This afternoon Motorola launched its new Moto G handset, a quad-core mid-range device that offers great value for money, packing a full HD smartphone experience for just £135.
Motorola directly compared the Moto G to the likes of Samsung's Galaxy Fame smartphone, claiming that their own phone offers much better performance with no compromise on quality or style. Design-wise you get the same edge-to-edge screen, splash protection and curved backing of the Moto X, sadly not seen in the UK. The Moto G is also customisable, allowing you to switch backs to different colours or even fit on a full cover which protects the screen and hibernates it when closed.
The 4.5" screen packs a sharp 720p resolution, giving 329 pixels-per-inch. We checked out some HD video and the result was certainly highly impressive, with colours bleeding off the screen. Viewing angles are strong and the display was bright enough to ward off glare from even the fierce demo room spotlights.
A 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor backed up by 1GB of RAM means that Android 4.3 (upgraded to KitKat in January '14) runs impressively well. We tested out the new Asphalt racing game, which ran with a perfectly smooth frame rate (although our driving skills left a lot to be desired, not to mention a five-car pile-up in the middle of the road). We’ll be sure to give it a thorough smashing over the coming days to test its limits, but Motorola claims the Moto G is faster in some respects than even the mighty Samsung Galaxy S4, claiming the Moto boots up faster, loads the web browser in less time, and is also quicker at making calls.
Motorola also had a pop at rivals who lump their own interfaces and services over Android, saying they aimed for an unfettered, uncluttered experience instead. As a result, the Moto G’s interface is almost pure vanilla Google Android, similar to the Nexus devices. Motorola has however played around with the camera interface, to produce a minimalist UI which hides plenty of features, including panorama and – impressively – a slow motion video feature, as found on Apple’s iPhone 5s.
You may only get 8/16GB of built-in storage, but Moto G owners will have 65GB of Google Drive space for a two-year period instead of the usual 15GB, to store docs online. There’s no NFC or 4G support.
The Moto G will be available in Europe over the coming weeks – you can pre-order already in the UK - and early '14 in the States (where it will retail for $179). Expect our full review very soon!