The long awaited real wood back cover for the Moto X is now real.
For now, only the Bamboo option is available on the Moto Maker customization site, for a price to match the uniqueness of the material – $100, on top of the regular price of the device of $99-$199 on contract. Motorola promised back in August several types of wood, including Rosewood and Teak, but for now only Bamboo is available in the Natural section.
You won’t get to enjoy your fine crafted bamboo-made Moto X very soon though – at least for now, the option is listed as “delayed shipping”. We’ve contacted Motorola to ask about what that means precisely, but the chances that the wood Moto X will ship in time for Christmas seem slim.
The wood material of the back plate is framed by white plastic, regardless of the choice of color for the front. You can select all the usual accent colors, and you can also apply a signature, though, we have to say, the engraving it’s hardly visible on the bamboo background.
Word travels fast: Moto Maker has been throwing error messages for the past ten minutes, which means that people are interested in the Bamboo version of the Moto X, despite the premium it carries. What about you?
Update: here’s the official Moto X Bamboo FAQ from Motorola customer support:
MOTO X WITH BAMBOO - FAQs
How much is Moto X with Bamboo?
Ordering Moto X with Bamboo will add an additional $100 to the cost of the phone.
Is Moto X with Bamboo real?
Yes! Your Moto X with Bamboo is made of real bamboo, so no two devices will ever be the same—it’s truly a smartphone as unique as you are.
Are other unique materials available?
At this time we only offer Moto X with Bamboo. Please continue to check our website or look for updates on Twitter.
How can I purchase Moto X with Bamboo?
Moto X with Bamboo is available exclusively from Motorola at motomaker.com, but initial quantities are limited.
When will I get my Moto X with Bamboo?
Moto X with Bamboo will not ship until after the holiday season (January). Moto Maker will provide a shipping date estimate when you order.
Can I purchase Moto X with Bamboo using a Moto X card or Verizon redemption code?
Unfortunately, you can’t. Moto X with Bamboo is sold exclusively at www.motomaker.com
Can I exchange my current customized Moto X for one with a Bamboo back?
There’s no such thing as an “exchange” when you’re dealing with items this unique. If your phone falls within our 14 day return period (30 days in California), you can return it for a refund and re-purchase a Moto X with Bamboo. The easiest way to do this is to contact one of our Moto Maker representatives.
I purchased a Moto X from Moto Maker using the a holiday promotion code. Can I switch it to a Moto X with Bamboo?
If your phone falls within our return period, you can return it for a refund of the original purchase price and re-purchase a Moto X with Bamboo. However, the Holiday discount you received will not apply. The easiest way to do this is to contact one of our Moto Maker representatives.