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Moto X GSM Developer Edition Now Available for $650

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The Moto X Developer Edition for GSM networks (T-Mobile and AT&T here in the States) is now available from Motorola’s online shop for $649.99. If you had been holding out for this two-toned version of Motorola’s 2013 flagship, I would suggest jumping on it immediately. Both the Moto X Developer Edition for Verizon and DROID MAXX DE went live on Wednesday and sold out before the night was over.

For those curious, this GSM version does work on both T-Mobile and AT&T’s LTE networks. It also comes with 32GB of storage and a special two-toned paint job with the words “DEVELOPER EDITION” on its rump.

We should point out that the fine print reads “due to high demand, your Moto X DE may take as long as 7 days to ship.”

Via:  Motorola

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  • David

    Hi, will this work in Europe?

  • Russell Bridges

    lol; what a joke; just get a nexus and move on

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  • Chris Kirby

    was going to buy one, but already sold out. oh well. probably just hold out for the n5 even when it does come back in stock.

  • parkler

    I really dig the Moto X. Played around with it at an AT&T store. The display is the same size as my Nexus 4 but the phone feels much smaller. At this price point I’m hesitant to jump on it though. If the new Nexus isn’t anything special then I’m definitely getting the Moto X and a Nexus 7.

    • Chris

      Really like the Moto X too. I think it’s perfect for those of us trying to convert iPhone users. I got my girlfriend to go into a Verizon store with me, and she held her iPhone 5 next to the X. The phones are literally the same size in height, just the X is a bit wider. She really liked the size of the X, but the screen is almost an inch bigger than the 5!

      • parkler

        I’m hoping that future phones will follow suit with the thinner bezel around all edges. It makes a world of difference on comfortability.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Excellent. The more IPhone users converting, the better. The X is the perfect phone for us Verizon users that may not up getting the Nexus 5. Your girl made the right choice choosing the X.

  • lye

    Thanks verizon and screw you

  • chris420o

    Why couldnt they just make a developer addition a motomaker option…like +50 to make developer addition on top of your order…id do that ina heartbeat despite the price

  • Tulai Paul

    Great News. We are excited about the new Moto phone. The high level of competition has forced every company to launch innovative models. Even the ad network companies like admob or adcolony or appnext are not trailing behind. Besides the wide varieties of games, most of them have started focusing on mobile apps also

  • donkeykong85

    rip off. do not buy this phone. send a message to google about prices.

  • Chris

    might as well just get a G2 if you want a feeling of what the N5 will be… just try to block out the crappy LG UI… c’mon devs!!

    • KleenDroid

      With Loki the G2 is a great phone. Shouldn’t be too long till some nice roms are rolling out.

  • Butters619

    At even $500 I would buy this without a second thought. It’s too bad. It’s a beautiful phone.

  • Cody

    I was at Verizon yesterday and messed with the moto x.. Clear the apps and I stillnoti ce a slight lag.. No thanks

    • motoXFan

      The phone in store is on demo mode so it may make it seem a little bit slower when it’s really not.

      • Cody

        No it was not on demo mode.. Probably g2 for me.. What does Verizon have planned for the forth quarter.

        • Reginald Jefferson

          It actually is, there is a VZW Demo app that constantly runs in the foreground and background. 200mb of RAM usage.

          • Skittlez

            still shouldn’t feel laggy at all with 1.8 GB RAM on a static wallpaper. My Gnex has no lag with a static wallpaper and has 1GB of RAM

  • Gato Mafioso

    I want the 32GB Moto X so bad on VZW but I’m having a hard time justifying paying this price. $100 cheaper and I’d be all over it and Motorola would still be making over double what it cost to build. Prices have just gotten ridiculous.

    • newsjunkieintl

      You want a 4.7″ 720p overpriced phone when you can have a 5″ 1080 Nexu 5 phone with Snapdragon 800 and great OIS camera for $250 LESS?

  • Skittlez

    i’d so get this phone……if it was A LOT cheaper. not worth that price

    • Kenneth cox

      try it before you knock it my man. its the best phone i’ve ever used.

      • KleenDroid

        Im sure it’s very nice. But for $50 less you can buy a G2 or an S4. Loki the G2 or safestrap the S4 and you are good to go.

        • edmicman

          For what it’s worth I had to use an S4 for a weekend when I lost my GNexus and I absolutely *hated* it. It felt like a complete step backward on a phone, whether it was latest and greatest and fastest or not. Any more it’s a close to stock Android or nothing at all for me!

