Motorola has finally announced the much awaited mid-range smartphone, which again does not goes by the rumoured names like Moto G+1 or Moto G2. Instead Motorola choose to stick with the Moto G, as it will be the second generation device. It is priced at an affordable $179, which converts to approximately INR 10,820 pricing for the 8GB variant of the new Moto G. Though, the official pricing in India is only confirmed for 16GB variant as it will cost INR 12,999,i.e. INR 1K less than the original Moto G.
The Moto G comes with a larger 5.0-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels resolution) display, and is powered by a Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, which can clock at 1.2 GHz with the support of Adreno 305 GPU. The device will be running the latest Android 4.4.4 Kitkat and will get upgraded to the Android L version when it is available later this fall.
On the storage front, it packs a 1GB of RAM, and comes with a 8GB and 16GB internal storage variants with no mention of microSD card slot. The new generation device sports an 8MP rear shooter with 4X digital Zoom and Auto HDR support , at front you will find a 2MP front snapper for selfies.
For connectivity, the device offers various set of features like 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, and GPS/GLANOSS. Its dimensions are 70.7 x 141.5 x 6.0-11.0mm and weighs 149 grams. All this is powered by the same 2070mAh battery that is present on the previous generation Moto G. It also boasts water repellent feature, though, the IPXX rating is not clear yet.
On the comparison note, the device will compete with the currently popular Xiaomi Mi3 as well as Asus Zenfone 5 and other handsets by Indian brands like Micromax, Karbonn and Lava mobiles. As the device boasts a larger 5.0-inch screen, therefore, giving already powerful and Android stock experience a boast.
We are at the Motorola launch event, and had a quick time with the new Moto G, the first thing we noticed is that the speakers are not placed at the front just like Moto E. At first it will feel a bigger device as screen size is increased to 5-inch, but once you get familiar with the design, it will be comfortable to hold. Even though, the display looks great, but during outdoor usage it will definitely have problem viewing as during our indoor usage we noticed the reflections that can be seen in the below posted images.
With new Moto X taking a place closer to the high-end flagship device, new Moto G will be filling the gap as the hardware specs are now improved up to the mid-higher range of smartphones. With Xiaomi coming to India, the previous Moto G was kind of left behind, though. The new Moto G will be aiming the mid as well as the mid-higher categories for sale. It might not be more slimmer than the previous Moto X or the Xiaomi’s Mi3, but it sure will have the styles as the company has also introduced a new set of accessories for Moto G, which includes Motorola Shells available in many colors and the flip covers that will also feature different colourful variants.
Indian consumers can purchase this smartphone staring today only, retaining the partnership with Flipkart, it will be available on the retailer’s website from the midnight, i.e. September 6,2014 00:00 IST.