Moto X – Droid Life https://www.droid-life.com An intense Android news community bringing you the latest in phones, rooting, apps, and reviews. Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:48:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Moto X4 Leaks and I Don’t Get It https://www.droid-life.com/2017/08/10/moto-x4-leaks-dont-get/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/08/10/moto-x4-leaks-dont-get/#comments Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:30:37 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=204357

Ready to see some pictures of the yet-to-be-announced Moto X4? Cool, here you go. Now someone explain to me why this phone exists? Anyone? Because we already have the super low-end Moto E4 line, the mid-tier Moto G5 line (with S models on the way), and the Moto Z2 line, so I’m just not sure … Continued

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Ready to see some pictures of the yet-to-be-announced Moto X4? Cool, here you go.

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Now someone explain to me why this phone exists? Anyone?

Because we already have the super low-end Moto E4 line, the mid-tier Moto G5 line (with S models on the way), and the Moto Z2 line, so I’m just not sure how this phone fits in to anything that Motorola is trying to accomplish. Are we just throwing every single idea we have at the wall and seeing what sticks? It kind of seems that way.

Let’s compare this phone and its rumored specs to the  Moto G5 Plus, just to get started. The Moto X4 is rumored to have a 5.2-inch FHD display, Snapdragon 630 processor, up to 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, dual rear cameras of 8MP and 12MP, front 16MP shooter, 3000mAh battery, and IP68 water and dust resistance. It has a fingerprint reader too, as well as a USB Type-C port and headphone jack. The Moto G5 Plus has a 5.2-inch FHD display, up to 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, 3000mAh battery, rear 12MP camera, fingerprint reader, and Snapdragon 625 processor. It does not have NFC, full water resistance, dual cameras, or a USB Type-C port. But it also only costs around $230.

Maybe that’s the point of the Moto X4, to fill a very narrow price point? The Moto E is here to fill the $100-$150 range of phones and the Moto G is for the $180-$250 range, while the Moto Z2 Play runs anywhere from $400-$500 and the Moto Z2 Force tops them all at over $700. Which price point does the Moto X4 fill, though? Are we talking a sub-$400 price or a $500+ price? If you look at the comparison I just made of it to a $230 Moto G5 Plus, would you really want to pay an extra $200-$300 for one? What about only $100 more? Hmmm.

On a somewhat related note, this thing is no Moto X. The Moto X started out as a line built from customers’ minds, where you got to choose colors, finishes, etc. I know that died a bit with the Moto X Pure Edition, but not entirely. This phone, as far as we know, has no customizations and will be billed as a premium metal and glass phone, though the processor doesn’t exactly match that thought. I know this is me being, “Back in the old days!” crusty grandpa, but this phone should be named something else unless it can match that personalized glory from the original Moto X releases.

Yeah, it looks somewhat sleek with this all-black paint job, but again, what’s the point? Who is this for? Why do we need 4 or 5 phone lines from a single manufacturer?

UPDATE: Want to see a really pretty press render of the Moto X4? Here you go.

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Report: Moto X4 Will be That Mid-Tier Project Fi Phone https://www.droid-life.com/2017/06/30/report-moto-x4-will-mid-tier-project-fi-phone/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/06/30/report-moto-x4-will-mid-tier-project-fi-phone/#comments Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:56:48 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=202668

Should the Moto X line makes its triumphant return later this year, it could do so as the first non-Google-branded Project Fi device. That’s according to a report out of Venturebeat, claiming that the “mid-tier” device referenced in a Tweet yesterday by the Project Fi team, is indeed the new Moto X, thought to be … Continued

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Should the Moto X line makes its triumphant return later this year, it could do so as the first non-Google-branded Project Fi device. That’s according to a report out of Venturebeat, claiming that the “mid-tier” device referenced in a Tweet yesterday by the Project Fi team, is indeed the new Moto X, thought to be named Moto X4.

Not much is known about this Moto X4, though Venturebeat is under the impression that it will arrive in Q4 and sport a dual camera. We first saw a reference to the phone on a leaked Motorola roadmap that suggested the phone will have a 5.2-inch FHD (1080p) display, “3D Glass,” and a “SmartCam.” Only FHD in the display may sound somewhat disappointing, but the X line was previously the top tier from Motorola before the Z line launched last year. Marketing materials also call it “Unlimited Perfection,” which could be a hint at high design and premium materials with just the right amount of specs. Then again, if this is the device Project Fi referenced, it could just be “mid-tier” with a lot of sales spin.

