Tuesday , October 24 2017

Motorola Moto X Style to be available for $792 outright

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Motorola announced their local plans for their new Moto G and X range on Monday, and today we can reveal the outright pricing for the flagship of the range, the Moto X Style.

The feedback we’ve heard from you, our audience, has been loud and clear — you want to be able to get this handset outright, and we can confirm exclusively that this will be an option for you. At this stage, the outright purchase price will be $792 from Vodafone stores, and for that price the handset comes unlocked, contract free, and without any Vodafone software installed (which won’t be on the contracted handsets either, just FYI).

For those not quite familiar, or who need some prompting, the Moto X Style is bound to be a true flagship killer. Boasting specs such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 running at 1.8 GHz (the same chip as the LG G4), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage expandable by MicroSD, paired with a 21MP rear camera with Sony sensor, and 5MP front-facing camera, there’s really nothing that the Moto X Style doesn’t have… well, except wireless charging, but we can forgive them that.

All this will be powered by a 3,000 mAh battery which is almost certain to see a full day’s usage under moderate to heavy use, and well over a day for everyone else.

We can’t wait to see the Moto X Style hit shelves in a couple of weeks, and we’re betting you probably can’t either. Keep an eye out, we’re going to work on a wrap on availability for those who want to obtain the new Moto range elsewhere!

 

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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62 Comments on "Motorola Moto X Style to be available for $792 outright"

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Ben Veenkamp
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Now I’m not doubting what Chris has posted above concerning buying the Moto Outright at Vodafone, but today I received the following email from Vodafone after sending them a written complaint:- “Hi Ben, Thank you for email. The link you have provided is a phone blogging website that is not connected with Vodafone. Vodafone have no control over what external parties publish on such blogging sites. Unfortunately Vodafone are only able to provide these particular phones on a contract bases and are not available to buy outright. I will pass this website link on to our marketing team as the… Read more »
Chris
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The information that Vodafone would sell outright came directly from their marketing and comms team, see https://ausdroid.net/2015/09/17/exclusive-vodafone-to-offer-moto-x-style-and-moto-x-play-for-outright-purchase/
However it is worth noting that this offer has now expired.

Ben Veenkamp
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I don’t doubt you at all Chris 🙂 I tried to take up the offer when it was still current only to be refused at several Vodafone stores so I lodged a complaint directly to Vodafone and their response was as above clearly denying any knowledge of your report. Like I said I missed the opportunity to get this phone because several of the Vodafone stores said they can’t sell it outright. Personally I think it’s to Motorola’s detriment to have this association with Vodafone.

Ben Veenkamp
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So I went to several Vodafone store the past few days and they all denied the phone was for sale outright. None of the staff would even bother to call Head Office and had no interest in reading this article. Looks like I’ll wait for another brand then

Steve Brain
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Steve Brain

Truly wish people would stop trying to call any one phone a “flagship killer” when they all use variations of exactly the same hardware. With any flagships these days the only thing that differentiates from any of the other ones is the ROM the company uses and the style/design of the phone. There is no flagship killer, there are only flagship devices. That being said, thanks for the info!

Joseph
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Joseph

Only $399 in America, what is this price?

Chris
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$399 is for the 16GB model. Not 32GB, which is $449.

$449 USD is $632.97 AUD at today’s exchange rate.

Add on GST and it becomes $696 something, so call it $699.
Factor in added warranty costs for Australia, local support and contingencies, and a bit of a hedge on ForEx movement (which any large manufacturer/importer will be doing), and that price is probably around the $730-740 mark.

It’s a bit overpriced, but not as much as what you’re making out with a simple “It’s $399 in the US!!!!” comment. Be informed. Make a good argument.

Fred
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Fred

Simply cannot see the point of this over the LG G4, which has very similar specs, has been out for a while, and can be had for ~$550 and falling.

$792 is massively too expensive for what it is.

