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It’s finally happening – Motorola announced this morning that it’s bringing the Moto X to Australia.

The device has appeared on the Australian Motorola site, although it’s listed as coming soon.

If you can’t remember the phone that caused such a stir in 2013, you get 16GB of internal storage behind the device’s 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display, with a customised 1.7GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait CPU, 2GB RAM and a 2200 mAh battery. There’s a 10MP rear camera and 2MP front, and it’s running the latest version of Android (KitKat 4.4.2) out of the box.

The phone will offer 4G LTE connectivity on Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, although it only supports 800, 1800 and 2600 Mhz so won’t work on some of the more niche networks like Optus’s “4G Plus” network that operates on the 2300MHz frequency in various markets.

Motorola’s playing up the always-listening aspect of the device, with today’s press release making a big point of the voice control features of the phone. It’s a good choice on Motorola’s part, as the voice control has been widely regarded as a high point for the phone in overseas markets.

Disappointingly, the Moto Maker service isn’t part of the Australian launch. This was a customisation service in the US that allowed customers to order a personalised Moto X with their choice of colours – we have to settle for black or white. Hopefully Motorola will see fit to bring customisation options to Australia soon.

We haven’t heard details of retailers or carriers for the device yet, but it’ll be available for an outright purchase of around $549, and we heard a rumour last week that it’ll be sold through Telechoice.

We’re pretty sure that the Moto X will find a userbase here, but there’s no denying that Motorola’s quite late in bringing the Moto X to market here. The device’s specs were a little outdated at its US launch in mid-2013, but it brought some pretty awesome battery life to compensate, as did its little brother, the Moto G.

Given that the rumour mill is already heating up for the Moto X2, and the 2014 flagships from Samsung and HTC are about to be unleashed here, we have to wonder if the Australian release of the Moto X is a case of too little, too late?

Either way, we’re looking forward to finally putting the Moto X through its paces and will have a review of the Australian model in the coming weeks.

Full press release follows:
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Motorola Introduces Moto X in Australia.
Moto X™. Ready when you are.

AUSTRALIA, March 17th, 2014 – Meet Moto X™ by Motorola: the ultimate wingman, because your smartphone should work for you — not the other way around. Moto X represents the best of Motorola and Google, and it’s coming to Australian customers.

Moto X has a unique curved back, designed to fit your hand. Talk to Moto X and it learns your voice. With Google Now, it tells you what you need to know – even when you’re not touching it. With two flicks of your wrist, Moto X becomes your camera and captures the shots you used to miss. It’s ready when you are.

“At Motorola our roots are deep in mobile hardware – we invented mobile communications,” says John Demezieres, Account Director Motorola Mobility Australia. “Moto X fuses our history of mobile innovation with the best of Google mobile services to create experiences that no other smartphone can match.”

No touching.

To use your Moto X, you only need your voice. Without touching it at all, you can get directions, set an alarm or do just about anything—just by talking. Say “OK Google Now” to get started. Ask it if you need an umbrella and it gives you up-to-the-minute weather for your location. Tell it you’re going home, and your Moto X will get you there. Because it knows your voice, Moto X can do things other phones can’t.

Moto X is always ready to tell you what you need to know. Instead of a uselessly blinking light, Moto X gives you useful info at a glance with Active Notifications, which appear right on screen. Even while it’s asleep, it’s always on top of things. A last-minute dinner invite? A missed call from your boss? A key email while an important meeting is going on? It doesn’t interrupt.

Get the shot.

Moto X knows you need a camera, and it’s always ready to go. Just twist your wrist twice and it’s ready. Touch anywhere on the screen, and you’ll get the shot. All in just a few seconds. Continuous shooting capabilities, as well as a 10MP camera, mean the photos you do take are the ones you want. With Moto X, you’ll always get the shot.

Even smarter.

Don’t have your Moto X nearby? The Motorola Connect extension for Google ChromeTM lets you see and respond to notifications and text messages – right from your desktop. Hate the hassle of switching phones? Motorola Migrate makes it easy to transfer the contents of your old phone1 onto your Moto X. Just pair your phone to your Moto X through WiFi direct and your photos, texts, SIM contacts and even your call history and some settings will be transferred. Just a few example of how Moto X puts the smart in smartphone.

Availability

Moto X will be available in black or white this month for as little as AUD $549.00. For more information, please visit motorola.com.au


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How do you feel about the Australian release of the Moto X? Will you be switching to Motorola’s new flagship? Tell us in the comments!

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Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!
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Greg Lamb
Greg Lamb
6 years ago

Noticed the Motorola Aust site now says available instead of coming soon. Can’t find who’s selling it though?

Andrew Melder
Andrew Melder
Reply to  Greg Lamb
6 years ago

I’m actually looking forward to this, despite the 8 month delay. Just need to know who’s selling the phone.

Greg Lamb
Greg Lamb
Reply to  Greg Lamb
6 years ago

Spoke to Mororola yesterday. They said 16gb is available at JB HiFi. No news on 32gb release. 🙁

Trent Hawkins
Trent Hawkins
6 years ago

Why buy this phone when you can get Sony Xperia Z1 Compact for $550? Way better specs, just smaller screen.

mrjayviper
mrjayviper
6 years ago

motorola dumping their unused phones to overseas countries. and the price it’s asking for is 6months behind!

toast
toast
6 years ago

Just not at that price.
It’ll be cheaper soon enough.