In the end, this potentially being a Project Fi device is a big deal. Not only have we only had Pixel and Nexus devices on Project Fi since the beginning, this would be an affordable option, something that isn’t currently a part of Fi.

Who wants a Moto X4 on Fi?

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Moto’s 2017 Line to Include Z, X, G, E, and C Models https://www.droid-life.com/2017/05/15/motos-2017-line-include-z-x-g-e-c-models/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/05/15/motos-2017-line-include-z-x-g-e-c-models/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 14:07:42 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=200642

Motorola won’t be taking a minimal approach to smartphone releases in 2017, according to an image posted by @evleaks. The image appears to be from some sort Motorola employee or investor type gathering that showed off the entire line-up of incoming devices, including new Z, X, G, E, and C models.  The image mentions new … Continued

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Motorola won’t be taking a minimal approach to smartphone releases in 2017, according to an image posted by @evleaks. The image appears to be from some sort Motorola employee or investor type gathering that showed off the entire line-up of incoming devices, including new Z, X, G, E, and C models. 

The image mentions new Moto Play and Z Force models that feature “unlimited capabilities,” a new Moto X with “unlimited perfection,” new Moto G devices with “unlimited premium,” Moto E phones with “unlimited value,” and Moto C units with “unlimited essentials.” There are nine phones in total on this slide, so maybe Motorola should have gone with “Unlimited Phones” as well.

The devices to pay attention to here are the new Z Play and Z Force, along with the new X, which @evleaks says will launch as the Moto X4. These are the upper tier of the line-up and devices we are likely to see here in the US at some point.

We have already seen leaks surrounding the new Moto Z devices, but a return of the Moto X might be a nice addition. The Moto X line in the past was always one of our favorite releases each year, and this one in particular is referenced as having “3D Glass” and a “SmartCam.” It could be that Motorola will really focus on a premium design, along with an affordable price point.

In terms of launch, well, we don’t know. My guess is that we’ll see new Moto products within the next couple of months. Last year, Lenovo showed off the Moto Z for the first time at Lenovo Tech World in June, though there doesn’t seem to be another Tech World lined up for 2017.

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Moto X Pure Edition Receiving Nougat Update https://www.droid-life.com/2017/04/26/moto-x-pure-edition-nougat/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/04/26/moto-x-pure-edition-nougat/#comments Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:08:22 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=199997

Listed back in October of last year as one of Motorola’s devices that would receive Nougat, it appears the update for the Moto X Pure Edition is now ready for rollout.  Inside, folks still rocking this gorgeous smartphone can expect all the typical Nougat goodness. That goodness includes improved notifications, Doze on the Go, multi-window … Continued

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Listed back in October of last year as one of Motorola’s devices that would receive Nougat, it appears the update for the Moto X Pure Edition is now ready for rollout. 

Inside, folks still rocking this gorgeous smartphone can expect all the typical Nougat goodness. That goodness includes improved notifications, Doze on the Go, multi-window support, better performance (JIT compiler), an improved Settings interface, and so much more. Lenovo does a nice job at listing out the entirety of the changes on its website, so follow the via link for complete details.

Pure Edition owners, have at it.

Via: Lenovo
Cheers guanhao!

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Supposed Moto X 2017 Leaks, Seems a Lot Like a Moto G5 With a Dual Camera https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/28/supposed-moto-x-2017-leaks-seems-lot-like-moto-g5-dual-camera/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/28/supposed-moto-x-2017-leaks-seems-lot-like-moto-g5-dual-camera/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:04:19 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=198537

Even though Motorola switched up the system last year with the release of the Moto Z as their new flagship line, we were told that the Moto X line could live on in some form. According to a leak from the folks at +hellmotoHK, we may have our first look at that reality.  In the … Continued

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Even though Motorola switched up the system last year with the release of the Moto Z as their new flagship line, we were told that the Moto X line could live on in some form. According to a leak from the folks at +hellmotoHK, we may have our first look at that reality. 

In the images below, we see a phone that certainly looks Moto-esque. Specifically, it looks a lot like the new Moto G5, only with a dual camera setup on the back and a rear casing that is almost OnePlus-ish. In other words, you’ve got a Moto G5 on the front (and internally), coupled with a OnePlus back panel and an awkward-shaped dual camera.

We don’t know the full set of specs, but a boot screen does reveal some details. This phone appears to run a Snapdragon 625 processor (same as the Moto G5), 3GB RAM, and carry 32GB storage. We can also see a fingerprint reader on the front, front camera with front flash, and a dimple on the back.

