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Motorola CEO: Cheaper Version of Moto X in the Works for Prepaid Markets

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In a meeting directly following the unveiling of the Moto X, Motorola’s CEO Dennis Woodside gave a little insight into his company’s plans to release a cheaper version of the device for developing and prepaid markets. In the upcoming months, Motorola plans to unveil a cheaper X model, one that will be more desirable to those who aren’t looking to pay $600+ for a smartphone, in addition to it being available internationally where customers tend to buy devices outright, not subsidized through carriers. 

Woodside spoke briefly on the current less-than $200 smartphone market and said this:

The experience of devices you can get for less than $200 is subpar right now. We want everyone to have access to affordable smartphones.

As for the Moto X’s full retail price here in the U.S., we are still awaiting confirmation from Motorola, but apparently AT&T divulged that the off-contract price will sit at $575 for the 16GB version and $629 for 32GB. A cheaper variant of the X for prepaid and developing markets could be a success, but for those that want the latest and greatest specs, they will probably not be too thrilled when they hear what types of cuts are made to make the device more affordable.

Via: CNET

  • j

    We want everyone to have access to affordable smartphones! Except everyone on Verizon.. screw them.

  • chris420o

    so from mid ranged to….dumb phone?

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Well, that explains where all the “this phone will be super cheap” rumor came from.

    As for the specs, my guess is: a 4.3″ qHD AMOLED (RGB) or 720p LCD screen, a Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz based X8 MCS, shrink the battery to ~1800 mAh, use a plastic internal frame rather than laminated aluminum, no customizations, drop the internal storage to 8GB, and made outside the US.

    That should just about do it. They can drop the margin overall and bank on volume sales at ~$200. And they’d pretty much overnight become the best prepaid device on the planet, thoroughly whipping the current king, the Lumia 520.

  • Elliot Kotis

    Screw that moto, give it to int markets! What happened to capitalist America!

  • Bill Hill

    Go eat a **** Dennis

  • FrankBoston

    #motofail

  • ojd514

    They’re gonna drop it down to 8gb with only 2gb of user memory

  • Raven65

    There is NO excuse for not at least matching the Nexus 4 pricing with the Droid X model unveiled today. What is the Droid Ultra going to sell for? $350 with contract and $800 off-contract? SUCK IT, WOODSIDE/MOTO! What a disappointment.

  • bboyairwreck

    All hope is now to LG G2

  • shane1

    it will be the same phone cuase when it doesnt selll they will lower the price

  • BOB Dudek

    A cheaper version of the device..?
    ..snap..LUCKY ME ..I have it already..before MOTO releases it.

    Its called a DROID X2 , and its in my top drawer of the Desk in front of me wrapped with the battery in a rubber band, little did I know what I was saving for 2 years.

  • dmagicp

    OK. Now that we have this moto X stuff out of the way, can we start getting more news on the Galaxy Note III? I just can’t wait!

  • Dave

    I’d hate to see the specs on the “cheap” one….

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I should just post my comment and not read others. I don’t see how anyone is hating on this premium device. Quality? no problem. Display? dead horse. Cpu? competes with the htc one and s4, not faster but competes with current gen phones. battery? it’s moto. Price? like i said, ur paying for a competing current generation phone and to help the u.s economy. The s4 pro+2 extra chips is probably more expensive than the s800. Let’s wait for the review, cheaper model [moto x mini?], and, ofcourse, the googleplay variant whether is supports vz or not.

    I want it. But i’ll wait for a review and maybe some KLP rumors.

    AND IT’S BEEN BATTERY > SCREEN RESOLUTION SINCE 2008.

  • yummy

    It pees when I burn

  • Roy Harrigan

    Is their a better version?

  • Godzilla

    LOL, and it’ll use a single core CPU. what a joke.

    • hkklife

      And 4GB of internal storage, with the 8GB version an additional $50!

  • rarebreed

    a cheaper version? what does it come with an S3 CPU?

  • Rich Nahra

    I have an exclusive picture of the cheaper version!

    • BOB Dudek

      Don’t insult the D3 like that.

