International budget Moto X could have replaceable backplates

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The Moto X as we have it now may very much be a US smartphone, but Motorola’s been clear that this isn’t the entirety of the Moto X story. The company has talked about releasing additional handsets under the Moto X name, specifically with the intention of introducing a lower-cost alternative. We’ve been wondering just how this handset might differ from the Moto X of the moment, and while many questions remain, one rumor suggests that at least one way this new budget Moto X could hope to differentiate itself is by having user-replaceable backplates.

For as much customization as the Moto X offers now, there’s little in the way of user-end tweaking, beyond just giving you the opportunity to outfit the handset in a case; all the color options for the phone’s accents and panels are set at the factory. Supposedly, the images above are back panels for this new budget Moto X, and unlike the phone we have now, these could easily be snapped on or off at a user’s convenience.

We’re also told that this version of the hardware would have other features aimed at the international market, like dual SIM support, but haven’t heard about the possibility of something like a removable battery, which this back panel rumor has us curious about.

Source: Weibo
Via: Engadget

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