Finally, the model number for this phone is showing as XT1801.

Thoughts on this potentially being the new Moto X?

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Via: reddit

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Moto X (2017) CAD Render Video Published, Not Exactly a Premium Flagship https://www.droid-life.com/2016/12/30/moto-x-2017-cad-render-video/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/12/30/moto-x-2017-cad-render-video/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:02:39 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=195073

In mid-2016, Moto and Lenovo launched the Moto Z, which could have been seen as the end of the Moto X lineup. However, following that event, Moto clarified that the Moto X is “alive and well,” but we still haven’t heard of any new devices launching within that lineup. That may soon change, though, if the … Continued

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In mid-2016, Moto and Lenovo launched the Moto Z, which could have been seen as the end of the Moto X lineup. However, following that event, Moto clarified that the Moto X is “alive and well,” but we still haven’t heard of any new devices launching within that lineup. That may soon change, though, if the latest CAD render video pans out to be accurate. 

Created by information obtained by Onleaks and then posted by Android Authority, a CAD render video details a new Moto X for 2017, but before you start thinking this will be a top-tier flagship Android smartphone, you best apply the brakes.

As shown in the video, this reported Moto X features dimensions of 150 x 73.8 x 8.4mm (up to 9.5 mm with camera bump), plus specs that include microUSB (not USB Type-C) and headphone jack. While the video details the hardware, no internals, such as processor and RAM, were provided.

On the backside, we see the same camera ring as the Moto Z features, but no word on megapixel count. On the frontside, the Moto Z’s square fingerprint reader has been reshaped into pill form, similar to OnePlus 3T’s design.

Other things we notice are a microSD slot (or just a SIM slot) on the top, a lot of bezel around the display, and no stereo speakers.

Share your initial thoughts down below.

Via: Android Authority

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#TBT: When Motorola Let You Custom Design Phones Out of Texas https://www.droid-life.com/2016/12/29/tbt-motorola-let-custom-design-phones-texas/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/12/29/tbt-motorola-let-custom-design-phones-texas/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:03:15 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=195049

You might find this hard to believe, but it has been over three years since Motorola first introduced Moto Maker and the original Moto X. Everyone remember those good times, where you could custom design a phone to your liking, wait while it was assembled in Texas, and then receive it within four or five … Continued

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You might find this hard to believe, but it has been over three years since Motorola first introduced Moto Maker and the original Moto X. Everyone remember those good times, where you could custom design a phone to your liking, wait while it was assembled in Texas, and then receive it within four or five days? Ahhh, the good ol’ days.

Back in August of 2013, shortly after we reviewed the Moto X, we received our first custom order. Even though our in-depth review was done, the fact that we had another phone in house that was designed by us seemed like a moment worth sharing. And I think I felt that almost every time we designed another (yes, we designed like five of these things) because it was such a unique and personal experience that no one else was offering.

The original Moto Maker idea was just so good that it really is a shame that it failed. To think that had it taken off, each year it would be something to look forward to – personalizing a phone. Instead, without Moto Maker, we are back to being stuck with the two or three colors that manufacturers have decided we’ll like the best, which really just means that those are the colors some focus group told them would sell.

With Moto Maker – at the least the original version – you could choose from 18 different back colors (followed by a set of “natural” options later), two front colors, and a handful of accent tones, and a boot-up signature. You could even have the back stamped with a saying or your initials for a brief time. And let’s also not forget that there were storage options, wallpaper matching to your color scheme, and quick Google setup out of the box.

Moto Maker still technically lives on following Motorola’s sale from Google to Lenovo, but he options have dwindled over the years. As of today with the Moto Z family that has basically replaced the Moto X line, all you really get to do is choose from a small set of color schemes and the storage before moving on to Moto Mods. Sad.

Anyone up for sharing their old Moto Maker creations from the first few Moto X phones?

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Motorola Provides Details for Which Devices Will See Nougat https://www.droid-life.com/2016/10/05/moto-nougat/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/10/05/moto-nougat/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:59:18 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=192193

Motorola published a complete list of devices that will see Nougat at some point, with fifteen devices making the cut at this time. As you might expect, newer devices like the Moto Z and DROID Turbo 2 are listed, but others that could also be labeled as new, such as the Moto G (2015), are … Continued

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Motorola published a complete list of devices that will see Nougat at some point, with fifteen devices making the cut at this time. As you might expect, newer devices like the Moto Z and DROID Turbo 2 are listed, but others that could also be labeled as new, such as the Moto G (2015), are absent from the list.

