Motorola Moto G launch, specs, release, features and price

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After quite a few leaks the Moto G is now official, and as expected it’s an aggressively priced handset with decent specs and a guaranteed update to Android 4.4 KitKat. 

The Moto G will be available later this month for most UK retailers and networks. So far, O2 and Phones 4u have confirmed their pricing and tariffs for the handset, which is available for just £134.95 SIM-free.

The Moto G has a 4.5-inch 720p display, runs Android 4.3, and packs a 5-megapixel camera on its rear. Upfront there’s a 1.2-megapixel camera and inside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 CPU.

With decent hardware and an attractive design, the Moto G looks set to be one hell of a proposition for the UK smartphone space. The handset is significantly cheaper than both the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the HTC One Mini.

The Moto G is being launched in 30 countries including the UK, US, France, Germany and parts of Latin America and Asia. 

Moto G priced at just £99 at Tesco

As we predicted, some retailers are undercutting Motorola’s already rather generous RRP of £135 with the lowest so far emerging as Tesco Mobile. Tesco is offering the affordable Android handset for a mere £99, that’s the 8GB storage model of course, the 16GB model has been slashed from £159 to £129.

You can also reduce that price further by using Tesco Clubcard points or vouchers. The only slight downside is it would be locked to Tesco Mobile’s network, so if you want to switch later on you’ll need a new handset.

Other retailers have also reduced the price, though not by quite as much. While Amazon is selling it SIM-free for the £135 RRP (8GB), Phones4U has the same device for £130.

On pre-pay you can grab the Moto G with Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2, Orange and Virgin for £130 with a £10 top-up.

Moto G: 10 things to know before you buy

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Motorola is back in the UK with the Moto G, a budget Android handset aimed at the masses, and it is one of the most aggressive propositions we’ve seen in some time. Initial reactions to the handset have been very positive, and rightly so too – for the asking price, this is a serious piece of kit.

We’ve been testing the handset for around two weeks now, using it as our everyday phone, in work and out and about at the weekends. Our review will be going up soon, but ahead of that we thought we’d outline 10 key points about the Moto G – a sort of synopsis of what makes the device tick and separates it from the competition. Enjoy.

Price

Available for £135 offline, the Moto G is one of the most affordable Android handsets on market. But importantly, unlike most “affordable” Droids, the Moto G isn’t utterly crap. Quite the opposite in fact – this handset is a solid performer, with decent spec and solid software. It’s also available from Tesco, too, for a frankly ridiculously low price of £99.  

Awesome Display

A lot of budget devices are pretty pants, lacking things in key areas: camera tech, processing power, memory or the display. The Moto G isn’t perfect by any stretch but it does have a bright and highly detailed 4.5-inch 720p display. With pixel density, you’re looking at a reading of 326ppi – the same as the iPhone 5s. 

Interchangeable backpanel

With the Moto G you can swap around the backpanel as much as you like, personalizing the handset with whatever colour scheme or case-material you like. It’s not anything new, really, but it is a nice feature all the same – particularly for younger users (one of the Moto G’s key demographics). 

Stock Android

Like the Nexus 5 and Moto X, the Moto G runs a largely untouched stock version of Android. The only change Motorola has made is the inclusion of some of its proprietary applications. Everything else about the handset is stock Android, keeping bloatware to an absolute minimum (unless you get a network-branded handset). 

Excellent processing power

The Moto G runs the same 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset as the HTC One Mini, and that means plenty of processing power for all your applications and games. General performance is also excellent whether swiping around Android’s UX or opening and using applications. It’s not Snapdragon 800 fast, but for £135 it’s very impressive.

Guaranteed update to Android 4.4

Motorola has confirmed that the Moto G will be updated to Android 4.4 in January 2014. Yep, you read that right: a £135 Android smartphone will be running the latest and greatest version of Google’s mobile OS.

Make sure you get the 16GB version

The Moto G is available in two storage options: 8GB and 16GB, which will set you back £135 and £159, respectively. It doesn’t support microSD cards – which is a bit of a bummer – but it does offer pretty decent internal storage for not that much cash (£159 for 16GB isn’t too bad at all).

Our advice would be to take the hit and go with the 16GB version of the Moto G. Android takes up a fair bit of memory, and if you want to use the Moto G as a media device for your music and pictures, you’re going to need quite a bit more than 8GB. Plus it’s only £24 extra and you get double the storage. 

No LTE

Whether this is a bad thing or not will largely depend on whether you’re planning to upgrade your mobile data to 4G or not. If you’re 4G-ready-and-willing and looking to make the jump as soon as possible then the Moto G’s lack of LTE-support is problematic. If you’re not bothered about LTE – like at all – then it’s nothing to worry about. 

Great for gaming

Dead Trigger 2, Real Racing 3 and Asphalt 8: Airborne – we’ve tested them out on the Moto G and – thanks to its Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU and Adreno 305 GPU – they all ran very smoothly. The Moto G can handle pretty much anything you throw at it, and for £135 that’s a pretty big USP. Even with handsets like the £299 Nexus 5 knocking around. 

Moto G accessories go on sale in UK

A big part of the Moto G concept is user customisation and accessories play a significant role here, so it’s good news for UK adopters as Motorola’s range of accessories and parts is now available to buy from retailers. 

