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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 esteinbr on 6/9/2014 3:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
I've always chalked this up to low end phones coming with so little storage they have no choice but to offer an SD slot and that the SD slot is cheaper to add than increasing the flash to the next larger size and/or offering multiple sizes. It probably also helps that low end phones aren't as stuck in the make it thin as possible mindset that high end phones are so a little extra space for a slot isn't as hard to deal with.

As others have noted SD cards can also be problematic for security and consistency reasons. They have also evolved over the years too. Early android phones almost always came with an SD card slot and usually had a card in them (my t-mobile g2 had an 8gb card). That early reliance on SD cards is why even a Moto x that doesn't have an actual SD card has a "virtual" sd card with a mount point for an sd card that points to internal storage. Heck you look at something like a nook HD and it has a SD Card directory that is on the internal flash and a SD card EX/ that is the actual SD card slot.


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