Moto X Developer Edition lands in GSM and Verizon flavors, Droid Maxx Developer Edition also on saleAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Nearly one month after Motorola promised that Developer Edition models of its flagship Moto X were coming soon, the company has followed through and added the devices to its web store. There are currently two models listed, one for Verizon and an unlocked GSM model, both of which feature a black front and woven white backside. The words "Developer Edition" are also stamped onto the rear of both phones, and somewhat unsurprisingly, the Verizon model includes the big red carrier's logo as well.
In terms of specs, these Developer Edition Moto Xs include 32GB of built-in storage and an unlockable bootloader that will make it easy for owners to tinker with their devices and do things like load up custom ROMs. Motorola does note, however, that unlocking the bootloader on the Developer Edition Moto X units will void their warranty.
Outside of the two-tone look and unlockable bootloader, the Developer Edition Moto Xs are similar to the regular models that've been available since last month. They feature a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display, 10-megapixel ClearPixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Motorola's X8 Mobile Computing System, which includes a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, provides the computing power for the Moto X.
The Verizon version of the Moto X Developer Edition is now available for $649.99. Meanwhile, the GSM variant is currently listed as "Out of stock" and doesn't have a price tag, but it seems likely that it'll cost around the same amount as the Verizon model. It's also worth noting that the GSM model plays nicely with both AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. thanks to its support for 850/900/AWS/1900/2100MHz HSPA+ and 700/AWS/1900MHz 4G LTE.
In addition to these two Moto X units, Motorola today began selling a Droid Maxx Developer Edition. Just like the Verizon Moto X, it's got the words "Verizon" and "Developer Edition" tattooed on its rear and comes with an unlockable bootloader. The Droid Maxx Developer Edition is priced at $649.99.
Motorola has been selling Developer Edition hardware direct to consumers for some time now, and it's good to see the company continuing to do so with its flagship Moto X and the Droid Maxx. Obviously these devices won't be big sellers because they're only available at full retail price, but I'm sure many folks will just appreciate that the option is there.
If words like "bootloader," "kernel" and "custom recovery" are part of your regular vocabulary and you're interested in an unlockable Moto X or Droid Maxx, you can hit up the Motorola links below to get your spending on.