Clove.co.uk is stocking many of these accessories, including a standard back cover with a matte finish in Lemon, Royal Blue, Violet and Vivid Red for £8.99 each (including VAT). Also available are the textured flip-covers, which work with the phone’s sensors to power the screen on or off as you open and close the front. These cost £18.99 each (with the dreaded VAT) and come in Royal Blue, Turquoise, Violet, Vivid Red and White.

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Moto G price & availability

Following O2, Phones 4u has now confirmed that it too will be carrying the Moto G. The handset launched today and is the first proper offering from Google and Motorola we’ve seen on these shores since the former acquired the latter in 2012. 

“The new Moto G will be available across a range of price plans, starting from as little as free on tariffs priced from £11 per month contract, or just £134.95 SIM free, allowing everyone, regardless of budget, to get their hands on this exceptional phone, for an exceptional price,” said Phones 4u in a statement to the press. 

Here’s a breakdown of Phones 4u’s Tariffs & Deals

Pay as you Go

  • Handset price just £119.95 when purchased with £10 airtime
  • Upgrade on pay as you go from just £99.95
  • Every pay as you go purchase also includes a guaranteed gift with our Everyone’s a Winner £1million Christmas giveaway
  • If purchased between 6th December and 13th December on pay as you go, you also get a free £5 Google Play voucher

Contract: Free on tariffs priced from £11 per month and above

SIM Free: Just £134.95

Moto G specifications:

  • 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 edge-to-edge HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU 
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4, KitKat
  • 5MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 720p HD video playback and capture

Moto G specs leak via German retailer

Another leak has occured a day before the Moto G is expected to be officially unwrapped.

This time, German retailer The Phone House listed the handset before pulling the page after realising its mistake.

The Unwired Net reports the listing revealed a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, Android 4.3 onboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 4.5-inch LCD display with a 1280x720p HD resolution. This contradicts earlier reports of Super AMOLED.

There’s no word on 4G yet but it’s confirmed to have full 3G and HSPA+ connectivity.

The battery is a 2,070mAh setup and while the back panel is known to be interchangeable, there’s no word on whether the cell can be swapped too.

An earlier listing by Amazon quoted a £159.99 price for a 16GB model, but it seems we have mention of an 8GB storage Moto G here and there’s still no word on microSD capabilites, if any. It could be that there will be multiple storage options and we’d expect that if so the 8GB model will be even cheaper.

According to the report, Tesco has also listed the Moto G for £149 – could this be the cheaper 8GB model? 

Motorola Moto G appears on Amazon at £159.99

Motorola’s Moto G, the affordable follow-up to the US-only Moto X will be coming to the UK starting at £159.99 according to an accidentally posted Amazon listing.

Motorola’s official launch is due to happen on November 13 (tomorrow, at time of writing), but this prematurely listed product page on Amazon revealed UK availability from the following day, November 14, of a DVX/XT1032 handset, a codename previously associated with the Moto G.

While that’s not solid confirmation, the product description does name-drop “Moto G”, so it seems pretty likely.

Of course, the listing has since been pulled, but it did show a black model with 16GB of storage at £159.99. The Moto G is expected to feature interchangeable back covers, a 4.5-inch 720p HD display (329ppi) and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor.

The listing also mentioned “advanced Android with guaranteed upgrade.” Whether it will come with Android 4.4 KitKat is unlcear, but its seems it’ll be elligible for Nexus-like upgrades going forward and this would suggest KitKat will be pushed onboard sooner rather than later.

Here’s an excerpt from the product’s blurb:

“Moto G is designed for all the things you want to do – taking and sharing photos, watching videos, checking scores, getting directions, listening to music, you name it. Moto G also gives you choices. Different backs you can switch out to reflect your unique style, and access to more than one million apps on Google Play to create your own mobile experience. Every detail is just how you’d like it.”

Source: Pocket-lint

Moto G specs confirmed inside official leak

The Moto G will be the second handset produced under the union of Google and Motorola. Unlike the Moto X, however, it will be a decidedly lower-specced affair with a lower price point and wider availability.

The handset has leaked quite a few times in the past week and today it has popped up again, although this time inside an official-looking Motorola advert which gives us our first proper look at the handset and its specs.

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The advert says the Moto G will feature a 4.5-inch 1280×720 edge-to-edge display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 8GB of storage and two cameras [5-megapixel on the rear; 1.3-megapixel on the front].

GSMArena –– the source of the image –– says the Moto G will cost £134.95 and will be targeted at Xmas shopppers and that can only mean one thing: a late-Q4 release date. 

Following on from this morning’s leak we’ve now got word about a launch date –– the Moto G will launch on November 13. This time the news comes via Engadget:

Motorola has launched a teaser site, promising that the budget smartphone will be launched on November 13th, and is inviting users to sign up to learn more next Wednesday.”

Somebody at Google/Motorola’s HQ is trigger-happy

First we got a glimpse of the Nexus 5 inside Google Play and now somebody within Motorola –– now owned by Google –– has accidentally added a “Moto G” tab to the company’s official website.

The tab has since been removed but not before one plucky tech-journo could snag a screengrab of the image, which you can see below.

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Who could this person be and, more importantly, how did they get a job at Google and/or Motorola? Whoever they are they’re doing a great job of confirming long-standing rumours ahead of launch.

So, whoever you may be, keep up the good work!

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