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More Details Leak on Moto X +1 Backplate Options

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Motorola may have a new owner, but that doesn’t mean the company is abandoning all products in its development pipeline. Evidence of a successor to the Moto X continues to mount, most recently from evleaks, whose tweet yesterday suggests that the tentatively named Moto X +1 will have 25 different backplate options when released.

As shown in the tweet, the Moto X +1 will launch with all materials currently available through MotoMaker, but a new addition is four different colors of leather – Black, Red, Grey, and Blue.

Unfortunately, evleaks still hasn’t been able to leak any release dates or carrier partners quite yet, but that information will surely come a little later down the road.

Between this and the Moto 360 smartwatch, Motorola has quite an eventful 2014 planned.

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Via: @evleaks
  • Al-Burrit0

    So the successor to the moto x is called moto x +1?

  • NexusMan

    Where’s Kevlar?

  • C-Law

    My moto x is my favorite phone ever so if lenovo keeps the same strategy Google or in place, I can’t see why this wouldn’t be my next phone

  • BeerManMike

    Sorry Moto, I am presonally getting your watch (looks great and it will be a birthday present to myself, release it already!) but the Droid MAXX is getting old (when is the EOL?) and my work needs to move onto something else. We are looking at the Galaxy S5 as we have alot of outside people and the dust/water ratings are good, we need a solid phone so it will be hard to sell the X+1 to the corporate guys when the selling point is “you can get it with a leather back!”.

    • needa

      one too many beers?

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    i’m a stickler for the details, but 2 things i noticed were Purple is in the current cool colors not warm and the current Walnut isn’t listed as a wood but Rosewood is. I know its probably a draft list but details are important. Rosewood was in the original list but it never saw the light of day.

    http://www.droid-life.com/2013/08/23/are-moto-x-wood-backs-going-to-cost-an-extra-50/

  • hoosiercub88

    I want carbon fiber.. like actual carbon fiber mesh.

  • Jeff C

    Disappointed there won’t be any brown/saddle type leather option. I would love a supple and high-quality leather back that would get a nice patina as it gets scuffed, scratched and rubbed.

  • chris kilps

    hopefully these all come out at the same time

  • asten77

    erm, the deal hasn’t closed yet. Google still owns Motorola Mobilty.

  • WCM3

    How do they offer blue leather before brown? Ridiculous..

    • Chris Hughes

      So many injustices in the world. Such a kick in the teeth to not have the exact color of leather backing for your phone on day 1.

      If you want, I can call Amnesty International for you? :-)

      • WCM3

        When’s the last time you wore Blue Leather?

        maybe i don’t wanna know..

    • NexusMan

      Agreed, but remember, this is a leaked, prerelease rumor, not a confirmed, official, final listing.

  • morteum

    No more walnut? Disappointing. That would have been my choice. Leather doesn’t do it for me.

  • beerme828

    Wireless charging, and slightly larger screen, and this would be my dream phone.

    • rawr

      So you are fine with the other mid range specs that most phones 2 years ago had?

      • blix247

        yes

      • Nikuliai

        If it works like 2013… HELL YEAH!, it could be an ARM6 for what I care, spec war is irrelevant if the OEM actually knows how to optimize the phone, I’ve said it many times already but the only other brand that actually sells for me is the Nexus, most of the other UIs start to behave like pieces of garbage when the phone is more than 4 months old, as I -also- said many times I got an X at almost the same time my cousin got the S4 and that phone right now is basically garbage (low signal, slow as hell, has to reboot almost every week) while my humble X just has battery issues (I abused the gaming and 4.4.2 consumes a lot more in the long term), durability is what everyone should expect of EVERY phone that is sold for more than 400 and sadly almost none delivers… the performance curve is just stupid bad.

      • beerme828

        Honestly, yeah. I love the MotoX. Cracked my screen on the Nexus 5 and considered getting a MotoX. Used my roommate’s for a few days and only missed the wireless charging and screen size. So… yeah.

      • NexusMan

        We’ve already covered this, the X8 System didn’t exist 2 years ago. Keep up.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    …………….why did Google dump motorola again? I know they were taking some time to actually make money but with all this in the works AND Project Ara…why didn’t hey just hold on to them longer?

    • rawr

      You can’t go down with the ship. You gotta survive and build a new one. Unless you are the captain, then you immediately take a job somewhere else.

      Glad Moto-Life is back, much more fun to point out moto being bad than HTC.

    • blix247

      Probably some combination of trying not to upset Samsung and the market for smart phones being too big for Motorola to really compete at the level Samsung and Apple do.

    • NexusMan

      Because Google sites not have the interest in running and rebuilding a phone manufacturer.

  • Mahers

    What’s with the four variations of red? Red, Crimson, Raspberry, and Cabernet??? And Blue too: Navy, Turquoise, Dark teal, Royal Blue?

    • Cael

      Crimson is dark red. Red is light red. Raspberry is pink. Cabernet idk.
      Gotta order my Crimson X today or tomorrow. i is so excited!

      • Mahers

        I know what the colors are, but they could have come up with some better choices, IMHO.

        • Cael

          I’m sure you do but the Moto Maker’s representation of the colors are way different than how they look irl. They need to fix that since they have so many variations.

          • Mike

            It’s not something that can be fixed. Everyone’s monitors have different color skew and lots of them aren’t even close to representing true colors. Oddly enough, mobile and tablet displays are typically much better calibrated (other than that Samsung over-saturated stuff) and so you get a better indication of true colors. My Nexus10 is calibrated very well since they meant it to replace magazines and other printed literature.. Ordered my wife’s MotoX from it and it looks exactly as it was on the page.