      • Rich Nahra

        you got a point. No disrespect D3. I still use mine as an alarm clock (with the dock)

      • Aaron

        That is the OG not the D3.

    • Jeremy Martin

      You have some damage there on the corners. Should have bought a case. :)

    • Anon

      Beautiful…

  • Kamesen

    I am pretty disappoint with the announcements today regarding pricing but remember the Nexus 4 was originally $199 on contract through the carrier and was later sold cheaply through Google Play. I think there exists the possibility this phone will retail for $350-$400 through Google Play. We’ll see.

    I was actually just hoping it would be available today…

  • XvierX

    All this negativity. I like the aesthetics of this device and I’m looking forward to giving it a try. I’m glad to finally see what Google and Moto have been working on and it looks like they’re focused on the average consumer and not the enthusiasts that frequent these sites. If Moto continues with designs like that of the Moto X, I only see these devices getting better. It’s a welcomed start…

    • mrjayviper

      so how exactly is this phone focused for the average consumer?

  • Lee

    What’s my incentive to buy this when the Droid line is soon to show up with better specs, AND a microsd slot AND 802.11ac?

  • SomeDooD

    Single-Core SoC, 8GB Storage, 480p Screen, and no LTE? LOL

  • bkosh84

    Wow, adding fuel to the flames this guy is doing…

  • David

    This is gonna keep the galaxy s4 selling because same price for old internal specs. Hopefully people won’t bitch to much about Samsung this or Samsung that because stuff like this is gonna possibly keep them #1 in my eyes. I would have waited and bought one on Verizon as soon as the custom options were available but now sticking with my S4

  • Marikel

    I’m willing to bet that the cheaper version is just gonna be the RAZR M from last year (internally). It would hit a cheap price point, and could probably offer a good experience. Probably gonna be on Metro PCS and Virgin Mobile in the US.

    • Kanaga Deepan N

      I don’t think Dual-Krait clocked at 1.5GHz to be cheaper version for Flagship with just 1.7GHz Dual-Krait…

      May be BIONIC or Droid X2 specs possible…

  • trixnkix637

    Now I’m just waiting on the VZW HTC One.. One day.. one day (sobbing)..

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Hopefully the 15th leak is legit. Because I’m on it too.

      • trixnkix637

        i can hold another two weeks, but if we don’t have something confirmed by VZW by then, I’m just going to get an S4 and call it a day sadly.

  • RedXander

    Is it just me or is Motorola.com broken? Trying to find out if the X has inductive charging.

  • jer85008

    Man, I can’t believe the 180 turn I’ve done on this over the last four hours….

    • Steven Berger

      Not just you, take a look at the poll that Droid-Life ran…it is pretty incredible how many no’s there are compared to yes’s

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    To make it cheaper, they’re going to use a 720P display and a dual core processor.

    Wait…

    • tomn1ce

      I’ll be made with a qHD display, snapdragon 2, 5mp camera, 512MB ram, 2GB of internal memory, 1500mAh battery and they’ll give you the option of what lube you want with it -_-

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        I just want to point out that the
        Nexus 4 is NOW $482 with no contract on Tmo compared the $349 from the
        play store. And it used to be more. At&t pricing doesn’t definitely
        mean that it is going to be that price.

      • michael arazan

        For $200 they are going to bring back the Droid 1

        • d-rock

          unfortunately, it will sell, because they see more value in marketing than quality.

    • mrjayviper

      made in china I think

    • Christopher Moore

      Better yet just come back out with the Droid OG. The first Android phone to put Motorola on the map. At least it will have a unlocked bootloader out the box.

    • NexusPhan69

      We’re already seen the cheaper one. It looks like crap. It was the dual SIM fat ugly cheap plastic back phone we say a while back.

      http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Moto-X-Photos-01-e1373298998509.jpg
      http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Moto-X-Photos-02-e1373298980609.jpg

    • LiterofCola

      I lol’d

    • MDtammy

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  • Al-Burrit0

    Ugh I hope they do what MS did to the Xbox one many complained about always online so they took it off. I hope the Motorola notice and brings the price down at least a bit you know?

