

    • ToddAwesome

      GNex lives on!

      • Dana

        Five hours of (extended) battery charge at a time… =/

        • Aaron H

          My internal storage is pretty much toast at this point. TRIM support in 4.3 came too late.

          • capecodcarl

            Can’t you just reformat the phone?

        • ToddAwesome

          I love that my phone is constantly plugged into something, really, I do.

          • aDROIDfreeworld

            Mine is brand new, shipped with 4.2.2 and it has the same problem…

        • Droid 1967

          I have a 3800 extended battery runs for 2 full days. makes phone a little bigger but no battery problems here. and had 4.3 on my phone in 3 days.

          • Richard Jackson

            I was thinking of going this route. Do you have a case on it or taking it bare back?

          • Droid 1967

            no case , i had bought a case mainly because phone was so light it would slide out of my pocket the extended battery adds that extra weight needed so thats not a problem. Im really dont get the bad experience people had with the gnex. of course i am a rom dev so i never had stock on much but I love the device and really have no reason to upgrade unless something great comes out and the Moto X aint it 🙂

  • Greg Morgan


    • King Lo

      On so many different levels.

  • Kevin

    well there went my excitement… was all riding on price for me.

  • guest

    Way too much, and I’m sure certain customizations will cost more.

  • Sam

    “AT&T exclusive”. I thought those days were over…

    • hkklife

      Those days will never be over!

  • SeanPlunk

    Wow, what a total disappointment. The price is too high, and customization only on AT&T.

    Really sad.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    No one cares what on contract is.

    • SA_NYC

      So true.

  • PyroHoltz

    Dammit! Oh, well…I don’t think anyone is really surprised.

  • Charlie R.

    The 32gb version is at AT&T EXCLUSIVE.


    • jose

      What a load of CHET. 16 geebees is not enough for a phone, I don’t care how much free cloud storage you get.

  • jose

    I DON’T KNOW WHICH POST TO READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • sc4fpse

      Don’t bother reading any of them. You’ll just be disappointing. Just drink a lot and go to sleep – you’ll thank me in the morning.

    • ToddAwesome

      I don’t know which post to rant in the comment section on!

  • timbo

    No longer interested…

  • What a let down 🙁 I wanted the whole phone-contract relationship to die and thought this was going to be the catalyst.

  • NexusPhan69

    All of my hopes and dreams have just been crushed.

    • Dana

      my heart hurt when i read that the price was on contract. ouch. =(

      • Go to hell Motorola, Is better an S4 for that price. 10 times

        • jose

          Samsung or HTC it is! Heck, maybe even LG. This is the same ol’ Moto folks.

          • 1MPR0BUS

            Google has not seemed to influence Motorola’s assholishness very much.

          • That-Guy

            holy hell. last year’s tech for the same on-contract price as the top of the line phones. i was willing to pay $300 or so off-contract for last years hardware. oh well.

          • cb2000a

            This will kill the phone. The price is too high for what it is. $300 off contract would have been the sweet spot,

          • Kanaga Deepan N

            They did actually by removing SD slot and adding non-removable tiny battery…

          • AMTrombley89

            Nexus 5 it is! Lol, that’s my last hope at this point

        • Sherlock Holmes

          ‘Verizon’ was so wrong with his source. Poor guy. He was confident he was right.

          • Greyhame

            Hahaha, wrong on every single account.

            Credibility, lost.

          • Veriz0n

            …and to think ‘Verizon’ had the balls to call me a troll. rofl pathetic

          • Tyler Durden

            LOL. Now that is some funny sh*t.

          • Tyler Durden

            Are you kidding me. At least I have fans that wanna be me

          • Steve B

            I think he got trolled…

          • Guest

            Naw I think he just invented it. You don’t just go on spreading a rumor unless you know the source is credible…unless this guy is that dumb.

          • Verizon

            I’ll just basically repeat what I said in the other thread and I’m done with it. You keep coming after me until your heart is content and you finally feel justified or vindicated or whatever you are seeking with this ridiculousness of calling me out over and over. No matter what, grow a spin and have the decency to do it openly instead of hiding behind a “guest” account.

            I was lied to and it caused me to, unfortunately, lie to others. I feel bad about it because I hate it when people do that crap. I was willing to offer the information because I trusted the source, as he WAS a friend and neighbor. I’ll never make that mistake again though.

            If you wanna hate me for trying, then hate me. I come here for the info, to have fun and try to make people laugh. Some hate me for making jokes (the internet is serious business after all) and others hate me just to hate. Either way, do what you gotta do. I’m sorry the info turned out to be garbage, if I could take it back I would, but that is what I get for trying I guess.

