Motorola Moto G (2015)

Announced:
Jul 28, 2015
Market status:
Released
Release date:
Jul 28, 2015

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0
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Display

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Display size:

5.0 inches

Resolution:

720 x 1280 pixels

Pixel density:

294 ppi

Technology:

IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio:

67.05 %

Colors:

16 777 216

Touchscreen:

Capacitive, Multi-touch

Features:

Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Camera

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Rear:

Single camera

Main camera:

13 megapixels

Hardware Features:

Autofocus

Specifications:

Aperture size: F2.0

Flash:

Dual LED

Software Features:

Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Night mode, Scenes

Video recording:

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format:

MPEG4, H.264

Features:

Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling

Front:

5 megapixels

Features:

High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)

Design

Form factor:

Candybar

Dimensions:

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.48 inches (142 x 72.4 x 12.2 mm)

Weight:

5.47 oz (155 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials:

Back: Plastic

Resistance:

Water

IP certified:

IP x7

Keys:

Right: Volume control, Lock/Unlock key

Colors:

Black, White

Hardware & Performance

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System chip:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916

Processor:

Quad-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU:

Adreno 306

RAM:

2 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage:

16 GB

Storage expansion:

up to 32 GB

Slot Type:

microSDHC, microSD

Device type:

Smart phone

OS:

Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop)

Battery

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Capacity:

2470 mAh

Type:

Not user replaceable

Internet browsing

Browser:

supports:

HTML, HTML5

Built-in online services support:

YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Cellular

LTE (FDD):

Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20

UMTS:

900, 2100 MHz

GSM:

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Data:

LTE, HSPA, HSUPA

2G Data:

EDGE, GPRS

SIM type:

Micro SIM

Global Roaming:

Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth:

4.0

Profiles/ Protocols:

Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Attribute Protocol (ATT), Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol (AVCTP), Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Bluetooth Network Encapsulation Protocol (BNEP), Generic Access (GAP), Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), HID over GATT Profile (HOGP), Human Interface Device (HID), Logical Link Control and Adaptation Protocol (L2CAP), Message Access Profile (MAP), Multi-Channel Adaptation Protocol (MCAP), Object Push (OPP), Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN), Phone Book Access (PBAP), Security Manager Protocol, Serial Port (SPP), Service Discovery Application (SDAP), Service Discovery Protocol (SDP)

Wi-Fi:

802.11 b, g, n

Mobile hotspot:

Yes

Wi-Fi Direct:

Yes

USB:

USB 2.0

Connector:

microUSB

Features:

Mass storage device, USB charging

Charging connector:

microUSB

Location:

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, BeiDou

Other:

Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

Sensors:

Accelerometer

Notifications:

Notification light (1), Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone

Phonebook:

Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID

Organizer:

Calendar, Alarm, Calculator, World clock, Stopwatch, Countdown timer

Messaging:

SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input

E-mail:

IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange

Instant Messaging:

Hangouts / Google Talk

Other features:

Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Multimedia

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Screen mirroring:

Wireless screen share

Music player:

Filter by:

Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists

Features:

Album art cover, Background playback

Supported formats:

MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless), AMR, OGG, MIDI

Video playback:

Supported formats:

MPEG4, H.263, H.264

Speakers:

Earpiece, Loudspeaker

Headphones connector:

3.5mm

Regulatory Approval

FCC approval:

Date approved:

Nov 25, 2015

FCC ID value:

IHDT56QG1 link

FCC measured SAR:

Head:

1.06 W/kg

Body:

1.12 W/kg

Simultaneous Transmission:

1.40 W/kg

Wireless Router:

1.33 W/kg

Availability

Officially announced:

Jul 28, 2015
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This device is also known as Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen.), Motorola XT1540, Motorola XT1548, Motorola XT1540

ALTERNATIVE VARIANTS

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Motorola Moto G (2015) 8GB

Differences from the main variant:

RAM:

1 GB

Internal storage:

8 GB

Motorola Moto G (2015) XT1540

Differences from the main variant:

LTE (FDD):

Bands 17, 5, 4, 2, 7

UMTS:

850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz

Motorola Moto G (2015) XT1548

for U.S. Cellula and Virgin Mobile

Differences from the main variant:

LTE (FDD):

Bands 12, 17, 5, 26, 4, 2, 25

LTE (TDD):

Bands 41

UMTS:

850, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz

CDMA:

800, 1900 MHz

FCC approval:

Date approved:

Jul 09, 2015

FCC ID value:

IHDT56QG6 link

FCC measured SAR:

Head:

1.41 W/kg

Body:

1.10 W/kg

Simultaneous Transmission:

1.59 W/kg

Wireless Router:

1.44 W/kg

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Pros

No Pros

Cons

  • Thick body (0.48 inches)
  • Too little RAM
  • Low pixel density screen (294 ppi)

Description

The Motorola 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 32GB.

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