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Motorola CEO Hints at $50 Smartphone, Customizing Items Like Display Size in High-end Devices

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Outside of being a huge Droid Life fan, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside is also good for a headline-grabbing quote or two when it comes to future products from his company. In an interview with Trusted Reviews, Woodside said that he thinks there is a price point well below the Moto G at $179 that can be reached. He also mentioned that when it comes to customization, options for screen size and additional functionality will arrive in the “next year or so.”

Let’s tackle this new lower cost bit first, since the Moto G seems to be the hot topic of the moment these days. Woodside said that even at $179, the Moto G is still a “lot of money” in much of the world, so they are going to push for an even lower cost phone, potentially at around $50. Think about that for a second – a smartphone at $50 without a contract. And if this newly assembled Motorola is behind it, after seeing some of the magic they worked with the Moto G, I’d imagine it will be worth a look. 

We don’t know what they would have to cut out from the phone to make it that affordable, but I’d imagine it won’t end up on your list of must-haves. But then again, you (the U.S. consumer) probably aren’t exactly their target. We’re talking again about emerging markets where $179 or even $99 is a steep price. Still, this could be incredible if done.

Here is the quote:

“In much of the world $179 is a lot of money so there’s a big market at a price point of less than $179.”

“We’re going to look at that and just delivering on that value promise is super important. I mean why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen so we’re going to push that.”

Maybe more importantly during his interview, at least in our opinion, was Woodside’s mention of new customization options coming to high-end or “premium” devices. We know that with MotoMaker and the Moto X, you can customize everything from the color of the phone to it having a wood back to the internal storage. What if you could do more, though? What if you could upgrade the RAM or the camera or the display? According to Woodside, things like screen size will soon be customizable, maybe within the next year.

“On the more premium side we’re pushing more customisation. Today you have colours and beginning of materials but you don’t have screen size and you don’t have functionality and we’re going to bring all that in in the next year or so.”

We talked a lot before the arrival of the Moto X that you would be able to customize the device. Some speculated that screen size would be a part of the equation, but even though we didn’t get that option out of the gate, it appears to have been a thought in Motorola’s mind as well. Moto X (2014) with options for display size or resolution? Sign me up.

Via:  Trusted Reviews
  • Viet Hoang-Tran

    Yes, can we please have an option to add a battery and keyboard?

  • Higher_Ground

    If they can make a decent $50 smartphone, then the mobile insurance industry ought to be finished. Why would you ever buy insurance if you could get a new (non-refurbished) phone for less than the deductable, with no monthly cost?

  • chris_johns

    give me battery options/micro hdmi/sd card options…and PLEASE a “make developer edition” option!…and im sold even though i love my moto x

  • Droid 1967

    You know i think moto has a good idea here but they went backwards should of done this low end first than upto the mto x and such. I think that would of been more productive for them. But their stock is higher than mine so what do i know 🙂

  • dizel123

    I can see the headlines now: Motorola introduces $50 smartphone, internet bitches because it doesn’t have LTE-A or a 3000mAH battery.
    Or this one:Motorola announces smartphones with customizable screen sizes. Users can choose any size from 4.5 – 6 inches, internet bitches because 6.1 inches is the “sweet spot”

  • Should I just wait for the ability to customize screen sizes or is it too late to ask for a Moto “L” (large?) with a phablet sized screen & top-tier specs? lolol

    “There’s a Moto for everyone! …. Check out our latest line-up of premium customizable devices that were truly made for you.” Moto C, Moto G, Moto X, Moto L… just my imagination.

  • jorelkilcullen

    How about an option for a physical keyboard and a maxx battery in a top tier phone!!!!!!!!! I’d spend pretty much whatever it cost.

  • Tyler

    Phablet Moto X?

    • Orion

      Yes please.

  • Sporttster

    That’s it, you nailed it Dennis if this is in fact what you’re thinking. We should be able to customize our phones. If I want a Micro HDMI and SD card and a 5″ screen, let me order that. Much like PC’s are now. I may not care much about having the fastest processor known to man, but a SD slot is a deal breaker. This is a great idea if in fact that’s what you’re thinking. You’ll have my future business if so, without a doubt….

    • Chris

      I’d be happy with 64GB of onboard storage.

      • Sporttster

        That would probably be acceptable to me as well IF the price wasn’t absurd like it is with Apple. I have a total of 96gb presently with my Note 3, 64 card, 32 internal. That’s a lot of storage. Also realize that that is the whole point of customization; I want this, this and that, YOU want that, that and something else. Individual desires met. We would have a lot more satisfied people than presently. Fewer ‘I wish it had this, or that’ comments for sure, because yours WOULD have that.

    • Big_EZ

      MicroSD slot is highly unlikely, but if they give me 64gb for a reasonable price I’ll deal wit it. Preferably have a 128gb option for $60-75. Also make 32gb standard on the X line, 16gb on the G line, and 8 on the super affordable line. I’d also love a micro HDMI port like the old Motorola phones had.

  • Foo

    Aww yiss. I want me some small flagship smartphones!

  • Mike H.

    Of course they can do a 50 dollar phone….when htc goes out of business Moto can buy some of their stuff on the cheap

    Shots fired shots fired

  • Dell makes a killing with the “build it yourself” genre for laptops and computers. Why couldn’t the same be duplicated for smartphones? This is howi see the direction Moto is going. Basic models to start with then customize only the parts your most interested in. Even average consumers can do that.

