Nov 13 AT 10:41 AM Alex Wagner 18 Comments

Motorola introduces Moto G with 4.5-inch 720p display, quad-core processor, $179 starting price

Motorola Moto G

Just as expected, today Motorola took the wraps off of the Moto G, the newest member of its “Moto” family. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside teased earlier this year that his company was planning a low-cost version of the Moto X, and that looks to be precisely what we’ve gotten today. The 8GB version of the Moto G will be sold unlocked in the US for $179, while a more capacious 16GB variant will be available for $199.

So what kind of features was Motorola able to cram into the $179 Moto G? Well, it’s packing a 4.5-inch 720p display and 1.3-megapixel camera on its face. Around back is a 5-megapixel shooter. At the core of the Moto G is a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s clocked at 1.2GHz, as well as 1GB RAM, either 21Mbps HSPA+ or CDMA/EVDO Rev. A connectivity and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Moto G also features a  2070mAh battery that lives beneath a rear covers that can be replaced with one of many Motorola Shells.

Motorola Shells are different types of back plates that Moto G owners can use to both personalize and protect their handset. They’ll be available in a variety of colors and offer varying levels of protection, ranging from a simple battery door to an active grip case that covers the sides and backside of the Moto G, as well as a flip cover-style case that offers protection for the front of the Moto G. No pricing details have been announced for the Motorola Shells, but Moto says that they’ll be available “soon.”

The Moto G will launch as early as this week in Brazil and parts of Europe. Its rollout will continue in the following weeks as it hits Latin America, Europe, parts of Asia and Canada, with launches in the US, India, the Middle East and other parts of Asia to follow in January 2014. The Moto G will come preloaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but Motorola says that it plans to update the G to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014.

Source: Motorola

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  • krazytrixxxsta

    “The Moto G will come preloaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but Motorola says that it plans to update the G to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014.”

    There’s Always a Catch…

  • himanshu

    Is this lounch in india 2013

    • 346

      lounch, lunch, launch, lounge?

  • AvatarZ

    The question is will this push down the prices across the board for low powered phones which still cost 300-400 off contract

  • alexanderharri3

    With a decent processor, decent specs, ok screen, should-have-skipped-the-8GB version amount of space, This is a great deal for the price off contract. If MotoGoog keep this up, they’ll be the Nokia of smartphones and fight Samsung for a bigger slice of the off contract market for cheap but decent phones.

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    • SGB101

      It’s avalible now in the UK at phones4u,I’m grabbing one tomorrow for my teenage daughter.

      • SGB101

        God knows why the above posted above, I was replying to the post lower down.

        If 720p makes you feel bad, you don’t want to check out the competing devices in that price bracket.

  • jamal adam

    Apparently, Motorola is making a profit for selling it that cheap. Google and Motorola are working some serious magic. This by far the best deal for a low budget smartphone sadly it won’t arrive to the states till January. Then again it’s probably more geared towards developing markets.

    • SGB101

      It’s avalible now in the UK at phones4u,I’m grabbing one tomorrow for my teenage daughter.

  • Saaim

    Such a wow phone plez bring it in hury in subcontinent exctly at 179 dollar not more

  • GrendelJapan

    T-Mobile would do well to jump on this, big time. A seemingly excellent smartphone, off contract for *under* $200, by an OEM with a real marketing budget, could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship…

    • SGB101

      Here in the UK, after trying to track down a moto g, I was shocked to find, moto have all but dropped out of the UK. Non of our high street phone stores have any other moto phones.

      They need to get the X or a version here and start competing with Sammy and apple, which seems to be all people want. They are all brain washed :(

  • redraider133

    This is a smart move by Motorola. If they can’t or don’t want to compete on the high end phone side, aim for the mid range/low end and emerging markets. With a price and specs like this it is a killer deal for those who want a pretty decent phone without a huge price tag.

  • donger

    Not bad at all.

  • rhy o’drinnan

    If it had an SD card slot, I’d upgrade all my family’s phones!

  • kirth gersen

    why 99% of news sites and tech blogs fail to indicate that the Moto G includes a hardware FM radio ?

  • James Roots

    This is incredible! $179!