US pre-orders for new Moto X begin, while UK, France, Germany hint launch is near

US consumers will be able to get their hands on the new Moto X from Tuesday.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer
The Moto X: coming to an online store near you soon. Image: Motorola

Motorola's bigger and better specced second-generation Moto X will go on sale in the US shortly, while the company is also gearing up to kick off sales in Europe.

Motorola's new 5.2 inch display flagship Moto X, unveiled earlier this month, will be available for pre-order from Tuesday in the US. 

The subsidised AT&T 16GB edition of the Moto X is expected to go on sale for $99 on a two-year contract, while the 32GB should be $50 more. Meanwhile, the 16GB unlocked "pure" edition will be available from $499.99, with the 32GB model expected to go for $549.

Motorola also says the Moto 360 smartwatch is back in stock but in limited supplies. It's also taking orders for the new wireless earbuds Moto Hint, and its Turbo charger, which it claims can deliver up to additional eight hours of better life on a 15 minute charge.

Motorola hasn't provided dates for the start sales of the Moto X in Europe, but the launch shouldn't be too far off, with the company urging Moto X fans in the France, Germany and the UK to take its new Moto Maker customisation tool for a spin at local Motorola websites ahead of the device's availability in those markets.

The Motorola sites in the UK, France and Germany are now taking online orders for the recently refreshed Moto G, which costs £149.99 in the UK, €199 in Germany, and €189 in France. Across all three sites, users can register to be notified when the Moto X will go on sale in their country as well as register for updates on the Moto 360.

Besides the larger 5.2 inch AMOLED 1080p display, the new Moto X comes with a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, 2,300 mAh battery, 13-megapixel camera with ring flash, four microphones, and turbo charge capability.

It also comes with IR sensors on the top and bottom to support gesture controlled actions. Other software features include the Moto Voice control, Moto Assist, which tunes the device's behaviour to user habits, and Moto Display for notifications when the device is in standby mode.

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