          • KleenDroid

            I hear ya and that’s why loading the Google Experience rom on it makes it a whole different phone. In my experience with both phones the S4 kills it. But then again that’s why they sell so many different phones. Everyone has different tastes.

            The same goes for roms. A rom I think is tops, the next person may not like it.

          • JoshGroff

            The beauty of Android expressed in 1 word. Choices.

          • umbrellacorp

            Everyone should upvote Josh’s comment.

          • Maxim∑

            yep me to. bought the S4 and returned my iPhone 5. after 48 hours I returned the S4 and I am now considering this phone.

          • JoshGroff

            I liked the S4 but traded it for the One and threw the GPE Rom on it, dual booting with Sense for those times I feel like being assaulted by social media, and I’m good to go.

          • Mitchman

            I understand that feeling. TouchWiz animations and having the app drawer on the right pissed me off. After a while with the S4 I put Nova Launcher on there, and I still love the phone. I only bought it because there was nothing else on Verizon back in May – still nothing out there that’d make me want to switch just yet.

        • Kenneth cox

          I’ve owned the s4 as well the battery life is horrendous. and the buttons on the back of the g2 is terrible. And honestly 5″ is too big for me personally. as far as him saying its not worth $650 i have to disagree, for $650 this phone performed much better than my s4. i got about 20% more battery, the size was extremely comfortable, and i got stock android that was optimized with the hardware so it was just an all around pleasant experience. Im just saying people need to really try out this phone before they claim its worth.

          • KleenDroid

            Wow… horrendous battery?

            The S4 is the best battery I’ve ever had and lasts easily all day. Something was wrong with your phone.

          • Kenneth cox

            Maybe, but on most days i couldn’t get past 12 hours with it without hooking back up to a charger. i averaged 19 on my moto x. I think its the screen as well as at my college the buildings are old and with my s4 i have poor signal pretty much all day. Motorla’s phones usually do a little bit of a better job pullin in signal for me at school. Was like that with my razr maxx hd as well.

          • Mitchman

            I average about 18 hours a day on my S4, moderate usage. Never had anything come close to that. Just pop in another battery and I am ready to go. :)

      • Skittlez

        i’m not knocking the phone at all. i just can’t justify paying $650 for a phone that has a 720p display and a dual-core s4 pro, when i can get the G2 which is $600 with a gorgeous(probably the best display out right now) 5.2 inch 1080p display with the fastest processor out right now, and a 3000mah battery. went to verizon and played with the G2 which was super smooth, and then played with the Droid Maxx, which wasn’t as smooth. i’m not saying it’s a bad phone, i just don’t think it’s worth the $650, is worth even less at the $600 pricepoint. still think the Nexus 4 is my favorite android experience on a phone to date.

        • Kenneth cox

          The droid maxx is different than the moto x, it has so much more bloat. Not saying that the g2 is a bad phone by any means because it isn’t. but im just saying the moto x is worth the money if you actually give it a chance. optimizations go a long way, i compared it with my s4 and it was faster in everything with way better battery life. I don’t see why people need a quad core processor and a 1080p screen in a phone yet all they do is take a toll on battery life and most apps don’t even run on 4 cores.

          • Skittlez

            i dont’ even care if it’s 2 cores or 4 cores. i know optimization matters, but if i’m going to spend my hard earned $600 on a phone, you better believe it’s going to be worth it. look at it from a bang for your buck point of view. look at the nexus 4. amazing amazing phone. best experience ever. yes it was 16GB, but i had unlimited on T-Mobile. it did have an above average 720p display, but it was priced for it as well at $350. if the moto X was $450, i would get it, but at $650, it’s not worth it(to me). i’d rather spend $50 less and have a display that is out of this world awesome, and the G2 is suuuuuper smooth, and now that there’s custom recovery with root, i’m just going to wait for an AOSP ROM and be happy. i do think the Moto X is a great phone, just not at that cost. thats all. and why is the maxx different than the X? isn’t the only difference really the screen size and battery, plus that droid command center? as far as i know, it’s the same processing plant.

          • Kenneth cox

            Thats understandable, its your money get what you want. Just saying though the moto x isn’t laggy or anything. Not sure why it can’t qualify as a high end device if it performs just as well as the others. As far as the droid maxx, it isn’t created equal. Even motorola has come out and said they’re future is the moto x. I don’t think they really care too much about the droids, only verizon does. I’ve owned a razr maxx hd it was great but having a phone that locked down is terrible because eventually it would lag terribly.

