Moto X pricing tipped to undercut the Nexus 4

July 22, 2013

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We know nearly everything there is to know at this point about the exciting and upcoming smartphone from Motorola and Google. The Moto X will be their first main push together, and until this moment we've seen leaks on everything from screen size, specs, customizations, and even Google's own Eric Schmidt carrying one around. However, we still don't know a price.

Latest tips suggest Google and Motorola will undercut the Nexus 4 with both the price, and with what they offer. That being a 16GB Moto X smartphone (off contract) for the same price as the 8GB Nexus 4. According to reports we've received ourselves here at Android Community, and from GizmoFusion, Google and Motorola will be making a huge push with this budget friendly device. Thanks for the photo @evleaks.

The tipster claims the 16GB Moto X will cost users just $299, off contract, and will also be sold by carriers. Then the 32GB Moto X will be $349, which is a pretty impressive price with all things considered. However, it isn't yet known what carriers will be asking, but we're hearing that will be $99 and $149, respectively.


This pricing is all we have to go on at this point, and it doesn't mention anything about customizations, which will be a huge selling point with the Moto X. Google might be charging more for the customizations like engravings and custom backplates, but maybe not, who knows. At AllThingsD Google talked about cheap smartphones for the masses, and even Eric Schmidt hinted at the future of wallet-friendly smartphones at MWC 2012.

While we're taking these details with a grain of salt for now, it's highly possible that come August 1st Motorola will unveil the new $299 16GB Moto X available nationwide on all carriers. It might not have absolutely top-tier specs, but it's pretty darn close. For that price, I'm not complaining. Who's getting excited now?

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  • CaptainDoug

    Firstly, I am so glad they’ll have a 32GB version. Second, $350? Sold. Such a good deal.

    • ddpacino

      Good STEAL!

  • Hunterh2

    If google can cut a deal with verizon to have it unlocked (unlike the nexus 4), I’m a day 1 buyer. 32gb in white

    • I agree. I’m worried about Verizon and the bootloader, but hopefully they stand strong!

      • Captain_Doug

        I have given up on Verizon. Unless they implement a plan like T-mobiles. I’d like to buy this phone outright, use it on Verizon and pay an unsubsidized monthly bill. Is that too much to ask?

      • n900mixalot

        Well … if they sell a Verizon-compatible edition, you can, but the thing is you won’t get 4G. They have fairly-priced 3G plans: $70/month for unlimited talk and text, and 2 gigs of data … it’d be great for me where I’m at because we don’t have LTE but if you’re in a city then it’s better to go with T-Mobile.

      • Captain_Doug


      • André Cerment

        I believe Verizon has now a plan similar to T-mobile, why don’t you check at a Verizon store? greetings.

      • Captain_Doug

        The guy below you is right. They don’t have LTE enabled prepaid plans.

      • BrettKoster

        Verizon has a prepaid option but doesn’t include LTE. To get LTE, the cheapest VZW plan would be 80-90. VZ Edge is a payment plan essentially, but is pretty much crap

    • Christopher Robert

      buy it off contract directly from Google and avoid the locked boot-loader.

      • ImmaDroid

        If you have Verizon, I doubt theres gonna be a buying it directly from Google

  • Paulus Net

    Yes, very much excited. Really need a replacement for my second phone and Moto X is the way to go.

  • The next phone that will get crazy custom Rom support!

  • Crazy

    I am buying 4!

  • If true, I’m in for 3 personally.

  • kishan

    I am trying to understand how it is superior to N4? Specs wise, its lower than N4. Just trying to understand why one would choose N4 over Moto X

    • kishan

      whew!. I meant to ask, why one would choose Moto X over N4.

      • Guest

        No, they are about even.
        Nexus 4 has better processors
        Moto X has “better” camera, LTE

      • Captain_Doug

        Nexus 4 does have a quad core but the Moto X has beaten the N4 in many a benchmark. In anutu it gets about 4000 higher than a stock N4. It even beats the HTC One in 3DMark.

      • kishan

        So all Software updates? Why won’t they roll into N4, if its purely on software side? and with that new Software upgrades, N4 would run even faster than MotoX?

