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Motorola Hosting September 4 Event – For New Moto X, Moto G and Moto 360

On September 4, the day after Samsung gets done announcing its next Galaxy Note device, Motorola will host a press event of their own to unveil new products. We are fully expecting the next version of the Moto X to be the star of the show, along with the Moto 360. There may also be a new Moto G on hand. Well, that’s at least what the invite is hinting at.

Rumors of a Moto X+1 as the follow-up have existed for months now, but as we often remind folks, nothing is official until Motorola makes it official. The Moto 360, on the other hand, is all sorts of official already. This event should fill in some of the blanks, though, like final specs and price. The Moto G has helped Motorola find some success after years of frustration, so it only makes sense that they refresh the handset.

Who is ready for Motorola’s next big launch? 

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  • Scott Van Maldegiam

    Sounds like the muzzle can be removed at 1am Sep 5. Of course, what time zone is that? I don’t know.

  • Scott Van Maldegiam

    Grrr… All the tech blogs/sites mentioned was the 9/4 date and Motorola never officially announced the Sep 5 public announcement. I am so annoyed. FYI, I read on another site that the current Moto X will have a 1 day sale of $199 for the 16 GB version. I hope that is true. Buy the current Moto X for $199 or buy a more current smartphone for over twice the price?

  • Butane87

    Have we gotten confirmation on what time on the 4th?

  • MikeKorby

    So, being that I’m in Chicago, is it frowned upon to show up without an invite?

  • John Kitchen

    It’d be sweet if they completely revolutionized the bluetooth headset game. All of the nice looking ones (I have the new Jawbone Era) have pretty crappy battery life and voice quality in the bluetooth space overall is inconsistent. If they came out with a bluetooth that had amazing battery life, crystal clear sound quality and a nice look, it could shake things up. It’s kind of like printers. There isn’t really a good, affordable printer. You just have one because you need one and there’s no incentive to make them any better.

  • Marc

    I can’t wait very much longer for the Moto 360

  • tlspatt

    with a Dev Ed, pretty please, personalizable on Moto Maker this time 🙂

  • sagisarius

    Not quite making that “summer” window they had orginally said… but better late than never!

    • Rob5321

      Fall doesn’t start until Sept 23, so technically they made their late summer promise! Still want it now though…

      • sagisarius

        I guess that’s the magic of them giving seasonal deadlines, there’s always that second definition backup. Even though everyone uses meteorological seasons (fall ends Sept 1st), they can always use the “oh no, we totally meant astronomical fall” excuse!

  • droidrazredge

    I’m ready I’m ready! This is how I’ll be till September 4th

  • Cesar

    I’m so hype right now!

  • Dre Fay
  • Bryan

    I can’t wait to see what the new Moto X is and how much it will cost off contract.

    Based on the news about the Verizon unlimited data loophole going away in a few weeks, I went to Costco and burned two upgrades on an S5 for me and my wife. My wife wanted to upgrade her S4, but I got the S5 to sell for profit and use the cash to upgrade at full retail.

    Just in case I might like it, I used the S5 for a day, but I soon realized that it isn’t for me, even with Nova launcher on it. It has so much bloatware you can’t disable that it was laggy in places that it shouldn’t be. My Moto X felt faster, albeit I did like the S5’s display. It was a little big, but I could get used to that. The physical home button on the other hand – I don’t like physical buttons. I’d do OK with capacitive buttons, but I don’t like have to physically push the button when using one handed.

    So, getting the S5 for $99 at Costco, and then selling it 3 days later for $500 gives me $400 of free “upgrade” money to apply to the new Moto X. I’ll probably wait for a bit to see if it goes on sale like the Moto X did to get a good deal on it. The nice thing is that I don’t need to worry about upgrading so I can order wherever and whenever I want.

  • John Collard

    My question is … How do I get in?

    • Godzilla

      Kiss her on the neck a few times, move your hips, then it’ll happen.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I don’t know why, but that made me laugh. +1 for you.

  • Should’ve had an option to select BOTH. I’m excited for both Motorola and Samsung being I want the Note 4 and Moto 360.

