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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

  • 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