Motorola Announces the Moto G: 4.5 Inch Display, Quad-Core on the Cheap

Motorola Announces the Moto G: 4.5 Inch Display, Quad-Core on the Cheap

It seems as if those days have finally arrived when we would be buying inexpensive Android smartphones with top-notch specs. Motorola Moto G is certainly one of the first such phones which, regardless of the price, promises first-class experience.

The younger sibling of the widely-acclaimed Moto X, the Moto G comes with a 4.5″ display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. The design is undeniably inspired from the Moto X and there’s nothing bad in it.

Back-cover is removable but there’s no SD card or removable battery so back-covers are purely for customization.

Hardware is what you would expect to be getting at this price point. You find a Qualcomm SnapDragon 400 chipset with 1.2Ghz quad-core Cortex A7 CPU, Adreno 305 Graphics and 1 GB of RAM. Storage options are either 8 or 16 GB but both are non-expandable. Motorola will also be releasing a dual-sim variant of the Moto G in the future.

The camera on the back isn’t as exciting though. It’s a 5 megapixel unit with 720p video and Flash. A 1.3 mp camera can be found on the front. Connectivity is done through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, GPS, 3G and microUSB. Battery capacity is 1,950 mAh which does sound small on paper but Motorola says it is optimized to offer a 30% longer talk time than Apple’s iPhone 5s.

Rather embarrassing for Motorola, which is a Google company, the phone launches with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but KitKat will be coming in January. It is also vanilla.

Being inspired from the Moto X, the Moto G also comes with a plethora of exchangeable back-covers, 19 to be precise. But forget the features and start thinking about its price.

The Motorola Moto G starts at $179 for the 8 GB version and $199 when you double the storage to 16 GB. That’s aggressive pricing, whichever way you look at it since almost no Android phones with such hardware are found at this price point, well, unless if its Chinese.

Looking at its competition, we see Ashas, Lumias and cheap Androids, all of which seem a bit half-baked compared to the Moto G in one way or the other. But then again, the paper isn’t everything, is it?

The phone will be available worldwide starting from January 2014.

Here are the specs again:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz
  • Operating system: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (to be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat in Janurary 2014)
  • Display: 4.5-inch LCD display at 1280×720 resolution, 329 ppi
    • Weight: 143 grams
    • Memory:
      • RAM: 1 gigabyte
      • Storage: 8GB or 16GB, two free years of 50GB on Google Drive
    • Dimensions: 129.9 x 65.9 x 6.0-11.6 mm
    • Camera:
      • Rear: 5 megapixels, LED flash
      • Front: 1.3 megapixels
    • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, GPS, 3G and microUSB
    • Battery: 2070 mAh (non-removable)
    • Price:
      • $179 for 8 GB version
      • $199 for 16 GB version


    • Khurram

      Will it be available in Pakistan ?

    • Unless Motorola officially brings this to Pakistan (which I don’t see chances of), then it will cost no less than 35k – 40k.

      • aamir7

        I will say 30K

        • Unless your represent Google or Motorola, you are wrong.

          • aamir7

            Coz its not iPhone ;-)

            • You should have seen the local online stores, how they priced the Nexus 5. The first price they offered for $349 N5 was Rs. 70,000

              • Shahid Saleem

                Doesn’t mean much. I know someone who bought the N4 just before they sold it officially here. He bought for 48k. Then, Brightex started selling for 47,500, and Mobilink for 43k.

          • Azeem Ullah Hasan

            The thing is that when these things are not available everywhere, the retailers charge a premium for it. I’m quite sure however that after 6 months it will be available under 30K.

        • waqar

          so its better to buy huawei g610

        • LifeH2O

          as per homeshopping, it can be even lesser!

      • Shahid Saleem

        Motorola is aggressively marketing this to developing countries. It will officially be sold in Middle East and India in January or by February. I’m sure it’ll end up here.

        My guess is 25-27k, official pricing.

    • Mushahid Hussain

      Low End Market is heating up! it feels like a strong competitor to Lumia 520, but release date is way too late as lumia 525 is due next month, lets see what nokia brings on table!

    • It won’t be available in Pakistan officially, get ready to buy it for Rs. 50,000 from the local thieves :)

    • Zahid Butt

      Well, that’s really incredible price, but after arriving to Pakistan, consider it 200$ for 8 GB variant.

    • Basit Sidiki

      Why Why Why???? I am seriously interested in it… only thing inspired me is its less price with good specs..

    • M4Kamran

      pfffffff. In pakistan Nexus 5 16 GB is 60000Rs. Nothing is cheap here. I would be amazed if it sells under 30000Rs.

      • Shahid Saleem

        The N5 you’re seeing isn’t officially sold here yet. You’re seeing the import price with markup. The official price of the N5 will be closer to 50 for 16GB ($350).

    • Geekpk

      Clove UK is charging £154 including delivery to Pakistan which is Rs.26671. Deliveries start from December. Its price is inflated as always in the start but its still heck of a deal.

    • Mazher Ahmad

      It is available as i can see on gsmarena. isn’t it?

      • Shahid Saleem

        In Europe and Brazil only right now.

    • Roman Sikandar

      Announced with 7 colors not 19, hope m right

    • It will be available in Pakistan around February/March of next year and price will be around 28000 PKR.

    • aasim

      good mobile .. hope we will get this phone in Pakistan via official availability .
      in about 20000 to 23K..

    • saliraza

      Guys never go for none removable battery phonr. Because if there is some problems in connector you won’t able to charge your phone and it will become a toy of your kid.

    • Ali Khawaja

      Error/Contradiction in the post:

      Battery capacity is 1,950 mAh
      Battery: 2070 mAh (non-removable)

    • Bilal Iqbal

      jab yai ajay ga … to
      chaa jay gaaaa… lol

    • Yasir Mahmood

      Price is Pretty Catchy.

    • M. Asif

      i am selling this new MOTO G “NEW BOX PACKED unlocked” for Rs: 26000 only, for details contact me now, i can ship it all over Pakistan, great set i am also using it. SMS/CALL 03137232015

    • Muhammad Asghar

      i am selling MOTO G black at whole sale rate, my price just 26000 with full box fnf only, guaranteed lowest rate in Pak, contact me 03137232015