  • kevinh52

    Now i just need help deciding silver or black moto360. At Some point we need a poll to see what everyone thinks.. But I since all the colorscombinations of leather or metal bands are out in the public, so it a bit early. What does everyone think so far on black or silver… I’m in the middle. One thing is the gold ascent around the button shows up more on the black. Not a big deal, just wish it was just all black. And those i guess are not final versions, so who knows..

  • Guest

    Well, I guess I know what my September Paycheck is being spent on!

  • Godzilla

    I will be there presenting the 360. Look for me

  • richkoos

    Do you think that the brushed metal on the invite means anything? I assume it’s about the moto x since we know the 360 is metal but not brushed metal.

  • Guest

    Is the Moto 360 finally launching!?

  • Guest

    BRING IT MOTO!

  • Chicago cause Moto Active Display technology was developed there….inside info had cocktails by accident with one of the devs at a bar

  • Orion

    Its about time!!! But why the same week of the Note 4 announcement?? Could have done it the week before. Oh well. I’m really looking forward to the moto 360. As for the “x+1”, I just want to see what comes of this phone. Chances are I’m waiting for the Nexus 6 instead.

  • ckilps

    I wonder what is the headset all about. Those so not used really any more.

    • Godzilla

      i use mine around the house cuz i hate the act of holding a phone to my ear

  • Jerry Huster

    YASSSSS!!! New Bluetooth EARPIECE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AbbyZFresh

    I don’t understand why Moto thinks its a good idea to release so close to the iPhone 6 and Note 4 launch. They’ll be eaten alive by the pure Apple/Samsung hype. They better have a damn good marketing strategy to get the word out to the public and carriers this time.

    They took too long to release the phones compared to last year.

    • guesswhat

      thats the best they can do .if it was in there hands im sure they would have wanted to release moto 360 at I/O and Moto X early summer. who would want to loose on sales and not get full attention

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      One the other hand, the number of comparisons with the iPhone 6 will be greatly increased over their competitors, especially if it is closer in size (let’s face it, this year’s Android flagships are huge). I think that is who they want to target: iOS users, coming out of contract, forced to buy a larger device anyway who can be convinced to purchase Motorola products instead. A tough sell, for sure, but a better bet than trying to compete directly with devices that are 90% the same as yours, as HTC has seen.

      Samsung’s announcement won’t be an issue. The Note series isn’t really a direct competitor to anything that Motorola is currently doing. Those looking for a Note aren’t really looking for these Motorola products, and those looking for Motorola’s segment aren’t really looking for the Note.

      • Bryan

        I agree. I think they want to release close to the iPhone so they’ll be compared in a lot of articles (free advertising) by tech reviewers. That will help get their name out there as a competitor to the iPhone. They just better have a good phone on their hands so they don’t get hammered by those tech reviews. If it’s truly a Moto X, but bigger, faster, more high end specs, and a few more bells and whistles, I think they’ll have a hit on their hands. I love my Moto X and am planning on replacing it with whatever Moto reveals next month.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          If Motorola positions themselves as a legitimate competitor to the build quality of the iPhone, can manage to best it soundly in battery life, be competitive in camera quality, and offer some new, truly compelling features, they have a shot. Anything less, and they will be overlooked again.

  • Tony Byatt

    Good…

    Now all you “late Summer” analist can shut up…

    😛

  • Alix8821

    what time?! I need to get “sick” for work… haha .

    WANT THAT 360!!!

  • bkosh84

    My wallet is ready…

  • Apple, Samsung, and Moto in 3days well I’ll be looks like we have a brawl upon us…

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Apple is still a rumor for Sept. 9, with no official invites yet. They usually don’t send them out until ~10 days prior. So yes, it is entirely possible it will be Samsung, Moto and Apple in the same week.

      I think the tech blog world would explode should that occur. Especially if the Motorola devices release within 10 days of the announcement.

