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Last week, Punit Soni (Motorola’s VP of Product Management) told us that we were “days” away from the arrival of Developer Editions and other carrier models of the Moto X. Yesterday, Motorola updated their Moto X “ways to buy” page, showing off the new Developer Edition, which will sport a black front panel coupled with a white woven rear back plate. The render of the phone also shows the words “DEVELOPER EDITION” engraved on the bottom. 

The page mentions that the dev edition will “have a look all its own,” meaning the two-tone color scheme is something different than what you’ll find in carrier models. Now, once MotoMaker is fully opened up or should you buy a Moto X card from AT&T, you could essentially build a similar looking device.

The listing also confirms 32GB of storage and an unlockable bootloader. No price is listed just yet, but since the AT&T 32GB model runs $629, I’d be surprised if it was lower.

We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as this model goes live. Also, Punit has said that this “ways to buy” page (linked below) is the best way to keep track of availability of the Moto X outside of AT&T.

Via:  Motorola

  • RhetoricalQuestion

    You silly Verizon CDMA slaves. GSM rules, but since AT&T blows, T-Mobile wins in my book. It’s great to pay half the bill the rest of you shits do while still receiving the same quality service.

  • Lanh Nguyen

    I would think the price would be slightly lower due to the fact that this will be direct from Motorola. When you buy it unlocked from a carrier the price is slightly inflated. My HTC One unlocked was 575 from HTC but if I had bought it from tmobile it would have ran me 630. And then if you go to other third parties like Best Buy or Wal-Mart it’s even higher.

  • NBM

    So if i had to guess on a price… ATT’s retail is $629, with the cost for carriers supposedly being $350, and an HTC one retailing for $600 from the Play Store… I think a reasonable guess for the Moto X-DE would be $400-500.
    At that price, I think it would be attractive to those interested (and perhaps mid- or not looking to renew, contracts) while not being much of a threat to new or renewed contract sales; since it would still be seen as double the price to most consumers.

    Also, since Motorola is owned by Google and the upcoming release of the Nexus 4-2 or 5 could cost $330-380 (with an expected mix of higher specs too)… An interesting idea would be to sell it at $400-450 to make it “competitive”, though in the end, the company at the top is still getting the sales. It would also fall in line with the other play edition devices and their more mighty components.

    At $450 i’d strongly consider a Moto X-DE, while waiting to see the new Nexus first…
    but at $400, I’d likely buy it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    if this is 600 why not get an off contract razr maxx and slap a nice case on it for us unlimited data peeps…….?

  • Gr8Ray

    I heard a US Cellular ad for the Moto X on the radio this morning, so I would assume they have them available now.

    • Mike Hilal

      Who the blue bajeesus is US cellular?

      • Gr8Ray

        The 5th largest wireless provider in the US.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Us_cellular

        • Mike Hilal

          Some lame-o midwest regional carrier who is spreading their network out sparsely and piggybacking deserves no attention. ever.

  • Robert Macri

    Do Dev phones get updates right from Motorola? Or do they still have to go to the carrier first?

  • Mark

    I wonder if there will be an option to have the color either white front/back or black front/back… of course moto maker would be nice. but not sure i like the white backing… prefer all black

  • chris420o

    Why are these dev phones necessary…i mean have you checked the dev moto phone forums…not much going on in terms of development…not a lot of people will justify dropping the unsubsidized price for a phone just to tinker…im hoping that bc this is using a snapdragon chip it can be unlocked like the hd’s have been…i have a razr hd and the dev support is not to shabby…roms arent as great as a nexus bc of the kernal but its there…hopefully being this phone will be released on every carrier(some without being locked) we will find a way to unlock it and flash all kinds of goodies…regardless if im buying this phone outright(which i prob will) itll be because i wanna customize it on motomaker so this dev edition is a no go for me

  • jakesmoon332

    just as
    Mary implied I didn’t know that people can earnings $50000 in 3 weeks on the
    computer. Did you see this web link DOMAIN. ℂOM

  • Nick Wortley

    For anybody still complaining about the “last gen processor”, let me ask you a question.

    Which computer would you rather have?

    A Core i7, 8gb RAM with Windows Vista

    Or a Core i3, 6gb RAM with Windows 7

    It’s an obvious choice for me. In this day and age, we’re already past the “break even” point with mobile computing power. No longer do phones have 256 or 512 ram, thus needing crazy task managers. No longer are all processors single-core, killing multi-tasking.

    Because of this, the emphasis must shift back to the software.
    It doesn’t matter how powerful your phone is if Samsung barfs all over the interface.
    TouchWiz is still stuck in Gingerbread mode. Sense is getting better, but still awkward.

    IMHO, “stock” Android compensates for any hardware reduction that the Moto X has compared to GS4 and One.

    • chris420o

      bad comparison…u can update vista to windows 7 and u have a far better computer

    • Tim242

      You are trying to justify releasing old tech, and charging the same. Nothing compensates for that.

      • Dregur

        But it’s not old tech. It’s using the same Krait 300 cores that the S4 and HTC One, and the same GPU. The only thing that isn’t “new” is the display. I can’t think off the top of my head who else uses a non-pentile 720p
        AMOLED display.

        • Tim242

          It has a dual core processor. The Galaxy Note 2 is non-pentile. They had to go back to pentile for 1080 on the S4. Pentile is not an issue with high-res displays.

          • Dregur

            Dual Core vs Quad Core doesn’t really mean anything other the linear floating point calculations. It’s still using this year’s technology with two less cores. For instance, Intel Haswell processors on PC’s have dual core and quad core variants, doesn’t mean the dual core is “old tech” since it’s still using the architecture.

          • Mike Hilal

            Correct. Watch it do the Quadrant test vs the S4 and One…def NOT last years tech.

    • crazed_z06

      A Core i7, 8gb RAM with Windows Vista

  • chaoslimits

    Why no MAXX Dev Edition Moto? :(

  • SOMFW

    And there you have it, The Nexus is officially Dead. Replaced by Stock, unsubsidized Google Play Editions.

