After weeks of speculations and leaks, Motorola has officially unveiled the Moto G smartphone at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The device looks very similar to Moto X, announced back in August this year.
The Moto G has a 4.5-inch, 720p LCD TFT display with a pixel density of 329ppi, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,070mAh battery. Out of box it runs Android 4.3 but the company assures that the smartphone will be getting the latest release of Android 4.4 KitKat by January 2014. The software delivers a near true native Android experience, with very few tweaks.
The Google-owned company claims the battery can deliver up to 30 percent more talktime than the Apple iPhone 5s due to its deft software optimizations.
The Moto G features a removable curved back panel that it claims to offer better grip and handling and also showcased accessories including ‘Shells’ and ‘Flip Shells’ available in seven colour options, Grip Shells (in five colour options), and some music accessories like JBL wireless speakers for the device. It allows customers to dabble with colors by simply swapping new shells.
Moto G will be available in 8GB and 16GB variants but there is no options for expandable external memory slot. In US the handset will be available through the company’s website and the price of the no-contract, SIM unlocked 8GB is fixed at $179 while the 16GB variant can be picked for $199.
Motorola Moto G will be available in Brazil starting this week, and the smartphone will be released in Latin America, Europe, Canada and parts of Asia over the next few weeks. The company planning to make a comeback in India plans to out the Moto G in early-January.