On paper, it all looked perfect. I mean, what’s not to like about a phone tailor-made to the needs of each and every different user, with all the right specs and close to “vanilla” Android? That was supposed to be the Moto X in a nutshell.
Only it isn’t. Not quite. It’s customizable, but up to a point. Plus, the Moto Maker tool is still exclusive to AT&T. And don’t even get me started on the bloated pricing structure. On the bright side, we always knew the X was just the first step towards Motorola’s redemption, with a little thing known as the “DVX” set to take everything to the next level. Next level of affordability, at least.
But when? That, my friends, is the million-dollar question. Which I’m afraid cannot be answered… yet, though we’re clearly getting near. Three variants of this highly anticipated Motorola DVX, numbered XT1032, XT1033 and XT1035, are thought to have passed FCC certification about three weeks ago, with another trio spotted at the federal agency just a few hours back.
How do we know all these are part of the same family? We don’t, only their model numbers are way too close for the whole thing to be a coincidence. XT1032, XT1033, XT1035 and now XT937C, XT1028 and XT1031. You do the math.
The last three come with less and slightly different connectivity options than their predecessors, though oddly chances are these will see daylight in the US of A, not the other ones. Remember, there was a note in FCC’s report of the first trio mentioning they “may ship into Canada”, whereas now there’s no such thing. Ergo, the international flavors might be the ones bearing the XT1032, 1033 and 1035 model numbers and the XT937C, 1028 and 1031 are likely headed stateside.
On what carriers, you ask? Why not all of them? After all, there seems to be both GSM and CDMA support, the former on 850 and 1900 MHz frequencies and the latter on 850, 1700 and 1900 MHz. Sadly, no LTE and no NFC either, but the sacrifices might just be worth it.
If previous rumors and reports are to be trusted, the Motorola DVX will be a “low-cost” yet still optimized and customizable sibling of the Moto X and, of course, in order for Google to lower the pricing bar, they have to cut a number of corners. And I think we can all agree 4G and NFC are two things we can make do without.
And on the plus side, the DVX is said to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out the box, as well as feature Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. No words on any other specs or features, but we’ll be sure to continue digging for you and keep you posted.