  • Chris M

    This would be a game changer. How long before Samsung introduces a customize option themselves? Or anyone else for that matter?

    • AbbyZFresh

      Considering that Samsung already makes plastic phones in order to easily remove internal parts for repair. I suppose Samsung will have no trouble introducing customization extremely quickly since they already have experience providing phones of every size(Note, Mega, S4 Mini, S4 Active, etc)

  • KoTiell

    One more check box in Moto Maker should be “Make this a Nexus?”

    • Chris

      root….

  • Chris

    As long as the customizations don’t sacrifice other customizations. Like choose one thing and be forced to upgrade another.

    • Sporttster

      Definitely. If it ends up getting too intertwined with other things, might as well not even bother, really.

  • JoshGroff

    Rolling out customization slowly seems to be what Moto’s going for. It’d be safe to bet screen size/res and battery will be among the first. RAM and processor speed might be set based on which phone model you modify. Still looking forward to project Aria though, should be my next upgrade from the X.

    • Chris

      legos?

      • JoshGroff

        Heck yeah!

  • dreadfall

    if they release this lumia 520 can be in trouble

  • Jim Vargas

    All this means is that 1 year from now the price of the current Moto G will drop to $50…probably after releasing a newer version of the Moto G. Still awesome.

  • Jon Soucy

    I have been seriously considering switching to an iphone because the smaller screen and footprint. I hope that moto does allow users to pick screen size, because I want a good phone without the 5″ screen.

    • bd1212

      Wouldn’t the Moto X be perfect for you? It’s nearly the same footprint as the iPhone, but with a bigger display.

      • Jon Soucy

        Yes, but it has been out for a while now so I am waiting for the moto x (2014)

  • Craig P

    Moto X maxx anyone?

  • chris125

    I would be happy for simply a larger battery. I am interested to see what they unveil and how much the device will cost with them wanting to push the off contract prices down.

  • Spencer Walker

    For 50 bucks I would hope for a 4 inch 940×560 display 1gb ram a dual core 1ghz processor

  • jbegs

    you can customize the colorrrrrrs, fonttttts…

  • Bailers77

    So now comes the choice – jump on the Moto X now or wait a few more months. Decisions, decisions.

  • Customizing the “functionality” of the device? That could open up some crazy possibilities.

  • jamaall

    In my opinion, this is an application of the phone blocks idea. Because the average consumer wouldn’t really know much about processors etc, and some would most likely be confused by the concept. Instead, motorola will use motomaker to build the customized phone for you, that way it doesn’t confuse people as much. This is why I choose motorola and will never switch.

  • steve30x

    Yes it would be nice to check it out perhaps, but in the tech world, you get what you pay for.

    • Adrynalyne

      You only have to look at Alienware machines vs. DIY to know that isn’t true.

      • steve30x

        im still not clear on this 50.00 price tag, if its upgradable through customization then yeah it will be more obviously according to those that have budgets I suppose on what they want to pay.

        • Adrynalyne

          I would think 50 dollars starting, on contract? I don’t see how they would be able to do that unsubsidized. The material alone of even the lowest end phone costs that much.

          • monk

            I’m agreeing that the 50 off contract but low tier phone. Think completly entry phone and non US market

          • dizel123

            The CEO of Motorola, whose job it is to know things like that, seems to disagree

        • cns2007

          I don’t think the $50 phone mentioned is customizable. That phone is meant for emerging markets.

          • steve30x

            ahh.. ok

      • needa

        wrong comparison. it absolutely holds zero merit. sourcing parts and buying an oem made machine is two totally separate things.

        • Adrynalyne

          No it isn’t.

          You can take two companies building virtually the same machine and see price discrepancies too.

          • needa

            so there is your argument then. notice how that argument is completely different from your original one.

          • Adrynalyne

            It wasn’t an argument. The whole idea of “you get what you pay for”is a fallacy.

            No, you pay for branding, labor, RnD, and equipment, then you pay the price accordingly.

            My initial example is proof.

  • Matt R Carner

    There won’t be a Moto X 2. This is it. The Moto X is the premium tier product from Motorola, and they will update it through Motomaker. Sometime this year, you’ll be able to choose from options for even more parts of the phone. Imagine in 2016 when you can choose not only size, screen resolution, camera module, and batter, but ALSO, do I want an NVIDIA, Quaalcom, or Intel processor?

    Moto X needs wireless charging. I will replace this Nexus 5 with Motomaker at some point this year. And I really want to keep my wireless charging accessories.

    • Orion

      And you work for Motorola? Please tell me more.

      • Matt R Carner

        Didn’t mean to imply that. Just my prediction. I don’t think they need to or should come up with a new “model” number for any new hardware changes. Keep the form factor and just give us the ability to upgrade the hardware via Motomaker. A dream really.

    • AbbyZFresh

      People still buy their phones primarily from the carrier stores. They don’t want to waste time on the internet customizing a phone and then waiting a week for their phone to ship. When people want a new phone, they want one right away.

      What Motorola should do is find a way to push MotoMaker into the physical stores and have the phone ready within a day.