      • hkklife

        Moto is always a day (or 2 quarters) late and a dollar short (or a SoC short….). I am NOT knocking them, just pointing out the fact that they have traditionally lagged the competition ever since the crushing delay/redesign of the Bionic in 2011, especially when it comes to lagging the other big 3’s flagship launches.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          The Bionic redesign was definitely a problem, but the Razr release shows they were likely planning to switch to a Fall release schedule regardless. Releasing opposite your competitors can be a huge advantage if they play it right. Last year, they tried to prove that specs didn’t make your experience any better, and for the most part succeeded. Even a year later, the Moto X has zero problems keeping up with the performance of the M7, GS4, and G2, and none of them are really all that terrible compared to the M8, GS5, and G3.

          This year, Motorola’s position gives them a unique opportunity. They will almost certainly have the device that most closely matches the iPhone in size. If they manage to equal (or even surpass) it in performance and hardware quality, they have an extremely good chance of persuading a reasonable number of buyers. True, it is risky as well, but if they play their cards right, it is entirely possible that the fall’s device decision will be between the iPhone and the Moto X for premium devices, and the new Moto G alone for value devices.

          That is what they are trying to pull off. Not compete with their fellow Android OEMs, but to be the alternative of choice for those looking to move away from iOS.

        • koopadoop

          If it is an 801 then it matches the G3, and if the screen is only 1080p it will perform better.

  • NoneOfYourBizzness

    Figures….I just bought a new Bluetooth earpiece.

    • MotoRulz

      Just recently bought the Motorola Silver II. It is, without question, the most comfortable bluetooth earpiece I’ve owned. Not to mention I never loose connection and no one ever even knows that I am speaking on a earpiece.

      • Bruce

        Have you tried Bose? The best sound, best noise cancelling and most comfortable headset out on the market. Almost perfect. (due to short battery life, 4 hours talk time and price)

  • cns2007

    ABOUT…FRIGGIN..TIME!!

    The bluetooth or earpiece is interesting.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    it’s my birthday and they didn’t invite me. I’ll have to reconsider liking this company.

    • William_Morris

      #MixedPriorities. Just joshin’, I wasn’t invited either. But I don’t intend to not like the company because of that.

  • guesswhat

    I get the X, G and 360 what is the other one hinting at? a bluetooth? why would they include a bluetooth device in the launch? might be something cool 🙂

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Looks like a BT headset of some sort. Hoping it is indeed a cool device; why have it on the invite if it was just a basic accessory?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      bluetooth headset = wearable

  • jbegs

    Nexus colors and Nexus “X” in the middle?

    • TheWenger

      This. Let the hypebeasting commence.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Nexus colors, but the X could be symbolizing a new Moto X

      • jbegs

        I see that also, but they have the X in the phone to take care of that already.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I’m just wondering if that is because they are still, technically, a Google company. Or maybe my theory that the X + 1 was re-purposed as the Nexus Shamu will come to fruition and we will see a new X and the X + 1 is a phablet type device that is now the Shamu.

          • JD_26

            could be that the new x is 4.9″ and the x+1 is 4.9″+1″ = 5.9″ :p

          • Franklin Ramsey

            That’s what I’ve been saying in other posts! lol

    • Greyhame

      Yes please.

  • DanSan
  • aaronmscott

    Ugh, just let me buy the damn watch already. I almost broke down and bought the Gear live, then i realized that i am not that desperate.

  • Bob G

    AT THE MERCHANDISE MART

  • objektiv_one
  • hyperbeatser

    I’m dreaming, but I hope they surprise everyone and release an update Moto X as well as a newer X+1

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I’m wondering if they will release an X and and X + 1 as a phablet type device. Say, Have the X at a 4.7-4.9 inch screen and the X + 1 an inch larger?

  • ClickFire_

    Finally.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I really hope my next phone comes out of this event.

  • WCM3

    me a minute ago, as my fiance stares at me..

    http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltori9JLf51qbvn8yo2_250.gif

    • Ralph Bretz

      Nice. Really like it.

      • billiebob808

        me too. mrs. doubtfire!

  • PhantomPtI

    AW YIS

  • Rodeojones000

    Hopefully they are available to purchase within 24 hours of the announcement. We don’t need another G3-like release debacle.

