What’s more, its modest spec sheet prompted many (myself included) to dismiss its odds of being the fabled X Phone. To wit: it sports one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro systems-on-a-chip, 2GB of RAM, a 4.65-inch display, and a 2,200 mAh battery. In fairness, that’s not a shabby device at all. That’s essentially what the Nexus 4 is working with, but it just didn’t seem flashy enough to be what Motorola and Google have been working on all this time.
But if this new report holds true, that lack of next-gen horsepower could be because Google intends to sell this particular X Phone dirt cheap sans contract — $199 or so.
That would be game-changing. Google would take a lot of market share from Samsung with a move like this, especially with the tech press calling the Galaxy S4 ‘utterly boring’. It also makes some sense – Apple is able to reduce the price of the previous-generation iPhone by $100 each year. If Google uses the same components as the Nexus 4 – perhaps with a less expensive plastic or rubber exterior? – why couldn’t they sell an X Phone for $100 less than last-year’s Nexus?