    • Steven Berger

      At least if Motorola was going to keep it at this pricing they should have added a “watercooler” feature. Now that would have changed the smartphone industry like it changed the console industry. :P

    • samari711

      doubtful. That’d mean they could re-negotiate with all 5 carriers and get them to agree in less than a month. The only way there will be a price drop is if the phone is a dud

  • Brian Wolfman

    Oh silly moto. you almost had me back (droid X)…on to S4.

  • John Jenness

    Cheaper version? Any clever names? The Not-to X(pensive)?

    • tomn1ce

      Wrong reply….as you were, carry on.

      • Eric

        LOL!

  • Nayners

    But I don’t want a single core processor?

  • Tyler Durden

    All bout dat capitalism

  • Jared B.

    i was really hoping this WOULD be the new nexus for this year. I see no reason this device isnt the same price as the Nexus 4 other than they keep shooting off about “made in the USA.” So for the same device and a plastic back, or customized, it is $300+ more? That makes no sense.

    • CaptainDisillusion

      Because although it was purchased by Google, Motorola is still a fully functioning company that needs a large portion of its revenues to be from hardware sales, unlike Google, which receives a huge portion of revenue off of advertizements. Motorola can’t just up and change its business model overnight.

      • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

        Then it will soon perish with it. Google or not. {{-_-}}

  • Alex Goings

    Am I the only one that is waiting to reserve judgment until I see how it actually performs? We knew the specs the whole time, and they were kind of the point… ending the spec war. Don’t know why people are throwing a fit. The only issue is price.

    • Constantine

      what do you have to wait for? For essentially the same price you can get the SAME EXACT PHONE, BUT BETTER, in the Droid Max or Droid Ultra. Hell they’re both moto phones using the same tech with the same features EXCEPT they won’t have wood. My fault, everyone want’s that game-changing wood.

      Moto could not have screwed the X up worse…

      • Alex Goings

        How is the Ultra better? I understand you get the battery with the maxx, but that is the only possible advantage. With this you get on screen buttons, a way nicer design, and customization. None of which you get on the ultra or maxx.

        • samari711

          When you factor in the on screen vs capacitive buttons it’s the mini with 200mAh more battery or a smaller version of the Ultra at the same price

    • Steven Berger

      Correct the problem is price. Maybe they did end the spec war a tad, but when it is priced at $199 on contract, why would you buy it when you can get the GS4, which according to the leaked benchmarks still scored higher. Also, since the 32GB and the customization is only on AT&T for however long, it also kills the device. If it was priced at the Nexus 4 level then it would have potentially ended the spec war, but it did not.

      • Alex Goings

        Well customization and 32GB will be on Verizon before the end of the year, while that is annoying, it isn’t a huge deal. I could be incorrect in this but I would assume that the way the benchmarks run, they favor higher specs and do not take into account this new fancy chip design that moto has and doesn’t truly reflect on its performance. Similar to how the EPA fuel economy estimates don’t take advantage of engine start/stop technology, and therefore hasn’t taken off here like it has in Europe. To be honest the nasty plastic was enough to kill the S4 for me, and the absolutely horrible button layout killed the one for me. I for one would be willing to pay a premium to get a device made by an american company, who is owned by another american company, that is built in the USA. I would prefer to support the US economy. Same reason I would never buy a foreign car.

        • samari711

          Ars has some more in depth benchmarks. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/08/performance-preview-the-moto-x-sports-a-great-gpu-respectable-cpu/
          so it looks like it gets beat on the raw benchmarks but it can beat the GS4 in real world tests. I still don’t see how the X beats any of the new Droids though. Moto really f’d the price on this thing up.

          • Alex Goings

            Thank you, some real data.
            I want to clarify that I’m not blindly saying that the Moto X is the best thing ever. I just don’t understand the level of hate and am reserving judgment.
            I’m just curious as to how the new Droids beats the X? The only two things I could see people arguing are the battery of the MAXX and then a preference for the bigger screens and touch buttons instead of the on screen on the X. Personally, I prefer the on screen buttons and the size of the X. What advantages do you see? Am I missing something?