  • David Narada Brown

    hopefully we hear about some new exciting features that could make its way to the nexus 6!!!

    • dapoktan

      the NEXUS… X..!

  • Kahsay Cooley

    Dear moto

  • Guest

    No body would care for Moto on Sep 4th specially with last year specs, the world will be mesmerized by Note 4 which would have been annonced a day before with SD 805, QHD Amoled 5.7″ screen, 4gb RAM, 16mp OIS isocell camera, SPen etc..

    • glimmerman76

      thats not really true/ some people cant stand samsung just like some cant stand apple. Motorola has a way of making phones better like with the moto x.

    • MotDetoyr

      read most comments here. Many have been waiting for the new X,G and 360.

    • jimt

      You forgot the apple button, none starter.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      While the Note series is interesting, there are plenty of people out there who don’t like it for one reason or another, or simply can’t afford it. Hence, Motorola’s announcements would likely interest them quite a bit more, especially if they announce some new differentiating features.

  • Ralph Bretz

    Hope it’s the Moto X+1.

    Been waiting to buy a new phone. Leaving Verizon and need a phone to go with it.

    • Theunaffected

      Are you going to T- Mobile? I’m thinking about moving from Verizon to T- Mobile when the Note 4 coms out if I can get a sense of what kind of coverage I can get.

      • Ralph Bretz

        No I’m going Net10 or Cricket. No T-Mobile here yet. But I’ll save close to $700 a year.

  • ThunderJayHawk35

    we needed a moment of silence…. NIGGA WE MADE IT!!!!

  • Zach B.
    • sc0rch3d

      Can we get a massively discounted Moto X firesale? pwetty pwease 🙂

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Isn’t that what they’ve been doing lately? $299 for the 16GB Moto X was a pretty darn good deal. Not really HP firesale insanity, but still pretty good.

        • Higher_Ground

          It’s the same deal they’ve brought out 3-4 times this year. I’ve been waiting since December of last year to see if they’d go any lower and sadly it never happened 🙁

    • James

      I feel the same. Although I’m even more excited about a Motorola Nexus (around 5 inches pleeeeeeaaaasssseeeeee!)

    • MotoRulz

      I will do this dance ONLY if all the products that they discuss are available the NEXT day. If we have to continue to wait ANOTHER month I will cry like a baby.

      • michael arazan

        And we better not hear the word “Exclusive” anywhere

    • Guest

      No body would care for Moto on Sep 4th specially with last year specs, No SD expansion, Non-removable Battery, the world will be mesmerized by Note 4 which would have been annonced a day before with SD 805, QHD Amoled 5.7″ screen, 4gb RAM, 16mp OIS isocell camera, SPen, SD expansion, 3400 mAh removable Battery etc..

      • cns2007

        Nice troll. Have a nice day.

      • clobberedchina

        How much does being a Samsung troll pay? Seriously. I could use a little part time job. Thanks!!!

        • butThanksThough

          Same could be asked of anti-samsungers here.

        • Ramshambo2001

          I dunno, I almost think it’s a bot, it’s saying the same thing over and over again with kinda weird english.

          “the world will be mesmerized by Note 4”

          Who the heck talks like that???

      • Donald

        You clearlly don’t have a moto x, that’s why you talk like an ignorant.

        • C-Law

          I agree. I constantly have to show my gf’s mom how to do stuff on her S5. That thing is choppy, laggy, slow to respond, all things I’ve never had to deal with on my 10 month old moto x

      • briankariu

        And touchwiz. You forgort the most important part, touchwiz!

  • red014

    I’m excited for the new BT headset… Anyone with me? Anyone??

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      I’m with you. My biggest question is “what else”?

      Simple Bluetooth headsets don’t get featured on a press invite alongside smartphones and smartwatches. Heck, they rarely even get press releases for new accessories. So *what* is so special about this headset?

      • morgan boyle

        thats a very good point. maybe it ties into some of the touchless controls that moto has done so well with. certainly would make sense. i could keep my phone in my pocket and still call people or message people with the bluetooth microphone.

