Like the look of Motorola’s new Moto X smartphone, but don’t want to sign up for a 2-year service contract to get one? No problem. Motorola is offering a Moto X Pure Edition which is available off-contract for $500.

The Moto X Pure Edition isn’t just contract-free though. It’s also SIM unlocked and has an unlockable bootloader.

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The second-gen Moto X features a 5.2 inc, 1920 x 1080 pixel Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of built-in storage. It has 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, a 13MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and a 2300mAh battery.

While the Moto X ships with a version of Android 4.4 KitKat that’s pretty close to the stock Android software offered by Google, if you unlock the bootloader on the Pure Edition you may be able to install a custom recovery or custom ROMs to change the operating system altogether (or use recovery tools to backup, restore, or otherwise modify your device’s software).

THe Moto X Pure Edition will be available for pre-order starting at noon Eastern Time on September 16th. That’s also when the Moto X for AT&T, Moto Hint wireless earbud, and Motorola Turbo Charger will go up for pre-order.

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4 replies on “Motorola introduces Moto X Pure Edition unlocked smartphone for $499”

  1. I would buy this right now if it had a microSD card slot. Soooo close, but not quite right for me without one. 🙁

        1. 16gb is fine. These silly people who want to keep their life on their phone just make me laugh.

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