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The Moto X has had disappointing sales

Motorola is announcing a new low-cost phone as its high-end Moto X failed to stir up blockbuster sales numbers.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Motorola officially unveiled the new "Moto G" today at an event in Brazil. However, the new device leaked over the weekend when Amazon's UK website featured the Moto G for £160 ($255 USD) without a contract. 
The Moto G has a cheaper price tag in the U.S., though. You'll be able to pick one up the 8GB model for $179 or pay $199 for 16GB of storage (no contract necessary). 
The Moto G will be available in Brazil and parts of Europe (including the UK) starting today, and will hit the U.S. in January.
Moto G specs include a 720p 4.5-inch display; 8GB/16GB storage options; Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (the Android 4.4 KitKat update will come in January); 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor; 2,070mAh battery; a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera.
The Moto G is also customizable with a variety of colors from traditional black and white to turquoise and purple.

Motorola is likely hoping the affordable price tag of the Moto G will bring in more customers than its flagship Moto X managed after its August 2013 release. 
The Moto X, which sells for $585 off-contract on Amazon, only grabbed 500,000 total sales in the third quarter. This is painfully low compared to fellow Android-powered device maker Samsung, which sold 10 million Galaxy S4s in the first month of its April 2013 release. 
Motorola even dropped the two-year contract price of a Moto X from $200 to $100 amid the disappointing sales. 
Market research firm Strategy Analytics forecasts that Motorola will sell approximately one million Moto Xs in the fourth quarter.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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By retrospooty on 11/13/2013 12:24:28 PM , Rating: 3
This is a nice phone for $179 8gb / $199 16gb.

This is what the Moto X should have been.

RE: Dang...
By rpmrush on 11/13/2013 12:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
The Moto X should have been $249 32Gb/ $299 64Gb off contract pricing and it would have flew off the shelves. $500+ for a mid tier spec'd phone...meh. Even if they'd up'd the memory over the competition, at least it would have had a selling point.

RE: Dang...
By retrospooty on 11/13/2013 12:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yup... I would have bought 3 myself as X-mas gifts.

RE: Dang...
By chriscarlton10k on 11/13/13, Rating: 0
RE: Dang...
By danbob999 on 11/13/2013 8:59:20 PM , Rating: 2
I just checked and it is limited to 850 and 2100 Mhz HSPA. Pretty useless in North America.

RE: Dang...
By fic2 on 11/13/2013 1:52:48 PM , Rating: 2
The X reminded me of the Moto Xoom tablet. "Hey, we have worse specs than the iPad but sell for more. Why isn't anyone buying our tablets?"

RE: Dang...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/13/2013 2:41:27 PM , Rating: 2
Mid Spec? Have you seen the benchmarks of the Moto X?

No offense but your post is a joke. You're basically saying they should have taken a huge loss on every sale.

RE: Dang...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/13/2013 2:38:19 PM , Rating: 3
I really don't know why people are so down on the Moto X. I think they should do some research (not aimed at you retro) because it's a very fine device with some stellar selling points. And it probably has the best Android experience you can get. It has some custom features you can't get anywhere else that are intriguing imo.

Everyone complains about Samsung dominance but they turn up their noses at viable options like the Moto X.

RE: Dang...
By retrospooty on 11/13/2013 2:45:12 PM , Rating: 2
I think the X is a great phone, just not a full price one. The screen alone makes it not a high end phone. I think it marks even greater things to come. An X2 with a 1080p screen would be sweet.

RE: Dang...
By Belard on 11/19/2013 5:57:57 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I've played with a live one at AT&T store. The phone feels great to hold. Not the cheap plastic feel of Samsung or the coldness of the beautiful HTC One. The new sonys are getting very good reviews... But it's still a bit large.

I'm not in the market yet to get a new phone yet, but if so... I would most likely go with the X. Custom color even. The lack of a 1080 screen isn't a big deal, it's not a tablet. There is a few areas that I think the Moto X needs to be perfect.
A) improved camera options. Gimmicks like "twist to snap a shot" is completely stupid. At least it can be turned off. But a few features like HTC would do wonders... Or have a toggle from BASIC or ADVance mode.

B) a dedicated shutter button would be welcomed. On my Motorola Atrix HD, I have the VOL button set to be the shutter... Be nice to use them as ZOOM (default) along with a shutter button, like Nokia and some other phones like Sony.

C) Like the G, the case should be replaceable... For change of looks or when it's damaged.

The lack of a memory card and removable battery isn't high on my list. I've had a galaxy before... My Atrix is sealed, it's a non issue. But there are others that have removable batteries.

D) I'd like the ability to download Motorola circles onto the X.

I have a few issues with android 4.x itself... That makes me NOT want another phone.

Google maps 7 (current) is very nice looking, the 3D is helpful, looks good. It's slicker than GM 6... But trying to use GM7 is a nightmare... Never got it to save my default HOME location, it runs slower, it requires 3-4x more clicks to get things done. It's bad about re-adjusting my course (ie a detour or a change in plans) or selecting different choices... More clicks... Thank god I was able to get my phone to return to its factory default GM6. BTW, I've done this for others on their phones who found version.7 to be useless garbage. Google maps 6 maybe a year old, but it WORKS!

