Motorola unveils 3rd generation Moto G – still cheap, still capable!


Motorola's Moto G series is quite famous for packing pretty generous hardware in entry-level class devices, built with a “no compromise” philosophy. This is probably why the unveiling of each generation of the affordable handset is met with an unusual amount of excitement from the mobile tech community. Well, Motorola has just unveiled the Moto G (2015) – the third generation Moto G device – and, again, it did not disappoint.

The new entry-level handset from Motorola comes with a facelifted design, a couple of hardware upgrades, and some more cosmetic choices for the customers who like to personalize every aspect of their smartphone. It just becomes apparent that Motorola touches up just the right things to keep its affordable Moto G relevant – the new design and the color choices will definitely keep the device's third iteration from looking stale or boring, while the hardware bump will keep it relevant.

“What kind of hardware?” you may ask. Well, the Moto G (2015) still packs a 5” display with a 720 x 1280 resolution, giving it a 294 PPI density. This is crisp enough, especially for the class of device, and we are a bit relieved the Motorola didn't try to boost the resolution, which might've ended up overburdening the GPU and battery. The SoC under the hood is a quad-core Snapdragon 410 – Qualcomm's entry-level 64-bit solution, boosting the series out of the 32-bit era. Here's the interesting part now – the Moto G (2015) is the first of its line to come in two variants – one will have 8 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM, while the other one will have 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM – quite generous for a device of its class, but needed for future-proofing. Both variants' storage can be expanded via microSD card of up to 32 GB.

The Moto G (2015) doesn't bring a significant upgrade in the camera department – it still rocks a 13 MP / 5 MP combo for its back / front camera, which is definitely good enough in terms of resolution. The upgrade to the camera comes in the form of a dual-tone LED flash on the back of the device, which should allow for more balanced night shots (when flash is used). Additionally, Moto G (2015) gets the Quck Capture gestures from the Moto X – flicking the device quickly will launch the camera app, even if the phone is in standby. Another flick will switch from main to selfie cam.

For those of you who love to customize the look of their smartphone – you'll be happy to know that the rumors were true – the Moto G will be fully customizable via the Moto Maker!

The Moto G (2015) goes on sale today, July 28th, and set you back around $180 for the 8 GB / 1 GB RAM model and about $220 for the 16 GB / 2 GB RAM variant. Any takers?

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Moto G (2015)
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2470 mAh

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25 Comments

1. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The one who buys 8 GB / 1 GB RAM version to save $20, will be making a very poor choice. 16gb / 2gb RAM version is best for money, if my phone breaks, I will buy this one (in white) as backup.

2. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

This doesn't mean that the retailers will also sell it with $20 difference between 1GB and 2 GB model. I bet that the difference can go up to $50

3. carlemillward unregistered

Actually $40 difference

9. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Source??

15. grancu

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

220 - 180 = 40 :) last paragraph - unless they have a mistake in the article. "The Moto G (2015) goes on sale today, July 28th, and set you back around $180 for the 8 GB / 1 GB RAM model and about $220 for the 16 GB / 2 GB RAM variant. Any takers?"

17. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

They edited the article. Was originally set at $200

4. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Moto g's screen ppi and big battery are good. I'm impressed that it can be used as a daily driver. Now what was that one plus two hype again?

5. sandysingh252

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

If I remember, Moto G(2014) had 8MP and 2 MP combo, What does Mr Paul. K want to say by telling that "The Moto G (2015) doesn't bring a significant upgrade in the camera department – it still rocks a 13 MP / 5 MP combo for its back / front camera." I believe he wanted 21 MP of Moto X.

8. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

Was just going to post the same :) Yes, it 8MP/2MP for the 2014 unit, so 13MP/5MP is definitely an upgrade for $200 phone.

19. sandysingh252

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I believe, when Apple 6S will launch with 10 or 12 MP, then he'll say that it is the most magical and dramatic upgrade to the smartphone imaging ever.

25. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You are correct, specially since the camera used is similar to the one on the Nexus 6 which is not bad at all... specially for a midrange device

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

I was hoping for a Snapdragon 610 or 615 variant. Keeping the same processor as the moto E isn't a very wise move. The 16 GB ROM/2 GB RAM model should have had that. I wouldn't mind a 20-30$ price increase.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7428; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Moto X play has the 615 processor and a 21mp camera, with a full HD display.

16. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's too big.

21. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I can't tell if that's a midget joke, or. .

7. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Impressive device from Motorola.

10. Dark-Ice

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Well I was waiting for this phone to arrive only to be disappointed. I have the first Moto G LTE model and wanted to change it for the new one, but I was really hoping for the SD 610/15 to be on it sooo I don't know now, maybe I'll end up buying the X model or even the OnePlus 2. Meh, what happened Motorola? You used to be cool.

11. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

$220 ??? add $30 more and you can get the vastly superior Alcatel One Touch 3, what a FAIL motorola

18. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

How is it vastly superior?

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Alcatel one touch 3 is amazing. 5.5 full HD screen ( probably the best looking LCD i ever saw including iphones. ) Very good picture taking super fast and clean UI. SD 615 onboard as well. I got to agree with you on this one.

12. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

I think Motorola has just killed Android one , this is a hard strong hit to Google and to its sick Android one devices , I remember just 2 days ago , Google announced a new Android one device that comes for 175 USD , for sure moto g is better and its for 180/220 , and everybody knows how motorloa take care of it's devices for upgrade

13. ResDragon

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

Odd details on the Canadian Motorola site: 1 GB RAM only, but available in either 8 or 16 GB ROM, same shows up on Motorola France & Netherlands. So looks like there's a third variant - 1GB RAM w/16GB ROM, unless it's a proofing mistake. Mind you Motorola Australia & Germany both only have the 2GB RAM model, no 1GB RAM. Looks like I'll be cross-border shopping for my new Motorola (2GB version).

20. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

to be honest, my mom is still pleased with her Moto G 2014. and this 2015 version really rocks :D

23. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Solid.

24. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Give me that baby right now!! Mmm!! So excited! that feeling when your Moto G (2013) meets its successor :D

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