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Motorola to offer Moto X at $349 again in the wake of botched Cyber Monday sale
Bummed that you missed Motorola’s special Cyber Monday discount on the Moto X? Fret not, as it turns out Motorola wasn’t prepared for the event either and will offer the handset again at $349 starting tomorrow and on December 9.
Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside issued a public apology for the botched sale and outlined exactly what went wrong. The first issue was the fact that Motorola misjudged consumer demand for the Moto X Cyber Monday promotion. Second, the company didn’t perform a thorough pre-sale site test as testing failed to reveal weaknesses caused by large volumes of concurrent orders.
As a result, Motorola’s Moto Maker website, where buyers go to customize the handset to their liking, was down most of yesterday as servers crumpled under heavy traffic. Woodside said some orders were filled but many people were left trying to place their orders unsuccessfully throughout the day. As you can imagine, this frustrated buyers to no end.
The good news is that Motorola said they have found the cause of the problem and noted that customers shouldn’t have any trouble accessing Moto Maker on Wednesday or next Monday. What’s more, Motorola is also extending the sale of Moto X accessories through tomorrow. Customers can enjoy 30 percent off select items, we’re told.
If you are in the market for an off-contract smartphone, the $349 Moto X along with the $349 Nexus 5 from Google are the two best choices on the market in terms of price versus performance.
The Moto X is the first Motorola smartphone to be assembled in the US and the first big release since Google took over the company. The Moto X is touting out of the box customization, choose one of 18 back colors and designs, colors of the phone buttons and the ring around the lens of the camera. The X is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2. It also features a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display and comes in 16GB or 32GB versions.
The Nexus 5 is a the latest flagship smartphone in the Google Nexus family. The Nexus 5 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and features a 4.95-inch full HD IPS display covered in Gorilla Glass 3 that operates at 1,920 x 1,080 (445 PPI), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and 4G LTE connectivity.
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