A neat option to give people on their phones... Which works only with docked motorolas... How about landscape mode for the launcher and dialer? It would be very handy... It looks neat too and is very usable.

A few tweaks is all the Moto X needs.

RE: Dang...
By kmmatney on 11/13/2013 3:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
I looked at it when I upgraded a few weeks ago, but there was nothing compelling about it at $199, especially with no expandable memory and only 16GB. I picked up the LG Optimus Pro G with 32GB (expandable) and a 5.5" IPS screen for $99. It's basically a poor man's Note 3... I have to admit I'm a little gun shy about any Motorola product after the disaster we had at my work with Motorola RAZR phones breaking (it was 8 years ago, but it will take a while for them to earn my trust...)

RE: Dang...
By kmmatney on 11/13/2013 3:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
The Moto G looks pretty awesome - I would definitely buy that if my subsidized phone breaks before my 2 years are up.

RE: Dang...
By retrospooty on 11/13/2013 3:42:11 PM , Rating: 2
" I picked up the LG Optimus Pro G with 32GB (expandable) and a 5.5" IPS screen for $99. It's basically a poor man's Note 3... "

I wouldn't say that... It's a great phone all on its own. If you don't want or need the active stylus, you aren't missing anything. The Note3 is great too.

RE: Dang...
By ven1ger on 11/13/2013 4:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
Just took a look at the LG Optimus Pro G and it looked very nice given the features it offers but the $99 is a subsidized phone cost. So the actual cost is about $439 from AT&T.

The Moto G is $199 no contract. Given the lesser features, this is still an awesome price for what it offers. But, I'll wait a couple of months first to see how the shake up for this phone is first and let others test it. Anyway, looking for a good priced phone for my youngest daughter and this maybe it.

RE: Dang...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/13/2013 5:28:53 PM , Rating: 1
Given the lesser features, this is still an awesome price for what it offers.

Unless you're a North American. The lack of 4G LTE support makes this an international phone only. There's too many good Android handsets out there to even consider making that kind of compromise.

RE: Dang...
By retrospooty on 11/13/2013 5:45:47 PM , Rating: 2
I am pretty sure an LTE variant will come. Its apparently coming to Verizon, so it would have to.

RE: Dang...
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/13/2013 6:14:47 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, I saw this on the Verge and was like YAY! And saw no LTE and was like :(

RE: Dang...
By bug77 on 11/14/2013 6:13:17 AM , Rating: 2
What does it offer?

The screen may be decent and the CPU may prove adequate (the same chip set is used in SGS4 mini - the Nexus 4 beats it in some benchmarks).
That aside, you get no expandable storage, no LTE, no user-replaceable battery, no KitKat until next January (no stock Android guarantees no speedy updates going forward) and not even dual-band wireless. And I don't mean no 802.11ac, this thing won't support 5GHz WiFi.
SGS4 mini boasting the same chip set and a similar battery only gets below average life on a charge, so the "we went for A7 because it's power efficient" doesn't hold water.
Oh, you do get a radio.

RE: Dang...
By retrospooty on 11/14/2013 7:11:40 AM , Rating: 2
"What does it offer?......."

Why are you so negative on everything? It's NOT a high end phone. It's by far the best low end phone available for the price. It's for people that don't care about that whole list of things you just rattled off, and believe me there are alot of them.

This is a fantastic smartphone for $179 off contract . THAT is what it offers.

RE: Dang...
By bug77 on 11/14/2013 9:25:10 AM , Rating: 2
This just left me with a feeling that I'd be missing out on too many features. Maybe I need to look at other offers around $200 mark to get the right picture...
My negativeness may also have something to do with a the fact that I imagine the mid-range phone to be completely different: dual-core A9/A15, 4-4.5" 1280x720 screen, 1.5 (but hopefully 2) GB of RAM, SD slot and a beefier, user-replaceable battery. Oh yes, and dual band WiFi, for those places where everybody clogs the 2.4GHz band. Moto G manages to miss all those targets. It get the price right, though.

RE: Dang...
By Jeffk464 on 11/14/2013 11:06:00 AM , Rating: 2
You might look at the galaxy light, I think it has LTE and is priced at $240.

RE: Dang...
By Jeffk464 on 11/14/2013 11:07:42 AM , Rating: 2
If you look around you won't find anything better than the G at the $180 mark.

RE: Dang...
By retrospooty on 11/14/2013 11:53:53 AM , Rating: 2
You would be very hard pressed to find a better phone at that price. If it was, it would be a massive inventory reduction sale. This is day one release price.

RE: Dang...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/14/2013 5:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
This thing stomps all over that Nokia 520 garbage. The screen alone makes this the best budget smartphone out there.

Good move by GoogleRola.

RE: Dang...
By bug77 on 11/15/2013 3:14:25 AM , Rating: 2
Nokia (or any other WP device) is not on my shopping list, but that doesn't change the fact that you haven't seen the screen on Moto G yet. The Nexus 5 has 33% less contrast than its G2 sibling, I wouldn't expect wonders at $180.

RE: Dang...
By Jeffk464 on 11/13/2013 4:55:19 PM , Rating: 2
Sweet, I know what my next phone is going to be. My verizon contract is up on dec27, perfect timing.

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