            Hate on haters!

          • Project Mayhem

            So tired of your BS. You used to be a cool dude but your true colors have started to show recently. You brought this mess upon yourself by dealing in fake rumors with a fake source.

          • Verizon

            My BS and my colors? I can only say it so many times and so many ways. If you don’t understand what I said above then I can’t help you. Nothing about what I said was fake or came from made up source. Turns out that my former friend was full of crap. I should probably pick them more carefully.

          • Sherlock Holmes

            I finally made myself an account. I wasn’t hiding anything dumba$$. I’ve just been a loyal droid life reader that has finally gotten tired of your sh!t. Bionic was annoying but I could stand his antics. You on the other hand, have risen to a new level of douchebag. I see you have 6 guest votes thus far. Have you been busy upvoting your own comments? Only disqus members can downvote and it seems like a few of the active commenters here dislike you.

          • Verizon

            I’ve risen to another level? Seriously? I try to offer info one time and one time only and that has risen me to a new level? Are you hearing yourself? A bit mellow dramatic don’t you think? If I’m on a new level of douchebag then I can’t even contemplate where you are. Not hiding anything either, with the private activity, sure sure.

            Let’s see….you’ve decided to target me based on a one off event (maybe this is a long running thing for you though) that happened yesterday. I posted info I was given, turned out to be crap. The guy who gave it to me is off my Christmas list. I made a comment about not knowing Bionic, which I don’t anymore than you do…unless you are Bionic. You and a couple of others decided to jump all over that as some great big lie, because you misunderstood it to mean that I had no idea of the user’s existence. The sad part about that is that anyone with the reading level of a third grader is capable of seeing that I referred to him and his Sarge multiple times in comments just above that one. So obviously I knew of them, but lacking any attention to detail you and the posse started after me. Which quite frankly did piss me off. I had no intentions of lying to anyone and if I had the info was crap I would never have brought it up. Since then, you have called me out in unrelated comment threads 3 times now, that I know of. Which had nothing to do with me or any of this. You’ve used screen shots of my comments in each of these events. You just now created an account for the first time after being “a loyal droid life reader that has finally gotten tired of {my} nonsense” based on the same user name that you decided to use when starting all of this. I’m just going to call it the way it looks and you are a stalker. You’ve spent all this time trying to get under my skin or get my attention or whatever the hell it is you are doing and I think you need a new hobby. Seriously, I shouldn’t be it. I know that I have somehow caught your eye and you are very taken with me, but it is NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. I’m happily married and I don’t swing that way.

            As far as up votes and down votes, I joke about them, but do you think I really care? Sure it is great to see people appreciate my sense of humor when I post something funny. It is also sad and a little telling of the people that give me down votes on the same posts. Do you think any of that is tied into my self worth? Just in case you get confused, the answer is no. Do you think I care if some of the people here dislike me? If I was looking for friends I’d be on Facebook.

            So, as I said before. Hate on and stalk on all you feel you need to. If any of this really affected me that much, I’d just stop posting here.

          • Sherlock Holmes

            Oh yeah I am definitely a stalker. However, if you feel lonely in your life then feel free to think of me as your stalker. I value my privacy and this is my third comment. So I’m not sure what you’d get by having my profile be public. Anyways this will be my last comment for a while. I preferred the life of just reading Droid Life without the drama that comes with users like you. Thank you.

          • Verizon

            Hey, if you don’t like drama then why did you start drama? You don’t make much sense.

          • michael arazan

            Now I can see why Motorola last week just announced a slash in profit forecast of 40% for the rest of the year, one week before this phone came out. Interesting, like they predicted the phone to fail.

        • Jorge Guaman

          For the same price I’ll get the S4. I really had hopes for this phone but they were crush in a instance. FU MOTO for locking the Bootloader, FU MOTO for running 4.2.2, FU MOT for not giving us our freedom to do whatever we want with our phones. Google I thought you were going to make a big difference. FU too for letting this happen.
          I will never buy a MOTO again. NNNNNEEEEEEVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRRR

      • ThomasNeidhart

        if we can’t be a part of the customization (only at&t for however long) then what’s the point of giving them $200 for this, when I can get an Samsung 5 inch S4 with better processor and screen, or the probably even better HTC One with front speakers and long battery life?

        TSK TSK Moto, TSK TSK TSK! On Contract Shoulda been $99. for first 30 days, then lowered to free for the Christmas rush. That woulda been reasonable. Starting out at 200 just makes me go fine, I’ll get a different phone.
        it made me hurt too, Dana… 🙁

    • SA_NYC

      I’ll reserve judgment for another couple of days, but it’s looking like my Note 2 stays for now. (Got the Note 2 two weeks ago when I lost my beloved GNex.)