        • cswin72

          ….or, encompassing a camera? voice commanding it with “take a pic” ….would definitely be new. Just a guess of course.

      • hkklife

        I agree. A whole connected ecosystem of touchless control + wireless charging? Maybe a mousepad uber-sized charging pad that can theoretically charge a headset, the 360 watch and 2 smartphones at once?

        • Brooks Barnes

          This would actually be pretty cool for the ecosystem as a whole, just throw all my stuff down on a small mat on my bedside table, come back and have all of them charged.

      • red014

        I was originally being sarcastic, but you bring up a really good point… I wonder how well it interacts well with the 360?

    • Big EZ

      I’m interested in why it gets limelight on the invite. Maybe they just needed a fourth item to balance out their design, hopefully it’s something new, and unique.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I’m also wondering if it was just used to balance the design and isn’t just a standard bluetooth headset they are releasing. Maybe it can be used to unlock the phone and issue commands to the phone and, by extension, the 360.

      • whoa

        I’m thinking updated 2014 motorola buds. wireless ear buds without the neck collar.

  • alberteezy

    Is moto maker already killed off? There has been no mention for the x+1, but like we heard that the factory is closing. I’m just wondering if they are giving one last shot!

    • Motorola told us that even though the factory is closing, MotoMaker is not. It should be alive and well for this next launch.

      • koopadoop

        Are they just moving it to Lenovo in NC? Or bringing all that back China-side.

        • Higher_Ground

          I guess it depends on whether or not they decide the 2-3 day shipping was enough of a customer incentive to keep operations in the US. FWIW I think I could wait a few extra days, but I’d also like them to keep it in the US if possible.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      I would guess that MotoMaker will be moving to Lenovo’s assembly plant in NC. No reason to keep the Texas plant running on-contract if Lenovo has space in their self-owned facilities that can handle the expected volume. I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s a safe bet we’ll hear more about that at the press conference.

      • alberteezy

        Actually what I was thinking, hoping they announce more at the press conference!

      • onDroid

        I don’t believe the sale is final yet. Since Lenovo doesn’t own Moto yet I wouldn’t expect them to start sharing assets. At this point the deal could still fall through then Lenovo would be sharing assets with a competitor.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          The sale hasn’t been publicly announced as final yet, but they have been talking about resource integration since the initial statement of intent. This event could very well be the public announcement of the close of the deal.

          • onDroid

            I don’t remember seeing that the deal has gotten regulator approval yet. I wouldn’t expect this level of cooperation until the deal has at least passed all regulatory hurdles

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            It has yet to receive any public regulatory approvals, but that doesn’t mean approval hasn’t been given confidentially. So long as the approval is announced publicly, there wouldn’t be an issue near as I can tell. Sales between companies are completed all the time without any public notice until the completed sale is announced (think Waze).

      • Big EZ

        Lenovo has to buy them first.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          The strong statement of intent, along with the complete lack of any regulatory dissension, would indicate that if the deal hasn’t gotten private approval already, it will before the planned closing in November.
          I doubt they would have stated their intent without extremely strong indication that the deal would go through as planned.

    • Higher_Ground

      it’s still up for the current Moto X, so here’s to hoping it lives on for the X+1

  • ohNOOOOOOOO

    Although I’m using a N3 right now, I’m more excited for this than the Samsung announcement. We almost know what we’re gonna be getting from Samsung these days.

    • Christopher Moore

      I’m using a vacation day for both the Samsung and Apple announcements. Wonder if I should do the same here?

      • FortitudineVincimus

        Wow man seriously? This stuff is fun and all but really? I feel kind of sad for you.

        • Christopher Moore

          I have close to 5 weeks time off. I feel bad for you.

          • El Big CHRIS

            haha nice burn. I too have days of PTO i need to schedule. Maybe I should do the same…

        • Christopher Moore

          If you miss your 360 pre-order because you’re at work don’t say I didn’t warn you.
          I missed the Nexus 5 pre-order last year and had to wait over 3 weeks.

