Moto G launched, is waterproof outside and inside, coming worldwide for $179

Motorola has finally unveiled the Moto G today at an event in Sao Paula. Motorola CEO, Dennis Woodside claims that the Moto G provides premium experience with today’s technology at a third of the price of current phones that provide the same experience. The design principles are same as the Moto X with edge-to-edge display, a curved back, Gorilla Glass and nano coating inside and outside to protect it from water splashes. The device is available from today in select markets and will be launched in India in early-January.

The Moto G has a 4.5-inch 720p display with 329ppi. It runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM to provide what Motorola claims is an all-day battery life and 33 percent more talk time than the iPhone 5S on 3G networks. It also has a removable back with interchangable shells. Motorola will also make flip covers and grips.

On the photography front, the device features a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. Connectivity options include 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and dual-SIM card slot (select countries).

The Moto G runs on Android 4.3 out of the box and Motorola has promised that the device will get Android 4.4 KitKat by January 2014. Users will also get 65GB of Google Drive. In terms of pricing, the 8GB unlocked Moto G would be available for $179 (Rs 11,300 approximately) and $199 (Rs 12,500 approximately) for the 16GB in the US. Motorola will be launching it with its carrier partners worldwide.

Moto G key specifications:

Display 4.5-inch 720p display (329ppi)
Processor 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400
RAM 1GB
Memory 8GB/16GB
Camera 5-megapixel rear, 1.3-megapixel front
Battery 2,070mAh
Connectivity options 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-SIM
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Dimensions 129.9×65.9×11.6 mm
Weight 143 grams

Sambit Satpathy contributed to this post.

  • rebirthofcool

    Moto G just trounces Samsung’s smartphone offerings at a solid LOW price

  • Mukesh

    Motorola has taken excellent steps and I hope that they are successful. Moto X design customisation options are exciting and they should increase these options as much as possible.
    Also Moto G sounds like a very practical phone for every day situations and most of the customers. Water resistant is an added and much needed feature. This phone at this price point means that I can enjoy a powerful feature rich phone without caring for it like a baby.

  • saptarshi

    I am wondering why not launch the Moto X in India ? It is well known that Moto devices are battery haulers so that might tempt a new customer base or old faithful provided they get an after sales service , cheers !