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New Moto X Wood Backs Coming January 21, Will Only Cost $25 Extra Instead of $100

This morning, Motorola shot out emails to purchasers of the Moto X with Bamboo, informing them that they have been able to streamline their processes for natural backs, thus resulting in them offering additional materials at a lower cost. In other words, Ebony, Walnut, and Teak “finishes” are now on the way (no more Rosewood) and will only run an additional $25, rather than the original $100 premium asking price.Β 

According to a blog post on Motorola’s official site, they are set to sell the new “natural” backs on January 21, which is next Tuesday. If you want Bamboo, the price change to $25-extra is live right now.

Also, if you purchased a Bamboo Moto X, Motorola is emailing you out coupon codes for $75 worth of accessories to make up for the quick price change.

Last, we are getting clarification on what Motorola means by “finish.”

Update: Β We heard back on what Motorola means by “finish.” Still wood, but finished to look Ebony, Teak, or Walnut.

moto x wood

Hell, yes. Who’s buying?

Via: Β Motorola
  • Mike

    They are now all available on MotoMaker. Get wood.

  • 655321

    It’s Tuesday, January 21 but the woods other than bamboo are still listed as “coming soon” and can’t be ordered. Any word from Moto regarding the holdup?

  • Katie Sunden

    Those look pretty nice

  • Agunimon

    Is it a coincidence that this ad is on while i’m reading this article? LOL!

  • JoeTi

    I love my Maxx but I’ve got mad moto x envy right now…….

  • Peter Tirrell

    So for the wood backs – how does it work as far as water resistance? Not that I dunk my phone in water, but there’s probably been a few times where my phone has been set down in moisture or something. Or, if it’s wet outside or something and I’m pulling it out. I’ve got a case at the moment, but the bamboo back looks slick. Will it last two years?

  • Edward
  • Mike H.

    Add a better camera , removeable backs and an sd slot and they will have the perfect phone.

    • Big_EZ

      They also need an XL, and mini (same specs, but smaller screen and battery) version and they’d have the best line of phones. I want a Note 2/3 competitor from Motorola.

      • NexusMan

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That’s Samsung’s thing.

        • Big_EZ

          Not quite, they release 3 different phones, of which only 2 are top tier. I don’t want a small phone but many do, and I think a manufacturer needs to make a top tier mini. The s5 mini has worse specs than the S4. I think it would be great if Motorola would release one phone, but have three different sizes where the specs of the hardware (other than screen and battery size) and software is the same. This would be great because it would cater to almost everyone, and still have fast updates. This could be a Moto Maker option with the XL being a $30 or so upgrade and the Mini being about $30 cheaper than the regular X.

          • NexusMan

            Have you used the Moto X? It is a small phone. The screen is “mid to big” depending on who you talk to, but the phone is small. Everyone who sees mine says that. I don’t think they need to go any smaller.

          • Big_EZ

            Yes I have, and I kinda agree that it’s small, but not everyone does. I hear people complain that no decent Android phone is comparable in size to their IPhone. For me though I really want a 5″ screen minimum, preferably 5.5-5.7″.

    • NexusMan

      I’m not interested in a removable back or sd slot.

  • Jason Pettis

    And keeping the phones made in the USA, I am hopeful for other Motorola phones to make the push to be mace in the USA!!

    • Big_EZ

      Assembled in the USA . That’s still better than nothing.

      • Jason Pettis

        true…it’s a step in the right directions…at least they are American Jobs and not sending the much needed jobs overseas.

  • ostensibly

    FedEx just delivered my dev edition yesterday. This might have changed things… might being the operative word.

  • Higher_Ground

    $75 in accessories is pretty lame. Of course they didn’t have to do anything, but I can’t say I’ve ever bought anywhere near that amount of accessories (total, for all phones I’ve ever owned). And not allowing Chromecast – something they’ve been discounting left and right – just seems cheap.
    OTOH, it’s going to be hard not to buy one of those sexy phones.

    • NexusMan

      I think that’s a great deal. There are SEVERAL things on the Moto site that I could easily spend that $75 on. My top 2, cost $80 and $200 respectively.

