Motorola (and Google) introduced the second member of Moto family, and unlike Moto X which was intended only for the US market, Moto G is going to be shipped globally as a wise choice for those who would like to experience the pure Android with a reasonable performance and affordable price.
Moto G Main Specifications:
- 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm, 143 grams
- 4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels, 326 ppi
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, microUSB (No NFC, No infra-Red)
- 8/16 GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, No microSD card support
- Snapdragon 400, Quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU, and Adreno 305 GPU
- 5MP/1.3MP Front and Rear camera, 720p@30fps Video recording
- Android Jelly Bean 4.3 (Upgradable to KitKat 4.4 in the near future)
- 2070 mAh Battery
Moto G Design
The design of Moto G is just like its big brother, which is simple, minimalistic, and we believe eye-catching. Unlike the unremovable battery, you have plenty of colorful options for the back cover to replace (Motorola calls them Shells for Moto G), and we should wait a little longer to see which Moto X customization features will be available for the Moto G too.
Moto G Hardware Features
Since we are facing a mid-end device, we shouldn’t expect the most powerful hardware pieces to be equipped on the handset. Moto G is powered by a Snapdragon 400 chipset, and a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU which according to the very first benchmarks, could beat the Nexus 4 in the performance.
Although we should expect a smooth performance (with some reasonable expectations) when using the Moto G, but the lack of LTE support may be disappointing for those who are used to the speed of 4G networks.
The Battery Life is o ne of the main important issues in smart devices, and if we trust the Motorola announcement, Moto G will satisfy you as it lasts up to 24hours with mixed usage (Motorola didn’t define the term “Mixed Usage” but you shouldn’t expect it to mean playing games with the maximum brightness).
To produce a cheap device, some features need to be sacrificed and camera is one of them in the Moto G. The 5MP camera can take HDR and Panorama shots as well as Burst shots, and the video recording can handle 720p qualities and slow motion videos.
Moto G Software Features
That’s correct! Moto G is not going to be running Android 4.4 KitKat, and Jelly Bean 4.3 will be the running Android version on the Motorola budget phone. Among the many Moto X software features, touchless voice control is most likely to be available on the Moto G as well. But Active Notifications, Quick Capture, and Touchless Control will not be available on the Moto G.
Availability and Price
The price of Moto G is shockingly low, and the SIM-free Moto G will cost you $179 and $199 USD for the 8GB and 16GB versions respectively.
Brazil and parts of Europe are now offering the Moto G, and for example if you live in the UK you can order your Moto G from Phones 4 U.
Singapore and Hong Kong are the first 2 Asian countries to offer the Moto G in the next few weeks, followed by Indonesia, India, and Malaysia set to launch for the January 2014.
U.S. customers will have to wait until the early January next year and the good news for them is having Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed on their devices.
When we look at the specifications of Moto G and considering the performance, we find it very hard for other devices to compete with Moto G with such exceptional and affordable price. We believe Moto G will play an important role in the mid-end (and even low-end) devices battle and companies like Samsung should get a little worried!