          • samari711

            Like I said above, the Mini is the same thing as the X if you look at specs so if you want a small phone, go with the cheaper one, if you want 32GB of storage, go with the MAXX, if you have exactly $299 burning a hole in your pocket, buy the Ultra

          • Alex Goings

            The Mini is still smaller. The Moto X’s screen is about the same size as the GNex (which has onscreen buttons), which many of us, including me, currently have. So it is a familiar format that I know many people like. It also has a larger battery than the ultra. It seems to me that between the Moto X and the Ultra or Mini the only thing it comes down to is preference or battery/storage. You could think of the extra $50 for the 32GB (once it comes to Verizon) as a charge for the customization (once it comes to Verizon). Which I would say is worth it. Also the X looks downright sexy and it sounds like it feels great.

  • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

    I just want to point out that the Nexus 4 is NOW $482 with no contract on Tmo compared the $349 from the play store. And it used to be more. At&t pricing doesn’t definitely mean that it is going to be that price.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Still got hope huh lol? What was the N4 off contract on TMOB when it was released? Think about that.

    • Guest

      Saying the same comment multiple times is annoying. Stop acting retarded and get a life

      • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

        Says the guest account.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Verizon…. I know I bitched and moaned about the HTC ONE…. But just release it with 4.2.2 as rumored and I’ll buy it. Kthxbye

    • Peter Blanco

      My thoughts, EXACTLY.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    HA! Cheaper version? What’s that going to have a QHD screen and Single Core Soc? F…. U

    • tomn1ce

      I’ll be made with a qHD display, snapdragon 2, 5mp camera, 512MB ram, 2GB of internal memory, 1500mAh battery and they’ll give you the option of what lube you want with it -_- Hhhhmmmm

    • Higher_Ground

      it’s really just an old bionic in a new case

  • elemeno

    Like an OG Droid? Erm, “Milestone”…

  • zmancbr

    This just in from the Moto CEO : “We are coming out with a cheap version of the X and if will feature a new x86 mobile chip to bring costs down. This phone will be off contract and priced at only $499″ What a deal!! THANKS BUT NO THANKS!

  • https://twitter.com/paladaxar Paladaxar

    The cuts already made for this phone (older processor, lower res screen, smaller battery) were enough to warrant the consideration of this phone at the right price point.

    Go any lower and I think you’re going to lose all enthusiasts no matter what the price. Then again, who said this was ever aimed at enthusiasts? :( wah, waaahhh

    Then again, again, I still don’t understand how they can make a tablet at the right price (N7 for $230) and yet they charge $400 more for almost the same thing shrunk down into phone size!

    • silver_arrow

      It’s a lot easier and cheaper to make something big and expensive to make it small

      • https://twitter.com/paladaxar Paladaxar

        I could understand it costing $100 more because it’s been miniaturized, but almost three times the price? That seems a little outrageous.

      • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

        That argument is valid when comparing a phone to a laptop but when you’re talking tablet, specifically nexus 7, the components are pretty much the same.The smaller screen, smaller battery and smaller case(less materials) would offset the few things that are squeezed down.

    • EC8CH

      The do it by preventing a market for off contract retail phones from emerging. Mark up on phones is way higher than any other electronic device because of contract pricing.

    • brkshr

      Google makes their money through ads. Not through selling hardware. They make very little, if anything, on Nexus hardware. Moto, & every other manufacturer in the world, needs to make a profit selling hardware.

      • EraserXIV

        Yeah, this is why Google should stop beating around the bush with this “run as a separate company” crap and just fully absorb Moto. I don’t care if it upsets OEMs, they’ve been bending us over and not using lube for the past 10 years. About time to put a stop to it.

        • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

          Mainly it was the carriers (like Verizon) responsible for all that. {{-_-}}

  • Mark

    So it will have only 3g, 480p 4.3 inch screen and be from 3 years ago? Sounds like a good plan moto! But, look at all the pretty colors!

