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Moto X Now Available in Wood, Bamboo Only at This Time for $100 (UPDATED)

And wood (“Natural”) is live as an option for the Moto X! Well, sort of. Bamboo just showed up on MotoMaker, however, it is listed as an “online exclusive” and “not available.” I’d imagine that Motorola is about the flip the switch though.

We are a little disappointed to only see Bamboo at this time, as we were told during launch to expect other options like Rosewood, Ebony, and Teak.

Stick with us, we’ll be updating this post! 

Update 1:  We received a tip last night from a reader who spoke with a customer service rep about the launch of wood backs. The rep claimed that we would only see Bamboo to start with, and that it would cost an extra $100. So far, half of that appears to be true. Once it goes fully live, we’ll know if the $100 premium piece to the story was on point as well.

Update 2:  The option for Bamboo is now live. $100 premium. “Delayed shipping” which looks like 14 days. But boy does it look pretty.

moto x bamboo

Update 3 (12:07PM):  MotoMaker is now crashed. Great.

Update 4 (12:12PM):  It’s back up!

Update 5 (12:13PM):  We ordered a 32GB version with white front and metallic grey accents for Verizon; it ran $649 off-contract. Our estimated arrival date at this time is showing as January 6 (when we’re at CES of course). If you order bamboo, you will not see it in time for X-mas.

moto x bamboo

Update 6 (12:22PM):  Motorola has now made it official via Twitter, confirming only Bamboo.

Update 7 (12:25PM):  And here is the official announcement, along with a real picture of the bamboo phone.

moto x bamboo

Update 8 (12:40PM):  You can find an official FAQ for the Bamboo Moto X here.

To build your wood Moto X, head over to MotoMaker!

  • droiddroid

    Confirmation email says it should be here on or before Dec. 27th!

  • David Larreau

    Don’t they have a 14 day no hassle guarantee maybe call and ask to redesign it and pay the premium? For those that have recently purchased it with the coupon?

  • shecalledmejay

    I’m not going to lie, If you are on Verizon and have a Gnex, the Moto X is the perfect phone for you. I just got mines yesterday. I don’t even need to root.

  • Yachtsman

    I wonder if you could request the teak (if it is released) with 5 or 6 coats of epifane….super gloss!

  • Trevor

    Definitely unique, but I really don’t see what all the fuss is about for these wood backs.

  • SmokeNMirrors

    $100!!! That DIY project just went back on the table!

  • John Burke

    I’ve never paid 100$ to RECEIVE wood before…
    I don’t think I’d be comfortable with that.

  • FragDroid

    They will not apply the $150 discount to the wood backs.

  • anezarati

    WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT…when you check out there is a “GSM Unlocked” version available! Has this always been the case? I would have gotten a motomaker version instead of the dev editions for my prepaid plan (Straighttalk) if I had known that.

    • Jeff C

      Carrier unlocked…not bootloader unlocked.

      • JoshGroff

        Bootloader is easily unlockable officially if you don’t mind voiding warranty. Just did it to my unlocked motomaker X. Worth it to make my phone truly my own.

    • capecodcarl

      The T-Mobile version is GSM unlocked (meaning you can use it on AT&T, T-Mobile or any international GSM carrier). They probably just did it to clarify that. The bootloader is still locked, but you can unlock it with a code, but it voids your warranty. The Dev Edition is the best if you want a carrier unlocked and bootloader unlockable phone that doesn’t void your warranty if you want to play with custom ROMs.

      • anezarati

        I thought the T-mobile version was SIM locked to T-mobile, but the Dev Edition was SIM unlocked and you could unlock the bootloader. That is why I got the Dev Edition for straighttalk. Oh well I actually am warming up to the black on white.

    • needa

      you can get the att locked version for straighttalk. just saying for others that may read this.

  • Detonation

    So can you do an exchange on a moto maker order with the $150 discount and pay the extra $100? I know their exchange process is to put a hold on your CC for the full amount of the replacement device, then release it when they receive your first order back, so I’m not sure how that would work with an exchange that isn’t the same price.

  • chris kilps

    after taking a month to order my moto x throught my work, now they release this. Kind wish it took verizon longer so i could get this.