    • Tim242

      Nah. Google says Nexus is still very alive. BTW, the is not a GPE.

  • Mitch

    I find it repulsive that this device is shipping with an outdated YouTube app. WTF?

    • Scott Webber

      What does that even mean? The google apps all update from the Play Store now.

  • David Verba

    You know what I’m really sick of? All the android infighting. It’s ridiculous anymore. Look at this guy Godzilla or Bionic or whatever you want to call him – we’ve all given this guy a hard time. Be it good info of bad info – but man, give it a rest already, the guys just trying to help – at least in some way. Everyone loves to pick on the fat kid I guess…..

    I’m also sick of all this garbage with android anymore. Yeah, I love the customization, and changing the keyboard and blah blah blah. Yet really at the end of the day, you know what I REALLY want in a phone? I want enough battery left if I decide to go out with my friends at 9pm I can. I want to be able to make a call, send a text, or search the net QUICKLY. I want a strong signal or decently strong signal pretty much wherever I go – I shouldn’t be sitting next to a guy who’s on the same network and has 3 bars of 4G while I’m stuck at 2 bars of 3G. I want build quality that leaves others envious, I want to pick up my phone and have it feel like a $600 device, because that’s what it is.

    I have a Gnex, after a long line of Moto’s & HTC’s – and I feel like, after this long some things should have been sorted out – yet that’s just not the case. I feel like I’m in a company with great potential, but a failure to launch. So when people I know ask me “What phone should I get?”, I reply with a simple question – “What do you expect from your phone?” Sadly, and with regret I admit, the answer is more and more the iPhone. It burns my soul every time I recommend it, but damn it if it isn’t true 99% of the time.

    • Gnex

      I hope I can write comments like this some day ._.

      • Jess

        your better off not doing them!!! this people have no life lol…

    • Tim242

      You lost all credibility when you claim to recommend the iPhone more and more. The iPhone battery burns out just as fast, and even faster than Android phones. Aluminum and glass backs do not equal great build quality. Plastic backs are more durable, which is why 99% of people use plastic cases. You may be p*ssy and picky about phones, but your claims are unwarranted. I work in a cell phone store. Your ideas do not line up with that of most consumers.

      • David Verba

        aaaaaand you’ve proven my point….

        • Tim242

          Which is that you have no clue what you are talking about.

          • Steve B

            Exactly.

    • Godzilla

      Thanks man

    • Godzilla

      Second thought: screw this. Let me do my own fighting. Back off.

    • flosserelli

      Considering you have been through so many android devices, you are quick to dismiss the platform as “garbage”. Android has come a long, long way in the last couple of years. It initially attracted a following primarily because it was something other than iphone, but now more & more people are interested in android because of its own features, ecosystem and Google services. Even if I used an iphone or WP device, I wouldn’t consider android to be total “garbage”.

      If you are a heavy user, then the only way to make it through the day without recharging is to either get a phone with a replaceable battery or get a Motorola Max type phone. That’s pretty much your only options right now. Unfortunately battery technology has not evolved at the same pace as other gadget tech. There are hints that next-gen batteries are around the corner, but ccurrently your choices are fairly limited.

      As far as signal strength, I think the general consensus is Motorola has the best radios. If signal strength is your top priority, then you should probably go with a Moto device. I have never ever heard anyone with a Motorola phone say “Damn, I wish my signal was as reliable as my buddy’s HTC/Samsung/etc”

      I must agree with you about suggesting phones to other people. Most people I know are not interested in rooting or jailbreaking their phone. They just want a phone that works and have no plans to customize it in any way, and many have already purchased stuff in iTunes, so for those individuals the choice is pretty simple.

  • Tim242

    I look forward to the continuing coverage of the X release on the other 4 carriers. That should get you at the least, a hundred more posts. We expect a full review of each one. We expect leaked photos of each one. We have to be told many more times to give the phone a chance. Last, but not least, we need an unboxing video for each. That should satisfy moto.

    • John Galt

      Tim, here’s an idea. Start your own blog. Then you can read whatever crap you want to post, and you can have an audience that is willing, and wants, you read your incessant whining. I mean, you work in a cell phone store, YOU KNOW EVERYTHING. (as an aside, in my town, it was common to say, “Well, it could be worse, I could work in a cell phone store” and “I certainly know I’ve failed at life if I end up working in a cell phone store”.)

      • Tim242

        Spam is spam. I don’t call earning $60K per year in a cell phone store failing at life, especially when my spouse is a Pharmacist earning $100K per year. I think I’m doing OK in life. Do you have any other irrelevant info to discuss? If not, back to our regular scheduled Moto X jerk fest.

        • John Galt

          Did you ever watch Breakfast Club? Because you just pulled a Richard Vernon. “That’s the last time, Bender. That the last time you ever make me look
          bad in front of those kids, you hear me? I make $31,000 a year and I
          have a home and I’m not about to throw it all away on some punk like
          you.”

          Oh Tim242, enjoy your cell phone store. Enjoy it hard.

          • Tim242

            U jealous bro?

          • John Galt

            Nope.

          • Tim242

            Uhhh huh.

  • Tim242

    Ugly Oreo mess. I hope you guys have almost met your Mo*o * post quota. This is as bad as BGR and their apple posts.

    • Dominick White

      This is just reminding me of the bionic all over again.

    • umbrellacorp

      Seriously. I do not understand the obsession with this phone. It seems mediocre, at best.

      • Jess

        i was playing with the phone but i was not impressed at all.. i dont know why the other idiots talk about how it feels on hand lol .. really in hand?? your gonna buy it because how it feels in hand… wow.. wow.. man .. the feeling is so nice … !!!! you guys sound retarded

        • chris420o

          great device that feels good in hand because you know..your always holding it…or a good device thats oversized and ridiculous and you need two hands to use or to stretch your thumb and moveit in your hand to reach the far corners….yeah thats why

  • smartphonedude

    I just don’t understand why they have to brand it “developer edition” couldn’t they sell it with the moto dimple and leave it clean. Sorry I hate branding other than the manufacturer and/or Nexus.