  • Jonathan

    Walnut looks beautiful. I’d really like to get one of these! And under $500 with wood AND 32 GB added on. Amazing!

  • paticao

    btw did anyone notice that the ebony is now available for shipping?

  • DJ SPY

    I’m going to call and ask for a $75 refund on my card. I already have all the accessories I need. If they say No, I’m going to return the phone and buy it again.

    • Mike Kellermeier

      LMK how this works out for you. I am going to do the same thing when I get off work.

      • Nathan K

        I called in and they are processing the bamboo as a return, no big fuss or anything. There IS actually a clause in the moto x return policy about 14 returns, no question, should you decide on a different color. I’m about the drop my Bamboo in the mail, but will wait until morning when the others come available.

        • Mike Kellermeier

          Same here! Shipping out mine today also.

    • Nathan K

      I’ve been holding out for the Walnut since it was demo’d months ago, but needed a device (full pop, no contact) replacement. Reluctantly go the
      Bamboo in mail YESTERDAY. Not engraved, going back? Hope so.

  • Ry Sav

    oh walnut, how i want you!

  • Gilbert Estrada

    Dammit, I just got mine yesterday and skipped the bamboo because it was $50 more than I had budgeted for a new phone.

  • Patrick Flanigan

    Well, this definitely makes my day better, just had 4 wisdom teeth extracted and lying here in pain, then this news comes out and makes everything better. Even my pain is getting better, THANKS MOTO!!

  • chris125

    Hope for version 2 these are available right away at launch. Keep $399 price and you will be golden Moto

  • morgan boyle

    kind pissed there is no rosewood, thats what i was holding out for. Oh well, nice dark walnut will work for me!

  • MichaelFranz

    Not gonna lie, the black with Ebony back and silver accents looks mighty mighty sexy in the 3D model.

    • John Garlits

      Looking at exactly the same myself! Though the black accents look good as well. The silver accents kind of remind me of an old school remote control. πŸ˜‰ The walnut looks pretty good too.

  • jefbystereo

    The return policy isn’t an exchange correct? If I were to return my X (which I got with a 150 off cupon, would I then have to pay full price for a wood back? Or would I simply have to pay the difference. My assumption is full price but if anyone can confirm that would be great.

  • cgalyon

    That’s really cool of Moto. They didn’t have to do that (the $75 compensation), and a number of other companies wouldn’t.

  • kixofmyg0t

    They gave you a coupon to offset what you paid for bamboo in the first place? Bravo Moto.

    Doing right by your customers is what helps build strong brand loyalty.

  • Tyler

    Any promo codes I could use on the car dock?

  • tyguy829

    Have we ever gotten an answer on why you can’t order a motomaker Dev edition?

  • PhillipCun

    I might just return my Bamboo then purchase the Walnut instead of utilizing that $75 coupon…

    • Edward

      Let me know if I can use your coupon code please πŸ™‚ … Unluckily for me I bought a moto x when it came out ….

  • if I could trade in my current moto x I’d swap.

    • french toast ghost

      I know! I would gladly even pay a fee to swap!

      • Just checked Verizon’s trade in value and they’ll give $131 for my defect free Moto X. i’m surprised memory capacity wasn’t taken into consideration on the trade in questionnaire. I’d like to think I should get more for my 32GB than a 16GB.

        • french toast ghost

          oh wow, thats pretty interesting. so get a brand new phone with wood back for about $250…I don’t think its quite worth it, but something to think about.

  • JΓ©rΓ΄me Besnard

    The more I read about the moto X, the more I want it. Anyone wanna trade it with my Nexus 4?

    • dazz1996

      helllllllll no

  • lye

    Yeah! Jan 21st. They day I order my Moto X

  • tbaybe

    JUST GOT MY NEW MOTO X YESTERDAY- minus the wood backing lol πŸ™‚

    • Scott

      So did I, I’m just waiting for my SIM cutter to arrive today so I can actually use it.

      • JMonkeYJ

        This website is super useful for SIM alterations:

        Just make sure when you print the templates you set the page to NOT be scaled at all in print settings, since the PDFs are for A4 paper. I’ve cut 3 SIMs successfully (and no failures).

