Motorola DVX passes FCC: A low-cost Moto smartphone with removable back?

Consumers hoping the Moto X(s goog) would be a low-cost unsubsidized phone were likely disappointed by the $199 on contract cost. There could be a plan B, however: A Reddit user by the name of danrant notes that the FCC recently certified the Motorola DVX. The handset lines up with earlier reports of a low-cost Motorola handset with colored back cases that can be swapped, perhaps costing $200 to $300 without a contract.

Motorola DVX shell

How could Motorola create a Moto X lookalike for less? Opting to pass on some features is a start, and according to the FCC report, the phone has no LTE radio. In addition, the handset can only take advantage of 21 Mbps HSPA+ networks, even though 42 Mbps service is available in some areas.

The Motorola DVX name is already appearing overseas with unofficial pre-order pricing for an 8 GB model at £114.41 (US $177.86) without value-added tax and a 16 GB version for £125.62 (US $195.28) without VAT. Until Motorola makes an announcement, this is all educated guessing, but I can’t see why the FCC would test such a device unless Motorola hoped to make it available in the U.S.