  • Jayracer7474

    *restarts DIY project*

  • Madness

    It’s the phone that makes you want to go out, ride a bike, and hold it in your hand. LOL

    • LionStone

      And just grind the screen against the handle bar! lol!

  • PhillipCun

    trying to exchange my cyber monday moto maker for this. Will report back

  • Madness

    So, will Kelex feel like a wiener if all the other wood backs go up today, or will he be buying 3 more and getting more wood?

    • Madness

      It’s all good!!! Just from the research I’ve done, as far as a classic piece, bamboo would be the least favorable, and at that price, I’m waiting for other options.

  • JoshGroff

    Ordered my Moto X Friday, got it today. I was pleasantly surprised, they even overnighted it.

  • Radgatt

    That $100 premium though

  • wills96

    wtf its got white around the wood even if you get a black front? sooo not buying this now.

    • Madness

      yeah that kinda sucks – i’m surprised though they let you pick all color accents

  • Tony Byatt

    It’s up…

  • T S

    i wonder if the $100 premium is just for Bamboo and other woods would possibly be $50?

  • 655321

    Does MotoMaker have the same development team behind it as healthcare.gov?

    • Hawk888

      I was wonder who was gonna be the first. Gheesh.

      • 655321

        Sadly, I now see I wasn’t the first.

  • Jeff

    My concern would be how scratched, scuffed and worn is a wood back on a phone going to get. I’d bet that unless the coat the thing in thick layers of protection it’s not going to look pretty for very long.

  • Jeff C

    Going to look kind of goofy with a black front, it is too bad that the backplate trim isn’t color matched to the front color.

    I’m still super happy with my Dev edition, I love the white and black stormtrooper effect. I’ll wait to see how the wood backs hold up for the early adopters, and maybe consider it for the successor to the Moto X.

    What I’d really love as an option though…real leather! /drool

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    kellen!!! GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    For $50 I would’ve been all over this but for $100 DAMNNNNNN!!

  • Har.Mar

    the site is down?

    • Har.Mar

      Technical Page

      There were technical problems while the request was being processed!

      Executed Request:Home

      Technical Details:Pipeline not found (Home) for current domain (Sites-Motorola_US-Site)

  • Hawk888

    Bring on the Obamacare jokes!!! We have not heard them before. (This is reference to the site being down).

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      ACA is great. too bad greedy people dont want others to have the same as them,

      • Jeff C

        I want others to have health insurance too, but this is NOT the way to do it. Remove the regulations and let the market work to lower prices and improve care for all. We haven’t had a free market in health care since before WWII.

        • Chris M

          lets see private companies working together to lower prices for health care……..bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha

          • Jeff C

            You obviously have no idea how a free market works. Private companies don’t work together, they compete to lower prices.

            Look at cosmetic surgery, LASIK, dental care. There is constant innovation, downward pressure on pricing with upward pressure on quality. Want to take a guess why??? No government intrusion (outside of its “normal” regulatory powers).

          • Chris M

            because its been working so well up to now. your argument in itself makes no sense since private companies are out to make a buck and will stop at nothing to do so. like charge you $200 for a tylenol. Back to them woods though……………….

          • Jeff C
          • Chris M

            a tea party extremist sends us a link to a conservative blogger. lol. ok. sorry i didnt realize what your icon was before i replied.

          • Jeff C

            LOL…whats next? Are you going to call me a teabagger? You libs are so predictable…I should know because I used to be a true blue (and dumb) Democrat. Then reality slapped me upside the head…you should try it sometime.

          • droidify

            They don’t work together to do it. They work against each other to do it. You must be confused. It’s called competition. We haven’t had free market healthcare in the US in decades.

          • Chris M

            my insurance goes up every year with no end in sight. hows that competition working for you?

          • droidify

            There isn’t competition in healthcare. What do you think the exchanges are? It’s the govt trying to create competition to lower your cost. That is the idea behind the ACA so your argument is ignorant.

          • Chris M

            im for the ACA….lmao

          • Ian

            Its the lack of competition…

          • Jeff C

            Exactly…because they are all offering plans with the same government mandates.

