Motorola is most assuredly back in the limelight following the critical and commercial success of its last batch of handsets, including the Moto X and Moto G, so there’s plenty of anticipation for its next rumoured device; the Moto X+1.
The latest snippet of info to emerge from the web concerns the Moto Maker options for the new model. Moto Maker was introduced with the original Moto X and allows users buying the device to customise the visual features of the phone using an online toolset – you can choose a material and colour for the back cover and front panels, as well as accent colours for the camera port and control keys, amongst many other options.
PhoneArena claims to have heard from a source “close to the situation” who says there will be “new materials” included in the Moto X+1 Moto Maker. Allegedly the plastic and wood finishes already present will make a return, but new additions will include leather. It’s not clear whether the leather will be genuine or similar to Samsung’s fake plastic imitation leather seen on devices such as the Galaxy Note 3. Another in-development option is denim, similar to what we’ve seen from the OnePlus One, apparently the denim is still in testing and is not yet confirmed, but would comprise a denim skin on a plastic back panel if it is implemented.
It’s believed Motorola will launch the Moto X+1 at a US event taking place on September 4 in Chicago. Previously the original Moto X was manufactured and launched in the US, which also meant the Moto Maker customisation was only available to US buyers. Motorola has subsequently launched the Moto X in other regions, but in the UK you cannot customise via Moto Maker, while users in Germany can enjoy the ability to tweak their device’s design. Motorola’s plans for the Moto X+1 are not clear, and we aren’t yet sure whether UK buyers will again be left with a standardised model.