      • Adrynalyne

        People still buy their PCs primarily from stores. They don’t want to waste time on the internet customizing a PC and then waiting a week for their PC to ship. When people want a new PC, they want one right away.

        And yet–most major PC brands offer customization services online. There is no reason smartphones cannot be the same way.

        Two different kinds of services for two different kinds of customers.

      • dizel123

        Yep, that’s just what I want. Some 16 year old Best Buy know-nothing employee going to the back room to assemble my phone after I order it from him and he tries for half an hour to get me to buy the Best Buy Geek Squad warranty.

  • Alisan_C

    project ara next year? (or so) 🙂

    • needa

      they did say when the ara app came out that they would be sending beta units to the top posters in a year. so maybe.

  • thelolotov

    Seeing what they compromised on the Moto G, I’ll pass. May be viable for other people, but eh, I need my high-end devices. More options are always good, though.

  • Ben Jacobs

    Isn’t the customization part just Project Ara?

  • Orion

    And this is why I’m moving to moto. They continue to change the game. A moto phablet? Yes please.

  • Dale

    I like the customization idea, it could revolutionize the industry like it did for the computer industry. But it would have to be done in the correct way, not the money hungry take advantage of everyone way. Here is how I could see it going down…

    Starting Price: $499
    5″ 720×1280 display
    +$50 1080p
    +$100 QHD
    Snapdragon 800
    +$50 Snapdragon 805
    2gb RAM
    +$50 3gb
    8gb storage
    +$50 16gb
    +$100 32gb
    +$150 64gb
    2500mAh battery
    +$50 3000mAh
    +$100 3500mAh
    8mp camera
    +$50 12mp
    +$100 16mp

    Want to customized it to the max? Your total is $1049. Have a nice day.

    • Kanaga Deepan N

      In that case I will go for 64GB storage & 3500mAh battery…

    • bd1212

      Prices seem too excessive for a company like Motorola. Many of those options would likely be priced at $5-$30 extra. Just look at the wood backs. Not easy to manufacture, yet they’re only $25 extra.

      • Adrynalyne

        I think the bigger issue is ship time.

        Choose a few uncommon options and you end up waiting 3 weeks for a phone…

        This happened to me with Lenovo. Laptop shipped today, and I configured and ordered it last month.

        • bd1212

          You have to remember, though, that smartphone companies ship a lot more smartphones than laptop companies ship laptops. Lenovo may only sell 200k laptops a quarter (just an example, probably not accurate), while Motorola may ship 1 million or more smartphones in a quarter. That means a lot of different options would be chosen (even uncommon options) at a higher rate than they would in a laptop. Also, don’t forget the prices. Many consumers don’t buy many different laptop upgrades because of the price increase that they come with. Hell, some options can cost $300+. On a smartphone, those parts aren’t nearly as expensive to upgrade. Just a few things to think about. Ship time would probably max out a 7 days (up from the current 4 day ship time).

          • Adrynalyne

            True.

          • bd1212

            Can’t forget that they’re also owned by Google and therefore have a lot more money to buy parts in huge bulk orders so that they can have them on-hand whenever a consumer selects one of those upgrade parts. If any company can pull this off, it’s Motorola.

    • Cameron Nelson

      Yeah the only problem is it will probably be 600-700$ for a high end device. Look at the Note series. They have all high end specs for 600-700$, I think that’s where they are right now. The LG G2 as well has high end specs and still not too expensive. So if you are willing to pay ~600$ for your dream device, which I feel most people here are this is great!

      I also see not many people going for 3GB RAM, QHD (since it’s pointless past 1080p), 16mp cameras (13mp on the G2 is beautiful so don’t see the need for that), or a upgraded processor. Moto proved with the Moto X that it is better to optimize the processor to do more is better than just upgrading because you can. I see a lot of people buying a 5″ 1080p with a SD 800, 2GB RAM, 32-64GB storage (depending on external option or not), 3500mAh battery, and the 13mp camera. Based on even your over priced upgrades that would be… 800$. They also won’t start a 5″ 720p phone at 500$ it will be more like 200-300$.

    • Tyler

      This is too much, 2 options is plenty for all those besides the screen and storage. Offering them in packages also would make sense and less confusing you don’t need the best processor if you only are pushing 720p and you wouldn’t want the worst processor if you are pushing QHD. Other comments about batteries also apply. Also I think they should go for different screen sizes not everyone wants a 5″ phone and not everyone wants a 4″ or 6″ either. I don’t see motorola going for QHD either considering they have always been slightly behind the trend Moto X and razr. I think they will stride for different price points with this starting low ($300 off) and working their way up to $600 for a decked out phone.

      EDIT: My list
      Snapdragon 600 or S805 (paired with resolution) 2GB Ram for 600, 3GB for 805
      4.3″, 4.8″ , 5.5″ at 720p or 1080p(5.5 only 1080p)
      8MP or 13MP (quality of sensor over MP)
      16GB, 32GB, 64GB
      2500mAh or 3500mAh

  • Scott

    The ability to up my batter and the camera…Yes Please! For the love, especially the camera. People are always asking about my Moto X. I tell them all about it hoping they don’t bring up the camera.