Other notables included are the Nexus 6, DROID Maxx 2, Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen), and the 4th Gen lineup of the Moto G. It should also be noted that no Moto E devices are listed here. 

For a timeframe, Moto states that rollout of updates will begin in Q4 (this quarter), starting with the Moto Z and Moto G (4th Gen). As for which devices will follow, that is unclear.

Here’s the official list from Motorola.

  • Moto G (4th Gen)
  • Moto G Plus (4th Gen)
  • Moto G Play (4th Gen)
  • Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen)
  • Moto X Style
  • Moto X Play
  • Moto X Force
  • Droid Turbo 2
  • Droid Maxx 2
  • Moto Z
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Play
  • Moto Z Play Droid
  • Nexus 6
Via: Motorola

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Moto X Pure Edition Gets Surprise Update, Now Up to May’s Security Patch…in July…Still Not 6.0.1 https://www.droid-life.com/2016/07/20/moto-x-pure-edition-gets-surprise-update-now-mays-security-patch-july/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/07/20/moto-x-pure-edition-gets-surprise-update-now-mays-security-patch-july/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:37:15 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=189191

The Moto X Pure Edition, a phone sold unlocked in 2015 as a single flagship with universal carrier support that should be able to receive the timeliest of updates because there is no interference between its maker and users, is receiving its first update in months. It’s tough to be precise on this, as there … Continued

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The Moto X Pure Edition, a phone sold unlocked in 2015 as a single flagship with universal carrier support that should be able to receive the timeliest of updates because there is no interference between its maker and users, is receiving its first update in months. It’s tough to be precise on this, as there have been notices of updates here or there that our in-house units never saw, but it may be the first real update since February or March

Forget how bad that sounds for a second and consider the fact that even with today’s update, the phone is still not on Android 6.0.1. Android 6.0.1 with all of its fun emoji, was released by Google in December of last year. Need more bad news? This update only introduces the Android security patch level up to May. In case you hadn’t looked at a calendar in a while, well, I hate to break it to you, but we’re almost at the end of July. So the Moto X Pure Edition has been sitting on February’s security patch for five months worth of open vulnerabilities and with this update, is still almost three months behind.

The update should be available to all as version system version 24.221.4 and weighs in at just 9.7MB. It’s a baby. To check for it, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.

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Via:  Motorola
Cheers Matt and Randle!

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DEAL: Moto X Pure Edition Drops to as Low as $239, Free SD Cards Included https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/23/deal-moto-x-pure-edition-drops-low-239-free-sd-cards-included/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/23/deal-moto-x-pure-edition-drops-low-239-free-sd-cards-included/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:10:07 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=188174

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As we inch closer to the summer launch of the Moto Z brand, it only makes sense that Motorola and its retail partners try and clear out any remaining Moto X Pure Edition inventory. Today, they should be able to do that in a hurry with the crazy low prices they are currently offering the phone for with 16GB or 64GB of storage.

Most retailers who carry the phone are selling the 16GB Moto X Pure Edition for just $239.00, which is a $110 discount. If you want all the storage, you can grab the 64GB version for just $319.00, a $130 discount. B&H Photo, Best Buy, and Amazon all have each phone for that low price. 

Want more? If you buy from B&H Photo, you’ll also get a free microSD card. The 16GB phone gets a free 32GB Class 10 card, while the 64GB phone gets a 64GB Class 10 card, both of which are from Transcend.

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Moto X is “Alive and Well,” According to Motorola https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/10/moto-x-lives-on/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/10/moto-x-lives-on/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:28:10 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=187727

In a statement provided to Android Police following the Lenovo Tech World keynote, Motorola says that the Moto X is “alive and well.” Citing the somewhat recent launch (October, 2015) of the Moto X Force overseas, Motorola clarifies that the purpose of the Moto Z line is not to replace the Moto X, but to offer something … Continued

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In a statement provided to Android Police following the Lenovo Tech World keynote, Motorola says that the Moto X is “alive and well.” Citing the somewhat recent launch (October, 2015) of the Moto X Force overseas, Motorola clarifies that the purpose of the Moto Z line is not to replace the Moto X, but to offer something a bit different to consumers. 

For those interested in the modular aspect of smartphones, which is something not seen at all with the Moto X, the Moto Z is the proper lineup of phones. While Motorola admits that the Moto Z and Moto X share some “great qualities,” both lineups ultimately provide different experiences to round out Moto’s portfolio.