          • Ted

            All companies want more business, which drives prices lower as they compete for your dollars. That is the way our economy was set up, and why government held enterprises are not as successful, and cost more.. I think you should take an economy class, and learn about business.

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          Its amazing how many other countires made it work.

          • Jeff C

            But it doesn’t work, why else do Canadians (and others) come here for acute medical care? People die waiting for care in other countries.

            Other countries that “make it work” also don’t have the population and land mass of the U.S.

          • steve

            If you know anyone in the countries you refer to, and compare to what you have now, you would consider revising your argument. You have no idea what you are asking for, but you will soon find out when you wait for the government to authorize your care instead of you finding it yourself.

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          We would have progress if we could get the GOP out.

        • Droid 1967

          My concern is that MOTO did not say if i liked the wood back i could keep it so does this mean they may take it away later if i dont pay another 100?

      • uh what?

        That is the most un-educated and un-informed comment regarding “Obamacare” I have seen yet.
        It has nothing to do with greed.

        FACT: A majority of Medicaid (“Obamacare” is the “replacement” for Medicaid) is used by illegal, non-tax paying immigrants. This is why the Governator wanted to get rid of it in CA in order to reduce the budget. It was especially bad in CA.
        FACT: Most people’s insurance costs went up, including those that are not considered “wealthy”. My gf is an example, and she’s a full-time student. Everyone knows full-time students are piss ass poor.
        FACT: Many people who used to have health insurance and were happy with it, had their plans cancelled, and now can’t afford the new plans due to hiked insurance premiums.

        A side effect not discussed is that on doctors. This is sure to increase their malpractice insurance premiums as well. Believe it or not, there are many doctors that can’t afford to work because their malpractice insurance is too costly. So now you have less doctors and probably lower quality doctors.

      • steve

        If you want more, work hard, go to school, and get what you earn. Don’t live feeling entitled to what others have earned for themselves.

    • Brady Wassam

      Thanks for sharing a political war… This isn’t fix news… Smh!

      • Hawk888

        I can’t help people can’t stay on topic. My original post was because the website was down and the same old jokes comparing obamacare’s website to Motorola’s was inevitable. Just look at other moto x discussions. But in reply, your welcome.

  • gtg465x

    I thought they said a few months ago that wood backs would be $50 extra. What happened?

    • Jeff C

      Moto never said that…it was just a rumor. Plus, whatever manufacturing/quality control issues they had to overcome must have increased the cost.

    • Bryan

      And if you think about it, the rumor of $50 more was based on the prices back then. Since then, the prices have dropped, so this may have been the prices they wanted all along.

  • Madness

    Time to get the pattern out and make my own.

    • Rodeojones000

      I’d like to see what you can do.

  • Madness

    And it’s down!!! Too many look see’s!

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    That is quite the premium. I guess the process to keep these natural wood backs from interfering with radio signals is pretty involved.
    I’m not surprised that bamboo is first, it is pretty flexible, easy to work with, and is fairly easy to seal. Also, it is hard, naturally non-porous, and water resistant, hence why it makes such a good cutting board surface.
    Slow clap that they were able to pull it off. For a while there, I had my doubts.

    I want to see a ceramic back next. Tungsten carbide would look incredible, and never scratch. Ever.

    • LionStone

      Actually I’ve worked with bamboo and easy to work with is not how I’d describe it! 🙂 I don’t think there are radio issues, why would wood mess with interference?

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Water in its purest form is non-conductive. However, nearly all water on earth contains ionized salts, and it acts a partial conductor. Any conductor will cause attenuation, or variance in strength, of radio waves.

        Normally, these effects are fairly easy to design around, such as plastics having a very low and predictable moisture content, or metals having a given attenuation at a given thickness. However, an issue arises when you realize that wood is not only highly variable by its very nature, but is also porous and will contain some unknown and significant amount of water, either due to the sealant used or incomplete kiln drying. Therefore, any pockets of moisture near the antennas of a mobile device would cause a severe degradation of the radio signal, forcing the radio to use higher power for a lower quality signal. That is obviously not usable in something as power-starved as a mobile device, so each and every back must be fully tested to ensure it will not interfere with any radio waves. That necessarily slows down production to a crawl, and reduces the yield. Add that fact to the inherent issues of working with any natural product at scale (namely, failed and unrecoverable machining operations), and you end up with a product that is exceptionally expensive to produce, with an appeal that is too small to really make widely available….unless you have something like MotoMaker, where customization is literally the name of the game, and they can add and remove materials, finishes, colors, and the like at-will with the only costs being material, production, and practicability research. So, if a particular finish or material doesn’t sell well, they can offer it as an option, then produce it on-demand with an increase in lead time (which is probably at least part of the reason for the delay on the bamboo).

