As expected, Motorola has launched its budjet smartphone – Moto G at an event in Brazil. This smartphone is priced at $ 179 for 8GB version and $ 199 for 16GB variants. This smartphone is being targetted at emerging markets and for price-conscious customers, who want good branded device with mediocre hardware specifications, and this latest offering of Google owned company , fits the bill.
The Moto G sports a 4.5-inch HD display(1280 x 720 pixels) at 329ppi. According to Motorola, the display in this smartphone is sharpest in its class – that goes edge-to-edge so you can enjoy movies, photos, video chats and more. This smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, coupled with 1GB RAM. This device will come in 8GB internal memory and 16GB internal memory versions. Motorola is also offering 50 GB storage free for two years on Google Drive.
The Moto G is equipped with a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and also has a 1.3-megapixel front camera. The rear camera supports HD (720p) video recording. This phone also features water-resistant nano-coating on the inside and outside. The Moto G runs Android 4.3, and Motorola has promised that it will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat early next year. This device is packed with built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 2070 mAh battery, which the company claims will last for a day, due to optimisation of software.
Dimesnion wise, its height is 129.9 mm, width is 65.9 mm and weighs 143 grams.
The Moto G has stylish design with a comfortable curved back and 19 customization options, including interchangeable Motorola Shells and Flip Shells in seven colors as well as Grip Shells in five colors.
Moto G goes on sale this week in Brazil and parts of Europe and will be available within the next few weeks throughout Latin America, Europe, Canada and parts of Asia. It will be available in the US, India, the Middle East and more of Asia in early January. Moto G will be in more than 30 countries with 60 partners by 2014.
The good news for the lovers of Android and Google is that Moto G will be available in India in January 2014, as disclosed by Motorla while launching this product yesterday. At today’s rate of exhange, the Moto G price works out to Rs. 11.300 ( US$=Rs. 63.10). Assuming that the US Dollar stabilises in January 2014 at approximately the same conversion rate as of today, then this smartphone should be priced in the range of Rs. 14,500 for the Indian market. This price is fairly good as this will give tough competition to Chinese smartphones, which are flooding the Indian market of late, and will also pose good challenge to mid-level smartphones of Samsung.
Google is playing smart with its policy of handset devices. By launching mid-level Moto G and flagship Nexus 5, they are targetting both the budjet and high-end customers.