    • chris420o

      gotta represent

    • socarwolverine

      The aftermarket is gonna appreciate being able to easily and visually confirm that it is a developer edition based on pictures without having to order the phone and take the seller’s word for it.

  • Kofi Williams

    Went to an AT&T store in Boston today and not only was there no special section for this phone it had no service or Wi-Fi connection. The iPhone had more representation than the Moto x. Now after playing with the phone I realized nothing is truly special about it for root and nexus users, I knew that but I was hoping for more in my hands. Great phone for iPhone converts but this phones best feature depends on the user plus I expect all phones including the iPhone to have the same or a similar feature within a year.

  • Lee

    I want to get the phone ( I have a Samsung Galaxy S3), but there’s no way I’d spend the money they are asking…$600? The thing that makes me want the phone is Motorola’s antennas. Nobody does it better, and no matter which phone I’ve had, that’s ALWAYS been the best thing about Motorola.

    • tomw3141

      Right! Motorola has always had the best antennas and RF. Outperform (often substantially) other phones. Results, especially in rural or difficult signal areas, better call quality, fewer drops, greater bandwidth, faster and better GPS fixes. Often “better” translates into the difference between making call or not, getting the message through or not, downloading the page, image or video, or not. This is why Motorola. Samsung is a joke unless you are an urbanite swimming deep in an RF stew.

  • Qwerty

    Unless things have changed since then, I think there is a pretty decent chance Verizon will be offering a developer edition of the Moto X:

    http://www.androidcentral.com/moto-x-will-have-unlockable-bootloader-most-carriers-verizon-will-get-developer-edition

    I remember seeing this here on Droid Life also. I’m pretty sure that it will be sold directly through Motorola as well. I’ll more than likely be buying this one, not only because its a developer edition, but I also planned on using Moto Maker to create the same color scheme.

    • Weber

      Can you make your own color scheme on the Dev Edition?

      • Qwerty

        I don’t know to be honest. There’s nothing concrete that would suggest that as far as I’ve ready, at least for now. I was only saying that if I could customize a normal Moto X, I’d make it look like the Dev Edition.

        • Weber

          It’s a nice thought, but I’m not holding my breath for anything anymore when it comes to VZW.

          • Qwerty

            I feel you man.

  • LanceMiller

    No thank you, I’ll wait for the Nexus 5 that’s to be released in a few months before pulling the trigger on a device that the Motorola rumor mill suggested that their developer phone would go for $349.00, which they never disputed, but it appears is going to be almost double that. Motorola has me confused since their early interviews / ads suggested that the Moto X would be the phone that broke the back of over priced phones. A phone costing $199 upfront that forces me to be a slave for another 2 yrs to AT&T isn’t anything close to what they promised.!!
    Before I’d spend $600 for a dual core phone I’d need some assurance that it will for a fact get at least the next 2 android updates, especially since it’s only on 4.2.2 now.

    • MicroNix

      While I don’t think any manufacturer can “guarantee” it will support the next 3 upgrades because they can’t foresee what Google will release, it should be built strong enough that there is a reasonable expectation that it will. Not like Moto did with the Droid 3 that released with GB and that is exactly where it stayed because it “didn’t have enough memory for ICS”. That phone right there is why I don’t buy the “specs don’t matter” argument that so called “experts” in the forums try to push.

    • SOMFW

      Unlike the OEM’s I can guarantee you a few things: Nexus is Dead This for all intents is the next Nexus. Google will never subsidize another phone like they did with the sales bomb that was the Nexus 4. The moto X in any form other then the GPE / Dev edition will not receive “Timely” updates, if at all. Any version coming thru Verizon will be riddled with bugs and compromises. And lastly the 24 hours Battery Claim includes 20+ of Standby time.

      • LanceMiller

        Boy do I hope you’re wrong. My last two phones & tablet have been Nexus & I could not be happier with the price point or the performance.
        I’m not sure what I’ll do if Google doesn’t release a Nexus 5 this year. Again I’m relying on the rumor mill, which hasn’t had the best track record of late. If things keep going the way they are I’m probably going back to a flip phone, if I can find one that supports bluetooth tethering, & use my Nexus tablet for all my social needs, email, surfing.

      • SkylaC90

        it all Seems Legit, we will wait and see sir

  • edmicman

    How would this compare to a Google Play Edition? I don’t really care much for flashing ROMS myself, but would rather just have timely Android updates direct from Google. This wouldn’t change that at all, would it, and at least on Verizon just be the same story as the current Galaxy Nexus?

    • kashtrey

      Honestly, I doubt there will be much real difference. Dev Edition normally means same exact phone with an unlocked bootloader (so still has a skin, some bloat etc) the GPE normally means no skin, unlocked, stock android (direct Google updates). It’s been said the GPE Moto X wouldn’t be stock android and still have its signature features (active display, touchless controls) so that more or less sounds like a Dev Edition.

  • RaptorOO7

    It should have something more unique other than “Developers Edition” on it, perhaps a custom wood option that cannot be ordered outside of the DE device. Or maybe that tacky “gold” phone that people seem to want.

  • Liderc

    If this phone had a great camera, I’d actually give it a try. But there’s too many things not checked off on the list here.

    • Skittlez

      i’m pretty sure it can be changed in software.

      • EdubE24

        And so could the Gnexs…..allegedly

  • ManiDePRico

    So do Dev Edition phones have a separate romming world compared to the normal phones (different version of roms specifically for the Dev Ed) or do roms for the locked bootloader phones still work on the Dev Ed phones? Basically, did Kellen predict this right:

    “On paper, having a “developer edition” phone might sound like an excellent choice for those that truly can’t live without an unlockable bootloader. But think about this situation for a second. If you have a locked down version that the majority of the public has, plus this developer version that very few will likely buy due to price, you will have two developer scenes. Unless this developer edition gives us some sort of key to unlock the subsidized version, we’ll have two different communities. ” (from http://www.droid-life.com/2012/07/11/a-few-thoughts-on-a-galaxy-s3-developer-edition-for-verizon-opinion/)

    • Jason B

      Only the AT&T and Verizon versions are locked up, so this is really only for those two networks. The others are all unlocked, just like this is.

