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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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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.

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