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Motorola introduces a 64GB variant of the Moto X

Motorola really wants people to see that its flagship Moto X smartphone is worth your time and attention. While the device won’t win any spec wars, its $349/$399 (16GB/32GB) price off-contract should be enough to entice those looking for a good bargain.
Since the Moto X doesn’t come with a microSD slot, those requiring even more space have been left to look for other options; that is until now. Over the weekend, Motorola added a new 64GB model to the Moto X family with a price tag of $449.
For comparison, an off-contract 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 will cost you $649 on AT&T, while the off-contract 32GB HTC One (M8) costs $669.
The off-contract Moto X is available for use on a number of U.S. carriers including AT&T, Republic Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

It was recently reported that Motorola will close its Moto X facility later this year due to poor sales. The facility at one time had 3,800 workers, but now just makes do with 700. Motorola’s new owner, Lenovo, will move production of the Moto X (and future Motorola smartphones) to China and other countries with low-cost labor.

Source: Motorola

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RE: Makes no sense
By DanNeely on 6/9/2014 10:51:57 AM , Rating: 1
Blame Google. Google's been hostile to SD slots for years and has made using them increasingly difficult in stock android for years. The surprising bit is that Moto was able to convince Google that the 4GB of internal flash they used to hit the price point was so miserly that an SD slot was needed.

RE: Makes no sense
By teldar on 6/9/2014 5:42:11 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know that I agree with that. Google makes it hard to put applications and application data on the SD card. There are plenty of tablets out there with SD cards and numerous phones as well. I think the biggest difference is that companies want to try to force people to pay $100 for $12 worth of memory if they want more space and they want the flagship phone.

RE: Makes no sense
By Gunbuster on 6/10/2014 3:06:51 PM , Rating: 2
Because you cant set artificial price points for internal storage if you put an SD slot on the phone! People just go buy a $35 64GB microSD.

RE: Makes no sense
By quiksilvr on 6/11/2014 9:41:11 AM , Rating: 2
And therein lies the problem. Sure you can get a Class 10 microSDHC card which is great for photos and videos, but certain intensive applications that require much faster internal memory may not be able to operate well on a microSDHC card.

If you actually shop for microSDHC cards that have similar speeds to internal storage, be prepared to dig into your wallet because those are not cheap:

Although I agree the $100 jump from 16GB to 32GB is excessive and it should be at MOST $50, seeing a $100 jump from 16/32GB to 64GB isn't exactly outrageous considering the internal memory you are getting.

RE: Makes no sense
By Reclaimer77 on 6/11/2014 12:05:40 PM , Rating: 1
I've heard this argument before, and it's mostly bunk.

In a lot of cases, the mSD card is as fast or faster than the internal memory. Most phones have marginal I/O performance.

Claiming you'll notice a difference in real world use is just false.

RE: Makes no sense
By quiksilvr on 6/11/2014 5:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
I wholeheartedly agree that you should never just take someone's word for it. So here is my source:

RE: Makes no sense
By Reclaimer77 on 6/11/2014 7:19:02 PM , Rating: 1
That's the ONE phone on the planet with great I/O courtesy of a innovative file system NO other OEM on the planet is using in smartphones.

Not to call you a cherry picker, buuuuut....

RE: Makes no sense
By blzd on 6/11/2014 10:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
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