The Moto X had generated a lot of enthusiasm during its pre-launch period and one reason for that was the ultra cheap price tag the device was purported to carry.
Some had even gone to the extent claiming the device will be doled out free under a carrier service plan or will be charged an extremely nominal fee upfront for owning the device. However, that is not how things have turned out to be eventually, priced as it is at $200 under a two year data plan for the base version. That has been branded overpriced by many and justifiably so when one can pick up the more capable Galaxy S4 or the HTC One for that same price.
However, things are likely to change as we drift further towards the end of the year. For it is during this time that there are strong indications of Motorola driving down the price of the Moto X to around $100. Strong indications because the rumor has its source at evleaks who have been on target most of the time. This if true will no doubt make for some spirited buying during the holiday shopping season apart from making up for a great gift idea as well. The reputed leakster has further added that the much publicized wooden back covers will come for $50 extra.
The Moto X has earlier been headline property for being the first smartphone that has been made entirely in the US. This marks a break in trend as part of which all other manufacturers have usually depended on cheaper manufacturing locations in China and Taiwan to assemble their devices. However, an estimate has pegged the manufacturing cost of the Moto X in the US at $5 more than what it would have been had a Chinese company done the job.
Meanwhile, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside had stated they do have a cheaper Moto X variant planned for launch later in the year though it was speculated to be of a rung lower in capability than the current Moto X. What is yet not confirmed is whether the cheaper Moto X being touted for a Christmas launch will be the current version post a price cut or an new version with slightly lesser capability than the current Moto X.