      • ManiDePRico

        Ok. so then if I were to get a Verizon Developer Edition Moto X, I wouldnt need to find roms specifically made for the Verizon Developer Edition Moto X, but rather find roms for the regular Verizon Moto X and just flash those (once/if roms are created for the regular locked version of the Verizon Moto X)?

        • Ralph Bretz

          Yep. There will be no difference between them software/firmware wise. I was flashing Photon Q LTE kernel on my VZW RAZR HD.

    • Paul Hansen

      Historically ROMs created for non-dev edition phones that circumvent security will run on the dev edition (as there is no security) but not the other way around.

      • ManiDePRico

        So getting a Verizon Developer Edition Moto X would allow me to use roms built for the regular Verizon Moto X rather than having to hope for a developer to create a rom specifically for the Developer Edition Moto X? (Or has this at least been the case for other Developer Edition phones?) I currently have a Gnex on Verizon with Unlimited Data, so getting this would allow me to keep unlimited data and (possibly) make it easier to fulfill my rom-flashing needs I have grown accustomed to (with the GNex and the OG Droid prior to that.)

        • Paul Hansen

          Correct. Using the RAZR HD as an example, before the bootloader was unlocked, you could flash non-dev edition ROMs on the Dev edition phone but the other way around since the ROMs created for the dev edition usually required flashing of protected partitions that were inaccessible with a locked bootloader.

          • ManiDePRico

            Gotcha! Thanks for your help!

  • capecodcarl

    Why does this need to be a separate SKU? Why don’t they all just come with unlockable bootloaders?

    • Jason B

      Because Verizon believes unlocked bootloaders spell the end of the world and could very well start the zombie apocalypse.

      Obviously they just don’t want to subsidize phones with unlocked bootloaders for the masses. Exactly why they had HTC close down bootloader unlocking for the Verizon version One via HTCdev.

      • Paul Hansen

        And ATT.

  • AndySamberg

    I’d throw it on the ground.

  • Carlos Poblano

    For those wondering: the 16GB version has 11.9GB of free storage out of the box

    • thedonxr

      Thats about what the 32GB Maxx has after Verizon loaded all the Bloatware… /s

  • MikeSaver

    No mention of this, will you also be able to MotoMaker the Dev edition?

  • C-Law

    It looks awesome. I’ll buy it right away if the price is reasonable on Verizon. I’m sure this will be the only way to rom with this phone on Verizon since moto bootloader unlocks are so rare

  • htowngtr

    If it has all radios for vzw and att then it’s possibly worth it (flashing new radios).

  • Colin Zack

    Are the Moto X’s made through MotoMaker going to have the bootloader unlocked?

  • Godzilla

    So basically Moto’s CEO was lying out of his assss when he said something to the effect of “we want to saturate the market with devices that are ultra affordable but still deliver a great user experience” to paraphrase.

    This is why I gave up on MOTO. First they put out a phone that uses unproven CPU architecture and then the CEO lies out of his assss.

    • Jason B

      Well paraphrasing wouldn’t use quotes, since quotes imply a direct saying. Not sure what’s unproven about Qualcomm’s SoC because it’s used in just about everything. If you’re talking about the other low-power cores for voice and contextual stuff, well, that’ll come in time.

      Show me a non-Nexus device that doesn’t charge the same price. Nexus hadware goes to the lowest bidder or one who is willing to subsidize its construction. Come on now.

      • Godzilla

        Ok sure, lets say that this new X8 tech actually works out, ok great. There is still the fact that the CEO lied out of his assss.

        • n900mixalot

          They all do it and Google lied out of its/their ass too but they still want $$$ that’s always the end game.

          • Godzilla

            I understand that and agree, but dammit Im still gonna point it out. Part of the appeal of this phone was SUPPOSED to be its price. Nope.

          • chrismulliner

            Seriously? We live in CORPORATE America. Nothing will ever NOT be about the money.

            Honestly, I’d much rather pay $629 vs $799.99 at full retail cost of a non-dev device.

          • Godzilla

            I work for one of the largest companies in the country, I am aware.

          • Karma

            I am 100% sure you are the biggest moron on planet earth. If you hate being lied to so much perhaps you should leave the country as the government lies to you all the time. I highly doubt you work for one of the largest companies in the country because there is no way and idiot like you could hold a job that requires any type of thought. Unless of course you are a janitor. You honestly must live in bizaro world.

          • mgamerz

            Walmart doesn’t count as experience bro.

          • Godzilla

            McDonald’s does though.

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 mrfrodo24

            Please tell me that you aren’t just a sales clerk or photo specialist or something. I used to work for Walgreens in the photo department, but I would never use that as an argument to say that I know how corporate America runs…

          • Ian

            You work retail, I guess if you want to count that.

          • Tyler Durden

            Idk Snapdragon 800, 1080p, no bezel, 3gb ram, hard to justify not spending an extra $150.

          • DainLaguna

            What’s hard to swallow is supporting a skin that’s so bloated it requires 3 freaking gigs of ram to function properly

          • Tyler Durden

            It’s not made for Touchwiz. It helps a lot in multitasking. Goes to show what you know about RAM.

          • DainLaguna

            sigh, I’m aware Of how RAM works bro. But that begs the question, if your Galaxy Note 2 was flawless with 2 gigs of ram why on earth would it need 3?

        • MicroNix

          While I’m torn on this argument, there was a more recent article stating that there will be a cheaper version of the X coming out targeted at developing markets and markets where phones are bought at full price. Its just not here yet. So technically, if that makes the light of day, there wasn’t a lie told.

        • Rammstein

          Get a life man. Step away from posting for a week and maybe we just may like you again…doubt it though.

