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Moto X wooden back: Motorola teaser suggests imminent launch

If you’ve been holding out for the long-rumored wood-back option for the Moto X, it looks like you don’t have too much longer to wait.

A teaser posted Sunday on Motorola’s official Google+ page hinted heavily at an imminent release. Heck, by the time you read this, it might already be showing on the Moto Maker site.

Alongside an image of a cheap-looking piece of plywood with an outline of the Moto X drawn upon it, the Google-owned company included the message, “Put this DIY project on hold. Trust us.”

With a statement like that coming at a time like this, it’s a safe bet the wood option will start selling this side of Christmas, or Motorola surely would’ve waited until January before it started throwing teasers around.

The expected launch certainly fits well with a leak back in the summer from reliable tipster Evleaks, who suggested “wooden back configurations” for Motorola’s US-made handset would be coming in Q4.

Evleaks’ post showed four different wood backs – in teak, ebony, rosewood, and bamboo – which are expected to sell for $50 apiece. Let’s see if they don’t turn up next week, giving Moto X buyers a few extra options when it comes to customizing their new handset.

The Moto X, Motorola’s first handset since Google bought the company in 2012, launched to great fanfare in the summer and on the whole has picked up some fairly decent reviews in the tech press.

Impressed by its huge array of customization options, superb Google Now functionality, and powerful processors, DT gave the device a 4/5 mark in its review.

The Moto X comes with a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 display, 10-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. And soon, if you fancy it, a wood back.

[via GigaOM]