Just a few weeks ago, Motorola announced the Moto G, a low-cost smartphone running Android 4.3. While it was already available in some parts of the world shortly after the announcement, the US wasn’t expected to get it until January. Motorola, today, has announced that it’s now available for order in the US from here.
The most appealing part about the Moto G is that it only costs $179 for the 8GB version, while the 16GB version is just $20 more at $199. Given its low price, the specs are pretty respectable, which includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, a 4.5-inch 1280×720 display (329PPI), a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, a 2,070mAh battery, and Android 4.3 (upgrade to Android 4.4. KitKat promised soon). They did, however, have to cut back in some areas to keep the cost down. For one, the Moto G doesn’t include LTE support, but instead offers up to 21Mbps of HSPA+ speeds, which is probably more than enough for most people (CDMA models are pretty limited, though). The rear-facing camera also records video at just 720p, rather than 1080p. Expandable storage is also missing.
All told, the price seems to make up for those minor shortcomings. You can view more information about the phone here.