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Moto X With Wood Backs to Miss Thanksgiving, Should Arrive for Holiday Shoppers (Update: Is Gold Coming Too?)

Moto X Wood back

The million dollar question this holiday season is, “Where the heck are the wood backs for the Moto X?” Motorola has been very hush hush about when MotoMaker will feature this design option, but fortunately we have seen leaks here and there to let us know the option was still down the road. According to a Reuters reporter’s tweet this morning, the wood back options will miss Thanksgiving, but will be available in time for holiday shoppers. That means we should only have a couple weeks left of waiting, folks. 

Once available, there should be the same four options we have known for a while – ebony, teak, rosewood, and bamboo. Not only do the options look very different from one another, but since this is real wood, we are hoping they each have their own certain qualities to them.

I personally have been waiting for the wood backs to become available before dropping dough on the Moto X and I’m hoping the wait will be worth it. Anyone else waiting for Moto to drop wood?

Update:  While digging through the Motorola site yet again, we have stumbled upon a new listing for “Gold” right alongside the wood options. Whether Gold could be a complete body color or just button accents, it is now there and was not before. Your move, Moto.

Moto X Gold

Via: @sineadcarew | Motorola
  • Hothfox

    Trying to decide if I want to take advantage of the Cyber Monday sale, or just wait for these wood backs to come out. I want something different than a plain white or black phone, but I’m not so sure about the bright colors. Wood will be different, but still neutral.

  • needa

    ill continue to enjoy my moto x right now. and purchase a wood back for twenty bucks off of ebay.

  • Aime Eerin

    While digging through the Motorola site yet again,

  • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

    We’ve got wood! We’ve got wood.

  • morgan boyle

    i am holding out for rosewood. i really like the colored options but wood really stands out from the crowd. now lets just hope the dev’s get a nice friendly root together for this phone.

  • Madness

    To quote Kenny Rogers Roasters, “It’s the wood that makes it good!”

  • Justin

    Wood grain grippin’….who? Mike Jones. Who? Mike Jones

    • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

      What ya know about switching lanes holding wood grain

  • Col_Angus

    Are you sure those arent the preloaded backgrounds? I was under the impression the wood backs were going to be $50 more, these appear to be no extra charge.

  • MikeSaver


  • EC8CH

    Wouldn’t “pink” be a new color as well?

  • EC8CH


  • watchthesky

    Wish you could just change the back yourself.

    • Miguel Casis

      You can! You can buy the back itself on ebay and replace it yourself. Phone tech on reddit took it apart with a credit card…

      • decidedtochangename

        I actually took mine off partially accidentally just from removing the case on it (the case mate from the Moto Maker store) as apparently it has a death drip on my phone.

  • hyperbeatser


    • lgreg64


      • Mr E

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    Why are they doing this NOW after I have my Moto X when the Moto Maker just came out on VZW. Stuff like this REALLY doesnt make sense, I would’ve glady thrown in the extra $50 if I knew they were coming out this year. I swear they said Q1 2014 =(

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      They’ve been saying this was coming out for months

    • NexusMan

      They said from the start before Christmas.

    • Scott Capodice

      Buy a freaking case whatever color u want then…and only spent 10 bucks…just sayin

      • triumphtriple

        Because cases suck! Naked or nothing!

        • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

          Gotta go naked when you got wood.

      • BlackMaGiC1o0

        Yea you’re missing the point, the point is to have the wood back and a clear case to show off your customization.

  • RedXander

    I certainly hope the rumors of being able to send your purchased Moto X in for customization are true. If nothing else, I’d like to to be able to buy a different back and change it myself.

  • chalker

    I think before the end of the year I’ll definitely be ditching the S4 for a moto x.

  • Stnkycheezman

    We got moto g news and moto x news. How about a Moto T(ablet)? Any rumors?

  • Kyle Kermoade

    I was on the phone earlier today with Motorola Customer Support about my moto x dev edition order and I asked the guy about the wood backs. He said they won’t be available before the year’s end.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I’m going to force someone into buying this and trading with me.