  • cgalyon

    I’d like to see more options for camera sensors. I’m not sure what sorts of hurdles they would deal with in that, but if the factory had a range of similarly sized sensors (and same connection points), I would think it is possible. I can’t really speculate too much on how feasible it would be, but I think it sure would be nice to be able to make decisions to match our priorities (e.g., higher spec camera, smaller/lower res screen, etc…). Definitely like the direction Motorola is going these days.

  • Maxim∑

    “They don’t want a fast phone. They want a quad-core phone. They don’t want a good-looking display, they want a 1080p display. They don’t want a battery that lasts X hours, they want a X mAh battery.”

  • Cesar

    Moto X with a better battery? Shut up and take my money!

  • bigdav1178

    It’d be nice if customizing functionality included the ability to have a physical keyboard.

    • Tim242

      Dude…they’re dead. Time to move on.

      • bigdav1178

        I really have to ask: why is it that people like you seem to have such a problem with people such as myself still wanting a physical keyboard? What difference does it make to you? You don’t want one? – fine, move on to the next comment. Every time someone posts about a physical keyboard, someone else has to post “move on”, “it’s dead”, “get with the times”, “learn how to use a soft keyboard”… whatever. I just don’t get it, and I find it rather rude.

        • Tim242

          Posting about something that you know isn’t going to happen is a waste of energy. The market has moved away from physical keyboards. Blackberry is the only company still doing that. Look at how they are doing. I would think it is rude of you to wish a company to produce a product that won’t sell.

          • bigdav1178

            Yeah, and replying to a comment that in NO WAY affects you is even more of a waste of time. Get it, it does not apply to you. At least I am serving a purpose by stating that there still are those us out there that want this. What is your purpose, other than to put someone else down?

          • Tim242

            I’m not putting you down. I’m trying to help you move on. You would have as much luck posting that on an apple blog. It ain’t happenin. Don’t you think it’s a bit odd that you are getting so offended?

          • bigdav1178

            Thing is I’m not posting on an Apple blog; that would be irrelevant – Apple never had anything to do with physical keyboards, and never will. The same can’t be said for Android.
            As to why I’m offended: it’s not like this is a random thing; the negative comments are an every time thing, and I’m just sick and tired of it. I’ve said my piece, and I’m done on the subject.

          • needa

            yesterday i was talking about the winner between the iphone 5 and gs4 on a will it blend video. so i guess i cannot comment on how idiotic this conversation is.

        • Foo

          It’s the same thing as people getting offended when someone posts about smaller [flagship] phones. “Bro, phablet is the only way to go – you are just dumb!” Whatever, they have their opinion, but I have smaller hands and I want a phone that suits me. I am not trying to take away big phones from people, I just want one that fits in my hand well and serves my purposes.

          • bigdav1178

            That is exactly what I meant! You state that you would like to have the option to have something that isn’t completely mainstream, and suddenly you are wrong for having that desire. Makes no sense to me.

          • Adrynalyne

            “Your opinion is fine as long as it matches my own, which is actually a fact.” –typical Discus troll.

      • Foo

        That’s fine. You are entitled to your opinion. Meanwhile, can we have a keyboard?

  • Droid Ronin

    Wow, big news from Motorola and T-Mobile today. These companies continue to impress me.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I have so many things to say, i don’t know where to start.

  • Philip J. Fry

    If Moto keeps doing stuff like this, they will be ahead of every other manufacturer, hopefully even Samsung.

    • Tim242

      Keep dreaming.

      • Adrynalyne

        Apple thought something similar too at one point.

      • Orion

        Load up the rocket fuel you Samsung fanboys.

        • Tim242

          This isn’t about being a fanboy. Moto is lacking on so many levels to be able to compete with Samsung. Moto is the only company that could pull me away from Samsung. But, the Moto Xis not enough. The display size is slightly too small. The Amoled screens on Moto phones are usually lacking. The phone is thick, about 11 mm. Even with the extra thickness, the battery size is still not up to par.

          • Adrynalyne

            When someone owns so much marketshare, you have to play a long term game. Looking at the now and scoffing doesn’t mean anything. Look at the odds Samsung had vs. Apple.

          • Orion

            I agree with the display size. I myself want a phablet version of the moto x with better internals. Hopefully those rumors of that said phone is coming this year.

          • Josh

            Sorry… I have an S4 and regret not getting the Moto X. Battery life is terrible, features are quirky at best. Always been a Moto guy and will return after this contract.

          • Tim242

            Battery life terrible on the S4…said no one ever. The X is far worse.

          • pappy53
          • ToddAwesome

            Incorrect.

          • needa

            and this comment is what makes you a fanboy.

          • Tim242

            Speaking facts either makes you a fanboy or a troll. Got it.

          • Adrynalyne

            What fact? That was an opinion, bro.

          • needa

            the problem is you are not willing to do the research to get the facts. you just let your fanboyisms cloud your mind and assume that since you think it… it must be true. fact is… you dont know a whole lot about what you are talking about. samsung is lucky to have you pushing their products.

          • needa

            funny you mention the screen in your argument. fyi. the screen is made by samsung and is nothing more than a smaller version of the screen in the note 2. which makes it pretty much a full rgb screen and the absolute best 4.7″ 720p amoled screen money can buy. and if you are going to complain about the thickness… you obviously have not held one.

          • Tim242

            I work in a cell phone store, so yeah I’ve held it. The display is made by Samsung, but is not the same as in Samsung phones

          • needa

            well i guess since you work in a store that makes you an expert. maybe do a bit of research. i think anandtech did a thing on the moto x screen. its a good read.

