Last Updated: January 21st, 2014

Motorola's Moto X is making the trip to Europe, and while it isn't packing everything into its suitcase in time for launch (such as Moto Maker), it will still be the same phone we already know and love when it hits store shelves in France, Germany, and the UK come February 1st. The device will sell for £380 or 399 euros unlocked with British customers also able to snag one up on contract starting at £25 a month.

Update: The Moto X will actually cost 429 euros in France, but at least customers there can get the device one day earlier via French operator SFR.


The Moto X will initially debut in black, with the white model being a Phones4u exclusive for 90 days. Motorola will eventually provide many more options when it introduces Moto Maker to the continent, but it has not yet provided a timeframe. The phone will come with Android 4.4.2 and the same hardware configuration we've already become familiar with: a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 display, a 10.5MP rear-facing camera, and a 2200mAh battery. New buyers will get 50GB of additional Google Drive storage on top of the usual 15GB.

Prior to now, the Moto X was only available in the US, Canada, and Latin America. Last week Motorola announced that a new device would be joining its European lineup, and as many of us guessed, this is it. Motorola's French and German pages have not yet updated, but British pre-orders are available at the link below.

UK Moto X

Source: Twitter

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  • Scott

    I'm getting mine Saturday. I hope it's amazing.

    • Christofftofferson

      I wonder if the "OK google" works. The "OK google" on the nexus 5 doesn't work outside of "English - US"

      • http://benignthoughts.com/ Louis C.

        Touchless Control works fine in Latin America. It'll work in Europe.

        • Jadephyre

          Touchless control has nothing to do with Google Now. If you use any other language than English, then you are shit out of luck in using the hotword. Something that Google flaked out on for everyone but the english-speaking countries.

          I know and speak english well enough to voice my search parameters in this language, but the majority of my countrymen (german) and other Europeans do not, as such that is a disadvantage.

          • http://benignthoughts.com/ Louis C.

            Touchless Control is what Motorola is calling the Moto X's "Ok Google Now" feature, as well as a few other features. It works on Nuance's engine, not Google's.

            Saying "OK Google Now" on a Moto X does not activate Google Now. It activates on Motorola's Touchless Control, and then that data is transcribed and sent to Google Now as text.

            This works on all Moto X's, including those sold in Latin America. I think it's safe to say it'll work in Europe as well.

            Edit: from https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/94881/p/30,6720,8696/action/auth#getting_started

            "Note: Touchless Control currently supports English (American), Spanish (LATAM), Portugese (Brazil), and French (Canadian). There is also beta support for English (UK), Spanish (Spain), French (France), German, and Italian."

          • geeq

            and that's the point, we, in the EU are stupid enough to speak a common language - that's also a disadvantage, i'm hungarian, happy to speak english as well, i wouldn't mind if it would've been my secondary or primary native language besides hungarian. EU should speak one language. now throw the rocks on me :)

          • david

            throw rocks at you* ;)

            But your idea regarding establishing English as a second language is rather compelling.

            I guess in most European countries it's taught since the 1st grade anyway. (Note: I'm from Germany)

          • Nikuliai

            I use it in spanish and even tho it's true SOME of the features are off, the system works really well, you can set alarms, open apps, call contacts, navigate, search or open sites, etc... it's pretty much awesome.

            Maybe it's not the same in German, but their Spanish support improved A LOT, it even recognizes when I'm cursing now

      • usaff22

        Moto X doesn't use Google for hotword recognition, it uses Nuance's technology which is licensed and works in many countries.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    Wikipedia: "Europe is 56 countries."
    Motorola: "Europe is 3 countries."

    • Jeremy Martin

      Everyone knows not to trust Wikipedia :)

      • Tomáš Petrík

        Well, that was not the point, but I guess you know that :)

  • Stefan Constantinescu

    To be specific, French operator SFR is actually getting it on January 31st.

    Various UK shops are getting it on February 1st.

    The white model will be a Phones4U exclusive for 90 days.

    And the 399 Euro price only applies to Germany; it's 429 Euros in France.

    I'm also furious you guys get it for $399, because 399 Euros = $545.

    Edit: As someone who paid 200 Euros for the Moto G last month, I'm not mad.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Thanks for the heads up. I've updated the post.

    • Adam B.

      But isn't $399 before tax?

      • JJGer

        $399 is WITH tax.

        There is a law in Germany, which forbid to promote something for the end-user without the tax in the price. So everything in german stores and also the $399 are INCLUDING the 19% tax in Germany.

        • Adam B.

          I'm confused. You are talking about $399 with tax in Germany. Don't you mean 399€ with tax in Germany and $399 in USA without tax?

          • JJGer

            Sorry, it was a little bit late.
            I mean of course 399 EURO with tax in Germany.
            And in US $399 without tax.

          • Guest

            exactly right.

          • david

            Exactly, its 399€ with tax, not 399$.

            But nevertheless it's significantly more expensive in Europe (and of course even more in France)

  • aNYthing6

    Overpriced, no Moto Maker, and about 6 months late. Don't see it doing too well, to be honest.

    • Jadephyre

      Also, I doubt European customers have already forgotten how Moto flaked out on the promise of providing bootloader unlocks for the Razr and others.
      I wish Motorola only the best, they did a lot of things right with the X, but as it stands i'd rather buy a G than an X.

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      I would have gotten one, if I haven't gotten the Nexus 5 a week ago. But true, it's a shame that it is more expensive than the US version and comes 6 months later. No Moto Maker isn't that big of an issue though, at least, not for me.

  • John Mike

    4.4.2? y u no giv americas

  • Twelk

    It's £40 more than the 32gb nexus 5 with 16gb less storage. Is it really worth it?

    • Sean Royce

      I'd say yes it is.

    • MistiXF

      Depends. 16GB is a deal breaker for me as I do not use any cloud services and never will. This is why I would get 32GB N5 over 16GB Moto X. Tough choice between 32GB versions of both phones...I would probably go for HTC One ;p

    • Nikuliai

      To me it is (I got one), wouldn't trade it for the world, even tho the specs don't reflect it the phone is amazing and it makes look bad other top tier devices which work the same speed with 2+ extra cores.

      Active notifications and touchless controls are the best feature of this phone, if you don't like/care about those go for the Nexus, if you think you would use the features (they are really intuitive and easy to use in my opinion) go for the Moto X, I can't talk about how your experience would be but I'm really happy about my device and I wouldn't trade it even if I get extra cash with the trade

  • mma173

    No Moto Maker is a deal breaker

  • FlexiPack

    If it had been £350 for the 32gb version I would've been very tempted. As it is, it's over priced.

  • thartist

    One can only wonder... Why doing so many things right with the Moto G, they're so keen on f***ing it up with the Moto X.

  • faddy

    rather get an nexus 5 for cheaper

  • Roger Siegenthaler

    Any news on the situation in the rest of Europe? For me in particular Switzerland?

  • Raymond Berger

    Does anyone know if it's possible to unlock the sprint moto X for use on T-mobile?

  • MistiXF

    Too little, waaaaaaaaay too late.