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Could the Cheaper Moto X Model Come With Interchangeable Back Plates?

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Shortly after the unveiling of the Moto X, Motorola’s CEO Dennis Woodside, stated that a cheaper version of the X was in the works. Could this be the first glimpse of said “cheaper” X? According to its source, the cheaper Moto X will feature interchangeable back plates, exactly like we see pictured here. No need for customizing the phone of your dreams on MotoMaker, when instead, you can just snap on a new back plate. In addition, the source states the device features dual-SIM support, so we could be seeing a single device for multiple markets. 

Given Moto’s recent history with keeping new devices under wraps (see DROID 5), we think there could be more “cheap” Moto X leaks coming down the road.

Via: Engadget | G4Games

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    Dual-SIM???? Better it comes with 3500mAh battery or at the least a removable one, if its again the 2200mAh one…

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Why wouldn’t the standard X have interchangeable parts? With the iFixit video, they showed that the volume rocker (custom color) was not attached to anything and just popped out. The backplate is just a battery cover so why not sell dozens of variations of those? The camera bezel looked glued on, so, no problem there. It would make perfect sense for Moto to sell backplates at a minimum, for a long time to come. Want a theme for every season, why not? That would be a great “continuing” revenue stream for Moto if they could sell you a device and then sell you customized parts for years to come. Even the old school RAZR fliphone sold customized bodies and covers, why not now?

  • rarebreed

    the cheaper model has a 1 ghz snapdragon single core

  • AndrewScottRox

    Moto XS

  • Chris King

    if so that would be cool cause it probably would have a removable battery

  • wills96

    If the back plate is swappable then imo more importantly the battery should be too…

  • Aaron

    Kellex, I’m about to pull the trigger on an X. I’m leaning toward the white one but was interested in how yours is holding up scuff and dirt wise. I’m pretty obsessive about keeping my phone clean so I’ll get the black if it’s going to be a problem. Any insight would be appreciated.

    • NexusPhan69

      Many reviews said the white phones show a lot of dark scuffs and this is still really, really early on. Don’t do it.

      • Aaron

        Good to know, thanks.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        i don’t doubt it, but i’d just like to know which review(s) said this. I’m getting white so I’d just like to read it for myself.

        • Sacrifist

          There was an episode of The Verge’s mobile podcast where they talked about the white X getting dirty easily, and they talked about how to clean it. If I remember right, they used a Mr. Clean magic eraser and it worked like a charm.

          • NexusPhan69

            Oh nice. I forgot about that part. Maybe it’s a non-issue.

        • NexusPhan69

          It was the verge and one other than I can’t recall right now. It was enough to concern me enough considering how new these phones are.

    • I’ve rocked the white X for a week and a half now. No scuffs, marks or scratches. It’s a really sexy device. Can’t go wrong in my opinion.

      • Dreadscar

        do you love this phone? i REALLY wanna know.

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          Tim is writing the same “how moto x changed the way i look at smartphones” piece too. It’d be nice for 2 views, even if they are the same.

          • Dreadscar

            this is really about the only place i trust for insight into the android game, through out the life of the site the views they express have pretty closely matched my own, since the OG droid days. i respect kellex and his opinion but truthfully, i was really curious about tim’s as well.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            woah woah, don’t take my word for it, I just hope tim notices the comment and starts typing.

          • I do love this phone. I respect it in many ways, but I do wish the camera software was better. It’s my ONLY gripe. Battery is solid, performance is great and the design itself is gorgeous to look at. It feels wonderful in hand. Like I mentioned in the DL Show, if I had to marry an Android phone, it’d be the X.

      • Aaron

        Decisions decisions….

  • GoBlue

    Alright! First tip -> front page combo!

  • Jack3D

    Makes no sense…why build a marketing scheme around the ability to customize your device through an elaborate web-based selection system, all the while pitching it as a high-end option to give the customers a “you” device?