Here’s the complete statement provided to Android Police via email.

Moto X is alive and well. In fact, Moto X Force recently launched in multiple new markets around the world. Moto X and Moto Z do share some great qualities, but they ultimately provide different experiences and make our portfolio more robust for consumers looking for the perfect smartphone to fit their needs. Tech-hungry consumers who are looking to get a brand new set of experiences from their smartphone will turn to Moto Z and Moto Mods.

This statement contradicts a previous report from May, which claimed that the Moto Z line would in fact be replacing the Moto X. Given that the Moto Z was just announced yesterday, and still won’t be available for a good amount of time in the US, it would be irresponsible to assume what Lenovo and Motorola’s future intentions are with the Moto X lineup.

The way I see it, while the Moto X line can still stand for a standard smartphone experience, the Moto Z simply brings the modularity aspect to market that many companies are vying for. Modularity is easily one of the quicker ways to differentiate your product from a competitor’s, and as we have written in the past, we are totally onboard with this progressive trend in companies seeking new ways for people to interact with smartphones.

What’s your take? Should the Moto X line be killed off entirely? Does it still have a purpose to serve?

Via: Android Police

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Question of the Day: Excited for Moto’s Announcements Tomorrow? https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/08/question-day-excited-motos-announcements-tomorrow/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/08/question-day-excited-motos-announcements-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2016 21:19:20 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=187472

Tomorrow is a pretty big day for Moto(rola) and Lenovo. During the keynote of Lenovo’s Tech World conference in San Francisco (watch it here), Moto will get a chance to shine on stage as they unveil what we expect to be their next flagship phone, the Moto Z. From what we have seen through a variety … Continued

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Tomorrow is a pretty big day for Moto(rola) and Lenovo. During the keynote of Lenovo’s Tech World conference in San Francisco (watch it here), Moto will get a chance to shine on stage as they unveil what we expect to be their next flagship phone, the Moto Z.

From what we have seen through a variety of leaks, the phone will take on new design language, ditch the “X” branding, and attempt to make modularity in a phone a real thing, something LG couldn’t do with the G5. At first leak, we weren’t exactly all that impressed by the Moto Z’s design, but have admitted to warming to it and maybe even becoming quite fond of it. As you guys know, I’m also excited to see companies like Lenovo and Moto taking chances with things like modules, because innovation doesn’t happen if everyone just place it safe. 

But even though Moto could be onto something with this phone, it’s hard not to ignore the rocky past few months and wonder if we should even be excited about tomorrow. I’m talking, of course, about the poorly run service department here in the States that has left people without phones for months at a time, Lenovo admitting that the acquisition of Motorola has so far been a disaster, executives departing left and right, an odd rollout of the Moto G4 to only select markets, and the fact that Motorola went almost instantly from the best in the business at updating its Android phones to the worst the minute Lenovo took over. That’s a lot of messes that neither Moto or Lenovo have been quick to clean-up.

So tell us, are you excited for Moto’s announcements tomorrow or has your interest decreased in recent months?

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Check Out These Moto Z Moto Mods That Will Add Leather, Wood, Color to the Phone https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/06/moto-z-moto-mods-leather-wood-moto-maker/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/06/moto-z-moto-mods-leather-wood-moto-maker/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:10:01 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=187296

When Moto and Lenovo unveil the Moto Z later this week at Tech World in San Francisco, one of the major focuses is going to be on the modularity of the phone. We think we have a pretty good idea as to how that will all work (with magic pins!) and what some of the … Continued

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When Moto and Lenovo unveil the Moto Z later this week at Tech World in San Francisco, one of the major focuses is going to be on the modularity of the phone. We think we have a pretty good idea as to how that will all work (with magic pins!) and what some of the modules (called Moto Mods) will be, but what does all of that mean for Moto Maker and leathers and woods and customizations to the phone’s appearance? It probably means more Moto Mods as plates with all of those options for quick customizability. 

Thanks to new pictures revealed by helloMotoHK over the weekend, we are  getting a look at five potential Moto Mods that will add some style to the phone. In the images throughout this post, you can see modules with wood (cork too?), leather, nylon, and a soft touch finishes. Like the modules for cameras or speakers, these backs should just “snap” right on to the back and attach themselves via pins.

It’s tough to imagine these backs doing much other than adding style, but they do help make that camera puck much more flush and less awkward. This is likely also the way that Moto and Lenovo will keep Moto Maker alive in name. Instead of having to produce custom phones, they can just sell us all pre-made backs this way, which I would imagine is much simpler and cheaper to do.