      • SOMFW

        Google subsidized the Nexus 4 NOT LG. And it won’t make that mistake again. Which is why you now have the Full Retail Google Play Editions – AKA the new Nexuses! The question is will Verizon Ever allow a stock unit to be sold thru Google! Until Verizon agrees to let Google Push the updates, which will never happen. Sadly, The Nexus aka GPE are destined to remain GSM only, full price, limited sales bombs

    • Kenton Douglas

      Keep calm! :) LOL … They don’t actually owe you anything. You’re also assume they won’t be launching said affordable phone.

      • Godzilla

        LOL, obviously you dont know my history. Thats ok.

        And need I remind you that the CEO said all this when he was talking about the MOTO X ? hmmmmm.

        • Kenton Douglas

          You’re right I don’t know. What’s the history? :) Also, I’m not sure he actually said the Moto X would be the affordable phone. Have a look at:

          http://allthingsd.com/20130529/motorolas-dennis-woodside-and-regina-dugan-talk-moto-x-tattoos-and-taking-big-risks-at-d11-full-video/

          • Godzilla

            My history is that I am privileged to Motorola information. People here can tell you that. All of that aside, Woodside said “ultra affordable” in many different interviews about the Moto X and keeping the user experience high.

            Look, let me clear one thing up, I WANT motorola to do well, I used to own stock in motorola before they got purchased by google. I was also the biggest MOTO fanboy there was until this last year when I finally had enough and got an S4.

            I want this new X8 tech to work for them because it means Jobs in Texas and overall success for MOTO.

            But I dont appreciate being lied to.

          • KleenDroid

            I left when they stated that if we want an unlockable bootloader to go elsewhere.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            I never wanted to be the person to say it, but damn, you sound like bionic in this comment.

          • Godzilla

            Yeah well im just trying to make a point here.

          • ApplesNAndroids

            Maybe because he is Bionic? No, that would make too much sense huh.

          • Ian

            Here we go again….

    • KleenDroid

      Maybe they will soon come out with phones with 2 year old parts. Those will be the cheap phones.

      • Godzilla

        LOL

    • Unknown2124

      Perhaps the Motorola CEO didn’t want to cannibalize the other Android manufacturers sales… Like Google did with the Nexus 4 (only 8GB and 16GB options without microSD card support).

    • Gnex

      The only thing that’s official is AT&T’s $575/630 pricing for the 16/32GB versions. T-Mobile sold the Nexus 4 off contract for like $500 when it first launched, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Moto sells if for $450-500ish… But let’s be realistic, dedicating low power cores to specific tasks is a great idea.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      I’ve been saying pretty much the same thing since the Moto X’s price was first released! It is absolutely absurd for someone with power on the subject to say that there needs to be change but when the chance for this person to actually make change comes along, he cowards back to the “old” style!

    • SOMFW

      It will be cheap. Only idiots buy a phone or any consumer Electronic when it is first released, Their prices always drop like rocks. In as little as a few weeks, based on the dismal sales this phone will and should receive, it will be $99 or less from a subsidized carrier.
      The CEO wasn’t lying, just being vague. He was talking about the the rest of the world where motorola has little to know market share and needs to compete to survive. There the phone will be made available dirt cheap, of that you can be assured.

  • Godzilla

    LOL $629.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    forget the moto x, i’m over it. No longer purchasing.

  • fartbubbler

    VERIZON, WHERE YOU AT?!!!!!!!!!

    • Verizon

      Here.

      • Tyler Durden

        Fake account.

        • Verizon

          Get out of your parent’s basement and get a life. You spend too much time on Droid Life.

          • Tyler Durden

            Oh really now. but you have to time to take the name of another member and pretend to be him? That’s funny.

          • Verizon

            My 36 comments compared to your 1154. Keep on talking. Your only home is disqus. Nonetheless, people like you make the internet more entertaining since it shows how dumb people really are.

          • Tyler Durden

            That’s over months. Dumb? You’re probably some high school dropout or 40 year old virgin. People like me go to college and do something. But hey, whatever floats your boat buddy. Don’t forget the lube.

          • Verizon

            Yes, but all that adds to wasted time. Our lives, our decisions so whatever floats your boat I guess. Based on the comments I’ve read from you during my time on Droid Life, I feel bad for the college you go to. I’m not a high school dropout nor some 40 year old virgin. I’m pursuing my bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. Be nice or else that next bridge you cross over may not meet the code…granted that may already be the case since the nation’s infrastructure is sh!t.

          • Guest, y u no use Disqus?

            College eh? u can never trust a guy that has this kind of sick humor.

          • Tyler Durden

            Never trust somebody who doesn’t have a sense of humor on the internet.

          • BenderBendingRodriguez0101001

            There’s nothing funny about what happened at Sandy Hook. I have a sense of humor but that is just wrong.

          • John Galt

            I’ve filed police reports about you to the state police and cyber police. I backtraced your location, so they have all of your information. You done goofed Durden. You done goofed real bad. Mark my words, consequences will never be the same.

          • Tyler Durden

            Lolllllllll best post I’ve read all day.

  • sirmipsalot

    I thought the 32 GB variant was going to be AT&T-exclusive… given that this phone is also a 32-GB version, I hope that doesn’t mean this is available for AT&T-only.

    • Godzilla

      No the 32GB is a moto maker exclusive.

      • DILNaOH

        So…unless Verizon decides to offer this Developer Edition, there won’t be a 32GB Moto X available through Verizon until they get Moto maker?

    • KleenDroid

      Verizon will not have the developer edition any time soon.

      • Ralph Bretz

        Why not? The X is releasing on Verizon this week. The Droid RAZR HD Developer Edition was released the same day as the regular RAZR HD and HD MAXX. It was both the S3 and S4 Dev Edition by Samsung that released a month or so after the regular phone dropped.

  • blix247

    This with black accents is what I would design on motomaker.

    • C-Law

      Yeah mine would be pretty close as well anyway. I would have wanted teal accents but turns out that’s not a color option anyway lol

  • Sequence of Sound…

    I’m assuming that this won’t include the Google Now enhancement, Assist, Quick Capture, etc…? but maybe one could download those features from Moto’s apps and we no doubt will see those features in ROMs, right? unless they bake those features into KLP.

