Motorola X Rumors Suggest Customizable Hardware

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Ever had your eye on a smartphone but the specs weren’t quite what you were looking for? Wished it had 2GB instead of 1GB of RAM, or 64GB instead of 32GB internal storage? A whole new slew of rumors about the Motorola X phone are out, and they suggest that Motorola could give customers more control than ever before with choosing just how the hardware of their new phones is configured.

First off, the rumors claim that Motorola X is more of a brand than a single phone, and the first X model will be out in June as an octo-core handset. That gives credence to the idea that we might hear it announced at Google I/O in May. Even though these wouldn’t be Nexus devices, with the great software support that follows, Motorola would supposedly commit to delivering at least one major Android update to each X model, which could come from the OEM itself, rather than a carrier.

Now, as for these sales: according to this source, Motorola will sell X phones directly online, like Apple, and will offer custom versions of the hardware, with users tweaking figures like memory, storage, and color. We wouldn’t count on seeing options for larger changes, like SoC or display type, which would require a heavier engineering investment, but the idea sounds nice, all the same. Reportedly, such custom units would take about a week to reach customer hands, and could also be pre-loaded with media of the user’s choice.

The best part: Motorola might work with Google to offer X phones with Nexus-level pricing. We don’t know if that will mean another $300 smartphone, but it could sure be a whole lot cheaper than its competition.

Source: Android and Me

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!