Motorola Unveils Low Cost, High Performance Moto G Smartphone

Posted on November 13, 2013 3:18 PM by Ryan Perry

If you’re on a budget, but wanted a smartphone, it used to be that you resigned yourself to using last generation’s technology, or a current generation phone that has been drastically scaled back. Thankfully, it looks like those days are coming to an end, with the Motorola Moto G, unveiled earlier this morning in Brazil.

The stable mate of the Moto X released earlier this year, the Moto G will sport a 4.5″ 1280×720 LCD display, which drops active notifications found on the previous model, and a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC, which loses the “always listening” feature of the X model as well. There’s also 1GB of memory, either 8GB or 16GB of storage, and a 5 mega-pixel rear-facing camera capable of capturing video in 720p, paired up with a 1.3 mega-pixel front-facing snapper.

Motorola G

Those are some impressive specs for a mid-range phone, but there are other bells and whistles too. The phone will ship with an as-close-to-stock-as-possible version of Android 4.3 Jellybean, and a promise from Motorola of an update to 4.4 KitKat in January. Also, instead of the usual 15GB of storage through Google Drive, Moto G users will get a whopping 50GB!

There’s also the option to separately buy different coloured rear covers, but who cares if you can’t afford the phone in the first place, right? Well, how about $179 straight up for the 8GB version, and $199 for 16GB? Not too shabby.

If this is what Google continues to do with Motorola after acquiring the company back in May of 2012, it bodes well for all of us.

  • Rob Williams

    I don’t need a big phone, so this tempts me quite a bit. I don’t like contracts, and I don’t want to shell out $400+ for a phone I’ll barely touch. But I do want something reasonable that’s not going to lag on me when trying to do anything. This might be right up my alley. The aesthetics are nothing to write home about, but they’re suitable enough.

  • xOptix78

    According to, Telus/Koodo will be carrying it. I’d expect Bell and in turn Virgin to pick it up later on as well. If my N5 plans don’t work out, this might be the winner.

    • Rob Williams

      Shouldn’t Google also sell it through the Play Store? Or is that exclusive to Nexus? I guess maybe Google wouldn’t want to bastardize the sales of its own higher-end Nexus line by introducing this…

      • xOptix78

        I’m not finding any mention of it on Google Play, so who knows if it’s planned. We’ll probably find out as the in-hand date draws closer, but I think you’re right. Putting a phone like this at $200 against its own $350 Nexus would be a bad move for Google’s overall bottom line.

        It just sucks that EVERYBODY will have to pay the inflated carrier price.

        Here’s a link to some benchmarks of the S4 Pro quad-core SoC compared to the NVIDIA Tegra 4. I’d like to find some tests of the S4 Pro against the Snapdragon 800 to see where it falls, but it’s all synthetic testing. Who knows if it would translate into real world usage.

  • RainMotorsports

    Just picked up a Alcatel Evolve to be the backup phone to my Nexus 5 for 50 bucks. I was looking at the Fierce which sells for around 120 but this MOTO G seems like a a better alternative. Better screen, OS Support, battery, cpu, basically everything for 50 more. Not a bad deal at all.

    • Rob Williams

      How are you liking your Nexus 5?

      • RainMotorsports

        Still waiting. But I went ahead and got a backup phone and am canceling my CDMA service with Sprint. Picked up a SIM for T-Mobile on the $30 a month plan with 5GB of Data. Caveat is the 100 minutes but i don’t make calls so…

        • Rob Williams

          $30 a month for that doesn’t seem too bad at all. If worse comes to worse, you could just use a little bit of that data via Skype to make the call. Grats on the phone!

          • RainMotorsports

            Well sprint has unlimited but there 3G had always sucked and the 4G wimax has gone from 15Mbps all the way to nothing. Their initial LTE offering was 6Mbps. Meanwhile this backup phone only has HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and on T-Mobile I’m getting 3 to 6Mbps. Once my N5 gets here HSPA+ and LTE all the better.

  • Sanjay Negi

    Moto G, an android budget phone with quad core processor and 5 MP camera will be coming to India in January 2014 and i am hoping for a great success of this phone in India.

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