Moto G leaked in a print ads, specs seemingly confirmed

Moto G leaked ad

During yesterday’s Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat hubbub, another device we’ve been tracking made it’s first unofficial appearance in a series of leaked print ads. You might remember the Moto G as the mysterious phone popping up on Motorola’s official site for a short time, or possibly when the name was trademarked several weeks ago.

Moto G by Motorola GSM Arena

Now, thanks to @evleaks and tipsters on GSMArena, the phone has allegedly been revealed, specs and all. In the ads, the G looks like the kid brother of the Moto X and according to previous leaks, the back cover might also be removable. Specs can be seen in one of the ads (also confirmed by @evleaks), showing:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.5GHz)
  • 4.7-inch 720p display,
  • 8MP camera,
  • 1,950mAh battery
  • 8GB or 16GB internal storage varieties.

Mr. Leaks says the phone will be offered for free on contract, presumably for the 8GB model. While carrier or timing availability wasn’t mentioned, the holiday print ads already getting pictured in the wild leads us to wonder if it wont be much longer before Motorola finally makes the Moto G official.

[Twitter | GSM Arena]

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  • lolwut


  • RaviShah

    Basically a nexus 4?

    • Chris Chavez

      If they were still making them, yeah. Kinda.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Looks like it has slightly less power then even the Nexus 4. But even so, the Nexus 4 still runs pretty strong so Moto G may have a chance to hold its own today if Motorola optimizes it correctly the way they did with the X.

  • NERV

    What is Google doing to its own Moto now..?

    • AbbyZFresh

      Nothing. If they don’t want to upset the other OEMs.

  • Chimphappyhour

    8GB?!? D.O.A.

    • ChristianMcC

      Depends on off contract pricing. I would’ve gone for it at $200, if I didn’t have an N5 on its way.

      • hkklife

        No one else can price a decent off-contract phone as low as Google can and even they had adjusted the Nexus 5 upwards from last year’s N4 (the new N7 has also been bumped up in pricing a bit too). Certainly any company as cash-strapped as Motorola will not be trying (nor able) to undercut Google in a race to the bottom. IMO this G is gonna be a huge disaster. Moto should be gunning upwards and going for a LG G2-sized competitor with a Snapdragon 800…not retreating even more from what were already questionable specs on the X.

        • redandblack1287

          They technically lowered the price of the nexus 7 if you look at launch prices of the 16gb variants, and the 16gb nexus 4 and 5 were both the same price of 350 at launch

  • ari_free

    Specs don’t matter anymore so this should be even better than the Moto X

    • AbbyZFresh

      Specs matter more than ever if this is their lower end model. This phone could easily fit in with the average 2011 lineup. It will be harder for them to optimize this phone the way they did for the Moto X. I wouldn’t be surprised if the interface is less consistent.

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        Average 2011 line-up? Pretty much every spec from this phone is from late 2012.

  • supremekizzle

    After the N5 release, this will make a good $99 off contact phone.

    • Damon Nevils

      I agree. After the N5 i would pay more than 250 off contract. I

      guess only google can do that.

  • Damon Nevils

    Small spec change…4.5 inch screen.

    Not interested. Only 8gb, shame. Thank goodness my 32gb N5 is on its way

  • No 4.4 This will go a long way

    Motorola’s answer to the iPhone 5C. Big difference will be that the G will be very affordable. Phone for the masses.

    • master94

      doubt it will be. Its the same phone as the moto x but with a cheaper back and the moto x wasn’t cheap

  • Jimmy Russell

    In the bottom, they spelled colour instead of color so the ad isn’t from the US

    • Chris Chavez

      Bottom image is a leaked ad from Phones4U, should have mentioned that in the post.

  • Chris Chavez

    Moto G….. or Nexus 5? Is there really a question?

    • scoter man1


    • Mason742

      Chris this is basically the Nexus 4 with LTE and minus 3 megapixels on the camera. More like Nexus 4 or Nexus 5, and the Nexus 5 is pure android compared to Moto G.

      • ChristianMcC

        No LTE, and has 8mp camera.

        • Mason742

          Even worse and look at the picture, not the incompetent journalist. It clearly says 5mp and quad core cpu.

      • Aaqil Mahmood

        Nexus 4 had a terrible battery life

        • Mason742

          Nexus 4 was 2100mAh and this moto G is 1950mAh also I don’t know why that was directed at me

          • Aaqil Mahmood

            I don’t know why but our Nexus 4 had charging time of more than 3 hours, usage time of less than 4 hours.

          • Mason742

            Those were Nexus 4’s with faulty batteries…you were supposed to send it back(RMA). Nexus 4 on avg charges in 2hr and used for 8…

  • mcl630

    Picture says 4.5″ display, article says 4.7″???
    Picture says 1.2 GHz quad-core, article says 1.5 GHz dual core???
    Picture says 5MP camera, article says 8MP???

    What’s with all the inconsistancies here?

    Also, why is anybody still making devices with only 8GB of storage? Flash memory is cheap, and apps are getting larger. There’s just no reason to make devices with less than 16GB of storage, and you’re insane to buy one with less than 16GB.

    • Covert_Death



      google is stuck in 2007.

      Explains why android still lags.

      Sad really.

      • Aaron Peromsik

        Nothing wrong with those specs if the off-contract price is really $215 as rumored at Engadget. A nice competitor for Optimus L9/F6/F3 and Galaxy Exhibit. Not everybody wants to pay $400-800 for a phone… and for those that do, there are plenty of options. edit: I agree that 8GB is too small unless there is a microsd slot, which there probably isn’t.

  • steveb944

    I’m glad I didn’t hold out for the rumored cheaper Moto X, it’s just too cheap. N5 come to me!

  • Jerel Butler

    Oh my its the motorola atrix hd refreash

  • Aaron Peromsik

    Waiting to hear about off-contract price and release date… as well as whether KitKat is in this phone’s future, and/or whether the bootloader is locked.