2The Moto G: This Is a Big Deal
At a Nov. 13 event in New York City, Motorola introduced the Moto G, a seriously inexpensive (by U.S. standards) smartphone with more than respectable specs. Motorola hasn’t announced carrier partners yet, but on T-Mobile, a user could theoretically pay $179 and not be tied to a contract or two years’ worth of payments. In the wireless industry, that’s called having it all.
3Moto G: The Display
4Moto G: The Camera
The Moto G has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, slow-motion video, burst mode, tap to focus, a Panorama mode and a minimalistic user interface—there’s no shutter button, just tap the screen. “The Moto G camera takes incredible photos in every setting,” Punit Soni, with Motorola’s software product management team, said at the event. It’s a claim few would make about the Moto X.
5Customize, or at Least Personalize, With Shells
6Moto G Accessories
7Moto G for Music Lovers
8Moto G: More Specs
The Moto G will ship with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) but upgrade to KitKat (4.4) in January, when it arrives in the U.S. There’s a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor on board—Moto says it can do things like make calls and load the browser more quickly than Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. Users get two years of 50GB storage free on Google Drive, and on-board storage options are 8 or 16GB.
9Moto G: Availability
The Moto Go will go on sale the week of Nov. 13 in Brazil and parts of Europe, and weeks later arrive in Latin America, Canada, more of Europe and parts of Asia. In early January it will arrive in the United States, the Middle East, India and more of Asia. In 2014, it will be available from more than 60 partners in more than 30 countries.
10Will It Outsell the Moto X?
Days before the Moto G’s introduction, Motorola announced that the Moto X is now available from all major U.S. carriers, and it lowered its price (temporarily, it said) to $99.99 with a two-year contract. Strategy Analytics estimates that Google sold only 500,000 Moto X units during the third quarter. Will the Moto G be the homerun the new Google-backed Motorola has been swinging for?