          • Skittlez

            a high end device is something that has high end specs. something that is worth the money. if you spent $200,000 on a ferrari, but the interior was made of cheap plastics and leather instead of carbon fiber, leather and suede, you’d probably think differently.

          • Kenneth cox

            Well although i totally disagree i see where you are coming from. I don’t see how its any more low end than the g2 or even a nexus 4. You get a stock android device out of the box that works great with great battery. Nothing about it screamed cheap to me. It felt alot better than my galaxy s4. As far as buying something just for the specs you gotta ask yourself why are you buying that much power? because the whole reason i went with my s4 over the x in the first case was the processor and the irony is the s4 studders, the x didn’t. From the experience i get from the moto x justifies the price alone. I have no need for a 1080p screen on a phone or a quad core processor, i thought i did until i got my s4 and realized all i did was text and play candy crush. Thats like buying your farrari to drive to work and back in a 40mph speed zone.

          • Skittlez

            the point i was trying to make with the Nexus 4, is you have a great stock android experience with pretty much specs to match, 4.7 inch screen, 720p display, quad-core though, and stock android. even better, it’s a nexus, with great battery life, and you were able to get one as low as $200. better experience than the X, and you had your updates the day the OS was received. All i’m saying is, for that price, there should’ve been a little more. The S4 lagged because touchwiz is ridiculous. i hate that it bogs it down so much, but LG’s UI doesn’t bog anything down. It’s been nothing but smooth. amazing processor, huge battery, the 5.2 inc 1080p display is best in the biz, some awesome features, nothing too gimmicky, and Adreno 330 GPU(because of the G-RAM which should be in every phone). the moto X has an X-8 processor and a few other features, but nothing that should put it $400 over the Nexus 4, if you understand what i mean.

          • Kenneth cox

            That makes since but google isn’t going to subsidize both the nexus and the Moto x. As well as Motorola has to earn its worth. I’m just saying it’s the best android experice I’ve had, being on Verizon the nexus isn’t an option. From what reviews say lg’s UI is terrible which I mean you could root and throw on stock but out of the box the x is stock and I mean if it is selling out they are doing something right. All I know is I love it and I personally feel like its worth every penny after using it there was no other phone I wanted. For others that may be the s4 or G2. But I feel like it’s every bit as good as those phones despite the specs.

          • Kenneth cox

            Trust me i wish it were cheaper. That would only save us money but that said i wish every phone was cheaper. All of them are over priced considering they all cost around $220-250 to make. Also being a verizon customer, nexus phones aren’t an option at all, if you want anything close to stock android you have to get a moto x. But honestly the features it has I like more than stock that the nexus phones have. Active display alone is just amazing and touchless control actually makes me like using voice control. I use it alot while driving to change music and send out texts and its nice not having to reach for my phone. But yeah i just don’t want people to overlook a great phone just because of the processor because honestly if they had never even said anything about it you would honestly mistake it for a snapdragon 600 or 800. The phone flys in everything it executes.

          • KleenDroid

            What you like over another is one thing but the battery life on the S4 is wonderful. Something was wrong with your phone.

            How long is the battery life on the X? I am sure the X is a very nice phone I’m sure.

          • Kenneth cox

            like i said in a comment below maybe there was somethign wrong with it but i mean i got about 12 hours out of my s4. seems more average for a 1080p quad core smartphone to me. my moto x i got 19 1/2 hours off the first charge and it usually varies from 19-21. hours

  • Tim242

    $650 for that? WoW.

  • Nexus 5

    Ridiculous price tag

  • calum wilper

    when they say high demand they mean it, ordered my verizon version within the first hour, still hasn’t shipped

    • Dreas

      Spoke with customer care today wondering about my order as well. They told me it’ll take 4-5 business days to ship.

      • calum wilper

        woooowww they told me 7-10, i mean that’s excellent for the 1980′s and i probably shouldn’t be so spoiled…. but amazon prime…. too used to it

        • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

          That’s pretty bad turn around considering you can design your own and get it faster (well, ok, not on Verizon) but you get my point.

          • calum wilper

            that’s what i said! how can it take 7-10 days for a phone that should just be on the shelf and 4 for one they have to custom build?