    Then turn around and sell a cheaper option with interchangeable skins that will effectively do the same exact thing?

    My guess is this will be the “rest of the world” option….

    • GoBlue

      The specs probably won’t be nearly as good

    • Big_EZ

      I hope it’s just the Moto X on play store. The accents most likely still wouldn’t be interchangeable, but changing the back makes sense. Maybe it’ll hit the $300-400 range we were hoping for on the play store.

    • NexusPhan69

      We saw many colored backs for the Moto X leak as well. Why does the author of these leaks think these are different? It’s probably customizable but not interchangeable. We already know the dual SIMs are accessed on the sides. This wouldn’t be necessary if the back was removable.

    • King Lo

      This is more than likely the international version and won’t be available to the US.

  • AUfan

    The speaker grill isn’t even on the right side. This picture=BS

    • Josh C

      Not BS, international version with dual SIM.

      • AUfan


  • Surfbm

    Could this have been the version we saw backplates for a long time ago, with dual sim and the speaker grill opposite the moto X?

    • JoshGroff

      Sounds about right.

  • Matt Groff

    I’d love a cheaper Moto X

  • jbdan

    or is it just a silicone/tpu case

  • BuckNut23

    Weren’t there rumors that an international variant was in the works that had the speaker grill on the opposite side as the American version? The grill on these plates is on the left. American version is on the right…

  • bluemon

    its the Moto C…

    • Daeshaun Griffiths


    • JoshGroff

      Motorola X M

      • Pedro

        You cannot be Sirius!

        • JoshGroff

          Well played.

        • Kelly OBrien

          I see what you did there

    • Tyler Durden

      Moto C Maxx ?

      • annandrews44

        The sooner you get behind in your work, the more time you have
        to catch up. Here you can make money be spending some hours on your laptop.,,

        • zurginator

          Has anyone actually visited these sites? What’s on them? What are they claiming you do for money? I’m curious but I’m also sure as hell not clicking that link.

          • master94

            The answer to all of life’s questions. your future soul mate, and heaven lie just a click away :p (its just a scam or virus honestly, they all are. No such thing as free money. always stay vigilant)

          • zurginator

            I know they’re fake, I’ve just always been curious as to what the actual site claims it’s doing.

  • htowngtr

    What does “cheaper” version mean anyway? Just price or are we talking less in terms of performance, specs, etc.?

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Hard to believe they could slap in cheaper hardware, this thing isn’t exactly rocking the stats with it’s hardware in the standard version.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Cheap and American made probably don’t belong in the same sentence.

    • Tyler Durden

      Ford 😉

      • Daeshaun Griffiths


    • Sacrifist

      Hyundais are assembled in the U.S. and they’re pretty inexpensive.

  • bboyairwreck

    The swappable backplates should’ve been a premium feature from the start. Not a cheaper version. But oh well.

  • yummy

    One case for when you are
    with your mistress, the other
    for the wife and kids?

  • Dreadscar

    “cheap” this is relative, because isn’t the idea of the X too be premium and made in america?
    i suspect the “cheap” one will not be.

    • Big_EZ

      It’s only $5 more to be assembled in the USA. It’s not made in America, only assembled.

      • Dreadscar

        that’s very true, and a good point. however i don’t see them selling a model that kills their entire point of marketing in 1 STUPID pointless swoop. i think its a “me too” option for the global community.

  • Tony Spence

    Hard to tell from the pics above but it doesnt look like it has that back rounded shape like the motox. I would assume its pretty much a droid mini with a new shell on it.

    • AUfan

      Its a hoax. The speaker grill isn’t even on the right side of the back…….

      • jbegs

        Just flip the image (ignoring the watermark) and it matches up…

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          u just did some wizardry. I don’t get it. Not even mirrors make sense with what u did.

        • Gnex

          The speaker holes on this version aren’t micro-drilled and the plastic looks cheap and shltty.