Moto G was just the start; Motorola aiming for $50 smartphone


Motorola’s been absolutely stunning us with the release of some incredibly affordable, yet still very nice quality Android smartphones. The Moto X may have been pushing the limits of affordability when it first launched, but recent cuts have solidified it in the Nexus-level price range. Then we got the Moto G, which was just crazy inexpensive right from the get-go, and carriers have already been knocking the $180 base price down even lower themselves. Frankly, we’d be perfectly happy just seeing more devices released in the same vein as these guys, but it sounds like Motorola has some big ambitions, and CEO Dennis Woodside has been talking about the idea of a smartphone much more affordable than even the Moto G.

Woodside acknowledges that for as cheap as $180 is, that’s still a lot of money to a lot of people, and he thinks that Motorola can do a lot better, asking, “why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen so we’re going to push that.”

And while news of that goal is exciting enough on its own, we also get an intriguing update about the manufacturer’s interest in customizable phones. Remember in the time leading up to the Moto X’s launch when we speculated on all variety of hardware details that might be changeable – much more than just colors and body materials?

Woodside says that Motorola intends to expand custom options right down that alley. Sometime “in the next year or so” the company plans to offer a phone with the options for varying levels of functionality (SoC choice, perhaps?) and different screen sizes. Yes, please.

Source: TrustedReviews
Via: phoneArena

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