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I saw the LG G4 still at $792 outright at Optus today. No explanation as to why they were charging so much for a 16gb version of the G4 when I showed them the Kogan website listing the 32gb version for $639.
I’ll pay $650 or so for a 32gb Moto X Style. I definitely will not support such price gouging by Vodaphone. It may very well be reportable to the ombudsman as this kind of markup is outrageous, especially if it is exclusive to Vodaphone.

Chris
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Yeah uh TIO doesn’t get involved in handset pricing.

Member

They may do if there is blatant price gouging going on.

Chris
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They may do, but they won’t.

Rhya
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Rhya

Any further updates on release dates? Inside tips etc? *received review unit yet / under embargo? 😛

Chris
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For the X Style? No, not yet. The release date will be ‘soon’, within September. We’re chasing this information and will let you guys know as soon as we do.

Fiddle Castro
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Fiddle Castro

Thanks for that update. You’d think Moto would have an accurate release date on their website by now, and Vodafone would have something on their website at all. I’m starting to think “here we go again” with Moto delays…

…and Moto need to bring in accessories for us, especially that keyring beeper thing 🙂

freshj1ve
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freshj1ve

Wonder if it will come with a TurboCharger?

Chris
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From what we’re told, it will.

freshj1ve
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freshj1ve

Awesome, thanks mate!

stephen taylor
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stephen taylor

Will not pay more than the Nexus 6 price, end of story. Sick of silly markups. Moto making best Android phones butif I get this its going to be bought off the net.

Chris
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But the Nexus 6 is such a crap phone by comparison to the Moto X Play / Style. These two handsets are seriously brilliant.

stephen taylor
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stephen taylor

What makes you say that? I’ve got the device and is by far and away the best phone I’ve ever had. Neither of those are guaranteed to receive Android updates like a Nexus.

Chris
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I’m fairly sure that the Moto devices will see Android updates fairly quickly, and probably faster than HTC, Samsung, LG or other handsets .. though perhaps not as fast as the Nexus. What’s wrong with the Nexus 6? Crap battery, too big, too plasticky and cheap feeling, ordinary camera…. need I go on? 🙂

Plus, unlike most others, I’ve had a lot of hands on time with the Nexus 6, Moto X Style and Moto X Play (and Moto G 3rd for that matter), so I think I’m fairly well placed to compare them.

Just saying.

stephen taylor
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stephen taylor
I’m not sure you’ve even used this phone, the battery is good for a day with plenty of use. Your claiming access to phones pre launch but that doesn’t make you as subject matter expert and there is no way of verifying your claims. It’s not too big, it’s too big for you. I’ve no problem with its size and your next claim that it “feels cheap” is again subjective. It’s also highly debatable as if you close your eyes at least 50% of its glass and the other half the majority of people have a case over. The camera… Read more »
Daniel Tyson
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Chris has his opinions (we’re all entitled to them). I have the Nexus 6 and after using it for 6 months find it too large for my liking, it’s also a little too plasticky(?) for my tastes. If you’re happy with your Nexus 6 that’s great, we all love our phones for different reasons. The Moto X Play and Style are guaranteed to get at least Android M (Marshmallow), on that Motorola were very specific, well, they said it would get updates ;). Beyond that, Motorola has been about the best at updating their handsets quickly across their entire range,… Read more »
stephen taylor
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stephen taylor

As above, of course everyone’s entitled to their opinions. As mentioned hand feel is very subjective. I’m sure both phones will be really really good, unfortunately in Australia they’ve been priced quite high and exclusive to Vodafone.

Bao Nguyen
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Bao Nguyen

The RRP US$399 is for 16GB variant, and without tax. I reckon the 32GB variant would be around US$459 – US$499 which would translate into AU$633.73 – AU$688.96 + tax = AU$697.1 – AU$757.86. That’s not very far-fetch from the listed price AU$792 including tax, considering logistics cost to Australia, but why would there be always Australia tax on everything? 🙁

Chris
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I wouldn’t call a $40 premium much of an Australia tax to be honest; that figure could be easily explained by the additional 12 months warranty coverage and associated cost, Motorola hedging a bit on foreign exchange for service costs, and bam, you’re basically at parity.