          • Cael

            I’ve looked at the Moto Maker on multiple monitors, my phone, and tablets. Their reds are off. I would have gotten cherry red had a Youtube video not said that its actually way lighter than Moto Maker makes it appear.

          • blix247

            Never measured it on a monitor that has really accurate color representation, but I think is this more on the monitor end than it is on Motorola’s.

      • Raven

        My wife wanted a pink X, but went with Raspberry. Raspberry is not pink and does not match her pink laptop, pink Asus HD 7, pink clock radio/speaker dock, and other pink things. So, my question is why didn’t they go with such a popular common color as pink? And no, my wife is not that prissy, she rarely even wears make up, but she does happen to like pink electronics.

  • ddevito

    All this backplate nonsense is great and all, but it’d be nice to see them expand on the X’s unique feature-set and perhaps add some more.

    • Cael

      They need more front options than just black and white.

      • ddevito

        whatever – colors alone won’t sell this phone. I know somewhere in the bowels of the development of the first one Motorola and Google knew that. I hope Lenovo does too.

        • Cael

          I’m aware, but people like having choices and the fact you have 2 color choices for the front and multiple for the back could turn people off. People might want a solid colored phone instead of a split one.

    • blix247

      Somehow I think the Moto X+1 and the surrounding marketing campaign is about more than just leather backs and a few extra colors.

    • NexusMan

      Many people love “this backplate nonsense” its called design.

  • BrianLipp

    Pro-tip Moto: DON’T MAKE IT AT&T EXCLUSIVE FOR LAUNCH!

    • Cael

      AT&T threw that money at Moto. Probably outbidded Verizon and pissed them off. Everybody knows Motorola is Verizon’s sugarbaby.

      • david05cm

        Pretty sure Verizon went with the Droid devices at first then realized the Moto X was more popular and brought it over.

        • Cael

          at first? Um no. The Moto X was going to Verizon before Motorola and Verizon announced the Droid Ultra’s and the Moto X. There was no realization in anything, the was confirmed leakage. Plus Verizon always carries multiple Motorola devices no matter how similar they are.

    • calculatorwatch

      I think that was purely for manufacturing reasons, i.e. they didn’t want to get swamped with Motomaker orders before they had a chance to iron out the bugs in the system. Now that the factory has been up and running for a year I bet they’ll be smart enough to launch with it on all carriers.

  • The Narrator

    terrible name. Almost worse than Microsoft.

    • Ryan N

      Could be a place holder name…

  • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

    +1 for metal options

  • Jack March

    Why does Droid-life always take so long to report on these things? Evleaks tweeted this yesterday!

    • morteum

      They never write articles on Sunday and seldom on Saturday. It’s just a rumor, I don’t think anyone is going to miss out by waiting a day.

      • Jack March

        Ah, me not using my common sense there. Always thought it was odd how huge news wasn’t noticed by droid life sometimes

        • morteum

          I agree that sometimes it does seem like they are somewhat behind. I usually will check android police too just to make sure I’m not missing anything.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Where are teh metals???

    Waiting for titanium and steel. Aluminum would look good too.

    • erikiksaz

      Signal attenuation, homie.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        True. But the desire for metals is also true.

        • erikiksaz

          Yeah, I know. I’d love to have a metal back, too. Maybe a combination of walnut and satin-finished steel. I have a coffee table with this combo and it looks so nice!

          • zurginator

            Hehe, then my phone would match my wallet.

      • Pedro

        Titanium might work, since it’s a lousy electrical conductor.

      • Frettfreak

        This is true to an extent but obviously it can be done. The one has zero signal issues

    • Alex Boro

      YES METALS. But leather looks just as premium.

    • WCM3

      i wonder if Rick Osterloh reads droid-life. :P

      yes please.

    • ok

      Wow I still can’t believe people fell for Apple/HTC’s advertising

    • cns2007

      Being Motorola, I was expecting Kevlar or carbon fiber. Maybe even with a custom trim like the wood ones, but with chrome or aluminum.

      • Joel Gautraud

        Woven Black is already kinda close to that in appearance… not exact, but as close as we’re gonna get for now.

        • cns2007

          I realize that, but the pattern is different. Also, durability could be a selling point.

          • Joel Gautraud

            “Perceived” durability might be a selling point. But nobody drops their phone and complains “the back plate just cracked!”
            Kevlar is a gimmick and really only for aesthetics.

          • cns2007

            Perceived or gimmick, who cares. It would look nice was my point. Actually I have seen more than one broken backplate.

          • Jprime

            also easier to grip

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

      Vibranium!

    • cobalt27

      That’s coming for the Moto (X+1)^2.

      • MotoFan

        should be called Moto x²

      • Higher_Ground

        been awhile, but would that make it the Moto x^2+2x+1?

  • EC8CH

    Red Leather

    that’s a naughty phone.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I was only looking at black and gray. But if its a nice vibrant deep red, I’d be really into it.

      • EC8CH

        Whatever man.. it’s 2014, get down which yo freak self.

      • Ryan N

        You wouldn’t be into deep pink?….

    • mustbepbs

      For years I wanted a better like-comment ratio than you. Now that I’m finally on the cusp of that goal, it is bittersweet.

      Why? Because it means nothing. Well done, me.

  • 213ninja

    get wood or go home.

    • The Narrator

      my gay friends say that all the time

      • 213ninja

        glad you’re picking up what i’m putting down homie

    • Alex Boro

      The wood on my moto x sucked and I had to exchange it for a plastic one. The walnut was super slippery and it had these little holes in them which made it very annoying.

      • 213ninja

        i was far from serious.