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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 retrospooty on 6/9/2014 12:48:09 PM , Rating: 2
All that, yes, but what makes even less sense is why now? OK, so the MotoX at released was expected to be priced to sell, it wasnt. It was the same price as a high end phone with it's mid range specs. Sales wise it was a flop. Now, the following year, prior to the next round of releases, why on earth would anyone buy a 64gb model? At this point its even lower end than it was at release, why buy a high end amount of memory on a low-mid phone?

RE: Makes no sense
By ritualm on 6/9/2014 3:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
It makes less sense once you consider that the successor of MotoX is at most half a year away. Rumor mill is rife with X+1 prototypes in the wild atm.

Frankly I'm not sure what Motorola Mobility is trying to accomplish here, other than clearing out existing MotoX inventories before X+1 hits the floor.

RE: Makes no sense
By retrospooty on 6/9/2014 5:07:38 PM , Rating: 2
I would guess its a lot closer than 6 months. That would be December... But still lets say I am a heavy enough user to need 64gb RAM. As a heavy user in mid 2014, why get a MotoX vs. say an S5, One M8 or LG G3 or Xperia Z2? It just doesnt make sense to me at this time after launch-time sales were already flat. Who is the target market?

RE: Makes no sense
By Reclaimer77 on 6/9/2014 8:03:48 PM , Rating: 2
Frankly I'm not sure what Motorola Mobility is trying to accomplish here

Crazy thought, I mean I'm just spitballing here, but I think maybe they're trying to sell phones.

RE: Makes no sense
By eek2121 on 6/9/2014 11:42:43 PM , Rating: 2
Reclaimer: I don't like you much, however that was priceless! :)

RE: Makes no sense
By retrospooty on 6/10/2014 8:40:23 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... OK, funny, but the train of thought here was wondering why Moto did this now, 10 months after it's initial launch. #'s wise the product launch was kind of a flop. Now, 10 months later, it is ever further behind the tech curve and they are adding a high end memory option? It just seems odd to me.

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