    • JimmyHACK

      The Nexus 4: Color Edition

      • Eric

        It’s worse than the Nexus 4.

        • sc4fpse

          And it’s going to be more expensive. How the hell did they manage to do that? You had to try to screw this stuff up. *sarcastic golfclap*

          • Eric

            Yep I don’t know where they got the idea being dual core and 720p in 2013 is okay for the price they are asking…

        • Kanaga Deepan N

          Yes.. nexus 4 is NOT a real quadcore and NOT a fake octa-core (core 8x) phone…

          • Eric

            Nexus 4 is a real quad core. There is a night and day difference between the GS3 snapdragon and Nexus 4 Snapdragon.

      • NexusPhan69

        With a $275 premium.

    • col3rsc

      I don’t know why you all are surprised about the price.

      • What I don’t understand is why everyone is turning their backs on this phone now. We’ve know the specs for weeks and the only thing that has changed is the price. It’s not a big deal. What a fickle folk we android users are.

        • Eric

          I wasn’t a fan in the first place.

        • JoshGroff

          I was secretly hoping the specs were a lie. 🙁 Price had nothing to do with it. Although, if the customization is free, like it appears to be, that’s actually pretty awesome.

        • aDROIDfreeworld

          no 32gb on verizon at all is a deal killer for guys like me with sh** tons of music… And 650 off contract is a slap in the face!

          screw you verizon! We hate you! We’ll just keep getting our
          gnex’s replaced through insurance over and over and over again until samsung literally stops manufacturing them!


          • Where did you read that VZW is not going to carry a 32GB version of the phone? Just in case I missed it in one of the articles.

          • jose

            Engadget, and the Moto site says 32gb is online only. That means no Verizon.

          • Engadget!? Haven’t been on that site in eon’s. Just b/c 32 is sold online, it doesn’t mean it won’t be on VZ. Especially since it says 4G LTE in the bands section.

          • jose

            We can only hope. But you already know what happens when you combine hope+Motorola+Verizon into the same wetdream…

          • ….One big sloppy mess to clean in the morning.

          • aDROIDfreeworld

            seriously?! well thats just more nails in my hope’s coffin then. Stupid Verizon didn’t even want this phone to begin with… They should have just stopped making motorola phones for them.

          • You are in rage mode right now aren’t you. :]
            What are you “seriously-ing” about? Your original reply stated that there wasn’t gong to be a 32GB VZW version. Now you seem to be surprised about it after I asked you about it.

          • aDROIDfreeworld

            well, to be honest I didn’t want to believe my own eyes.

          • Blue Sun

            They (Verizon) want to pimp & push the DROID series. You should have expected that before today’s “soft opening” based on release dates.

          • Kyle Radomski

            I read that 32 is exclusive to A&TT

          • Greyhame

            I read the 32 GB and customizations are AT&T exclusives. Hopefully at some point a 32 GB version will be available for all.

          • imnotmikal

            They’re only exclusive /for now/.

            Verizon has already stated they will have MotoMaker later this year.

        • AMTrombley89

          The price is a big deal because of the specs. Most people were expecting a low off-contract price for two reasons: first, they are using less than leading edge specs. While that’s fine for performance since they have more time to optimize a widely used (read cheaper now that next gen replacements are out). Why would you charge the same as an HTC One or Samsung S4 when the parts in it are older, meaning it was cheaper to make? It makes us feel like we’re being ripped off to know we can get leading edge stuff for the same price as this thing.

          Secondly, people were hoping that since this was allegedly Google and Moto’s first collaborative phone, people were expecting similar to Nexus prices, even if it’s not a nexus. Especially since Woodside preached low prices at D11.

          • Thank you for the well thought out and coherent answer.
            We’re probably paying more for all the software upgrades they did with this phone. I’ve no interest in any Samsung phone in the near future and I just don’t know about jumping to HTC. So this phone is on my radar for the future.

    • Warwick

      What if 199 on contract if you want a custom one. One can hope :/

      • Razma

        too bad the verizon ones arent even customizable

    • EvanTheGamer

      A phone that got hyped up THAT MUCH is bound to fail.

      • JoshGroff

        Oh, like Samsung’s Galaxy series? Wait…

        • Guest

          Comment deleted.

          • aDROIDfreeworld

            he meant the non-nexus series

      • Razma


    • KG

      Somewhere Samsung is popping bottles of champagne and LOLing!

    • Godzilla

      I hate to say it but Bionic was downing this thing the whole time, looks like he was right.