Jul 12 AT 9:49 AM Nick Sarafolean 61 Comments

Moto X to have custom backs of plastic, wood, ceramic and more

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, dials on the yet to be released Google produced Moto X phone at the annual Allen and Co. conference in Sun Valley

More Moto X news is flowing in this morning. Many of you fondly know Taylor Wimberly as the founder of Android and Me, and lately he’s been on a roll with Moto X leaks. Today he posted another morsel of information to Google+ regarding the customization options of the Moto X. He reports that the curved design of the phone is “engineered from ground up for personalization.” And while we’ve heard for a long time now that the backplate will be customizable, he shared a couple of new options about what materials it could be made of.

Taylor is reporting that, while plastic is the standard material for the Moto X, a wood backplate option will also be available at launch. He says that after the initial launch date (August 23) options for metal, ceramics and fabrics should also become available. We’ve heard about plastic, metal and wood, but both the ceramic and fabric options are new. He also mentioned that AT&T has something exclusive regarding the launch of the Moto X. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know what kind exactly that might be.

People keep asking for Moto X leaks, so here is another tidbit. Moto X features a curved design engineered from ground up for personalization. As I reported awhile back, users will be able to pick the material for the backplate. Plastic is the default material, but wood is also an option that should be available at launch. Other materials like metals, ceramics, and fabrics should become available after the August 23rd launch. AT&T has some kind of 'exclusive' thing for the Moto X launch, but I don't know if it's an exclusive material/color or something else completely different.Taylor WimberlyGoogle+

This latest leak builds on the already large heap of information we have regarding the Moto X and makes the device even more unique. The only problem I see with all of this customizability is that I’m never going to be able to decide what I want my phone to be.

What material would you choose?

Source: Google+

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  • Gabriel

    Isnt ceramic a recipe for disaster? Super fragile no? And wood seems to be durable…. until it rains. So far the only ones that interest me is metal, fabrics and even plastic, MAYBE wood. But ceramic might be too fragile.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Nick Sarafolean

      Kind of my thought too. But I guess it could look really cool if you could get a custom ceramic design done or something.

    • Paul Magel

      Ceramics are used in armored vehicles, and even on space shuttles. There’s a huge range of properties in ceramics, and many are decidedly not fragile.

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    • Jake

      Ceramic can be made more durable. It’s used for knives and other applications. However, even if it’s not really durable, as long as the backplates are affordable and easily swappable, folks may go for it.

    • Brandon

      With the wood, I imagine it’ll be clear-coated, not just plain wood. Rain shouldn’t affect it at all.

      • LukeT32

        Agreed… if your phone is wet enough to damage the wood I think it is a lost cause anyway.

    • jdog25

      Have you ever heard of Dragon Skin? It’s a Ceramic Armor. Maybe it is something similar.

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    • Nick

      The wood would have some sort of backing on it in front of the electronics most likely, and get a waterproof coating.

  • Jeff Householder

    Adamantium or vibranium

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      I want Super-Alloy Z, forged from Japanium!

    • vforvortex

      Or even Unobtainium?

  • http://technicquill.com Jess Blanchard

    I want mine made out of human bones. Or TARDIS shrapnel. Or just, David Tennant’s face, so I can press his face against my face whenever I want.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Nick Sarafolean

      Out of all of the people in the world and you’d choose David Tennant. No, just no.

      • http://technicquill.com Jess Blanchard

        I love him. He is mine, and I am his. But I guess I’d take Alexander Skarsgard or Micheal Fassbender if David isn’t willing to part with his wonderful mug.

        • lensgrabber

          NO! Karen Gillan or nobody! ;)

          • zerosix

            Chuck Norris, man, Chuck Norris. If you drop that on your leg it will break your leg and several floors.

      • Dr.Carpy

        As a guy who has the Dr. Who as his phone ringer, I gotta give the nod to Tom Baker as the greatest Dr. Who ever! As a kid, I had an afro and my mother made me the same scarf that I’d wear to school everyday! Yes, I’m a quirky nerd! By the way, is Kate Beckinsale available? Forge my Moto X outta what made weapon X…I need adamantium! If not call my brother T’Challa and get me Vibranium! A phone and a weapon rolled into one! To do only good folks, only good!