  • dannyWHITE

    Looks like I’ll be buying some SOL Republic headphones!

    • Higher_Ground

      you and probably everyone else that bought a bamboo back πŸ™‚

  • JermaineFerrell

    Kellen, tell Tim to jump all over this–or at least “take one for the team” lol

  • Walter Partlo

    Is there any way to transfer an upgrade to get one of these bad boys on Verizon. I would love one, but don’t want to lose my unlimited.

    Also, hopefully the backs will be available on ebay soon, then I can just DIY one.

    • dannyWHITE

      If im not mistaken I believe the wood backs have to purchased full retail price. I tried ordering my bamboo with a redemption pin I got from AT&T and the moto maker website wouldnt allow me to use it.

      • Aaron

        My understanding is that they can be bought on contract, but not with redemption PINs

      • Walter Partlo

        Bummer. I haven’t been able to convince the wife that full retail is worth it.

        • Matthew Rebmann

          I went the “Device Payment Plan” route (not edge plan) and I’m a happy camper. Only issue is the first store wouldn’t do it for me. Claimed it couldn’t be done with the wag moto maker worked. I went to the second store and the manager told me the rep just didn’t want to do it for me since he wouldn’t be credited for a sale.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Early adopter are grabbing their pitchforks.

    • dreadfall

      they get $75 credit

    • dannyWHITE

      Actually quite the opposite. I for one still prefer the bamboo over the others now looking at them. Plus moto took are of us with the $75 accessory credit. No complaints here.

      • AndrewScottRox

        So everyone that ordered one for the extra $100 got the credit? That’s not a bad compromise but I would rather have my cash in my pocket instead of having to spend it on an accessory I may or may not want.

  • MistaButters

    I have a Nexus 5, but you can bet your ass I’m buying an Ebony Second Gen Moto X if they have it.

    • AbbyZFresh

      You have a Nexus 5 which means you have no contract obligations. Why not buy a Moto X right now?

      • MistaButters

        I bought a One X in May 2012…..

  • Sean Walton

    I would buy 2 of them if I could order it for CANADA!!!!!

    • AbbyZFresh

      Poor Canada.

  • Tom Z

    This really Sucks! I just received my Moto X yesterday! I would have purchased the wood back at $25, but couldn’t justify doing it at $100. Now I have a textured black back rather than the wood back… I’m hoping there will be some way to purchase the wood back and replace my back in the future…

    • Sean Walton

      Return it and re-order?

    • mcdonsco

      Moto will let you exchange it once.

    • dannyWHITE

      Motorola allows you to return it if your not happy how it looks.

    • DJ SPY

      Return it.

  • ZeeX1

    Glad I’m still within the 14 day period… I’m exchanging mine for the walnut!!

  • Alan Burnstine

    If they had wireless charging, I would be all over this. Hopefully the next Moto premium device will. I am really impressed with the X, but I am highly invested in Qi chargers. Even have one mounted in my car (current device is a Droid DNA, which is great, but there are things the X has I wish it had – always on voice, and AMOLED specifically).

    • mcdonsco

      How does the car mount one work for you? I did the same thing and found it slid around on the charger too much and thus would really only charge when the car was not moving.

      • Alan Burnstine

        I used Sugru to mount the charger at an angle on a flip down door on my dash (2006 Toyota Prius) and then in front of it, made Sugru holders for the edge of the phone (wrapped the phone in saran wrap and pressed into blogs of Sugru until it dried to get a perfect fit, then smoothed out the surface of the blogs, so it doesn’t look like crap…)

  • dannyWHITE

    What I wanna know is if Tim is gonna order his?

    • If Moto confirms this is real wood and not some cheap wood skin, then I’m jumping on Walnut immediately. πŸ™‚

      • Higher_Ground

        Nice, you can be the guinea pig and let us know if it’s the real thing πŸ™‚ – I suppose you could always return it if it wasn’t.

  • dannyWHITE

    I got that email 20minutes ago and I said the same thing…”Hell yeeeaaa”!

