Just two weeks after Motorola Mobility made its low-cost Android smartphone Moto G official in Brazil on 13th, the maker has taken many by surprise by making the device available for sale in the US starting at $179 on its website Motorola.com.
The last time it was on the news, Moto G was making an appearance at the FCC more than a week ago, days after we learnt that the US version of the smartphone would be launching with Android 4.4 KitKat (read the story here). We also had word from Motorola that the phone would be coming to the US market in January hence the reason all of us are surprised that Motorola has decided to put the GSM variant of the phone up for sale on Motorola.com for just $179 without contract. However,
Motorola had plans to unveil Moto G in the US market by January but according to Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, the strong demand of the phone overseas has forced the company to speed up the manufacturing process to make the devices reach the market sooner. Besides, as we enter into the holiday season, the low-cost Moto G is the newest kid on the block and the company expects to take advantage of the gifting season to sell more devices.
Plans with carriers, however, remain the same – carriers are expected to stock the Moto G starting January 2014. Woodside said that the device without LTE would be broadly distributed with multiple carriers but there was no word on CDMA versions of the phone. Motorola’s Moto G comes after its more glamorous sibling Moto X which entered the market not so long ago and was the first device to provide customization options to its users in the US. Customers would tweak colors and accents to match their preferences before buying.
Moto G, though inexpensive, has decent specs that firmly places it in the league of high end phones with for mid-range prices with a quad core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 4.5 inch 720 x 1280 pixels, a 5 megapixels rear camera, choice of 8 and 16 GB onboard memory (with microSD card slot) and a 2070 mAh Li-Ion battery. You can see how the smartphone compares with Moto X, Nexus 5, Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC One Mini on this review by Adrian. In a disappointing note, the phone comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and not 4.4 KitKat.
If you are going to buy Moto G without waiting for carriers, go to its webpage.