    • sirmipsalot

      It’s unclear, but I think you might be confusing “Developer Edition” phones with “Google Play Edition” phones. Dev edition phones usually are exactly like the regular ones, with the exception that they are bootloader-unlockable. Without further details yet, though, it’s difficult to say for sure.

      • Sequence of Sound…

        oh…that’s right! that would be great news. hopefully it comes to verizon.

        • Tyler

          They said that there would be dev versions of the x for verizon and I think att because they have locked the bootloader in the phone unlike Tmobile and sprint which will come from the carrier unlockable. I can try to find the post if you need.

  • thedonxr

    Notice the star too, it only voids the warranty if you unlock it.

    • Sequence of Sound…

      that is implied anytime you unlock a phone. benefits outweigh the costs, in this case.

  • Ralph Bretz

    I will definitely be buying the Dev Edition on VZW. Just wish they would tell us when so I can plan.

    • KleenDroid

      6 months.

  • gr227

    $629 for this? Someone is sniffing glue! Maybe $399

    • Godzilla

      $400 would be pushing it still, but I think many people would find it acceptable.

      • MikeCiggy

        If it’s $400 my note 2 will go up on swappa and ill buy the dev edition. If it supports Verizon of course. I thought this phone had all the radios seemlessly built in. Why wouldn’t it support Verizon this time around.

  • nick

    Im actually considering to replace my gs4 with the motox but the screen…hmmm..

    • Godzilla

      What? How do you give up an S4 for this? I have an S4 and I would NEVER consider this phone to replace it.

      • DKDigitally

        I have an S4 and I’d give this piece of sh*t up all day for a Moto X.

        • Godzilla

          What exactly is it that you dont like about the phone? Seriously i want to know.

          -Screen is amazing
          -Battery life is damn good
          -There is no lag, its fast as hell
          -camera is amazing.

          • Ralph Bretz

            All that is true about the S4. Where I live I need the best radios/reception possible. Samsung made amazing strides with the S4 compared to the S3 and GNEX, but Motorola is still better. That and battery life are my only reasons.

          • Godzilla

            Yes motorola radios are always best, no argument there. However Samsung is using qualcomm radios and they are for sure 2nd only to MOTO. I have actually been damn impressed by my reception.

          • C-Law

            You are right. Samsung isn’t bad at all. Out of the last 5 phones I’ve had, I’d put them in order of best reception like this. S3, razr maxx, note 2, gnex, razr m. The razr m pisses me off bc it’s so quick to jump to 3G. It’s the only one constantly jumping to 3G at my house while all the others stay at 4g

          • KleenDroid

            My S4 reception is great.

          • LionStone

            I’ve compared my HTC devices to my dad’s RAZR, his wife’s Bionic and right now with my buddy’s RAZR M and I always get the same dBm or better.

          • Godzilla

            Everyone’s experiences are going to vary a little.

            I dont really think there is a phone out there right now that is inherently bad with reception.

          • LionStone

            Well yea, proximity to towers, geographics and network type, will determine obstacles for the connection to the device, which determines the experience for the user. If you’re in town or near towers, you’ll generally get a great or good signal.

            I like to test a phones radios when the coverage is really bad to see what the signal strength is for a phone. In the mountains at the hunting cabin for instance, on VZW there’s only 2G, fine for calls but data slow as molasses, so pretty far from a tower. So, it’s just interesting to compare different phones side by side, and it simply comes down to what each phone can do, with what it has, in a particular area. It all changes when the phones being compared are on different networks obviously.

          • Big_EZ

            HTC has good radios, not as good as Motorolas, but constantly good. Where as Samsung is hit or miss.

          • Ian

            I heard Disqus is implementing a feature here in the near future where after a certain number of down votes a user automatically gets blocked from a discussion. Won’t that be nice.

          • Godzilla

            Oh and by the way………Motorola has licensed Samsung its radios beginning in 2014.

          • Ralph Bretz

            That will be interesting. If the S4 had as good as reception as the RAZR HD I had i’d probably be keeping it.

          • Paul Hansen

            You obviously hate Motorola for reasons you may be able to justify with yourself but to attack anyone who has anything good to say about Moto is foolish. State your points as to such instead of “XYZ uses it so it’s better” or blanket statements that hold no truth as the post above does.

            As an owner of the S4 (coming from the MAXX HD), I can say the following about the S4 regarding your post.

            - Screen color accuracy and saturation is about the same as any other panel. It does have higher resolution but the human eye has a hard time perceiving it. It’s performance in direct sunlight is laughable. With the screen brightness maxed out (or set to auto) it’s extremely difficult to use anything except for high contrast apps (read: text messaging on a white background with black text).

            - Battery is not “damn good.” I don’t care how you slice it. I struggle to pull 12 hours from the device. I talk on the phone maybe half an hour a day, sync 2 email accounts, send maybe 30 text messages a day with screen on time averaging about 3 hours when the battery fails. It’s average at best. Stock or custom ROM doesn’t change anything. I do work in a weaker signal environment which contributes to this issue but that leads into the next point.

            - Reception is average at best. This leads to weaker battery life, dropped data signals, dropped calls, etc. Definitely an improvement from anyone coming from a previous samsung device but if you’ve been spoiled by Moto in the past you will not be happy with the reception of the S4

            - The phone isn’t optimized on stock. It lags and stutters here and there which shouldn’t happen with the specs it has. This is all framework issue and nothing else. The same phone on stock (or stockish with CM10.1/2 doesn’t have these issues nor does the play edition). Hardware wise the phone is amazing on paper. In practice with samsung’s software it’s just as slow as my RAZR HD.

            - I will agree that the camera is good. I wouldn’t call it amazing but it’s definitely better than most.

            - The build quality is garbage. It shows knicks/dings very easily and feels “cheap” in hand. The internal components are very strong but they definitely cut corners in chassis/assembly. It’s also a fingerprint magnet on every surface of the phone.

            Much like yourself I’ve made these into blanket statements but at least I’ve given some explanation as to why. Is the S4 a bad phone? No. But neither is the Moto X. Anyway, That’s why he’d probably give this piece of sh*t up for a Moto X and I’m with him.

