Apr 17 AT 3:25 PM Taylor Wimberly 34 Comments

Rumor says Motorola X Phone will “come in over 20 colors”


Rumors of Motorola’s secret “X Phone” project go back to last year, but we only started hearing about details of the first possible device last month. One of our sources said that the X Phone would offer physical customizations that included an endless choice of color combinations, and the ability to select the material of the outer casing. Now Phone Arena reports that an unnamed source told them the choice of colors “may be over 20.”

Phone Arena claims their source said the material of the outer casing might not be an option in the first generation X Phone, but it could be offered in another device later this year. We have previously reported that the “X Phone” brand would spawn an entire family of devices, so this could be the cause of conflicting reports about specific details and specs.

Our original source said the first X Phone was expected to go on sale in June, which was later changed to late July, and now Phone Arena says the first device might not debut till “August or later.


A rumored prototype of the first Motorola X Phone.

Jim Wicks, Motorola’s design chief, told PCMag that the first Google-influenced devices would not appear till the second half of 2013, so we shouldn’t expect anything till after July. Most tech bloggers believe Google might unveil some new Motorola products at Google IO in May, but any delay of the product launch might bump the first “X Phone” device from that event.

Google’s Eric Schmidt says the new set of products from Motorola will be “phenomenal,” but what else is he going to say?

Finally, on the topic of conflicting info, one of our early reports said that the first X Phone would be sold unlocked and available for a number of different carriers. More recent info now suggest the device will have an exclusive launch period on a single carrier, but please keep in mind this is all rumors and speculation until it’s officially announced.

If you could order a smartphone in any color, which color would you pick?

Source: Phone Arena

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  • Dr.Carpy

    I would choose a Royal Blue phone. I really love the blue that represents my New York Knicks! Runners up would be some sort of Green or Ferrari Red! Choosing phone colors is a pretty cool idea!

    • zerosix

      It’s great to see that people want not only black and white devices. However, I’d prefer black (with leather, if possible) and a white one for my girlfriend. Or vice versa, we’ll make the decision as soon as we put our filthy hands on our new X’s:)

  • R.S

    I’d go with magenta since I’m on T-Mobile.

    Honestly, I’d probably go with red (love the HTC butterfly) or blue.

  • live2skico

    Android Green!

    • zerosix

      Resistance Blue, if you know what I mean.

      • dcds

        Lol everyone knows what green vs blue means… I’m a fairly inactive blue (lvl2 still!!!), but I’d rather pick Android green as a color for my phone.

  • Tony

    Right now just want a white one, I’ll consider others but likely white.

  • mattcoz

    Midnight blue, I yearn for you.

  • CTown

    At 20 different color combinations, perhaps they could make a device using a never before seen color (now that’s innovation).

    • thekaz

      ha! I was going to comment that I am not even sure I could name 20 colors!

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    >> the first X Phone would be sold unlocked and available for a number of different carriers

    Doesn’t sound good for a Verizon user …

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I have a gut feeling that IF it is exclusive to one carrier, then it would be VZW or AT&T.

      • zerosix

        I bet it will be VZW.
        What’s good: Motorola’s VZW devices can be used with GSM networks with no efforts, at least in Europe.

      • James

        No shit.

      • Lobster

        Of course it will be Verizon. Verizon has capitalized on the Android devices more than any other carrier, and have built a very close partnership with Motorola. AT&T gets the pick of the litter with HTC devices, but Verizon is where the premium Motorola products are offered. People can say what they want about Samsung being the top seller out there with the Galaxy S3, but you can get it through any carrier. Cricket offers the SGS3, for example. Samsung’s marketing tactics are vastly different than Motorola and HTC. They’ll put the phone with anyone and make it available to anyone because to them, numbers matter (just like Apple). Motorola and HTC are much more selective about how they market their products and who they allow to offer their devices. From a developer’s standpoint, this may not necessarily fare well for them with locked bootloaders and hardware discrepancies, but I don’t especially like having a phone identical to everyone else’s. Plus, Verizon has the best 4G LTE coverage, bar none, so I would rather get the best coverage along with the best device.

        I highly doubt the rumored X-Phone will be available in 20 different colors. Sounds to me like some bogus leak that someone’s feeding to the Android fanboys to create a ruckus. What I am concerned with is the hardware, materials, and battery life. To be competitive, it’s got to have 1.5gHz+ quad-core processor, 1.5GB+ of RAM, massive battery, and possibly Nexus-like customization options. An unlocked bootloader would be nice, but I wouldn’t expect that. As long as a simple rooting utility can be developed and made readily available (as is the norm with Motorola devices), most users would be pleased.

  • redraider133

    Colors are nice and all but I am more interested in the specs and seeing what moto and google bring to the table.

  • VS

    Color wise:

    Coffee Brown
    Hunter Green
    Crimson Red

    …or that wild Nike bright yellow color that they deck out the Oregon Ducks in ;).

    I know it’s just rumor, but I hope the X Phone launch isnt carrier exclusive. Remember the Galaxy Nexus launch, Google!

  • apgrijalva1

    I’m hoping for an aubergine or something along those lines.

  • vforvortex

    Make my phone as close to my palm/hand color to make it seem like just a floating screen. :)

    • vforvortex

      And choosing colors only worth it if phone is strong enough without having a need for a case.

    • tai

      a yellow one will do just that for me — i’m oriental! and i guess will sell by the millions!!

  • Nathan D.

    This is awesome, I’ll probably go for an tron blue or android green, but blue is my favorite color.

  • irishrally

    Great, knowing it’s going to come in 20 colors will keeping me going for another 6-8 months …

  • Paul Atreides

    Give me federal blue with gold trimmings please.

  • Jorge Eslava

    The darkest blue they offer.

  • Julian Blanco

    Instead of just plain different colors, I would like to see some options for different patterns like military camouflage and other designer patterns.

  • Nicholas

    More importantly, it will feature a new method (beyond Bluetooth and Wifi hotspots) for connecting Android devices (Glass, watch, phone, tablet) together.

  • drejohnson

    I don’t care how many colors they have as long as the build quality is on the level of the HTC One.

    • donger

      Agreed, they needs to move away from the plasticky feel aka cheap feel.

  • surethom

    Black or silver for me, but what I really want is a Motorola with a Xenon flash like the XT710 (but better photos)

  • Broseph Stalin

    Gold, with white buttons and dollar signs all over it.
    Also, I want to engrave #YoLo and #Swaggg on it.

    (Yes, of course I’m joking. I’d go with a nice shade of red or orange)

  • richard yarrell

    Omg I’m so getting a pink one

  • Anthony

    Drazi green