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Bamboo Moto X goes on pre-order with Phones 4u

Last week, Motorola unveiled the new Moto X which, somewhat confusingly, simply keeps the same name as its predecessor rather than plumping for the X2 or similar (we suppose we can be thankful the rumoured X+1 moniker (opens in new tab) wasn't used).

Anyhow, the phone is already up for pre-order with Phones 4u, and the retailer has an exclusive on the Bamboo model of the handset (Motorola is trying to put an interesting spin on its phone designs, offering a bamboo or leather-clad rear and various other customisation options).

Tariffs start from £34.50 per month with the handset free – that particular plan is from Vodafone and offers 600 minutes, unlimited texts, and 1GB of 4G data (providing you're in a 4G covered area, naturally). If you step up to £38.99 per month with EE, you'll get unlimited minutes and texts, and 4GB of 4G data.

For those angling for the cheapest monthly price, that's £23.99 per month with Orange, and you get 500 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of data – but you have to pay £150 up-front for the phone itself (so you're saving about £100 over the course of the contract compared to Vodafone's tariff above).

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If you pre-order now, your phone should ship on 6 October (though that date is an estimate, of course).

The new Moto X runs a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and has a 5.2in display boasting 423 ppi. The handset also offers a turbo charging mode that gives the phone 8 hours' worth of juice in 15 minutes flat.

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.