      • Philip J. Fry

        Lol ok.

    • crazed_z06

      lol Ok.. check the sales figures on the X and compared them to a niche device like the Note3. Moto has a long way before even becoming a viable competitor to Samsung.. let alone getting ahead of them.

      • Adrynalyne

        Moto X was a limited release to limited carriers and locations. They were testing the waters.

        Also–
        Samsung didn’t become an overnight success with the Galaxy S either. Lets keep things in perspective. Look how well their Omnia line did…

        • crazed_z06

          Did know the X was a limited release. I thought it was the phone that was supposed to bring balance to the force.

          The only place Ive seen an X in real life is the Verizon store. Havent seen a single one in a user’s hand. I know they’re out there, but it hasnt reached that crticical mass where you look up in a bar and see someone texting away on one.

          • Adrynalyne

            I hear you, but with a radical move like the Moto X, I think it was wise for them to test the waters first.

            It was only a few years ago when all I ever saw were iPhones and no Samsung devices anywhere.

          • Big_EZ

            Not to mention how much I hear people talk about the X even though they don’t have one. I think with more options (and time, for people to get another upgrade) I think we could see a slow shift towards Motorola.

      • Monk

        If Moto does keep these sorts of options coming they very well could become top dog. No one would said they’d do it with a single phone

      • Philip J. Fry

        Did I say that the moto x was going to be “the” phone that is going to make moto top dog? Give it a few years and then see where moto is on the totem pole.

  • Richard Giordano

    Chose a 2k display over a 1080p and 3gbs of ram with the Droid maxxs battery and I’m sold.

    • WAldenIV

      2K is 1080p. The resolution is 1920 x 1080. 4K resolution is double that, 3840 x 2160, or 2160p. Marketers want to keep you confused by switching terms and values.

      • Adrynalyne

        It gets worse with 4k, because there are two different 4k resolutions.

        Very annoying.

      • Foo

        Yeah, first I heard of 4k I got really excited thinking it would be 7680×4320 – 16x the size of the 1080p one. To my great disappointment they had switched values for marketing. Instead of “2160p” it’s now “4k.”

  • mmoreimi

    Please don’t put your phone face down on the cement. If you insist, please start using a case.

    Thanks,
    Moto X owner

  • bd1212

    This is huge. Imagine being able to customize the battery size, processor, RAM. Want a phone with a 5-inch display with 720, 1080, or 1440p resolution, Snapdragon 800 or 805, and a huge 3500mAh battery? Go make it! Want a smaller, lighter phone with a 4.7-inch display, Snapdragon 600, 2200nmAh battery? You can make that too! Seriously can’t wait to see what Motorola brings in 2014.

    • Tim242

      The problem with that is that average consumers don’t want to be bothered by all of that. They just want a phone that works

      • Adrynalyne

        This is just a step to making phones customizable, just like computers.

        Customization has been a successful venture with PC companies, despite average consumers not caring.

        • Tim242

          People had reasons for customizing PC’s. Most people don’t need that much power in their phone. 42% of US smartphone buyers choose the iPhone. The most common reason stated is because of its simplicity.

          • Adrynalyne

            Choice is bad…said no one ever.

            You keep this online, and you put prebuilt models on store shelves. Everyone is a winner.

          • Tim242

            In a perfect world, that would be great. But would they be able to sustain a profit that way? I’m thinking not.

          • Adrynalyne

            I’m sure analysts told Dell the same thing when they started doing it. Now much of the industry does it: Lenovo, HP, etc.

          • Tim242

            Dell is on its last thread. But again, the smartphone market is not comparable to the PC market. Grandmonthers, soccer moms, and sports fan dads aren’t looking to customize their smartphone

          • Adrynalyne

            Dell is, but not for the reason we are discussing. Plenty of other companies are doing fine with customizable options online and prebuilts in store.

            The smartphone market is not comparable…yet.

            I think you know as well as I do that the push towards mobile computing is changing the PC market, for better or worse. I predict we will see significant changes in both markets in the next 5-10 years.

          • Chris

            Right, everyday people. but a lot of techies are.

            I’m sure a few everyday people would love a bigger battery at least. as long as the customizations don’t sacrifice other customizations. (like a 4.3″ phone can only have a 2300 mh battery. Upgrade to a larger battery and you are forced to a larger screen)

          • Tim242

            It’s either a bigger screen, or thicker phone.

          • Big_EZ

            Even still, there will be a retail version without customizations for these people just like with the current X.

          • Big_EZ

            They aren’t looking to customize their pc either, that’s why they got to the store and by an off the shelf model.

          • Big_EZ

            They are currently doing it that way, and it’s working for them. Why not let Motorola worry about their profits.

          • zionlion02

            Actually, I think plenty of psychologists would disagree. 🙂 Classic experiment – humans have problems with too much choice. Check out the studies. I’m just messing with you, but it’s a very interesting phenomenon! Like when former Soviet bloc defectors came to the US and went to retail stores, super markets, etc. Boggled their minds and made decision making hard.

