Motorola Moto G Forte gets official - it's not exaclty a new Moto G

Motorola is now officially listing the Moto G Forte on its Mexican website, thus confirming the existence of this Moto G variant that we heard about last week.

It turns out that the Moto G Forte is just a regular Moto G, but one that comes encased in a Motorola Grip Shell out of the box (this Grip Shell is offered for an extra $19.99 in the US). We’re not sure why Motorola considered that this requires an added name to the Moto G.

Anyhow, since the Grip Shell is rubberized “for extra grip and protection against impact”, the Moto G Forte will naturally be less prone to damage from the very first day you're buying it. We have to say, we’re slightly disappointed that this isn’t an actual ruggedized Moto G.

The Moto G Forte seems to be available to purchase via Nextel Mexico as we type this. There are no changes when it comes to features, so the handset offers what the original Moto G is offering: Android 4.4 KitKat, a 4.5-inch 720p display, 5MP rear camera, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and 1GB of RAM. The G Forte seems to be targeted at Latin America only.

sources: Motorola Mexico, Nextel Mexico

Related phones

Moto G
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 2070 mAh



1. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Motorola gone mad.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

So basically, thousands of people already own a Moto G Forte before it has even been released. I don't know why Motorola would bother doing this.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I ser what you did there

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Well, that was certainly anticliimactic.

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I feel ashamed to be a Moto fan I could put a better case on mine than that....and call it Moto G Hardened Edition

11. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Hell you can even call it Moto G Hard On Edition while you're at it, it'd still be good.

5. ToddW

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I don't know if it's quite that bad. The big question is if the case is removable. If it is then the concept is crap and there was no point in renaming it... If the case is integral to the phone then I could actually see a benefit, because it will probably have a lot better build quality than that composite case on a standard phone, feel better in the hand, and be much longer lasting.

7. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Marketing. : )

8. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Between not having an SD slot and only 8GB on-board, no removable battery, and now this let-down, I'd say they are on a roll. This phone could have been so much more, but in my opinion, it's just an iPhone running a better OS at a lower price, that's it. Not bad, just not totally impressive.

9. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Called it

10. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

To be clear I'm not hating on Moto as I'm waiting out for a G+ or a larger sequel w/ Snapdragon 410 laters but seriously this is something I'd expect from some no name 3rd rate Android OEM not them. I mean like what the flying f -.-:::: Slap a complementing official accessory = hard shell to a product and boom it's a NEW MODEL already? This is exhibit A of a diversification standard going down to the sh*tter....

12. AppleHateBoy unregistered

I was hoping for a non-removable backed thinner version. Oh well.

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