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
Reply to  toast
6 years ago

They should be on launch, at a minimum, half the price tag they are asking.
Moto X in AU, too late, too low specs, incomplete release, for too much.

V-Man
V-Man
6 years ago

Isn’t it dual core? Not Quad?

Not Impressed
Not Impressed
6 years ago

Burnt once by the Defy (buggy, laggy, single update that caused even more bugs, but then you were stuck on it). But gave them another chance with the Razr HD since it had to be better as they were owned by Google. Single update again brought multiple bugs, particularly with the bluetooth and wifi, and even more lag. Turned out mine had a faulty mainboard, had it replaced twice, and it was still faulty. Finally returned it. I can’t bring myself to take the risk with Motorola anymore 🙁

Me
Me
6 years ago

Decent hardware with optimised o/s and a rather high price tag…….this is what Apple does, Motorola’s priority is obviously to maximise profit.

Moto products do not have the allure to demand a premium price tag. This strategy will probably not work well in Australia.

Stephen Crisafulli
Stephen Crisafulli
6 years ago

I can’t see anyone paying $550 for this thing, if it’s free on a $50 plan then they might move a few to people who still think Motorola are cool or something, never forget the Atrix

Sean Royce
Sean Royce
Reply to  Stephen Crisafulli
6 years ago

My dad owned the Atrix. It was what they called a “flagship” at the time. It was terrible. Bad low res screen, laggy as, no updates to be seen in site. Stuck on gingerbread for life. I do believe Motorola have changed for the better though.

Me
Me
Reply to  Stephen Crisafulli
6 years ago

Don’t forget the Milestone 2, gingerbread promised but NEVER came!!!
Don’t forget the Razr V which got only 1 update and support is already dumped even though it’s not even 2 years old.

Beware of Motorola!!!

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
6 years ago

Too little, too late is indeed the case, combined with what is now mid-tier specs, priced too high.
If Lenovorola expects Australia to pay fool price for a, now, 7 month old device which is already on the chopping block, they’ve got to be dreaming.

Sean Royce
Sean Royce
Reply to  JeniSkunk
6 years ago

I don’t know why were still talking about specs these days. It’s all about optimisation these days. Specs do count to a point though.

Daniel Tyson
Reply to  Sean Royce
6 years ago

Totally pumped for the Hands-Free ‘Ok Google Whatsup?’ feature myself. Specs be damned.

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
Reply to  Daniel Tyson
6 years ago

That’s one thing I’d like to see roll out as standard for Google Search and Google Now, on all devices and OS versions

vijay alapati
vijay alapati
Reply to  JeniSkunk
6 years ago

might be hard as that feature needs a dedicated processor, if google keeps this as default every android phone then must have a dedicated processor to save battery….but android is all about open and easy to port

Guest
Guest
Reply to  vijay alapati
6 years ago

Testing to see if all my comments now go to pending status?!?

Joshua Hill
Joshua Hill
Reply to  vijay alapati
6 years ago

Other Snapdragon chipsets also have the always on listening! A dev has managed to get it working on a Nexus 5 so theoretically anything with a snapdragon 800 chip in it. They wouldn’t release it because it was very buggy and there may have been legal concerns. The news story only broke in the last week or so 🙂 I think the audio chipset was the dedicated always on processor in the 800 chipset so it doesn’t need to be anything particularly fancy. Note: Still waiting for my original comment to be approved. I think the use of the word… Read more »

Joshua Hill
Joshua Hill
Reply to  vijay alapati
6 years ago

Doesn’t need a dedicated processor! A dev has managed to get it working on a Nexus 5 or something with a snapdragon 800 chip in it. They wouldn’t release it because it was buggy as hell and mostly for legal concerns. The news story only broke in the last week or so 🙂

Joshua Hill
Joshua Hill
Reply to  vijay alapati
6 years ago

Other Snapdragon chipsets also have the always on listening! A dev has managed to get it working on a Nexus 5 so theoretically anything with a snapdragon 800 chip in it. They wouldn’t release it because it was very buggy and there may have been legal concerns. The news story only broke in the last week or so 🙂 I think the audio chipset was the dedicated always on processor in the 800 chipset so it doesn’t need to be anything particularly fancy. Note: Still waiting for my original comment to be approved. I think the use of ‘h*ll’ needed… Read more »

Sean Royce
Sean Royce
Reply to  Daniel Tyson
6 years ago

I’d like one myself, but I myself and looking forward to the Xperia Z2. I was incredibly impressed by it. I am 99% sure it’ll be my next phone. Unless anything new and great comes out. Not even excited by all the HTC One leaks.

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
Reply to  JeniSkunk
6 years ago

Upvoted for “Lenovorola”

glennv17
glennv17
6 years ago

And we thought the Moto G would kill the Galaxy Ace and phones like that…

vijay alapati
vijay alapati
6 years ago

all i want to know is for how many years will they support the OS upgrade…..as this was almost a year old (remember the moto x in US was released with jellybean)….so if they only support for just one more version of android….then there is no point to spend $549…while this is just $299 (via few deals)

NOTE: also heard that new moto x is coming soon 😮