The Moto G sets a new standard for budget smartphones
Starting at $179 without a contract, The Moto G is an affordable but still very capable smartphone which should be able to put real pressure on other Android vendors such as Samsung, LG and Huawei to improve their budget smartphones — which often have lower res screens, older Android versions and slower chipsets than the Moto G.
I know of few other*, if any, handsets in this price range that comes with a 720p 4.5” screen, a speedy chipset as the Qualcomm snapdragon 400 and a pretty recent and clean version of Android. The affordable Nokia Lumia 520, 620 and 625 offer a pretty good Windows Phone 8 experience, but they are stuck with 480 x 800 pixel screens. We will of course have to wait for the reviews to know for sure, but it looks as if Google’s and Motorola’s Moto G just set a new standard for sub $ 200 smartphones.
Motorola Moto G specifications:
- Operating system: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
- Tech: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 305 GPU and 1 GB RAM
- Storage: 8 GB standard or 16 GB. Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive
- Dimensions: H 129.9 mm x W 65.9 mm x D 6.0-11.6 mm (curved)
- Weight: 143 grams
- Display: 4.5”, 1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi
- Battery: 2070 mAh
- Camera: Rear — 5 MP, front — 1.3 MP
- Video: 720p HD video (front and rear), 30 fps (MPEG4, H.264)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS
- Networks: GSM Model — GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps, CDMA Model — CDMA/EVDO Rev A,
- Price: USD$179 for 8GB and USD$199 for 16GB
- Availability: Available 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.
* There are other options such as for example chinese knock offs of the HTC One and Samsung S4 that come close in terms of both price and specs, but the quality of these devices are questionable with lesser known chipsets, worse build quality and hard to reach customer service. Network compatibility is also often complicated with such devices.