          • Kelly

            That’s right, but you can present choice in different ways to offset that. Personalized recommendations and breaking things down into the simplest possible categories help a lot. It’s also, in my opinion, better to have one base product and then offer options for that product (kind of like Apple’s model of selling Macs; there is one MacBook Pro brand line, but varying screen sizes, other specs etc. within that line). Choice gets annoying when you have a billion different models with different names and slightly different specs (HP is the first example that comes to mind). Moto Maker makes choice sexy with 3D models and good web design–I think it would work with more customization too.

          • Big_EZ

            This is how it’s currently done. I don’t understand why they think it would change just because of more options.

          • bd1212

            Then you could just keep the default processor selection. I know for a fact that screen size customization, resolution, battery size, etc. would resonate VERY well with consumers. What consumer doesn’t want the choice of being able to have a bigger battery? What consumer doesn’t want the choice of being able to choose their preferred screen size (ex. many iPhone users wish it had a bigger screen, but don’t have the choice and switch to Android phones for their bigger screens even though they prefer iOS)? Same can be said for resolution. Some people don’t care for 1080p, while others do.

          • Big_EZ

            That’s the OS. When it comes to the hardware the IPhone is actually more complicated than some other retail phones. With the iPhone you have three choices for color (5S,even more with the 5C) and a choiceof storage. With the retail X you only have one choice, white or black.

          • Tim242

            I work in a cell phone store. All of those choices of iPhone, guess which ones people actually buy? The white and black 16 GB models.

          • Big_EZ

            But they still have that choice. Motorola could have tons of options on Moto Maker and I’m sure many people would still choose one of the few retail versions for simplicity, but how does it hurt those people just because I have the option for a Moto Maker version?

          • Tim242

            It is not a sustainable model.

          • Adrynalyne

            How is it not sustainable?

          • Big_EZ

            Why not let Motorola worry about their business model? If it’s not sustainable they increase the price, or discontinue their current model.

          • Monk

            Why are you so against the idea of people having choices?

          • Adrynalyne

            I don’t think it is that. I think that if Samsung came up with this idea, he would be heralding it as the next coming of Christ.

      • cns2007

        I think what they could do is ask the customer a few questions about their phone habits/usage. Kind of like how VZW and AT&T ask when trying to get you to choose a shared data plan. Then make a suggestion.
        Do you watch videos daily? Yes. 1080p screen.
        Are wall outlets easily available throughout your day? No. 3000 battery.

        • bd1212

          This would be great for everyday consumers. Easy to answer questions that suggest an answer for you.

      • Zach B.

        I like the idea of maybe meeting in the middle. Give a few options, but not a lot. Too much customization likely will annoy people who want, like you said, simply a phone that works. Example: 2 screen sizes, smaller one at 720p and bigger one at 1080p. Then two battery sizes. I feel like that is a nice balance of keeping options simple enough for even your average consumer to not be turned off to it.

        • Chris

          Resolution or size? When I hear size i think of something like 4.3″ or 4.7″

          • Zach B.

            Well, I suppose I could have been clearer, but it’s kinda spelled out…

            2 screen sizes, let’s use 4.5″ and 5″ as examples, and like I said above…. “smaller one at 720p and bigger one at 1080p.”

        • Trysta

          I think this is probably most realistic. Motorola can’t make EVERYTHING customizable because that would be the equivalent of producing like 20 different phones and the support for that would be a nightmare. I’d be happy with a small (aka the size it is now) and a large screen size along with different storage options and a max sized battery option. I think certain things like the camera should not be customizable. That should just be as good as motorola can make it for their flagship phone (not unreasonable). The chipset should also be fixed otherwise updates might come to certain versions of the phone before others which would be lame.

      • Big_EZ

        Then they can buy the retail model in the store. The rest of us can get a Moto Maker version. The same way we do now, but with more options.

      • a) youth.in.asia

        That’s why the average user gravitates to the iPhone… average user

        • Big_EZ

          The average user could get the retail model like they can now, and leave all of the hassle to those of us who want the Moto Maker version.

          • AbbyZFresh

            But isn’t that the point of the majority of this article today? Utilizing MotoMaker in more than just the colors of the phone and moving on to the components.

          • Big_EZ

            Yes, I’m just saying there’s a retail version without the hassle (not really a hassle) for those who think Moto Maker is to complicated, or just don’t care about it.

        • Tim242

          Android owns 55% of the US market. Lots of average users there.

          • Adrynalyne

            Most computers out there are Windows machines, and those are the most customizable. So the correlation between average user and ability to customize doesn’t really exist.

      • Eskimo128

        As much as I am one of the ones who would customize my phone, Tim is right. Walk into your favorite cell carrier store and look around. Apple has carefully crafted their display to be clean and uncluttered. It’s not intimidating. There’s so much choice with Android. My wife is a technophobe – she walks in, looks around, gets that glazed look in her eyes, and looks back at me for guidance. (She wanted what would be a Droid5 if it was made..ended up with a Nexus 5)

        One way around this overload- let the stores stock the basic “Motorola DROID”. Let’s say it’s a 4.5″ screen, 1080p, and a moderate sized battery. But, go online, and then you can customize like bd1212 suggested. Qi-enabled? 5″ screen? “MAXX”-spec battery? carbo-kevlar-unobtanium back? Now you’ve created YOUR own device, while not cluttering up the stores.

