The Moto G, which was widely believed to be Motorola’s low-end offering to bolster the Moto X, has seen its share of leaks. This time, a German retailer and UK carrier have jumped the gun on releasing details. Less than 24 hours ahead of the official launch in Brazil, we find that the Moto G will probably be everything we’d hoped for.
That’s also to say we kept our expectations in check. We wanted a mid-range device with enough muscle to keep up with moderate tasking, and it looks like we’re going to get it. According to German retailer Phone House, which briefly had a product page on their site, the Moto G will have that 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 LCD screen we’ve heard about. It will also sport the 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, and a 5MP/1.3MP camera ensemble. Rounding it out will be 1 GB RAM and 8 GB memory.
These are the same specs — an omissions — we found with an Amazon UK listing earlier this week. That listing had the device shipping with a Micro SD card slot, too, so the 8 GB of memory isn’t so troubling. What both listings leaves out is the size of the battery. We’ve heard it to be sub-2000mAh, but like any spec leak, we’ll believe it when we see it.
Pricing is, again, very attractive. Phone House listed the Moto G at £149, which would put it up around $250 (we’re not going to nail down a price, as currency values fluctuate). For the everyman, a $250 device which can handle some moderate tasks like Google Now or Maps is very attractive. The tech (and spec) obsessed minor it will overlook this device almost immediately, but like the Moto X, this isn’t really meant for them.
The Moto G arrives tomorrow, officially. We’ll be curious to see if the Moto G can bring the same functionality and excitement the Moto X has. If the LCD screen is coming, that leaves us wondering how touchless notifications will work (the Moto X is AMOLED). At least we don’t have long to wait.