Sometimes things are as clear as mud when a smartphone launches. And a couple of the more important points surrounding the new Moto X — aka the Moto X Style or Pure Edition, depending on where you live — was the victim of a bit of this confusion.
So let's clear things up. As it stands, this is where you'll be able able to buy the new Moto X, whatever its called.
How to buy a Moto X Pure Edition in the United States
In the United States, Motorola's following the trend of a number of other manufacturers and is (at least at first) selling the Moto X unlocked, outside the realm (read: shackles) of the operator system. That means a few things. First is that this is a Moto X Style, but in the U.S. it's being called the "Pure Edition" for some strange, annoying reason. But they're the same phone.
Second is that you're not going to have the carrier bloatware that exactly none of us is fond of. There's really where this whole "Pure Edition" actually comes in. On one hand it's exactly like the "Pure Edition" Moto phones we've already had in previous generations. No bloat, and it's SIM unlocked. The only differences this time around are that there aren't (as yet, anyway) any other models in the U.S. No operator-branded SKUs. And because this "Pure Edition" has to be able to work on every other network, it's got a ridiculous number of radio bands available, and it's not modeled after a particular operator's SKU. Here's the full breakdown:
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
- UMTS/HSPA+: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
- CDMA 800, 850, 1900 MHz
- 4G LTE B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26, 38, 41
As for where you can buy it, Motorola's going to sell the Pure Edition on its own website, on Amazon, and at Best Buy. And as for when you'll be able to buy it, all we have right now is "September." That also goes for the "Moto X Style," which will be available in some 55 countries. Time to wait.
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