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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 techxx on 6/9/2014 10:52:17 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps as a low range device and to lower cost, it was cheaper to add expandable storage than cram 16GB+ in it? The Moto E is also newer and perhaps they weren't expecting large demand for an SD card when the Moto X was designed. You should know, "moto man". ;o

RE: Makes no sense
By Motoman on 6/9/2014 11:04:28 AM , Rating: 2
LOL that's funny. Actually hadn't occurred to me until now :p

But I can't believe the "perhaps they weren't expecting large demand for an SD card when the Moto X was designed" bit.

SD card slots have been a normal expectation on smart phones essentially from the beginning. I haven't counted, but I am sure that the *vast* majority of smartphones on the US market have SD card slots. The very few that don't stand out like sore thumbs...iPhone, Moto X, Moto G.

There's no way they could simply expect that people no longer want a feature that's been in use for so long, and is clearly so popular. I have to think they're just aping Apple. Which is never a good idea, no matter what else is going on.

RE: Makes no sense
By Ragin on 6/9/2014 12:02:29 PM , Rating: 2
The trouble with SD cards is security and simplicity. They could format the SD cards with EXT4 and the security problem would be taken care of since they could control permissions much more carefully then, however the SD card would then not be readable/write-able on Windows which would be a major problem.

The other issue is simplicity, since they are removable they present a challenge to keeping track of files on them and what to best use them for. I think most manufacturers have figured out that they are great for pictures and video but do you allow apps to be installed to them possibly compromising performance? What if an installed app keeps it's data on the SD card and the card is removed? Not having the SD card removes these issues but manufacturers haven't kept up with memory size increases which is frustrating.

Either way I think the best option is to just include it, since it's better to not alienate power users. Just make sure the minimum storage on the device is 32gb, 16gb doesn't cut it anymore even with SD card space.

RE: Makes no sense
By Nutzo on 6/9/2014 1:11:37 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't counted, but I am sure that the *vast* majority of smartphones on the US market have SD card slots.

And you woudl be wrong.

iPhones don't have SD slots, neither do Google Nexus phones, and a number of other high end Android phones.

If a phone came with 32GB or 64GB of internal memory for a reasonable price (considering I can buy a fast 32GB SD card for < $25), then I'd be less inclined to need a SD slot.

RE: Makes no sense
By Motoman on 6/9/2014 3:27:06 PM , Rating: 2
You honestly think there are *more* models of smartphones on the market without SD slots than with SD slots?

Off the top of my head, I can only think of the 2 Moto models I mentioned and iPhones. Leaving probably hundreds of other models that *do* have SD slots.

RE: Makes no sense
By tonyswash on 6/9/2014 1:28:18 PM , Rating: 3
I haven't counted, but I am sure that the *vast* majority of smartphones on the US market have SD card slots

Unlikely - the iPhone has 41% of the US smartphone market so even if every single non-iPhone sold in the US had SD card slots then that would still only be 60% of the market.

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