The rumored Moto G is now official. Today at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Motorola unveiled this lower-cost version of the Moto X. The specs aren’t the story here, but the price certainly is.
The specs are really good for a phone at this price, though. The display is a 720P 4.5″ screen at 329 ppi. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz with 1 GB of RAM. The cameras are a 5 megapixel camera on the back with flash and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
You can get either 8 GB of onboard storage for just $179 unlocked or a 16 GB model for $199 unlocked. Those are really great prices. Under $200 for both models off-contract in the US. However, this device lacks LTE, but since it is designed more towards emerging markets, that’s fine.
You also will get 50 GB of Google Drive space for free for two years if you purchase this phone. That’s really good, until that time period lapses. The Moto G is launching with Android 4.3 at first, but Motorola says 4.4 KitKat will be coming to it early next year. That’s really good, especially since Motorola is owned by Google.
You can get some customization options. Not to the extent of the Moto X, but they’re really good. The front looks like it can be black or white. The back can be dark blue, light blue, red, yellow, purple, white, and black. That’s really nice that even with this low cost, you can still customize the color of the Moto G. And they’re removable backs, meaning you could change the design as you please.
So the Moto G launches this week in Brazil and some parts of Europe. After those markets, the Moto G will launch in Latin America, Canada, and parts of Asia. We don’t have a specific date for those markets, but we’ll let you know when it’s available. Finally, in January, the Moto G will be available in the US, India, The Middle East, and more of Asia in January, right around when KitKat should be available.
Motorola has already made an ad for this phone, which is embedded right here.
In the US at least, you’ll be able to order the Moto G directly from Motorola’s website for the $179 and $199 prices for the 8 GB and 16 GB models, respectively. In other countries, Motorola will be selling this phone through their partners, presumable physical carrier and big-box stores and online as well. So will you be buying this phone if you are interested in it?