Motorola Moto G now official: a low-priced Android smartphone that is actually good

Motorola Moto G now official: a low-priced Android smartphone that is actually good
Ever since the Motorola Moto X became official, we've been hearing rumors about a low-cost variant of it, destined to launch in markets where budget-friendly smartphones are in high demand. Well, today is the day when we finally get to meet the smartphone in question. It is known as the Motorola Moto G and it is built from the ground up with the idea of being the ultimate Android device in its price category. And from the looks of it, the guys at Motorola have done a good job at reaching that goal.

Given its low price point, it comes as no surprise that the Motorola Moto G is made of plastic. But at the same time, we can't describe the handset as boring or inferior to the competition. It has adopted many of the design cues we know from the Moto X, such as the curved back that makes the handset easy to hold. Furthermore, we're pleased to report that the Moto G has been treated to a water-repelling nanocoating, protecting it from both outside and inside.

Motorola is giving us the option to swap the back cover of the Moto G with a new one of a different color. There are seven of them to pick from, available in white, black, dark blue, light blue, yellow, red, and pink. And if you want to personalize your Moto G further, bumpers and flip covers are to be made available along with the smartphone.

Looking at its specs sheet, we're surprised to see how much bang the Moto G can deliver for its money. First and foremost, our eyes are treated to a 4.5-inch "edge-to-edge" LCD display with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels. This gives us a figure of around 329ppi, which nothing short of great given the phone's cost. A layer of Gorilla Glass 3 protects the screen against light scratches. Then there's the processor ticking inside of the Moto G – a 1.2GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 400 silicon, which is no slouch by any means. 1GB of RAM is available on the device.

Moving further down the specs sheet of the Motorola Moto X, things get a bit less rosy. On its back we see a 5MP main camera with 4:3 aspect ratio, auto-focus and LED flash. Doesn't sound impressive, we know, but it should get the job done. Sadly, the camera can't capture Full HD videos as it is limited to recording 720p footage only. On the front of the smartphone we have a 1.3MP front-facing cam for selfies and video chats. Battery life is quoted as 24 hours with mixed usage. In other words, heavy users will have to recharge the phone's 2070mAh battery on a daily basis.

Connectivity-wise, LTE is absent on the Motorola Moto G, but other than that, the phone is fully loaded. There's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with GLONASS compatibility, and an FM radio. Both GSM (HSPA+) and CDMA variants of the device will be made available, with a dual-SIM version coming as well to select markets.  

Motorola will launch the Moto G with Android 4.3 out of the box. Save for a few minor optimizations, the stock look and feel of the OS have been retained, and that's great news as it will ensure the smooth performance of the device. Soon after the phone's debut – by January 2014, to be more specific, an update to Android 4.4 KitKat is scheduled to arrive.

So, you're probably wondering how much the Motorola Moto G is going to cost once it is released. Long story short, it will be quite cheap. In the US, the 8GB variant of the smartphone will be sold for $179 off contract, while the 16GB version will set you back just $199. Not bad, Motorola, not bad.

Motorola is releasing the Moto G this week in Brazil and parts of Europe. Within the next few weeks, the smartphone will be made available throughout Latin America, more countries around Europe, Canada and parts of Asia. The US, India, the Middle East, and the rest of Asia will get it by early January. By 2014, Motorola will launch the Moto G in more than 30 countries with 60 partners.

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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

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46 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You might wanna update your phone's spec list battery from 1950 to 2070 mah, PA

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I hope this device give some good sells to moto.

46. Magneto

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 20, 2013

It's doing really well in many countries. In India the dual SIM version sold out really quick (15 minutes). Anyhow, now that Motorola belongs to Lenovo, we might have to wait to see what happen with the brand. Regards

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Nokia Lumia 520 killer.This phone is going to break the records of high end galaxy phones.thanks moto

6. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Lumia 520 is still cheaper by around $30 for the 8GB version but for the price Moto G seems to be really worth it. Better than any Samsung, Sony, HTC or LG in the same price category by miles. Planning to get one when it launches in Jan 2014. Go Moto..! :)

35. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Don't even compare an android phone with a Windows phones in any aspect..

38. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Cheap smartphones: Moto G>>>>>>>>520>others

13. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

When i was reading the article above, first thought that came to mind is Motorola is stepping out to do what Nokia did years ago, deliver great phones for very affordable prices. With Google's backing, they have a bright future ahead of them with this approach.

14. iyngr

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Has it got Touchless Controls like Moto x? Then I'm in.

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

No. Its a hardware requirement

25. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Possibly, but the Lumia 520 costs only $100 with no contract for those on AT&T and T-Mobile. With that being said, I do believe this is a great low-end handset with a great price.

45. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It all depends on build-quality. We know Nokia's are built like tanks :)

3. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

I don't get it ! In gsmarena it says 5 mp camera and here in moto g specs page it says 8 mp camera ! Also in gsmarena it says 1.2 GHz quad core but here in specs page it says 1.5 GHz quad core ! Um puzzled... Who's right and who's wrong ?

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Better believe the live stream and PA...i assume GSMarena's spec sheet was made up of the rumors that flew before it was released. They'll update it soon, hopefully.

22. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

I think PA's spec list was incorrect according to official specs found at motorola.com ! Sorry can't post links as i am new here :(

23. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Never mind, they already updated it :)

9. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

21. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Thanks :)

4. 007akshay

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

if it releases in india then i can think about buying it to my GF rather than IPHONE"CHEAP"

10. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Jan release. It was said in the Live Stream! You can expect the price around 15k! :)

11. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

It might cost 15k for the 8gb version by the time it hits Indian market.. :(

15. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

I would say for the 16GB version it would be 15k but let's wait and see! :)

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Sweet price point, make a great back up phone. Wtg Moto.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not bad at all

12. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Such an amazing product at an amazing price and all you say is "Not bad"? You get so excited when Apple launches something! :( Why you do this darkkedii.! :(

31. stealthd unregistered

It's not amazing is why. It's a mid-low end phone. It is a solid phone for the price, and it's nice to see HD displays arrive on such cheap phones, but it's not doing anything special or new.

18. taikucing unregistered

Not bad? THIS IS A VERY GOOD PHONE FOR THAT PRICE. Show me if Apple can make a phone with HD display & quad core CPU for $179! *cough* samsung galaxy core with sh*tty WVGA TFT display costs $250 *cough*

39. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Darkkjedii just expressed it in a classy way, not like: OMG! OMG! so cheap! OMG! what an awwwwwwesome specs! OMG!

36. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No joke. A HD screen with a high pixel density, decent processor, and mostly stock Android with very fast updates for less than $200 off contract? I would probably keep it as a back up phone if I wasn't on Verizon.

16. AppleHateBoy unregistered

The SoC consists of four Cortex A7s clocked at 1.2 GHz and an Adreno 305 GPU. This SoC appears to be much better than the Mediatek junk. I wish I had waited and bought this instead of the Xperia L.

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