Motorola adds a 64 GB storage option to Moto X Pure Edition


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Over the holidays, Motorola quietly debuted a third storage option to its latest Moto X handset. For $599 off-contract, consumers can choose 64 GB of flash memory inside their new phone, provided they purchase it directly from the Moto Maker website.

At launch, Motorola was selling the base 16 GB Moto X for $499 with a 32 GB option for $50 more. That was back in September and there was no 64 GB option. The phone doesn’t have a microSD card slot either, so whatever storage capacity you purchase is what you have to work with.

The lack of a 64 GB version was somewhat surprising, at least to me. As a result, I opted for the 32 GB model when I chose a Moto X over a Google Nexus 6.

Nexus 6 and Moto X 2014

Part of me wishes the 64 GB option arrived sooner from Motorola, but I’m not going to lose sleep over this. I checked my phone last night and found that I still have 21.39 GB of available storage since I rely heavily on the cloud for data and music.

Note that the 64 GB model is an unlocked GSM version called the Pure Edition. I bought the 32 GB version of the Pure Edition direct from Motorola, mainly because it receives Android software updates directly so carriers don’t slow the process down. Indeed, my Moto X arrived with Android 4.4.4 but immediately updated itself to Android 5.0 within an hour of first using it.

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