        Moto – ya did good with Motomaker for the X.. Let’s take it to the next level with hardware options! I’m buying my next device outright in 2 months and 8 days to replace my RAZR Maxx, and am looking forward to seeing what is available.

    • WAldenIV

      I’d go 4.7-inch screen with 720p resolution. I personally see no need for 1080p on a device so small.

      • bd1212

        And that would be your choice. Endless possibilities.

      • Chris

        I take you havn’t gotten a new phone in the last year or year and a half?

        Theres No need for LTE when theres wifi right? 😉

    • Big_EZ

      I think keep the 4.7″, and add a 5.2″ and 5.7″, maybe even a 4″ ultra small to compete with the iPhone size. I think things that would need changes to the OS versus other models shouldn’t be done, like the processor. Stick with changes that will allow the same software with little to no changes like screen size, battery, ram, storage.

      • Kelly

        This is key. Obviously, some specs are dependent on screen size (bigger screen = bigger phone = can fit bigger battery) but I hope when Woodside says “customize screen size,” he means one flagship, one reasonably uniform set of specs, multiple screen sizes. Other OEMs tend to put slower processors, less RAM, less storage, etc. in smaller-screen phones because they assume anyone looking for a smaller screen is also looking for a cheap phone. Hopefully Moto’s screen size customization won’t follow that trend.

        • Big_EZ

          Yes, keep the core of the device the same. It irritates me that the Galaxy S4 Mini isn’t even on par withthe S3. Some things are going to suffer when you go that small (mainly nattery) but tthere’s people out there that want a small phone (not me, I’m waiting on a 5.5-5.7″ Moto X2)

  • J2886M

    64gb internal storage. Droid maxx battery life. Active display. 4gb ram. 5inch 1080 display. Comparable camera like the lgg2 and I’ll pay full price

    • John Legere

      4gb ram? Wut

      • Adrynalyne

        If they would just start dedicating separate ram for GPU, and we could actually get the full usable amount of ram advertised…

        4GB of ram by today’s standards would be about 3.5 usable.

    • anezarati

      $1000

      • Adrynalyne

        800 MSRP, max.

        • nwd1911

          Did you mean maxx?

    • Alisan_C

      sounds almost like Ubuntu edge :p

    • MistaButters

      No need for 4GB of RAM.

  • Kevin

    I feel like Moto has already laid the groundwork with their naming convention to make a totally customizable phone. First the Moto X, and Moto G, now make it 100% yours with the Moto U

    • Cesar

      Motorola/Nintendo merger?

    • Riz Virani

      Good name 😛

  • jstew182

    I wish I would’ve been able to hold out for the wood backs on my Moto X but if the future brings more customizations hopefully stuff like wood/other materials will be available at launch this time.

  • Guy Meatdrapes

    Moto x with a 5 inch 1080p screen and maxx battery, I would pay full price even at 600.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “you don’t have screen size and you don’t have functionality and we’re going to bring all that in in the next year or so.”

    Anyone else getting flash backs to the original rumors of the Moto Xs customizability? . . . And what does he mean by “Functionality” hmmm

  • Justin Barrett

    In other news, Motorola is awesome.

  • Milton Jimenez

    In regards to the more premium line, screen size options would be good as well as having the option to add a BIGGER battery.

    • This. Battery.

    • trixnkix637

      I don’t get it, the X has easily the best battery of any phone I’ve had. And I’m a HEAVY power user (never on wifi, gps on, constantly streaming music, facebook, instagram, downloading, etc..). I can get through a 9 hr. work day without ever having to look at my charger. What are some of the stats you guys are seeing? Or is it that you want something similar to the Droid MAXX?

      • Hothfox

        I think the dream is going 48+ hours without needing to charge, reminiscent of the days of the flip phone that would last a week on a charge. Which just is not going to happen right now.

        I’m like you – as long as it can get me from 5am when I pick the phone up off my night stand to 11pm when I lay down for bed time, I’m tickled pink. And the Moto X does that for me plus room for more with my normal, unfettered use.

      • Cesar

        I’m a pretty moderate user (Average about 1.5 – 2.5 hours of screen time, with Wi-Fi on) and at best I tend to get about 15-16 hours out of the battery before I need to reach for the charger. It’s not terrible, but it could be better.

      • Sankyou

        It does have an amazingly well-optimized battery. Some of us; however, get nervous when things start running low. This is what drove me to purchase the OG Razr Maxx. It’s just nice to not have to worry about it and I would definitely pay more for a larger battery if it were an option.

      • Monk

        Perfect reason for options. I’ll shell out the extra cash/weight/thickness for a Maxx type battery.

      • bd1212

        I, like you, can easily get through a workday without needing a charge.. The problem is, that isn’t when my day ends. I’m still going throughout the night, and I expect my phone to do the same. Having to wait and charge it up slows me down. If it had a bigger battery, I could keep going throughout the night. That’s what I’d like to see in the next Moto X.

      • chris125

        It is one of those things you want just in case. Lets get back to the days where when you used to have a BB it could go days without needing a charge. We want phones you don’t need to charge everyday.

