Motorola is continuing to shake up the off-contract smartphone market, at least here in the United States. The Moto G is now $99. The Moto X is $99 with a contract, and $399 without one. Despite the fact that the Moto X doesn’t have some of the specs that other companies flagships possess (notably, it lacks a 1080p display and a quad-core processor), it has more than held its own in reviews across the web.
Moreover, it offers unique experiences that, so far, can’t be replicated on any other smartphone without completely decimating your battery life – the Moto X features novel notifications that use the regular display, and an ‘always-on’ voice control that lets you send queries to Google Now without ever having to touch your device.
Looking at it with a cynical bent, it’s likely these price drops are happening beause Motorola is having a difficult time moving all that much inventory. All that means, however, is that customers get a shot at an awesome smartphone without spending too much of their hard-earned cash.
In addition to a new, cheaper, price point, the Moto X is still the only smartphone that gets assembled in the United States – a requirement for Motorola to offer customers the ability to wildly customize their devices. A much-discussed bamboo back is now an option on Motorola’s website, if you’re willing to cough up the extra $100 to get it.
The price is available now, and is offered on all U.S. carriers.