December 18, 2014

WSJ: Moto X sales are disappointing

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Moto X was considered as a reviver of the Motorola Mobility, and we all thought that with all the options and features the Moto X comes with – it will make some sale records, but it seems we were wrong. WSJ is reporting that Motorola sold roughly 500,000 Moto X units in the third quarter, while the phone got a lot of praise among reviewers, it seems the sales are really disappointing. The poor sales record is also the reason Moto X will be seeing a $100 price cut.

According to research firm Strategy Analytics, roughly 500,000 Moto X phones were sold in the third quarter, after the phone was released in August. By comparison, Samsung said it sold more than 10 million Galaxy S4 phones within a month of its April release.

Moto X was supposed to shake the smartphone market, but it looks like it didn’t make a much of a difference. On November 14, we will see the Moto G as well – rumored as the low-end version of the Moto X, so lets see if it can perform better in the market.

What do you think about the Moto X, and what are your thoughts on the report? Don’t forget to share your thoughts with us in the comment box below.

Source: WSJ



  • diar

    I don’t know who predicted that. As soon as the device dropped the entire Internet said “meh.” Not that the device isn’t a good device. It is. But everyone was disappointed in the price. We were all waiting for the super low-cost device that the Motorola CEO talked about for months, the device that would take some power away from carriers, making full-retail, no-contract existence a reality for more people. That didn’t materialize.

    Instead, Moto tried to sell midrange specs for a premium price. No one can do that but Apple. Apple knows the way to sell phones is to listen to their customers, not carriers. Samsung stuffs every feature known to man in their phones so even though their build quality is perceived as chintzy the features add some value. Moto kept the feature list small (though they added some excellent breakthroughs), didn’t to premium on materials, didn’t promise automatic updates Nexus-style, and didn’t come through on price.

    Now they’re slashing their prices, dropping the price of developer editions. If they would have done that at the start it would have been perceived as customer-focused innovation. Now it’s seen as inventory-slashing desperation. Too bad.

  • diar

    And the Moto G is the low end version of the Moto X. lol…the Moto X is the low end version of the Moto X. Google better get it together fast.

  • paganhobbit

    what did they expect? they had their biggest “feature” tied to AT&T at launch and relegated folks on other carriers to second class citizens with 16 GB of storage. I was due for an upgrade when it came out and was interested in the customization, but I wasn’t willing or able to wait. i got HTC One with Verizon and love it.

  • hldc1

    I personally was okay with the majority of the specs as the phone showed that you didn’t need to have breakthrough specs to have a blazing fast phone. The one spec that did it for me was the 1280 x 720 screen. When all of the other flagship devices are shipping with 1920 x 1080 screens, the decision to go with the lower resolution screen was a big turnoff.

    That, and the fact that I’m on Verizon. I wasn’t going to buy a black or white version with only 16GB.

    The Moto X is a pretty darn good phone, but overall, AT&T’s Motomaker exclusivity killed this phone. End of story.

  • Vincent Emmanuel Lee

    How can they expect anything when it’s only available in the US?

  • Ammar Malik

    Those 10 million Galaxy S4 you’re comparing it with was available in over 150 countries. Moto X on the other hand was available in 1 country.