      • Raven

        The Moto X is a great phone on average and always gets me through an average day. The problem is when things are not average. Using a lot of GPS navigation in a rental car when you forgot your charger. Shooting HD video at an event (I shot a couple dozen 1 minute clips over a 4 hour period at a high school event plus some stills and my X was almost dead, I would have liked to have shot more but had to conserve for the end (I know, I know, use a real camera, next time I will)). Watching movies stored on your phone during a long airplane trip (my Nexus 7 died shortly before my trip and I tried to make do with just my phone).

      • I didn’t think much about battery until your kid takes your phone to play games while out somewhere. This burns through a battery very quickly and why I would want to have a big battery in any phone I get. I have the Droid Razr Maxx and I haven’t had any issues but my wife has the Droid 4 and her battery is always dying and constantly needs to be charged.

        • trixnkix637

          I feel her pain. I’m coming from a VZW Galaxy Nexus that could barely hold a charge for 4 hrs with low-moderate use.

          • Higher_Ground

            Yep, my phone will usually die before I go to bed even if I don’t use it – at all – for the day. If I use it more than 30 mins or update a ROM, it’s dead by lunch time.
            Also, the signal reception is terrible and I’m sure that factors in as well.
            Can’t wait until June when I’m done with this contract… but that just means it’ll be another 2-3 months before the Moto X refresh, so more waiting it is!

      • Just_Some_Nobody

        What’s not to get? More is better.

        “More is better than less because if there’s more less stuff, then you might
        want to have some more. However, your parents won’t let you because
        there’s only a little. If you really like something, you’ll want more of
        it. “

        • trixnkix637

          Well technically more is just more. Better is subjective. Everyone considers the X’s specs to be last generation yet it’s been considered the phone of 2013 by many ahead of high tier phones. Effectively Moto has made the X work better with less. But I get having the option for more is always appealing.

          • Nikuliai

            so freaking true man… that’s exactly what Moto was doing, “work better with less”, they did grab a lot of people with it, but there are some hardcore-ish users that think that 5+”, 1080p and Huge battery is a must have, I don’t agree, but I get it, the only point I agree 100% is on the camera stuff, even tho I’m not a camera man myself, it does drag A LOT of people out of this phone since it has a name on crappy pictures, they MUST improve this on the 2014 line.

            Either way the screen size, ppi, battery and camera would be good as customization options… I would actually keep it almost the same with slightly better hw (like 64 bits, internal memory or camera), but I’m not that into specs, I want a phone that works fast and fits in the hand, don’t really care about pixels or a phablet phone, but again, a lot of people do, so options would be nice.

            PS: the best part here is to know that Motorola is keeping the way into innovation, mixing the X8 with the Ara project/concept, to me that’s the HUGE (and I mean HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE deal here), we’re talking to specs customization, that’s just one step below the modular phone (which I think it’s a good idea and all but I’m not really that interested, it would be pretty huge and heavy phones, so I’d rather have something assembled optimizing size, like a custom Moto X, they definitely got my love there)

            PS n° 2: with my Moto X I wasn’t thinking on getting another phone on 2014 but if hw customization is there I definitely would be interested 🙂

      • guest

        Does anyone w/ moto x have problems with their phone staying on LTE mine likes to sit on 3g instead of connecting to LTE. I’ve been trying to fix for over a month (Multiple factory resets, new sim cards, playing with settings) Motorola wants me to send in for 5 to 7 days to fix (Can’t go without phone that long) Verizon wants me to do an insurance claim (pay $99 when I’ve done nothing to damage phone).

      • bjssp

        I’d easily upgrade the battery and screen size and downgrade the camera.

      • michael arazan

        It’s not the battery in the x but the software motorola created to conserve the battery power drain issues. Inagine the X with a 2900- 3200mah battery, it would last an entire week without a charge.

    • John Legere

      I mean, we know they have the batteries. Cough Droid Maxx.

      • JRomeo

        Why are you impersonating John Legere?

        • John Legere

          I’m not. What a silly question.

    • Mark Rising

      WOW! So excited for the direction MOTO is going! They are going to pickup a lot of Sammy users and make it easier for iOS sheep to switch over with all the customization options available. I can’t wait for the MOTO X2!! BRING IT MOTO!

    • Ralph Bretz

      Battery and camera improvements.

    • Big_EZ

      Absolutely. The one thing other than screen size that puts me off of the X is the battery. For the last 2 years all my devices have had over 3000 mah and I still drain them in less than 8 hours.

    • a) youth.in.asia

      MOTO X MAXX

    • Brandon Golway

      I’m in the market for a new phone and I want something with a screen equivalent or bigger to my S4, and I definitely want to go back to Moto as my next phone but I don’t see any phones like this out there currently. I’d definitely be down for putting a Razr MAXX HD battery in it.

    • Mike H.

      Would enjoy the option of sd slot or not

      Flash memory is pretty cheap yet every phone is capped at 32.

      Do more with storage 😀

      • Big_EZ

        A microSD slot would be awesome, but not likely. I could get away with a 64gb option, maybe even a 128gb option as well.

    • Fatty Bunter

      I think the obvious first screen customization is whether you want 720p or 1080p/1440p (which will be awesome)

    • Ahku Droid

      Yes, a MAXX battery, possibly Droid RAZR level durability, and have them all unlocked (I’m looking at you VZW) or as a small fee to “upgrade” to a Developer device (no more than $30 since it is just a software change).

  • Shane Redman

    DROID MAXX BATTERY IN A MOTOX PACKAGE or idc