Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Moto G will launch tomorrow: Here’s all you need to know

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Finally, Motorola is ready for a comeback in India and while it’s not quite an impossible mission, they won’t have it easy. Motorola hasn’t been a dominant force in India for a long while – as a matter of fact, the company quit business there a few years ago, while other companies emerged or expanded. India is a competitive market and the fact that their upcoming Moto G will be mostly sold online might hurt its chances of success, although some retail chains will probably pick it up after all. The distribution partner theory is even more plausible in the wake of Motorola’s vice president claiming to announce the Moto G alongside another company ready to put it on the market.

Despite the word of mouth claiming that it would be released in India this week, Motorola hasn’t set a date yet; however, their officials released the date when we’ll find out the release date. Yes, a bit of “date-ception” there. On the 5th of February we’ll know exactly when to expect it in stores like Flipkart and probably its price tag as well. However, don’t expect it to go over Rs. 13,000 for the 16GB version, since Motorola claims that it’s a budget and fully-featured Android phone. In the USA, the phone is already priced at $199 and $179, depending on the version – the 16GB one and the 8GB one, respectively, suggesting even further that it will be aimed at prince-conscious buyers.

Even though the days when Motorola was a dominant force on the market are long gone, we are eager to see what the Moto G can do, even if it’s just for the curiosity of seeing Google and Motorola’s “baby”. The association with Google has the potential of drawing potential customers in, although it’s not just the association itself which is appealing, but also the specs we know so far. Moto G has 4.5 inches at a resolution of 1280×720, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocking in at 1.2 GHz, with 1GB RAM. At this point, it’s pretty much above what most phones offer for the price. As mentioned earlier, it will be available in two versions, with 16GB and 8GB internal memory.

When it comes to connectivity, we have Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, NFC and USB. In India, it has been confirmed as well that the phone will have a dual-SIM feature. The camera’s resolution is at the 5MP standard, while the front camera used for video conferences and chats is sporting 1.3MP. All these sound good – especially the screen resolution, which even though is no match for the high-end full HD smartphones, it does the job incredibly well, according to early reviews. Also, Rs. 13,000 for a phone offering 16GB of internal memory is not something you would want to overlook. And yet, something is still missing from the specs – that’s because we saved the best for last. The Moto G will join the short list (so far) of phones using the latest Android OS, which is the KitKat 4.4.2., therefore, performance-wise, the phone should be a charmer.

And indeed, the defining word of Moto G is meant to be “speed”. Motorola and Google avoided using heavily modified user interface, allowing the phone to have more accessibility and a better Internet navigation experience, thus offering great costumer value.

On a market dominated by companies like Micromax and Samsung, the Moto G can raise the bar for budget phones.


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