  • LiterofCola

    LMAO!

  • Eric

    I didn’t think It could get any cheaper, they are just way over charging. What are they gonna do throw in a single core processor and EDGE?

  • Rajiv

    The Motorola X already has last years specs. I cant even image what this one have…

    • Bobertson

      That’s what I came to say. Those who want the latest & greatest specs won’t be getting a Moto X either.

  • Steven Berger

    I thought this was supposed to be the cheap version?! Really bummed that they are not putting this at Nexus 4 pricing. And all this AT&T exclusive crap.

    • BenderBendingRodriguez0101001

      Moto basically pulled an Apple. Overcharging for old hardware while trying to appeal to the hipsters.

      • WickedToby741

        That’s exactly what they’ve done. And you shouldn’t be surprised because with all the leaks it’s pretty much been known this was what they were going to do for a long time. They’re selling the experience, not specs. That’s why their marketing budget will be huge.

      • Jared Tau

        Moto basically pulled a J-Lo

        • BOB Dudek

          AT least you get a fine butt and killer legs.

        • Mathew Colburn

          You get to pick the collloorrrrsssss, and casssseeesssss, and foonnttsssss

      • Hips_Tear

        Unfortunately, that’s what sells. The Moto X will be to smartphones like the Razor was to flip-phones back in the day. Probably won’t be long until we see every hipster carrying one of these in crazy colors.

      • AndroidStud

        dude nailed it…well said

      • mrjayviper

        I don’t have any apple products other than the work-provided macbook pro (note2/tf700 owner here) but apple’s CPU is topnotch and nothing can touch it’s GPU. sure the screen is not as sharp or as big as the latest androids but it’s clear there is a market for small screens with great specs which no Android manufacturer seemed to get.

        • d-rock

          EVERY iphone owner I know keeps saying the next one better be bigger or I’m gone.

          • aQuickBit

            That’s some fine anecdotal evidence.

          • d-rock

            never said it was evidence, but just b/c apple got a bunch of people hooked on an ecosystem when there weren’t many other options, doesn’t mean that they found a market..they created the market and now it will cost people to leave that market, so they feel stuck. If you think that MOST iphone users are happy with their 3.5/4″ screens, I think you’re wrong

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  • duoexo

    Hmm waiting for the LG G2 announcement. After that either the G2 or the HTC One. I’m done. I’ll pay pay full price on those to keep my Unlimited Internet.

  • Delta_46

    The specs of the Moto X are already a year behind, I’m afraid of what they’ll do to cheapen it.

    • Tyler Durden

      qHD, single core processor, 5mp camera, made of paper, etc

      • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

        … pentile…

        • El_Big_CHRIS

          oh god no. them moto pentile screens are so bad i think i lost a bit of my eyesight when i used them

      • WickedToby741

        Most likely cheaper materials and not made in the USA.

        • BenderBendingRodriguez0101001

          Most of the materials are not made in the USA. The Moto X is just assembled here with materials manufactured overseas.

      • tomn1ce

        You forgot to mention the 512MB ram, 2GB of internal memory, 1500mAh battery -_-

      • Shut it

        Shut up.

        • Tyler Durden

          Uh oh disgruntled moto fanboii

    • Eric

      I was really looking forward to having it replace my GS4 (no joke) but after hearing the pricing, I’m better off sticking with it for a bit longer. I can’t believe how a phone with these specs can be made even cheaper without falling into the ‘feature phone’ range.

      • Justin Kos

        Really?

      • WickedToby741

        How about iPhone and rumored cheap iPhone? Honestly, these specs compare favorably to the iPhone. And iPhone customers are their target market, not hardcore Android fans already entrenched in the platform. Their goal is not to get Android fans to switch to this phone, it’s to bring new customers (or old ones that left) into the fold from iPhone and even Windows Phone.

      • dotdotdot

        Considering that the moto x specs have been released for over a month im gonna go ahead and say urine idiot for still wanting to replace the gs4 with this inferior device.

        • Anon

          I’d replace my Note 2 with this if the price was right. It’s all about preference.