Moto X contract price could be halved, wood backs coming too

If you’ve managed to hold out on a Moto X up until now, your patience could be rewarded. Rumors are abound that the phone will be dropping to $100 on contract, which is half its current price on AT&T and Verizon.

Potentially the most interesting Motorola handset of the past few years, the X is also well-known for its customization. Users can have their phone modified to suit their own tastes, and the rumor mill says the options will be increasing as well.

Twitter account @evleaks posted four new backplates for the Motorola X, all of which are different wood finishes. Wood has been hotly anticipated since it was shown at the handset’s launch. Coming to consumer devices could make a very unique selling point.

Despite all the excitement around these developments for Motorola’s phone, there is still no word of bringing the Motorola X to the European market. For now, it remains AT&T and Verizon exclusive, though shall come to other American networks; potentially at a lower price if leaks are to be believed.

Source: @evleaks

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This is a cell phone - the only offering of wooden backs on ANY cell phone (smart or otherwise) is at the silly-priced end, and they are hypercustomized. Wooden-backed smartphones from a major carrier, and affordable by ordinary sorts, is wildly different, and could be monstrous.

ians18 said,
This won't help if it drops in water, and the wood would discolor and biodegrade

It sure would help. Wood floats in water so you could use your phone as a lifeboat.

francescob said,

It sure would help. Wood floats in water so you could use your phone as a lifeboat.

It would soak and retain water causing it to rot even if you just dropped a little amount of water on it.

ians18 said,
This won't help if it drops in water, and the wood would discolor and biodegrade

I'm sure they thought of that when they designed the wooden back.

ians18 said,

It would soak and retain water causing it to rot even if you just dropped a little amount of water on it.

Not if you put a polyurethane coating on it. That is assuming there is any actual wood involved.

Spicoli said,

Not if you put a polyurethane coating on it. That is assuming there is any actual wood involved.

True, but the coating wood wear off with so much use and constantly being touched by wet hands.

I have a deck out back. It has been there for several years thru rain, snow, and intense heat. No rotting and nothing wrong with it.

Wood can be protected no matter how it is handled.

techbeck said,
I have a deck out back. It has been there for several years thru rain, snow, and intense heat. No rotting and nothing wrong with it.

Wood can be protected no matter how it is handled.

Is your deck real wood or composite? Has it been sealed (probably)? Repainted? Or is the Paint Fading? Chipping? Warping? Scratches? Dents? My point is wood is less durable then lets say magnesium or aluminium when it comes to devices. And when not properly, treated/sealed/etc there would be a lot more wear and tear so this backing would not be a sensible choice.

ians18 said,

Is your deck real wood? Has it been sealed? Paint Fading? Chipping? Warping? Scratches? Dents? My point is wood is less durable then lets say magnesium or aluminium when it comes to devices. And when not properly, treated/sealed/etc there would be a lot more wear and tear so this backing would not be a sensible choice.


Still better than depleted uranium.

ians18 said,

Is your deck real wood or composite? Has it been sealed (probably)? Repainted? Or is the Paint Fading? Chipping? Warping? Scratches? Dents? My point is wood is less durable then lets say magnesium or aluminium when it comes to devices. And when not properly, treated/sealed/etc there would be a lot more wear and tear so this backing would not be a sensible choice.

Real wood. And I am sure these wood backs will be properly tested/treated as well. Why release a product if it is going to fall apart right away. Scratches and other wear/tear is common on most material.

ians18 said,

Is your deck real wood or composite? Has it been sealed (probably)? Repainted? Or is the Paint Fading? Chipping? Warping? Scratches? Dents? My point is wood is less durable then lets say magnesium or aluminium when it comes to devices. And when not properly, treated/sealed/etc there would be a lot more wear and tear so this backing would not be a sensible choice.

Plastic is the ideal case material for phones. It flexes on impact and doesn't transfer the energy to the internal parts and glass. The back can also be made easily removable to swap batteries and cards while other materials have to be glued. Using metals makes as much sense as using wood. It's all about appearance over function. Of course I'm not sure real this is really wood. It looks more like a wood pattern printed plastic.

techbeck said,
I have a deck out back. It has been there for several years thru rain, snow, and intense heat. No rotting and nothing wrong with it.

Wood can be protected no matter how it is handled.

You sure know how to kill the fun. You take things too seriously!
Besides, who even said this is real wood??

Mulsivaas said,
You sure know how to kill the fun. You take things too seriously!
Besides, who even said this is real wood??

Was just going by the OP where it said "wooden back" I have read that it is a wooden look/pattern on other sites. Not sure what it will actually be tho.

And I dont take things to seriously...just responding to those who said the wood will rot.

Spicoli said,

Plastic is the ideal case material for phones. It flexes on impact and doesn't transfer the energy to the internal parts and glass. The back can also be made easily removable to swap batteries and cards while other materials have to be glued. Using metals makes as much sense as using wood. It's all about appearance over function. Of course I'm not sure real this is really wood. It looks more like a wood pattern printed plastic.

Metals like aluminium may be less of a fingerprint magnet and survive longer than plastics. It also provides a more premium feel.

ians18 said,

Metals like aluminium may be less of a fingerprint magnet and survive longer than plastics. It also provides a more premium feel.

You got the "premium feel" one right. We don't make engineering decisions on feel. That's 100% marketing. The plastic is better in every technical aspect.

Mulsivaas said,
You sure know how to kill the fun. You take things too seriously!
Besides, who even said this is real wood??

Exactly. I would be extremely surprised if it's real wood. I'm sure it's the identical back as the others but with a wood pattern printed on it.