Earlier this month, Motorola debuted several new products and this week, it will begin taking pre-orders for them. The 2014 edition of the Moto X smartphone for AT&T, along with an optional Turbo Charger and the Motorola Hint earbud will go on sale. The company also announced an unlocked, off-contract version of the Moto X called the Pure Edition. Pre-orders begin at 11:00am CT on Tuesday and ship dates will vary by product.
Carrier sales of the Moto X will start later so this pre-order process is for direct sales along with various MotoMaker custom options such as a choice of up to 25 different back colors and materials. This year, [company]Motorola[/company] is adding leather options in addition to the wood and colored plastics for the Moto X. The [company]AT&T[/company] edition is carrier locked, while the $499 Pure Edition will work on either AT&T or [company]T-Mobile’s[/company] networks; Motorola is also making the bootloader unlockable if you want to add custom Android software to your Moto X.
As noted earlier, the Turbo Charger is a 15 Watt USB plug that takes advantage of the [company]Qualcomm[/company] QuickCharge 2.0 function found inside the Moto X. With the $35 Turbo Charger, the Moto X will get an additional 8 hours of run-time with just a 15 minute charge.
Motorola’s $149 Bluetooth earbud, the Moto Hint, joins the pre-order products: By using sensors the earbud powers up when it detects it is inside your ear. Remove the Hint and it powers down. The earbud can be used for Bluetooth phone calls, to handle spoken voice commands or to ask questions through Google Now.
Motorola also notes that the Moto 360 smartwatch will be available again for pre-orders on Tuesday. The Android Wear watch sold out online after launch but Motorola has additional inventory to offer.