Motorola Moto X dev edition appears in Motorola website, still coming soon

August 25, 2013

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Developers and modders who have been pining for Motorola's latest flagship might soon have their craving satisfied now that the Moto X Developer Edition has made an appearance on Motorola's Moto X website. Some amount of waiting is still needed, though, as the device is still marked as "Coming Soon".

In itself, we were already quite impressed by the Moto X, which you can read about in our review here. With 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 4.7-inch HD display, and a 10 megapixel camera, the hardware might not be entirely record-breaking, but its performance makes you feel it was made of finer stuff. And particularly interesting is its X8 Computing System, which, while based on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, is augmented by Motorola's own design of low-power "context computing" chips.

But probably most relevant for modders is the developer-friendly roots of the Moto X, which is the first Motorola Android smartphone developed directly under Google's supervision. Motorola confirmed that the device will come with an unlockable bootloader, which eases the processes of developing and flashing custom Android ROMs on the device. Although it was also reported that Verizon and AT&T will only offer locked versions, a developer edition would make that moot.

Now that promised edition is almost here. The Moto X developer edition features a distinct look, with a black top and a white back cover engraved with "Developer Edition". It has double the storage capacity at 32 GB and, of course, has an unlockable bootloader. No word yet on exactly when Motorola will start accepting orders, though, so we'll be keeping an eye on that spot for updates.

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  • E. Tasche

    Why do I have a feeling it is going to at the least, come with zero warranty, and probably also going to cost $500-$550. A hefty price for an unlocked device.

    Here is to hoping I am completely wrong!

  • Zachary Morris

    Will the dev edition have a removable battery?