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Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him at [email protected].
Motorola’s contract manufacturer for the Moto X has revealed that the labor costs for the device’s Stateside production are three times as high as they would be in China, according to Reuters.
Flextronics operates the factory in Texas where the Moto X smartphone is being produced. According to CEO Mike McNamara, workers there are paid roughly $12 to $14 an hour, compared to an average wage of $4 an hour in China. The executive went on to point out that reduced shipping and logistics costs offset some of the extra wages.
The report also suggests interest in the Moto X has been fairly mellow. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told Reuters that the facility is currently producing 100,000 Moto X units a week. That’s just a fraction of the volume that competing flagship smartphones from Samsung and Apple are seeing.