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New Moto X and the Moto G announced; Moto 360 available starting today

The new Moto X

Motorola’s much awaited Chicago event has just concluded and as expected, the company has unveiled a fresh batch of devices. The new Moto X and the Moto G were shown off in detail during the event, with a word on the pricing as well. The long expected Moto 360 smartwatch can be purchased starting today for $249.99 while a variant with metal strap can be bought later in the year for $299.99.

The new Moto X

The new Moto X packs a 5.2 inch 1080p AMOLED display, a quad core Snapdragon 801 SoC, a 13-megapixel camera on the back with ring flash, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, Android 4.4.4 KitKat and a 2,300 mAh battery. The smartphone also has front facing speakers, which is a clever design choice and something we saw with the Moto E earlier this year. Customers will be able to modify the colors or accents of the new Moto X using Moto Maker, much like the predecessor.

The back cover of the smartphone is available in the standard ploycarbonate or wooden variants and this time around, Motorola is also offering a new leather option in Natural, Cognac, Black and Navy versions. The 16GB version of the new Moto X will cost $99.99 on contract or $499.99 unlocked and off contract. It’s a pretty solid competitor to the current crop of flagships and the company will hope to cash in on the popularity of the predecessor.

The new Moto G

The new Moto G

The new Moto G is also a massive upgrade from the predecessor and packs a variety of new features which would make current Moto G owners red with envy. Most importantly, the device comes with a microSD card slot, which was only introduced with the LTE variant of the Moto G a few months ago. The display on board has been bumped to 5 inches while maintaining the 720p resolution. The camera on board is an 8MP sensor, while the processor and chipset remain unchanged (quad core  1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400).

There’s 1GB of RAM on board and 16GB of internal storage, so it’s pretty capable even for a midrange offering. The smartphone packs front facing speakers much like the new Moto X and runs Android 4.4.4 by default. The battery might be a bit of a concern which is only 2,070 mAh in capacity. The new Moto G will be available in the U.S. today for just $179.99 off contract. The company will also start selling the smartphone in Brazil, France, Germany, India, UK and Spain soon. The handset will be available in a variety of cases and covers as seen below.

New Moto G Cases

Moto Hint

Motorola Hint

The company also announced Moto Hint, a small sized bluetooth earbud. It can provide users notifications from paired devices and even lets you respond to messages and even search Google Now if you please. The device has a battery life of 3 hours, but the accompanying case is capable of two extra charges, so it’s a pretty nifty accessory to have. The Motorola Hint will set you back by $149.99, which isn’t a lot to pay for an accessory of this caliber.

In conclusion, the Motorola event has certainly given us a lot with the new Moto X obviously being the highlight of the event. What’s your pick from the event? Let us know in the comments below.

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