        • LionStone

          That’s a long assumption that there is issues with water content in the usable pieces. I’m going to assume that those involved in this process are knowledgeable enough to know about the drying process involved, etc.

          I’m with you on the process being delayed due to machining, fitting, etc.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            I am absolutely certain they have thoroughly researched and tested the appropriate processes. However, knowing the issues and what works to correct them with a small number of units only helps so much when trying to scale up the process to mass production. Two pieces of wood, taken from the same tree, and dried at the same time will almost certainly come out the other end with slight variations that may or may not be severe enough to make them unusable. Uncertainty in any industrial process increases risk and reduces yield.

            I am not saying that moisture content is the sole, or even a prominent, reason for any delay or difficulty in getting this option to market. I was pointing out that there are a mind-bogglingly large number of contributing factors to making the use of such a variable material as wood in a mobile device such a difficult issue to solve. Every little detail must be addressed, and if any of at least ten different metrics I can think of off the top of my head are outside of tolerance then the unit is scrapped, as rework is nearly impossible once a unit is completed and would likely cost more to fix than it would be scrap it and try again from the start.

  • And now their page is down, hahahaha… these crazy Motorolans.

    • droidify

      Yeah I think healthcare.gov helped them with their coding.

  • wills96

    $100! $50 I was willing to do, but $100 is pretty steep. And now my coupons expired too, so, ugh. Guess I’ll be waiting for something else to come along…

  • EC8CH

    $100??? come on

  • Madness

    That was my least favorite wood! It also looks like you get some white on the back with it and perhaps the darker woods get black on the back?

  • droidify

    Wow. $100 bucks for wood. I know that it requires some extra time but I just bought two solid teak wood chairs at Costco for $100. That’s ridiculous.

    • EnterTheNexus

      We haven’t seen the quality yet…

    • LionStone

      Yea but they are not attached to a super computer! 🙂

      • MicroNix

        Just not a fan of wood and high tech toys. When was the last time you saw a wooden case for a PC?

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        • LionStone

          I’ve been a builder most of my life and I’m a tech enthusiast, so I can appreciate what’s being done here. It has to be done right, look good, be functional for its purpose and all that, so we’ll probably never see a wooden case for a PC. But this is different and unique.

    • zurginator

      Chairs are infinitely easier to machine though – plus very few people are going to buy a wood back, so Motorola has less backs to distribute the cost of the machines required to produce them over.

      • droidify

        Any money they save in machining will be spent on the additional shipping. It would cost more to transport two large chairs than it would cost to make these backs complete. I work in the office of a CNC machine shop (www.indtoolinc.com) . We could machine that back on a 6 pallet horizontal mill in about 30 seconds for less the $5, material included.

  • Madness

    $100 shammolies…

  • Bill Slowey

    $100 extra….WTF

  • veRdiKt

    I got it to work! It says delayed shipping and costs $100 extra!!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    My wallet!!! hide it!!!

  • moelsen8

    the jokes are too easy.

  • Steven02

    So they do this the day after the last of the Cyber Monday coupons expire… nice

  • samosa king

    They really are the best company! Keeping promises and stuff! :’D Keep it up Motorola!

  • EnterTheNexus

    ABOUT TIME. This is true “morning wood.”

    • TSON1

      *shakes head*

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Yes, about time, i was freezing and needed some wood for a fire.

    • Sean Walton

      “Wood” be nice if I could get this in Canada! I am very jealous of my lucky American neighbors.

    • MKader17

      More like “mourning wood’ with that $100 price increase

  • Guest


    • samosa king

      …to die.

    • Chris

      HA! Guest? Why happened… wonder who this was lol