This January--curiously, after the holiday season is over--Motorola
will debut the Moto G, a lower-cost alternative to the Moto X
, in the U.S.. By “lower cost”, you may be thinking “several hundred dollars”, but you’d be way off; the smartphone will cost just $179 unlocked.
Bucking the trend of high-priced smartphones that cost as much as a laptop, the Moto G delivers some impressive specs considering the price tag and will be a hot item for those wanting to upgrade their phones without extending their service contracts.
The Moto G rocks a 4.5-inch (1280x720) display with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
400 (1.2GHz) and 8GB of onboard storage with 2 years of 50GB Google
Drive storage for free. The rear camera is a little weak at 5MP, but it does offer LED flash, 4x digital zoom, burst mode, panorama shots, and slow motion video. The front camera is a 1.3MP, but like the rear camera it can shoot in 720p HD at 30 FPS.
The 2070 mAh battery purports to last for up to a whopping 24 hours, and the Moto G features 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS and GLONASS for connectivity. The GSM model runs on GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps networks while the CDMA version runs on CDMA/EVDO Rev A.
The Moto G ships with Android 4.3 with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, and buyers can choose their own colorful shell for the back of the phone. The 8GB model will be $179, while the 16GB edition will be $199 unlocked, although you’ll also be able to snag one through various carriers.