New Delhi: Motorola has finally announced its much-awaited low-cost smartphone, the Moto G, that comes with a nearly identical design like that of Moto X, a host of colors, a 720p 4.5-inch display, and a cheap price tag.
The Moto G starts at $179 for the 8GB model or $199 for 16GB of storage. It is now available in Brazil and parts of Europe, including the UK, and will hit the US and the wider world in January. The company is reportedly targeting the phone in countries where smartphone ownership isn't as common as America or the UK. In fact, it won't launch in the U.S. until January, opting instead to make its first appearances in Brazil.
On the other hand, Moto G's US-only sibling, the Moto X, was launched with much fanfare back in August. Though, the phone was meant to rapidly increase Motorla's share in the smartphone market, till date the company has been able to sell only 500,000 units of the handset. Despite giving a winning formula for Moto X, the sales were not satisfactory. Well, only time will tell if the Moto G fulfills Motorola's expectations or not.
Read on to find out some notable differences between the two devices:
The Moto X has a screen size of 4.7-inch AMOLED screen, the new phone by Motorla has a 4.5-inch LCD display. They both have the same resolution however, offering 720p 1280 x 720 HD images.
The AMOLED screen lights up when you get an email, text, or any other notification, to show you an icon and a snippet of text. Since AMOLEDs don't have a backlight, this uses very little power.
In terms of processing, both the smartphones are really not that different. The Moto G is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor running the show in the latest handset, while the Moto X has a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. While the Moto X has 2GB of RAM, the Moto G makes do with 1GB.
Both Moto G and Moto X have either 8GB or 16GB of on-board storage. There are no microSD card slots as Google is keen to steer users towards its cloud storage services.
The Moto G has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cam for video calling. On the other hand, the Moto X features a 10-megapixel camera on the rear. Its front-facing camera is 2.1-megapixels.
The Moto G comes with 2,070mAh of juice while the Moto X has a 2,200mAh battery.
The Moto G lacks the 4G LTE support. However, this can be attributed to keep the price down and have a more powerful battery. Given that the smartphone is aimed at emerging markets, many of which don't even support 4G LTE, the lack of LTE support is understandable.