  • Craig

    Damn! These look good. I’m considering a white front and ebony back.

    My phone’ll be singing Ebony and Ivory all day!

  • YinzerRob

    finally! i knew waiting this long would pay off…

  • EC8CH

    Moto certainly has been successful at stringing out the hype for the X.

    • AbbyZFresh

      What hype? Nobody i know outside of tech cares about the Moto X. And for those who do care, still think it’s too expensive for the outdated specs and camera it has.

      • EC8CH

        you sound like a Hater.

        • AbbyZFresh

          Why would i sound like a hater when i already have my Moto X and enjoying it?

          I’m just being realistic here. Everyone i know only cares about the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4 and Note 3. Not much more.

          • EC8CH

            You sound like a hater because you claim no care about the X and those that do only care about its supposed outdated specs.

            Sounds like your friends are swayed by hype created by marketing budgets and spec sheets. I personally am more interested in hype created by innovative features and aggressive pricing.

            Glad you got an X… excellent choice IMHO.

  • Cael

    If only the other manufacturers would do things like this!

  • Jeff C

    i want a moto x now πŸ™ Guess ill have to just get by with a note 3 lol. im easily distracted by new and simple things, like a wood back

  • Jerry Huster

    I wonder if these are truly wood, as the graphic above notes the option as a “Finish” save for the Bamboo option…the word “Finish” gives me pause to think that these are perhaps just a treatment of plastic with a wood-like veneer…would certainly explain the price drop.

    • Alisan_C

      Could be. but considering vinyl stickers are sold for 15$, i’d rather pay another 10 and get the original.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Finally, i can get rid of my iPhone 4S which has been out of contract for over a month. I wanted the Moto X but i was waiting to see the wooden one come out first. But only $25 extra? Thats even lower than the $50 extra they said the wooden phones would cost when the Moto X first came out. I’m definitely ordering right now.

  • WCM3

    Unreal. So $425 for an off-contract wood backed moto x for verizon. Hmm…

  • Dan

    um, what does it mean “teak finish”? Is it teak or not? The bamboo just says “bamboo” so I assume it’s actually bamboo, the others all say “..finish” which makes me think it is something else with teak, walnut or ebony stain or worse.

    • Was just wondering the same thing. Is it like a teak Zagg skin over a plastic back or is it teak?

      • I have a feeling they aren’t real like Bamboo, but I’ve reached out to Moto PR for confirmation.

        • EC8CH

          Maybe a real wood veneer instead of being solid wood?

          A fake vinyl wrap would be too lame for Moto to try and pull off, wouldn’t it?

          • Higher_Ground

            I’d think that with the premium charge for “natural” back it’d at least have to be bamboo stained to look like hardwood. Or the actual hardwod, stained with a fake grain pattern maybe?

        • Sean Walton

          Keep us posted Kellex. Thanks bud.

        • JoeBlow

          You’d think they wouldn’t be making up the 75$ difference for the previous Bamboo buyers if the new stuff wasn’t the same.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Great job on the refund/coupon. Was just about to ask about that. Though still…. I can’t bring myself to get a Moto X now because I feelt part 2 is around the corner….maybe Late Spring? ….

  • XvierX

    I want

  • Fahad Beg

    See this is what it should of been from the start.

  • ohcalcutta

    Anyone know what the return policy is? I got a Bamboo one on 12/26. Would I be able to switch out for teak?

    • ZeeX1

      It’s 14 days from the day they ship it to you, 30 in CA

      • ohcalcutta

        I spoke to them. They’re saying I can still return it, get credited and rebuy what I want. I’m concerned with Verizon mucking the whole deal up and not letting me rebuy at upgrade price again. Not sure if it’s worth the hassle/high probability of this backfiring in my face.

  • Philip J. Fry

    Wow, moto is on fire.

    • John Legere

      Wood and fire. ….make a campfire

  • Tony Byatt

    Motorola was definitely watching the DL show on Wednesday…

  • Now just bring on the Moto X2!

    • AbbyZFresh

      Motorola is focusing one device at a time. Plus they still have more markets to release the Moto X in. Don’t expect the X2 until at least fall for announcement.

