Verizon launched its Moto X page today, offering consumers the option to sign up for email updates. The carrier promises that the black and white versions of the smartphone will go on sale “in the coming weeks.” At launch, customization options will be available exclusively on AT&T, but Verizon users will gain access to MotoMaker later this year.
The Moto X is set to hit the market later this month, starting a $199.99 for a 16GB model, while Motorola has hinted that a low-cost “Moto X Mini” might be released in the future. The new flagship handset will be available on all the major U.S. carriers, including Sprint, U.S. Cellular and a T-Mobile model that the manufacturer will sell itself. While there is still no set Moto X release date, a leaked Verizon roadmap suggests the device will be available starting on Aug. 23.
With its latest smartphone, Motorola is emphasizing usability and features over specs, offering a mid-range device at a premium price with the promise of exclusive Google-powered services and unprecedented levels of customization. Surprisingly, the handset runs the now-outdated Android 4.2.2 OS, even though Google owns Motorola Mobility. It also comes equipped with a 4.7-inch 720p display, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 10-megapixel rear camera with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter and 2GB of RAM.