      • guesswhat

        From what moto said atD11 conference and from speculations, Alwayson listening and contextual awareness, active display notifications are specific to motorola hw platform, they need some special lowpower sensors/mic’s to be able to run without killing your battery life. So the answer to your question is No, these feature wont rolling out to N4 or any other android device thats already out in the market.

      • kishan

        Got it. But I am still skeptical about their battery claims. 2200mAh, which is low per today’s standards. I heard Moto is working on monstrous battery, with 4000+ mAh. But looks like that is not the case.

      • Captain_Doug

        The N4 won’t necessarily get those software upgrades. They could be CPU specific.

      • hoosiercub88

        Quad core doesn’t mean better.. it’s a slower clocked CPU, 1.5Ghz Quad vs 1.7Ghz Dual.. you’re not going to be able to tell a difference, especially if the MotoX is as well optimized as everyone is saying. They’ll share the Adreno 320 so they’re going to be even on graphical rendering power. It’s going to have a bigger battery, LTE, and be available on the most popular *despite being the most hate spammed* network in the country, Verizon. Something the Nexus can’t do.

      • Agni

        The reason the Nexus 4 does absolutely crap on these synthetic benchmarks is due to the fact that the Nexus 4 has very aggressive thermal throttling. The quad core S4 Pro is set to down clock as soon as it exceeds 37c. So on long gaming sessions and benchmarks it can’t reach its true potential due to this. However when doing regular day to day activities like opening apps and playing games for short times, the throttling does not have time to kick in so the SoC can use all of its power.
        If you want evidence for this search for Ne”Nexus 4 benchmarks in freezer”

      • Captain_Doug

        I’ve seen it.

      • guesswhat123

        It definitely has more features than N4, with always on voice commands and context awareness, better camera ..and not made of glass, so it would be more sturdy and solid.

      • Captain_Doug

        For me, the Moto X’s form factor is more to my liking. Being made by Moto, it should be a bit tougher than 2 plates of glass. The 32GB option along with being $50 cheaper is a plus. As far as benchmarks go, the Moto X has beaten(either just barely or by a little more than barely) the Nexus 4. It really does perform as well as quad core phones. It even beats the Xperia Z sometimes. It should also get better battery life. It will most likely have LTE. Customization should be crazy. That’s all my ideas for now. The Moto X should get great dev support(like the N4).

      • ddpacino

        Believe that I read that it’s actually like an octacore under the hood with certain cores doing certain things..? [RUMOR] There’s probably a core or chip dedicated to that always listening mode. Will definitely need to be running a rooted ROM to be NSA-proof. I hope, lol.

      • Captain_Doug

        Where did you hear this? None of this sounds remotely like any rumor I’ve ever heard. You’ve got to be trolling.

      • Jonathan Reid

        He’s not trolling, I’ve heard those same rumors in the comment sections of Droid-Life. I looked at a few articles but couldn’t find the one it was on.

      • Christopher Robert

        LTE. And is supposedly kicks but on the bench marking, because Google optimized the software for its hardware.

      • ddpacino

        Probably will still run on hspa+ for me, more batt efficient. Like the option tho.

    • ddpacino

      Specs…. hahahahahahaaa

    • cdhoward32

      Because Verizon customer can’t get an N4 so the next best thing is Moto X

  • Randall Walsh

    Still rather have a Nexus.

    • Craxy

      Not me. A quad-core just kill the battery. I rather have dual core but LTE without hacking the device. Plus, made in USA is a bonus.

      • furlonium

        I do not think you understand how multi core socs work…

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Unoptimized quad core is less efficient than an optimized dual core. Even if rttf is taken into account, there are very very few apps that actually take advantage of the extra horsepower of the 2 extra CPU cores. Also, with the rumors that this device may utilize co-processors for some functions such as the radios, background system apps, and camera, then there is an excellent chance that the Moto X will be as fast as the S4 Pro quad core and sip power at a much lower rate.

      • hoosiercub88

        I bet my quad-core Note II gets better battery life on LTE than the dual-core Moto X will.

        If you know anything about Android smartphones and battery drain, you know that the screen is the number one enemy here, so unless they’ve figured out some magical screen tech *they haven’t* then it will be average to better than average battery life for current devices.. S4/One

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        The battery usage screen usually shows that the screen uses a vast majority of the power, yes. And, on the Moto X it will likely shown on that screen to use even more power.