          • Kenneth cox

            they told me the same and i was actually wondering the same thing as you. Its been 2 days and that thing still hasn’t shipped yet :

          • calum wilper

            so have they actually built these things at all yet?

  • zwade

    I’m interested, but it’s too close to Nexus time to pull the trigger.

    • Mickey

      My goal is to return it if the Nexus 5 looks interesting.

      • capecodcarl

        Why not just wait a month and decide when you have more information? You people act like you have money burning a hole in your pocket that you have to spend. Is your current phone dead or something?

    • jbdan

      In the same boat! Hate to take advantage of a return policy but what is the policy of Motorola, 30 days?

      • Dreas

        14 I believe

    • MttFrog13

      especially when the nexus should be half the price. I have a bad feeling that they may raise the starting price of the nexus by at least $50 from what it was last year. I’m only worried because the price on the moto x seems so high, IDK how Google would undercut the own product by so much with a product manufactured by someone else.

      • guesswhat

        nexus will still be priced similarly it might go up a little like nexus 7 did.
        nexus comes from android division of google and they dont work with motorola division, they dont care about moto x or Motorola at all ..it is just an oem like any other oem ..so nexus 5 might kill moto x but android team will just not care about it ..thats how google works ..

        • GentlemanScholar

          While Google said Motorola would be a separately run subsidiary after the acquisition, that was mostly so the FCC would approve the vertically integrated acquisition. No one in their right mind should believe that Google or the Google Android team doesn’t care about Motorola.

          I’ve worked on several mergers and have yet to see a wholly-owned subsidiary act without input, guidance or control from its parent. Hell, Motorola’s CEO, Dennis Woodside, was the former VP of Google’s America Operations.

        • GentlemanScholar

          While Google said Motorola would be a separately run subsidiary after the acquisition, that was mostly so the FCC would approve the vertically integrated acquisition. No one in their right mind should believe that Google or the Google Android team doesn’t care about Motorola.

          I’ve worked on several mergers and have yet to see a wholly-owned subsidiary act without input, guidance or control from its parent. Hell, Motorola’s CEO, Dennis Woodside, was the former VP of Google’s America Operations.

          • guesswhat

            Of course they will be some input from Google ..not denying that ..but android team has zero interaction with Motorola .. it’s objective is to get nexus 5 in to as many hands as possible.. It doesn’t care if it’s killing moto x .. Motorola has to complete with them like any other OEM ..

        • JoshGroff

          Compared to the launch pricing of the original N7, the 2013 is actually cheaper. ($5 more if you count the Google play credit with the OG.)

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        that’s what i said! how can it take 7-10 days for a phone that should just be on the shelf and 4 for one they have to custom build?

      • Butters619

        Nexus will probably be $400 for the 32 GB. So not quite half.

        • MttFrog13

          uhh that’s my point. The nexus launched for $300 and $350 last year. I’m just saying that it “should” be $300 and $350 based on the nexus 4, which basically is half the price of the moto x. No need to nit pick. Move along.

          • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

            yeah but they are probably going to do away with the 8 gig version so 350-400 for a 16 and 32 gig version isn’t actually raising the price

          • Skittlez

            i’m gonna actually say $379 and $429. Yea. thats sounds good

          • Butters619

            My point was $400 is not half of $650.

          • MttFrog13

            My point is that when I was saying the moto x is twice the price of the nexus, I was referring to last years price. Maybe u wasn’t clear about that. My suspicion about an increase in price was just a side note.

      • cheese

        if the specs are correct for the nexus 5, there is no way the phone will cost $349. Expect $499 minimum.

        • newsjunkieintl

          The Nexus 4 was just as top of the line respectively as this year. The Nexus 4 was voted one of the top Androids for several months into 2013. Will cost no more than $399.

      • Skittlez

        i see a $30 increase, like the Nexus 7. I’m calling a $330 8GB and $380 16GB. or possibly a $410 32GB model

        • MttFrog13

          that sounds about right

    • jadeveon da destroyer

      you mean to close to iphone 5s

      • HarvesterX

        NO! The Nexus 5. Too close to the Nexus 5. Nobody is talking about the iPhone here.

      • CHRIS42060

        You are thinking the Droid X which is along the same lines as the iPhone 5S, but Motorola hasn’t sold that phone for a few years now. Congrats to Apple for catching up to that though.

    • crazed_z06

      Agreed..These are way to expensive when the Nexus will probably cost at least 200 less and have way better specs.

    • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

      It’s also sold out