It’s been quite a long wait since the Moto X Developer Edition was teased, but Motorola has finally made the smartphone available for purchase. As you’d expect, this version in particular comes with an unlockable bootloader and a custom ‘Developer Edition’ branding on the rear. Just so you know, the Sprint and US Cellular variants also have unlockable bootloaders.
Now, Developer Edition phones aren’t exactly designed for everyone. Unlocking the bootloader provides the ability to highly modify the firmware by flashing a custom kernel or a homebrewed ROM. But then again, doing so voids the warranty. This version of the Moto X has been given special treatment as it comes in a black front and woven white rear panel. The company has announced 2 models, one exclusive to Verizon and the other unlocked which is compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T. Additionally, Droid Life notes that the Kevlar-reinforced Droid Maxx has also be launched in a Developer Edition.
Where specifications and features are concerned, the Moto X for developers is no different from the original. It has a 4.7-inch HD AMOLED touchscreen and a 2MP 1080p camera on the front, while the rear dons a 10MP Clear Pixel snapper. The Android 4.2 platform is in the driver’s seat powered by the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which possesses a 1.7GHz dual core S4 Pro CPU and Adreno 320 graphics. You’ll also get 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 2200mAh battery.
The GSM and Verizon versions of the Moto X Developer Edition are priced at $649.99. The company is ‘experiencing high demand’ and both devices are not in stock at the moment.