        • Dr.Carpy

          I’ve changed my mind. I’m going Uru metal. Then I’ll get Googlerola to inscribe the following:

          “Whosoever holds this Cellphone, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

          That’s bawse!

    • Dan13

      TARDIS shrapnel… With that the assembled hordes of Genghis Khan couldn’t damage the phone. Count me in.

      But first… We have to blow up the TARDIS.

  • nick_g

    I choose metal. I love the shell of my HTC One. Wood might look nice but if its not treated, it’ll not last. Don’t care for plastic ie. S4. Ceramic, no. Fabrics seem to be a dumb idea, IMO

    • kazahani

      I’m sure the wood is pressure treated and laquered. It would be silly to use untreated wood… Termites in my phone??? NO WAY!!!

      • Cory Simpson

        Depends on the wood. Hardwoods do just fine naked.

  • scott

    Have you heard of ceramic knives? Those things are stronger than steel and super light weight. If they use the same ceramic for the back plate it could be a great material to have.

    • breckdroid

      I’ve used ceramic knives and after a while they will chip if your not careful.

    • some internet dude

      Wrong, you cant drop a ceramic. It will shatter.

      • breckdroid

        Like I said. They are more fragile than some believe. That’s not to say it wouldn’t be a cool/novel material.

  • triangle

    I hope they offer a ceramic option, if only to see someone finally make a phone using ceramic material.

  • MarkT

    Ruby studded, Giant panda hide for me!

  • Shrink

    Ceramics? What about signal strength? Wouldn’t that have a bad influence?

  • kazahani

    Is that a wooden phone in your pocket?

  • http://technicquill.com Jess Blanchard

    I mean, they said you can customize it. They didn’t say they’re going to stop you from being an idiot about your decisions.

    You want a phone made of silly putty, and you’re willing to pay top dollar for it? Well, we have just the thing for you!

  • http://technicquill.com Jess Blanchard

    Really, tho, they should make it out of Nerf.

  • Vance

    Maybe something in a nice walnut or knotty alder? Is the implication here that third party OEMs will be able to make custom backs for the moto X or are we limited to what Motorola/Google come up with?

    • Cory Simpson

      If the back is user removeable, and the phone is popular…they won’t be able to stop third parties from manufacturing backs for it.

  • mattcoz

    Wood? Seriously? Motorola has a thing for Kevlar, so I would assume that it would be one of the options. Hopefully the other options don’t take too long to come out, but I won’t be getting one until October anyway.

  • www.phonewbie.com

    every time a new device comes out, AT&T gotta have some sort of exclusive.

    • Kilgore Trout

      Well, at least it will be an easy hack to switch it to T-mobile.

  • Andrew

    Oh, I’d love one made of cheese or that candy they make candy necklaces out of. KIDDING. Wood would be cool if it’s treated to be water resistant.

  • Co1e

    I was hoping for kevlar. Can we just make this official already Moto?

  • jerrbomb

    I can’t wait for the MotoX.. I think I would go with ceramic… Or wood.. Lol

  • mikef3j

    A Carbon/Kevlar cover would be just perfect.

  • lensgrabber

    Anodized titanium back or even polished titanium. oh my

  • rashad360

    Wood sounds the best to me! This phone is shaping up to be amazing, I love customization options!

  • Vallhalen

    Maybe damascuc steel ?:D

  • revs1227

    so does this mean it had a removable battery

  • J

    Is that what people want? Backplates? I don’t think that’s gonna get many iPhone users to switch. Its also interesting Taylor isn’t posting here

  • http://dennisbareis.com/ dbareis

    Don’t care, I’ll put a case on as usual

  • Donnieace

    F exclusivity.

  • thymeless
  • Cashaden

    Here is a custom wood back for you.

  • Kilgore Trout

    Moto Wood X brings new meaning to “fire damaged”.

    -Black like bow-ties is always cool! :)

  • donger

    Yes, this is looking to be a badass phone.

  • some internet dude

    Polycarbonate or carbon fiber.

  • Tangent

    If the back is user replaceable this would be pretty damn cool. Not only can you customize it as you want with different grain woods, metals, etc, but it also implies a user replaceable battery would be inside… Huge plus for me right there.