      • Ralph Bretz

        I’m trying to sale my S4 right now to get the X Dev Edition. Dev Edition over a regular phone any day. Even with Twrp and rooted on the S4 I liked my RAZR HD Dev a lot more than the S4.

        • Godzilla

          Ok sure those are valid reasons. But why did you purchase the S4 in the first place then?

          • Ralph Bretz

            Had to use an upgrade anyhow, so I got the S4 to sale. Knew I was going to purchase the Moto X Dev Edition.

          • Godzilla

            Fair enough, im not saying this phone does not have a market, just for me personally I dont appreciate the 720p screen and I am also not one to jump on new CPU technology until its proven to work well.

          • Ted

            You don’t deserve any Motorola information when you compare it to s4 . you obviously do not understand what Motorola is doing and the culture . whatever information sarge always gave you you did not deserve especially if you weren’t going to fully support and back what Motorola is doing. I for one have always been a spec guy I’ve had the s4 and returned it with in 14 days because I didn’t feel it was up to par with what its specs were on paper. I just bought a droid maxx and it is one solid device that doesn’t skip a beat or have a hiccup like the s4 did for me. I will also buy a moto x when moto maker becomes available for it on Verizon.
            I’m done the spec war. There is always something coming around the corner that will have better specs than previous . with new Motorola the experience beats any android I’ve used and I’m very content now.

          • Godzilla

            LOL LOL LOL. Sarge himself uses Samsung devices as his daily driver. You crack me up.

          • Collin Chapin

            Dude you are all over this page arguing with every single person.

            Get a life.

          • Godzilla

            My life is Droid Life. Go back to your frat.

          • Ralph Bretz

            I have faith in the new X8. Motorola seems to have put a lot of R&D into it. When I was using the S4 for two days, most of the time only one core was active anyhow. But as you said before, to each his own.

      • KleenDroid

        I agree. Makes very little sense at all. Im sure it will be a nice phone but if you have an S4 already it would not make sense.

  • sc4fpse

    So, wait… does this mean that the developer edition will have set colors, and will not be customizable through MotoMaker? That would be unfortunate.

    • Justin W

      Based on the page, I think so. But on the other side, the device doesn’t have any carrier logos (maybe because it’s not out yet?), so I’m thinking this may be the unlocked version.

      • sc4fpse

        Oh, this will definitely be SIM unlocked. Unfortunately, I think everyone here hoping for Verizon is going to be very disappointed.

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          honestly, i want the dev edition to not support verizon. It’d make this choice a bit easier.

        • Justin W

          I figured it would be SIM unlocked, but I would rather customize it through Moto Maker than have the regular Dev Edition.

    • SOMFW

      In short order the Colored Back plates will be made available after market either directly from Googlerola or the plant in China where they are made. It is just a snap on accessory after all.

      • Kamesen

        I dont think this will be the case. The back case is also glued onto the frame of the phone.

        • SOMFW

          I doubt it is glue. It may be tight or sticky, but it has to be able to be removed for service. thus, it is replacable!

  • Just NoOne

    What networks will this work on?

    • Godzilla

      all

    • http://mikelward.com/ Mikel

      If it’s the XT1053, AT&T and T-Mobile LTE, plus pentaband HSPA according to the FCC filing.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        i didnt even look at that!!!!

  • thedonxr

    Please be on Verizon, because if you are, you are replacing my GNex.

    • Mickey A Valentine

      Me too.

    • Christopher Taydus

      And me…..

    • annahuffington9

      same here

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Do it. Its the gnex with less bezel.

      • gambit07

        Wow, didn’t realize how much smaller the x is

        • Ralph Bretz

          Motorola should of made it a little thicker and put a bigger battery in the X

          • Ray Gray

            the phone is already 10.4mm thick which is actually thicker than the Gnex

          • Ralph Bretz

            my bad, from the picture it looked a lot thinner.

      • Mickey A Valentine

        Oh dang, not sure if I can handle a smaller phone. Even if its by a small amount. I wonder how size of the Moto X compare to the Moto OG Droid and GNex. In the middle most likely.

    • Gnex

      I think like 80% of DL readers are upgrading from the LTE Gnex haha

      • TheKaz1969

        ha ha! you can include me, as well..

        • Gnex

          What do you think your next phone’s gonna be? I’m honestly having a hard time deciding.

          • Jason Bittner

            note 3

          • Ralph Bretz

            Motorola X Phone Developer Edition VZW

          • JetsFan316

            Is everybody souring on the LG G2?

            The phone is beautiful minus that goddamn verizon advertisement on the front (I plan on getting rid of it). It has incredible specs, including a huge battery (albeit non-removable), and no goddamn pointless physical button.

            If the bootloader can be unlocked, I see that as the front runner for my next new phone. The problem is that their skin is so incredibly bad, that it probably won’t even be an option for me unless I can flash a custom rom.

            AND YES. I am yet another soul who charges his phone 8 times a day because I am upgrading from the VZ Galaxy Sexus.

          • deadpenguins

            I love the phone, but it has a hideously shiny back and (this is the dealbreaker) despite having on screen buttons, it doesn’t have a recents button. It blows my mind.

          • calculatorwatch

            The great thing about on screen buttons is you can customize them however you want, once it’s rooted of course.

          • zionlion02

            I might be remembering this from another phone, but I’m pretty sure the G2 has options to customize the on screen buttons. Believe I saw that in a preview vid. Which, is actually pretty revolutionary since normally you’d need to root it.

          • deadpenguins

            You’re right, it does. However, none of those layouts include a recents button. All the more reason my mind is blown.

          • NBM

            Isn’t the recent apps button the one on the right?.. perhaps I’m confused

          • deadpenguins

            For the Moto X it is, but we were talking about the LG G2. Unless LG has changed the layouts since its announcement, you will have to root in order to get a recents button on there, and I’m trying to give myself minimal reason to root these days.