          • grumpyfuzz

            what was the nexus 5 pre-order? it was just order.

          • Christopher Moore

            You’re correct; there was no pre-order but if you have to wait 3 weeks what’s the difference? I was stuck at work when the Nexus 5 got announced and missed out. Not this year!

  • Keith

    Next Moto X will replace my current one. I have absolutely loved it. Also can’t wait to see the Moto 360 in action. Let’s go 9/4!

  • droidarmy

    Booyah

  • Garrett Sechelski

    Thanks a lot, Motorola. My upgrade is due on the 28th… Now I’ll agonize over whether I want to wait for this or go with the M8 like like I already decided.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Lol, just wait 10 days. If it were a month, that’s one thing, but no reason not to wait to at least see what’s coming 🙂

      • Tom

        pffft 10 days….. I’ve been waiting since March for the new X phone to finally be announced

        • Been waiting since June… My GS3’s charging port doesnt work and I have to charge batteries externally… Need to buy this phone asap…

        • cns2007

          I can relate. February here.

  • hyperbeatser

    MUCH EXCITE!

  • Why wouldn’t they just wait for Android L!?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      It’s unlikely L will be out before November, and that’s simply too long of a gap. 15 months is an eternity in the smartphone game.

    • Justin Merithew

      It’s almost a guarantee they’re not going to use a 64 bit processor, so why wait when they can just roll out a speedy update? Motorola is pretty good about that.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Only 64-bit processors currently available are the K1 and Intel Moorefield/Medfield. Both would be awesome, but highly unlikely. Besides, KK is 64-bit capable (see the new tablets using said SoCs), but the real advantages will arrive with L.

  • Pit

    My wrist is ready!

    • Christopher Moore

      But is your wallet ready?

  • Bryan Mills

    I wish you the best of luck. You’ll need it.

  • ITGuy11

    My wallet is ready.

    • Jim890

      And as they say, it’s about dam time moto!

  • MichaelFranz

    Probably new Droid line-up as well. Maybe..

    Would love to see that unicorn that is the Moto Nexus 🙂

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      A Nexus wouldn’t be announced…but there is no reason that the next Nexus won’t be loosely *based* on the next X 🙂

      The Droid line-up will likely be a separate event, or relegated to a press release. Let’s face it, Motorola won’t let Verizon steal their thunder two years running. Last year with the soft-launch-ish-press-thingy, Motorola was pretty low-key so the Droid event didn’t ruin much. This year, they look to be going all-out.

      I’m really, really interested in that earpiece. If it was a simple bluetooth headset, there’s no way they’d include it on the invite for a major event also populated by two smartphones and a smartwatch.

      Curveballs and surprises are in store, and I for one can’t wait!

      • Daistaar

        I wonder if it’s an always listening Bluetooth kind of how the X had the always listening DAC.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Possibly. My conservative guess is that it will be a perfect companion to the new devices in some way, possibly adding context detection functionality. My *hope* is that it is something akin to the Kickstarter featured around a little while ago, with a full range of on-board health monitoring sensors to feed data to the new Google Health dashboard, like body temp, pulse, oxygenation, breath rhythm, etc. Otherwise, an eye-level vid cam like a Looxie that is voice activated and streams directly to the phone for recording/external streams.

        • jimt

          I bet it is stereo for listening to music and exercise also by the way.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Of course, there is also the possibility that they included it because they liked the four piece design and needed to put the bluetooth headset on it for the symmetrical design to work. I hope that isn’t the case, but it could be.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Always a possibility, and a strong one at that. Occam’s Razor certainly supports such an analysis, but what can I say, I’m an optimistic kinda guy 🙂

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well in internet terms, the fewer assumptions made, the better, so Occam’s Razor would tend toward my statement, but I tend to hope like you and hope for something unexpected, while trying to contain my hope and not let it run away with me!

        • Higher_Ground

          they did try to push the soul republic headphones as a combo pack with the moto x on the motomaker website, so maybe it’s just a companion to the moto x/g/360.

  • Uday Kiran

    My body is ready.