UrADumbNut
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UrADumbNut

Bam ur at parity? What’s the last time you check the exchange rate mate? From 1 dollar USD to just 0.71? Bam? Parity? U mad?

Member

I say [email protected] the $200 markup vodaphone tax. I’ll try and import one.

Todd Hamilton
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Todd Hamilton

This is really weird. Every review i’ve seen of this phone says that its meant to be a mid priced flag ship, not one of the most expensive phones to hit the market. Why is it so damn expensive here when i can buy it unlocked from the states for 200 bucks less?

freshj1ve
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freshj1ve

So it’s $792 for the 32GB variant? Does anyone know if the 64GB version will be available and if so how much or is it TBA? Cheers!

Daniel Tyson
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Yes, it’s the 32GB variant, no 64GB model will be made available.

freshj1ve
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freshj1ve

Thanks Mr. Tyson, lucky for MicroSD card expansion then. 😉

Alex Gerontzos
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Alex Gerontzos

Sucks this isn’t available on other carriers… (Looking at you Optus)

Shakeel Ali
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Shakeel Ali

$792 is either a huge misstep on the part of Vodafone and Motorola, or they’re both planing for a massive profit margin on this phone. Even if you factor in exchange rates, gst and shipping it shouldn’t come anywhere close to that. You can import a Moto-Maker customised one yourself from the US for almost $150 less using the Australia Post parcel forwarding service.

TheBagging Man
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TheBagging Man
Have you done this? I think you will run into dramas. You cannot pay for it with an Australian Credit Card. I tried last year and my order got flagged then cancelled a day later. I ended up paying $820aud delivered for a 32gb with moto maker from ebay. $792 for a phone with those specs on release day is a steal. Compare it to the S6 or the G4 on day one, not 6 months post release. The people who are keen to get their hands on the device early and usually buy phones outright will pay up. The… Read more »
Lethal_1
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Lethal_1

Do you have a link to that Moto Maker Ebay.?

I also tried buying from Motorola US Moto Maker last week, my order went thru successful, only to check the next day to be put on hold & cancelled.? My custom one went for $524.99US, which is ~$722.35 Australian Dollars for the 64GB, not counting shipping, but I’d pay an extra $100 for shipping & it’d still be cheaper than Vodafone-AU’s $816 for the 32GB outright price.!!

It’s a joke! Do they want a sale or not.? Omg!

TheBagging Man
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TheBagging Man
Hi, no I don’t sorry. I will say this though… The guy sent me the wrong phone. Mine went to NZ and I got his. The guy who sold it to me started threatening me wanting me to send my phone to NZ and the guy in NZ “was going to send me mine” which I was not prepared to do. Started to get really messy and Guy kept calling me a thief. I called pay pal and they told me to either keep it or get a refund. Considering it took a month to receive and the colours weren’t… Read more »
Lethal_1
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Lethal_1

OK.? But you said :

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I ended up paying $820aud delivered for a 32gb with moto maker from ebay

[/end quote]

And here lies the problem, like I said above, I don’t want the plain 32GB gel back, I want the 64GB & with a Bamboo back, that’s why my ears pricked when you said “moto maker from ebay” … I would do a Moto Maker from eBay if there was such a thing … like you said.

TheBagging Man
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TheBagging Man

Ahh sorry mate I can see what how you could have misinterpreted. I went on moto maker site built it and gave my specifications to the guy.
Who then went to the Moto maker site and built it.
I don’t think that guy will do it again. I think the Kiwi guy was asking for a refund so the guy probably lost money.