          • NBM

            ah, i see… I think in the case of the layout I see on the G2, a long press of the center button will work as a recents function… Such was the case on my Xperia U (broke digitizer in fall)

          • LanceMiller

            i’m hoping that Google releases a Nexus 5 in the $350 range later this year. No way I can justify spending $600+ for a phone that wasn’t shipped with 4.3 firmware. Fortunately, having a Nexus that has received 3 updates this year & is still performing flawlessly puts me in a position where, for once, i can wait & upgrade if I want to, not because I need to due to software or hardware issues.

          • Mickey A Valentine

            Nexus 5 for verizon would be dandy

          • Ralph Bretz

            I highly doubt a Nexus will ever find it’s way to Verizon again.

          • Dorian Brooks

            NEVA AGAIN!!!

            signed,
            Google

          • bizi

            Note 3

        • michael arazan

          This is close enough to the colors I wanted except for the blue high light trim on the buttons and camera so I would get this if it comes on verizon

      • Nick Wortley

        Yup. Exactly. I’m way to attached to Unlimited LTE to switch over to T-Mobile.

        The GNex was the last decent phone for Verizon… and it’s 2 years old.

        Please, Verizon… Please give me an unlocked Moto X

        • EdubE24

          I just picked up the S4 yesterday and so far loving it! I’ve got Nova launcher to cover up most of touchwiz and haven’t had any of the lag issues others have had.

        • KleenDroid

          Loving my bootloader bypassed, rooted and rommed Verizon S4.

          I loved my Gnex also but would not want to go back. I am too used to the great screen and battery life of the S4.

      • Malcolm Love

        I feel like it’s a much higher percentage from that lol. (I also Galaxy Nexus)

      • Anthony Gomulka

        Amen. LTE Gnex with 3800mah battery anyone? :D

      • Lee Sandy

        Just got the HTC One today after having GNex since 12/2011. Used VZ Edge to on an eligible upgrade line
        (my sisters who doesn’t use much data so she is on 6gb VZ Max data.) We
        then proceeded to switch SIM cards and VOILA I’m on an HTC One with
        unlimited data and VZ Edge. If I don’t see upgrades maybe I’ll switch to
        a customizable Moto x on Verizon early next year! So far today I love
        this phone and a plain ol Moto X is NOT something I am likely going to
        miss.

      • http://www.nclf.net/ Goldman60

        GNex Unlimited LTE customer checking in

    • Phil James

      Why to you want it? The Moto X is already obsolete, including it’s last gen processor.

      • TheRobotCow

        -__-

      • James Hill

        The Moto X is current gen, right now. Believe it or not, in 6 months it’ll be obsolete. It’s still a bit overpriced, IMO.

      • DavidB23

        Look at the entire design not just the main processor. The MotoX (with its “last gen processor”) does not lag like the S4 does with its wiz bang specs; but bad design.

        • KleenDroid

          I would love for you to show me what lag you speak of on my S4.

      • T4rd

        This troll comment is played out at this time. Please (don’t) try again.

      • LanceMiller

        The only part of your statement I agree with is how it does not have the current 4.5 rom & this makes me worry that it may not get 5.0. I’m so gun shy after having 2 other phones that never got any updates & they too had hardware that was a bit behind current releases. There’s no way I’d consider investing $600+ for a phone without a firm commitment from Motorola / Google that it will support the next major firmware upgrade without having to wait 6 months for Motorola to get all their bells & whistles working properly.

        • Adam Truelove

          4.3

        • SparkysShocker

          I dont think Motorola will be the problem in the X receiving updates

      • NBM

        despite the processor having a last gen label, it’s using the same current gen cores (krait 300 as found in the SD600 powering the GS4 or HTC One) with additional in house optimization on top.
        If “S4 pro” makes you unhappy, you could just say “X8″ instead.

        The latest cores with the newest optimization as part of a system of chips with an innovative focus that can make a supposedly mid spec’d phone a flagship device. That’s the opposite of obsolete.

        • disqus_XMNlWB94Ua

          But for this Developer Edition, I would like to know if that optimization may be lost. Without the optimization, MotoX will drop to last-year-spec phone, may be.

          • NBM

            I don’t think development will take much, if anything away. Unless they’re really pushing something new at an expense.The hardware itself won’t fall back to last year specs because it’s still using better cores and dedicated processors to lighten load.

            Plus 4.4 is going to have optimizations in itself so most devices could be getting a boost. With that in mind, you may want to wait for 4.4 development.

    • Tyler Durden

      maybe if it cost a few hundred dollars less. Looks like the G2 or Note 3 for me.

      • Michael

        go comment someplace else…no body cares what phone your getting

        • Tyler Durden

          You’re *

      • Weber

        Can you handle the UI on the G2? I’m seriously thinking about this phone, too, but I’ve been on stock roms on my GNex. Not sure I can actually handle the Touchwizzines. I also have never messed with an LG phone, so I’m unsure how easy they are to unlock and root.

    • Adam Truelove

      I wouldn’t get my hopes up. If something sounds too good to be true on Verizon, it probably is.

    • Adam Truelove

      Even if it is available on Verizon (it won’t be), you still have to prove you are a developer to purchase one.

      • Ralph Bretz

        1) The Developer Edition is coming to Verizon, it’s already been stated numerous time.
        2) Where did you get that you have to prove you’re a Developer to get one? Are they going to have a Q&A session or are you going to have to submit your ROM or Kernel? What about Themers? What are they going to have to submit before they can purchase one?
        I picked up the Developer Edition of the RAZR HD last year the day it came out and I didn’t have to prove that I was a Developer to get one.

    • Tyler
  • Qbancelli

    Would love it in red with black front and accents

  • bonix

    I’m so excited for this not to be on Verizon! Wooo…

    • Justin W

      Actually, I believe there was a Dev Edition planned for Verizon. Not sure where I saw it, but it was probably right here on DL somewhere.

      Edit: And Moto’s done Dev Editions for Vzw before with unlockable bootloaders, so why wouldn’t they with this device?

  • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

    Well, If I lived in the USA, this would be my next.