Google’s Motorola just announced a really affordable, yet powerful smartphone, the Moto G. Coming on the back of a fairly successful Moto X, the Moto G is not just for the US market, unlike the Moto X.
The Moto G comes with a 4.5″ HD display and a fairly adequate for its price, Snapdragon S400 processor. The processor is clocked at 1.2 GHz, is quad-core and will be aided by the Adreno 305 GPU.
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 4.5″ HD display – 1280×720 pixels, ~336 PPI
- 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon S400 processor, Adreno 305 GPU
- 5 MP main camera, LED flash, 720p recording; front facing 1.3 MP camera
- 1 GB RAM, 8 GB / 16 GB internal memory, non-expandable
- Wi-fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, dual-SIM variant too, removable back cover
- 1,950 mAh battery
Motorola hasn’t launched the Moto G with Android 4.4 KitKat, which is sort of baffling, given that it’s a Google subsidiary. That they cannot launch a phone from their own hood with the latest version of their own OS doesn’t say much about it, but the company is touting “Guaranteed upgrade” as one of the features.
There’s a lot of colour here as well – the back of the Moto G is removable, so you can swap it in with one of the covers Motorola has on offer.
There’s also an FM radio thrown in for good measure, which is being highlighted by the company. Nokia’s known for including an FM receiver in most of its smartphones, which is probably why they don’t brag about it, but it’s interesting that Motorola is highlighting it.
The Moto G is already available in Brazil and some European countries today, with Asia (including India, surprise!), US, Middle East availability aimed at January. The 8 GB version will come for $179 before taxes and subsidies. The 16 GB version will cost $199, which is what you should be considering if you’re looking at this phone, seeing that there’s no microSD card slot. The actual usable space will be somewhere along the lines of 5.x GB and 13 GB.
While it comes to your market, you’ll have to make do with this video.