Shakeel Ali
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Shakeel Ali

Fair enough I’ve never actually imported one from their website. I really do want the moto x style but at $792 there’s no value there. Not when you consider it’s $400 USD. The s6 and g4 are roughly the same price overseas once you take currency conversions into account. I can get a g4 for about 650 AUD delivered off ebay atm. Definitely going to make me think long and hard about a Motorola handset this year

Fiddle Castro
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Fiddle Castro

Including FEDEX postage you can buy the same phone for $702 from the UK. $792 in Oz is a rip-off.

Todd Hamilton
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Todd Hamilton

agreed. If you get it from the states is about 600 bucks from everything i’ve been able to find. I’d like to know where the $200 mark up comes into play for australia? and don’t say its because it has to be shipped here….because its coming from asia which is a lot closer than continental US and already has well established shipping lanes.

Member

a Vodafone exclusive and a Vodafone exclusive price!!
Heres hoping that the price online is more reasonable

SachmoJoe
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SachmoJoe

Ouch, worse than I thought…

Ah well, Nexus it is.

Todd Hamilton
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Todd Hamilton

Yeah…I’m waiting for those to come out and see. Either that or the OnePlus 2 looks pretty good.

TT
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I will never buy a moto phone again even if Nexus

stephendt0
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stephendt0

Good.

Strand
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Strand

I was considering this phone when I saw the $399 USD but this RRP is completely delusional. Even factoring in the weak AUD and taxes, it shouldn’t be anywhere close to that.

Level380
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Level380

GASP!!!!

Joogle
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Joogle

At that money, why would anyone pick one up over the current LG g4 which is sub 600 right now

Member

So, simplifying my waffle below…

What’s the deal with the Moto X Play?

Daniel Tyson
Ausdroid Manager

Announced that the other day in this post: http://ausdroid.net/2015/08/18/motorola-australian-launch-moto-x-style-moto-x-play-moto-g/

$569 outright from a retailer or $5 a month on the $40 plan on Vodafone

Member

I think this is what I want.
The price is what it is. I can live with it, and sure, I’ll see what Koges offers.

Hmmm… The Style’s back isn’t removable. I very much want something not black or white. Leather, or just colourful. It’s silly that it matters, but it matters. Maybe I step downward to the Play. What’s that gonna cost?

phill360
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phill360

too expensive when you compare it to the US price. It shouldn’t cost any
more than $650

David Anderton
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David Anderton

Will likely be 150 bucks cheaper through kogan etc… So it’s not too bad. Looking forward to the nexus release cause google have done serious competition.

SachmoJoe
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SachmoJoe

Yeah after a couple of months. The task pity is that Moto aren’t doing direct online sales here. The Aussie market is an afterthought…. As usual.

Member

For me the big thing is the LTE support this has – it supports every band you could possibly want – LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 25(1900), 28(700), 29(700), 40(2300), 41(2500)

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And here’s the list of LTE frequencies used in Australia – of which the Moto X Style supports everything except the rumoured 3500MHz band which Optus and the NBN use. 2100MHz (B1) FDD (0000000000000001) – Telstra (a handful of sites), Optus (Darwin, Tasmania) 1800MHz (B3) FDD (0000000000000004) – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone 850MHz (B5) FDD (000000??????????) – Vodafone (refarming 5Mhz of this frequency to be 4G across all metro areas, claiming by end of 2014) 2600MHz (B7) FDD (0000000000000040) – Optus, Telstra. (TPG have a license but have not announced plans for it.) 900MHz (B8) FDD (0000000000000080) – Telstra (a handful… Read more »
Member

Some seroius competition for the Note 5 considering more and expandable memory. Shame no OLED screen though

Bao Nguyen
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Bao Nguyen

The grass is greener than the other side. The Nexus 6 has OLED 1440p screen and people have been reporting screen burning issue, and they wish if only it were LCD instead.

Pumpino
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Pumpino

That’s a pretty good price for a phone with those specs. The X Play would do me fine though.

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