Moto G unveiled with 4.5″ HD screen, quad-core CPU, $179 price, Android 4.4 guaranteed. Out today
Ladies and gentlemen, Motorola’s plan to take over the world has been unveiled today. It’s called Moto G, and yes, it’s a smartphone. Unlike other Android device makers, Motorola right now seems to be a lot more focused on the low-end and midrange of the smartphone market, and not the high-end. And that’s a pretty good plan, considering the fact that around 500 million people are expected to pick up affordable smartphones (in the neighborhood of $200 off-contract) in the near future. That’s a gigantic addressable market, and it’s exactly what the Moto G has in its sights.
There are no surprises in terms of hardware, with the phone’s full specs having been leaked yesterday. It turns out that happened because the Moto G will go on sale today in Brazil and “parts of Europe”, whatever that may mean.
The Moto G comes with a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a 1.3 MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, HSPA+ (no LTE), dual-SIM support (in certain markets only), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, an FM radio, 8 or 16 GB of storage (non-expandable), a 2,070 mAh battery, and waterproof nanocoating inside and out. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean from day one and Motorola has promised it will get updated to Android 4.4 KitKat in January.
The Moto G’s dimensions are 129.9×65.9×6.0-11.6 mm, and it weighs 143 grams. It will be offered in black only, but it supports replaceable back covers which Motorola calls ‘shells’. These will be available in a myriad of colors, as seen in the image above. A number of other accessories will be available too, which is good seeing as how the G won’t even ship with a wired headset. Moto G owners will get an additional 50 GB of storage on Google Drive for free for two years.
Probably the most important thing about this phone is its price. In the US, it will be offered directly by Motorola for $179 sans contract for the 8 GB version, and $199 for 16 GB of storage. The unit will come unlocked, SIM-free, and with an unlockable bootloader (which should make developers and custom ROM lovers very happy).
Carrier pricing will vary, obviously. Motorola hasn’t announced how that $179 will translate into other currencies, but we’re expecting it to be €179 in Europe (or close). Oh, and speaking of that – unlike the Moto X, the G will get a proper international rollout.
In fact, it won’t even be available in the US until January. After the unnamed “parts of Europe” get it today, it will be out “within the next few weeks” in Latin America, Europe (we assume this means more of Europe), Canada, and parts of Asia. Alongside the US, India, the Middle East, and more of Asia will welcome it in early January. All in all, it should be out in 30 countries offered by 60 partners by the time the rollout is complete.
The Moto X has done pretty well in terms of sales considering its extremely limited availability. But with good specs, a good price, unbloated software, and its more global reach, the Moto G may quickly become the company’s first best seller in years.