Jan 17 AT 4:16 PM Dima Aryeh 21 Comments

New Moto X wood finishes are real wood, but not the wood they’re named after

Moto X Ebony Back

They lied to us. Boycott Motorola. Just kidding.

Motorola announced three new wood finishes for the Moto X, due to come out January 21. These finishes look awesome, and I’m absolutely in love with the ebony backplate, but they’re not really the wood they’re advertised to be. Only bamboo is real bamboo. Let me explain.

The bamboo option is real bamboo, unfinished but coated. The other three options are all real wood, but they’re finished to look like the wood they’re named after. Motorola says “Walnut, Ebony and Teak are treated with their indicated finish to adjust the color and design.” Unfortunately, Motorola did not state what kind of wood was being used.

I personally would not call this a downside, as this process is probably much better than using three different types of wood. Not only is it cheaper, it’s also more sustainable and possibly even has better durability. There is absolutely no reason to be mad over this, as you’re still getting an awesome looking wood back. What are your thoughts on the situation? Tell us in the comments!

Source: Droid-Life

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • thel0nerang3r

    Could they all be bamboo with different finishes? Though I’m really liking the bamboo finish.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Motorola Xphone definitely sucks monkey balls period.

      • jerrbomb

        No you stuck monkey balls.. Stop trolling.. Your such a disgrace to Android kind..

        • edictogram

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        • Orion78

          He’s a disgrace to mankind period.

          • redraider133

            If only there was a block option like on Google+ for him…

      • squiddy20

        Yet another copy and paste comment from the Samsung fanboy. Seriously, you’ve been saying “sucks monkey balls” (sometimes even misspelling it to “socks monkey balls”) for the better part of 3, maybe even 4 years. Broken record anyone?
        Also, do tell in what ways the Moto X “sucks monkey balls”. Or does your blanket opinion automatically make it a universal fact?

      • Orion78

        The fact that you troll every Motorola article shows how insecure and scared you are of the company. Anything you touch sucks monkey balls period.

        • jerrbomb

          The fact he trolls everything that isn’t Samsung shows how stupid and ignorant he is.. He is worse that a broken record.. You can turn a broken record off.. Unfortunately we can’t turn him off… And he never has a valid reason for his trolling.. Always saying some stupid ish.. Like a guy desperately trying to sell a product for a product that no one is interested in because he doesn’t have is facts right.. Or his data is outdated and invalid..

          • jerrbomb

            And I’m sorry for my typos I can’t spell today.. Lol

        • snowbdr89

          Dick yarrell insecure? Nooooo what gave you that idea

      • ChrisAre

        You are such a tool.

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  • redraider133

    Hopefully with version 2 these will be available from the start.

    • paul atreides

      Also removable like the Moto G.

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  • Andy Wise

    When you look at the names of stains that you get at Home Depot there are stains called “Red Oak” and “Dark Mahogany”, does that mean the stains are made of that wood? No, of course not, it just means that you get a stain of a similar color.

    Why anyone would get made at Motorola because they named the finish what ever they thought it most resembled is just silly. You buy it because you like the look, not because of durability or weight (which, besides looks, are the only real reasons to pick different kinds of wood).

  • edictogram

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    Really cool! Nice gadget to add Moto X’s storage- a tiny Meenova MicroSD reader: http://goo.gl/2iJ6gf

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  • #dontbeadickyarrell

    his mom sucks on MY monkey balls … while on her period