  • Jeff C

    My GF puts wood up to her mouth everyday…

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      I hope shes gentle. Nobody needs a splinter now

    • creed

      Ohh yes, I remember her. She’s great.

    • Justin

      You still dating that same BEAVER?

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    I could really use the wood for this upcoming winter.

  • Larry Wei

    Got a dbrand mahagony skin…close enough

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    I know the Moto X is still a good phone, but by the time these wooden backs come out the phone will just be that much older already. Too bad they didn’t come out alongside the initial release.

    • NexusMan

      True, but only 3 – 3.5 months. Which to us may seem like an eternity, but I know people in “the real world” still buying Galaxy S 3s.

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

      These phones will continue to sell for months due to the custom option to general consumers who in fact is the target audience. I don’t think Moto has let all the secrets out even when the wood backs are available. You can go anywhere with custom options such as patterns or even personal pictures.

    • Nikuliai

      Well I’m buying mine in 3 months from now so I disagree, I think that phone is still the best in the market so I’m saving money to buy it off contract

    • NemaCystX

      I honestly think they wanted to make sure people could afford them so they decided to wait (also testing them to make sure there up to snuff)
      and by wait I mean till they gave the Moto X a price drop since they are likely going to be $50 for those wooden backs. Given how eBay has a seller from China that sells all the colored backs I think he will also get these as well at some point. Its very easy to replace the original back because all that is holding it onto the phone is double sided tape

  • NexusMan

    Did they remove “Teak” from the code?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Nope, it’s still there.

      • 4n1m4L

        Wonder what the bootstrap option is?

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          It’s a feature they add at no cost, but can be removed lol

  • jt O’Brien

    Wait so if it’s real wood what happens when i drop it or take it out in the rain?

    • NexusMan

      The wood will be treated.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      What happens to your wooden deck or railing in the rain? They tend to last for quite a while outside, lol

      • jt O’Brien

        It gets soggy and becomes susceptible to scratches and dents.

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          If you drop any normal phone or get it wet in the rain, typically dents are the least of your worries

          • NexusMan

            and lol

        • Eric

          If thats the case, I suggest you get a new deck….

          • NexusMan


    • EC8CH

      Drops will dent it.

      Rain will make it wet.

    • LionStone

      Not any wood… Hardwoods that thrive in tropical rainforests… so, no worries

    • Mr E

      On the plus side, it will float if you drop it in water.

      Does Asurion cover termite damage?

    • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

      On the plus side, if you get lost in the woods you can burn it for warmth.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. Can’t wait to see more of them.

  • Guest

    this gives me a woodie just looking at it

    • SkylaC90

      you bastard, I can’t believe you beat me to it lol

      • Chris Hannan

        You two must be really board.

        • SkylaC90

          I am actually, nothing better to do;)

          • Chris Hannan

            Sounds like I hit the nail on the head.

        • Jettic

          And being bored** is a crime?

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            I think he meant it as a pun. Like a board of wood or something? Idk.

          • Aime Eerin

            Whether Gold could be a complete body color or just button accents, it is now there and was not before. Your move, Moto.

          • Chris Hannan

            Yes, it’s worse than treeson.

          • Sean Walton

            Chris good to see you here dude. I’m use to seeing you on the other site LOL!

          • Chris Hannan

            Yeah well I go there for entertainment but I come here for news. Lol

            Good to see you here too.

          • Sean Walton

            That place is the TMZ of tech sites, maybe even worse LOL. I see Collin around here too! Love this site!!!!!


          • Chris Hannan

            I don’t see him around much but I don’t really pay attention. It’s sometimes just nice to have everyone agree on something instead of fighting about everything.

          • Aime Eerin

            we have stumbled upon a new listing for “Gold” right alongside the wood options.

          • Sjschwar

            you wood not understand…

  • OG Droid

    Going to do the same or get the white woven back with black front

    • Lunkman

      Woven white = not available… And a Motorola Rep told me it it’s not coming back. I “settled” for the woven black, and this “settling” is my only complaint for the phone- the thing is incredible.

      • Sean Walton

        It truly is an amazing device. More people need to get the Moto X!