Motorola’s Moto X will be available at Sprint locations and online starting tomorrow, September 6. The new phone will be available in black and white for $199. Sadly, those looking for the Moto X’s customization options with Moto Maker will have to wait a little while longer, as the carrier says these features will be coming to Sprint within the next couple of months.
In order to boost trade-in sales, Sprint is also offering new customers who switch their phone number to Sprint from another carrier $100 in instant credit, reducing the price of Moto X to $99 after signing a new two-year contract with Sprint. The carrier says they’re only doing this for a limited time, so those looking to switch carriers and save a bit of cash will need to act fast.
Sadly, Sprint will be trailing behind Verizon and AT&T, who have both been selling the Moto X since late last month, the initial release hype already starting to fade away. However, Sprint seems to be confident enough that they’ll be able to move a lot of units despite the late launch on their part.
The Moto X is Motorola’s first device since being acquired by Google earlier this year. It’s also one of the company’s first devices in a while that doesn’t have the DROID branding plastered all over it. The Moto X is a phone that you can clearly tell came from both Google and Motorola, sporting a sleek and smooth look all the way around, and being manufactured in the US.
The Moto X is also one of the first phones of its kind to come with a bevy of customization options. Moto Maker provides users to custom-make their own Moto X shell, with over 2,000 possible combinations. The phone runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and sports a 4.7-inch 720p HD AMOLED display. On the inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz with 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage (16GB only available on Sprint).
The specs of the Moto X certainly aren’t anything to write home about, but that’s actually not the main focus of the device. Google and Motorola are attempting to market the phone as a personal device that users can customize to make it their own, and are putting a lot of focus on the software features as well, in order to make it stand out from the rest of the Android crowd.