Now, time to guess how much a back like this will cost. $25? $50? More?

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Via:  +helloMotoHK
Cheers Jeff and Derek!

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DEAL: Get a Moto X Pure Edition 64GB and Moto 360 Sport for $400 ($350 Off) https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/02/deal-get-moto-x-pure-edition-64gb-moto-360-sport-400-350-off/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/06/02/deal-get-moto-x-pure-edition-64gb-moto-360-sport-400-350-off/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:13:44 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=187129

A current steal-of-a-dual-deal is running through Motorola’s online shop that can land you a Moto X Pure Edition (our review) with 64GB storage and a white or orange Moto 360 Sport (our review) for $399. In case you haven’t memorized the typical combined prices of those two devices yet, at $399, you are looking at a … Continued

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A current steal-of-a-dual-deal is running through Motorola’s online shop that can land you a Moto X Pure Edition (our review) with 64GB storage and a white or orange Moto 360 Sport (our review) for $399. In case you haven’t memorized the typical combined prices of those two devices yet, at $399, you are looking at a discount of $350. Another way to put it, is this deal hands you a Moto 360 Sport for free and may even slash another $50 off for good measure. 

In order to get the deal, you need to custom build a Moto X Pure Edition with 64GB of storage and add it to cart. Once in the cart, toss in promo code “CLASSOF2016.” Then, head over to the Moto 360 Sport page and add either the white or orange models to cart. Once added, toss in another promo code for “JUNEMOTO360.”

In cart, with both codes added, you should see a similar setup to what we have captured below, where the Moto X drops to $399 and the Moto 360 Sport is essentially zeroed out.

Motorola LinksMoto X Pure Edition | Moto 360 Sport

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Cheers Danny and Scott!

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Here are Some Moto Z Modules, Plus a Fresh Moto Z DROID Edition Look https://www.droid-life.com/2016/05/26/moto-z-motomods-modules-droid-lenovo/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/05/26/moto-z-motomods-modules-droid-lenovo/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 15:27:27 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=186852

In just under two weeks, Lenovo is going to unveil the next Moto phone, a phone we are fully expecting to be called the Moto Z at this point. Previous reports have suggested that it will attempt the modular thing with back plates, called MotoMods, that may be much more user-friendly and flexible in terms … Continued

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In just under two weeks, Lenovo is going to unveil the next Moto phone, a phone we are fully expecting to be called the Moto Z at this point. Previous reports have suggested that it will attempt the modular thing with back plates, called MotoMods, that may be much more user-friendly and flexible in terms of potential than what LG tried with the G5. We may also see that same Moto Z phone as a DROID Edition, though there is no certainty that it will show up an Lenovo Tech World on June 9.

This morning (well, last night to be exact), we are getting a fresh look at the Moto Z in DROID Edition form, along with a first look at three of the MotoMod modules. 

In the image above, we can see “DROID” branding on the camera housing, which is really the only differentiator from this phone and the standard Moto Z. Well, there is always a chance that the DROID Edition will get exclusive colorways (like these heavily gold plated models), but the shape and size, along with the rear pin placements for MotoMod connecting appear to be identical.

A previous report suggested that Lenovo would simplify their line this year, by just branding the flagship Moto Z as a DROID Edition, instead of pushing out the Moto Z and then creating an all new phone (like previous DROID Turbo devices) to be sold at Verizon under the DROID name. This is yet more evidence of that happening.

But what about those MotoMod modules. Well, here are three of them.

 

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From what I can tell, we have (front-right) a camera module with a massive lens, shutter button and control, and flash. In the middle, that looks to me like a thicker battery pack module with kickstand. In the far back, it’s really tough to tell, but that could just be a slimmer battery pack, though there does seem to be some extra fun baked in there. Is that a button? What is that line down the middle for? (Any thoughts?)

UPDATE:  According to @evleaks, what we have here is (from back to front) a projector, JBL speaker, and Hasselblad camera.

In case you were wondering, yes these apply right onto the back of the phone. The idea here is that the ultra thin body of the Moto Z can be expanded upon by slapping or snapping these modules across the entire back. A current or magnet of some sort will hold these MotoMod modules in place through the sets of pins seen on the back. This could make for quickly swappable modules and might actually be a great implementation.

And I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but damn, this phone is growing on me.

Via:  @evleaks [2]

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