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Moto X 'Pure Edition' to be unlocked and unbranded, report indicates

Android purists may soon be able to purchase an unlocked version of the flagship smartphone that's void of carrier influence.

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With no official confirmation, the "Moto X Pure Edition" is pure hearsay. Screen shot by Scott Webster/CNET

Motorola may soon offer consumers a "Pure Edition" of its second-gen Moto X smartphone.

According to new reports, the unlocked version of the flagship device would also be free from any pre-loaded carrier apps and services. What's more, there may be no trace of branding on the outside of the handset.

It's worth noting that the Moto X Pure Edition wouldn't be 100 percent stock Android; Motorola would still load a couple of its own custom touches and apps onto the phone. Nevertheless, these tweaks shouldn't get in the way of timely Android updates.

Motorola currently offers a similar experience for the 2013 version of the phone, though there's no formal name for the product.

It isn't clear when Motorola would introduce the Moto X Pure Edition, assuming the rumor is right, or how much it would cost. The carrier-branded versions are expected to retail for $99 with two-year service agreements or $499 outright. Those interested in the Pure Edition should prepare to spend at least $500 for the unadulterated model.