        However, you are ignoring the forest for the trees, as it were. The screen is fed by various apps and processes, which are in turn fed by the radios (data) and the CPU (processing), and ultimately the GPU (rendering). Reducing the battery usage of any of these steps means that overall you will get better battery life, as more of the power stored in the battery is available to be used for the screen.

        So, your claim, while correct, is highly misleading as well, since the battery on the Note 2 is 50% higher capacity than the one rumored to be in the Moto X. As such, it is simple math that guarantees that your device will last longer on a charge. I will, however, point out that the mixed usage estimate for the Droid Mini is 28 hours, while the estimated talk-time for the Note 2 is 31 hours. Assuming that these numbers are comparable (a large assumption I grant, but probably not terribly far off), the Note 2’s battery life is about 10% longer with a 50% larger battery. That, needless to say, is nothing short of amazing on the part of the Droid Mini, and absolutely destroys the Note 2 on a per-mAh basis. If you compare the Note 2 to its closest equivalent, the Droid Maxx, it would be a 55% increase in battery life with 10% larger battery, which is, needless to say, insane battery life.

        Take note: not one single manufacturer can touch Motorola right now in an apples-to-apples battery life comparison. And, if benchmarks are to be believed, Motorola is sacrificing little to no power to achieve that battery life.

    • ddpacino

      Keeping my N4 and will rotate between the two devices. I’m that big of a gadget fiend. That pricing alone makes it sooooo much more of a must have for me.

  • Alain Lafond

    At the moment I can’t see nothing that could beat my Nexus 4… Why buy it… I believe that this phone will be really for the masses… Great, hopefully a Google phone that will shake the providers and help them update faster those poor guys regular’s phone. It’s not their fault, they don’t know…

  • HeatFan305

    I am replacing my Nexus 4 with the Note 2. No disrespect to this phone, but the Nexus 4’s plain rom is too bland for my tastes. The Moto X looks like a good buy, but the mAh will tell it all. I chose the Note 2 since it is an excellent upgrade for my Nexus 4 and I had an S3 before. I love my Touchwiz software.

  • LiterofCola

    A 32gig model? Hmmmmmmmm.

  • Michael Aston

    I sold my Nexus 4 and went back to Galaxy S III, I am definitely very excited by the Moto X..looks great and if it has the wake button like the s3 and iPhone, i’m sure to purchase…

  • Chris N

    cmon verizon… give us a cmda $300 off contract phone (holds breath)

    • keltypack

      You’ll probably pass out or die if you hold your breath. VZ is the least friendly of all the carriers.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        If the rest of the Moto X stable is $299 and the Verizon Moto X is $599, Verizon is going to have a shitstorm at their doorstep.

        They have their DROID Motorolas to overprice and oversell. I’m not even certain the Moto X will be sold in Verizon stores.

      • EC8CH

        I’d rather by it through the play store anyway.

      • hoosiercub88

        As would I, for Verizon. For $299 no fuss/red tape.

    • bigdawgx

      Don’t do that for too long….

    • Brian Utne

      Are you blue in the face yet? Verizon just barely got the HTC One…lol

  • Glucksdrachen

    This may sound like the tired rhetoric of an iPhone user, but Google/Moto are leaning towards the philosophy of “specs aren’t everything” – if they can create an awesome, seamless user experience on a phone with “mid-range” hardware but optimized software, then they can keep production costs down, and the savings can be passed onto the consumer. If this phone performs as well in the real-world as anecdotal first impressions and benchmarks have been telling so, then GooMoto would have a compelling device… especially for this rumoured price tag.

    • NexusPhan69

      Just like Apple passes the savings down to their customer on their mid-range spec iPhone 5!

      • bigdawgx


      • Julian G

        Okay… a fairly similar rhetoric WITH THE EXCEPTION of the price-gouging :p

  • Kyle

    I was going to get a Nexus 4 but with all the new sensors and features, and for 16GB more for the same price as it’s matching N4, I’m gonna get this.

  • Diaperboy17

    I can’t wait. Moto X will be my first smartphone.

  • DonGoncalves

    And don’t make us wait on the 32GB