      • Tony Byatt

        Actually two devices…Moto G…

        • AbbyZFresh

          Ehh, Moto G is more of an excellent budget secondary device. But the removals to get to the low price are far too much.

          Moto X is where they put most of their effort into.

          • Tony Byatt

            Ok…They’re still focusing on two devices at once…

  • Tony Byatt

    Wood is coming on January 21st…

  • Mario Williams

    Nothing but class from Moto. Hoping they continue this streak of awesome.

    • 4n1m4L

      Im beginning to understand how this stuff works. They initially slightly inflate the price to recoup the cost of engineering. Then make it the cheap flagship they envisioned.

      • In other words, if Motorola introduces a product, wait a month and it’ll be cheaper.

        • moelsen8

          and then wait another month after that and it’ll be cheaper. then wait another month after that and it’ll be even cheaper. i immediately wonder how many bamboo ones they’ve sold..

          • JermaineFerrell


          • 178firebird

            I bought one, love it and, love this coupon as well!

          • moelsen8

            yeah don’t get me wrong i love my x, but even if bamboo was available when i got mine, $100 was pretty steep. $25 is much more reasonable. damn, i wish they were sold as replaceable.

        • 4n1m4L

          I was almost looking forward to having an elitist wood back, but saving money works too

        • Jeff C

          The same can be said for virtually any electronics product.

          • TylerChappell

            Except products like the iPad 2, LOL (or any Apple devices for that matter)

          • Guest

            Not entirely true. Remember when the iPhone first came out and shortly thereafter there was a huge price drop, pissing off all the early adopters? http://www.nbcnews.com/id/20624042/#.Ut607dLTliw

          • 655321

            @TylerChappell:disqus : Not entirely true. Remember when the iPhone first came out and shortly thereafter there was a huge price drop, pissing off all the early adopters? http://www.nbcnews.com/id/20624042/#.Ut607dLTliw

        • Alisan_C

          Kellen they are reading everything too remember, now they’ll wait 2months πŸ˜€

      • Tristan

        It could also be a way to deal with supply and demand issues with a new manufacturing plant (and new custom options) too. They start off a little higher to keep too many people from placing orders right away. Then once they’re sure that there’s not going to be any kinks in the system, they lower the price.

        It seems like in this case things went smoother than expected? That’s probably why they lowered the price so soon after launching the Bamboo, and ended up giving discounts back to not screw people?

    • Jeff718

      “Also, if you purchased a Bamboo Moto X, Motorola is emailing you out coupon codes for $75 worth of accessories to make up for the quick price change.”

      Talk about doing the right thing. This is awesome of them to do. Sounds very Google-ish.

    • Billyt

      The anti-sanjay in the water is working over there…wow!

    • kixofmyg0t

      As a DROID MAXX owner(and every other MAXX) I now want a Moto X just because.

      I like the look of the developer X the most however, I need to see a ebony X with a black front housing before I decided on what X I’m getting with my Moto G order.

    • David Mann

      I’m going to be the cynic and say that I think they planned this from the start. $100 for a bamboo finish? Very Apple-like, I was shocked when I priced it out.

    • Alisan_C


      If only they’d send international, i’d pay up to 100$ to make it send here…

  • RedXander

    I wish they would just sell the replacement backs or provide a service to modify your existing configuration.

    • Nicholas H.

      There are a number of vendors on Ebay selling replacement back covers for the Moto X and it’s not very difficult to replace. It’s only a matter of time before they start to sell the wood backs too. Might be closer to spring/early summer before we’re able to buy them, but I can’t wait.

    • John Legere

      Yeah, like the Moto G. Better than buying multiple phone cases.

    • moelsen8

      yeah, would love this.

    • morgan boyle

      i would have liked to seen that too but i can imagine that exchangeable backs would have made the construction not as good.

  • Tony Byatt

    Tim, looks like you’ll be getting your wood Moto X now…

    • Silver Veloz

      Yes. Tim will be all over this. Will be great to see Tim not all bummed.

  • EC8CH