Motorola sends save-the-dates for Moto G announcement


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It looks like Motorola’s accidental Moto G slip-up last week has caused the company to throw caution to the wind and confirm that the device exists (we already heard that much in a trademark filing a couple of weeks ago). They did just that with a save-the-date teaser going out to press this morning, with November 13th said to be the day that we see this new smartphone unveiled.

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Press folks aren’t the only ones being invited to “attend” this showcasing, though — anyone interested can sign up right here to watch it live. But what is the Moto G, you ask? Rumors say it’s a mid-range smartphone that could be described as a more affordable Moto X. The latest leaked specs are said to include the following:

  • 4.5-inch 720p edge-to-edge display with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 5MP rear camera with 1.3MP front camera
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and more

It’s quite odd that this phone is to be considered a peg below the Moto X when it has a quad-core processor, but we know specs don’t always tell accurate tales. For starters, this Qualcomm-based quad-core processor might not be as fast as the Krait-based Snapdragon S4 Pro-based dual-core processor inside the Moto X. And if Motorola hasn’t customized it for things like Touchless Controls, it certainly won’t be as great of an experience as what you’d find on the Moto X.

Of course, we have no clue if the above specs are final or what, if anything, Motorola has done to deliver an experience similar to their Moto X or the DROID phones. The latest rumors say this thing should be priced at about £135, though we can’t be too sure if that’s on-contract of off-contract pricing. If it’s the latter, we’d say there are lots of reasons to get excited once this thing drops this holiday season.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Apparently they haven’t learned enough from the poor sales of the Moto x that mid range specs can’t compete with the big boy phones that are out.
    Not saying the x is a bad phone, but you walk into an AT&T store and no one is even looking at them.
    I think the average consumer is getting smarter.

    1. ^ Dumber (and point proven)

    2. I sold my s4 for a moto x and I couldn’t be happier. The phone runs smoother, doesn’t stutter like the s4, and has 24 hour battery life. My main reason for ditching the s4 was the horrible battery life. I got 3 hours screen on time and never made it through a whole day like I do now. Yes I even tried cm10.2 on it. It sucked compared to the x. People who think the x can’t compete havn’t used one. Active notifications is probably my favorite feature and my friends with s3s and s4s wish they had it. I used to recommend the galaxy line to friends, now just the moto x/n5

    3. I think the lack of MotoMaker to all carriers might have hurt the MotoX more than the hardware did. Also, they are people who might be holding out for MotoMaker to go live to all carriers or wooden backs. They may still be people that are waiting for their contracts to be up. I have two months left on my contract with Verizon..I will be getting a MotoX at that time. The “big boys” might beat the MotoX on synthetic benchmarks, but in any real world video comparison, the difference is either in the MotoX favor or it’s so small it’s not going to break your experience.

      1. I am one of those who are waiting so I can customize with wood backing. It boggles my mind as to why they decided to make it AT&T exclusive.

    4. I think Motorola would have made a killing if they have price the Moto x like it was supposed to 350 to 400, but like always Motorola don’t seem to know how to price things out, that and making the Moto maker available only on at&t are the reasons it have not sell well.

  2. Minus the quad core and possibly an extra gig of ram if it has it, this is looking like a Galaxy Nexus. Lol

  3. Woods, water, a tent and boats and a mountain topped with snow in the picture. Could this point to a phone with “rugged” attributes? Or is that just wishful thinking?

    1. That’s the boot animation for the X also.

  4. I realize that Motorola and Google are to be considered separate entities, but you have a special announcement this and silently release the N5. Very odd.

  5. They should be “adjusting” the pricing of moto x ( like fire sale) and opening up the customizations market to ANYONE who’ll buy it, regardless of the phone they own.
    “ehh, will it fit my startac 3000? ” hey,.. buy it, and try it, umm,sorry no refunds. SELL IT OUT!!! and move on.

  6. Mid range phones are in no mans land. People either want a bargain dollar phone; or they want top end. Moto X is already being sold for $50; so there is your mid range no mans land already. Unless this is going to be sold for free; and be marketed to all the pre-paid carriers for the people with no credit; its a non starter.

    1. Some of us are all about bang for the buck with off-contract pricing. My credit is fine but I use prepaid because it’s a lot cheaper for my usage pattern. I want a phone that is $200-$250 off contract but has better specs than that price deserves. A year ago that would have been Optimus L9, but I’m glad I didn’t jump because the locked bootloader has been a thorn in the side of the custom ROM scene. So yeah, I’ve got my eyes on Motorola to see what they will be offering with Moto G.

      1. I’d be a bit surprised if they went as low as $200-$250 for this one though, plus with the power it has as a low end qualcomm chip is expected, it’s very possible a used Galaxy s3 will be better and outperform it for less money.

  7. I got confirmation of Nexus 5 shipped today, should have it by Friday the 8th. Not excited about Moto G

  8. This whole quad-core vs. dual-core processor argument has seriously got to go. Everyone knows that is hardly an indication of performance.

    Just look at the 1.3GHz Apple A7 it obliterates almost any quad-core chip. Or look at the Tegra 3 it was a huge disappointment for quad-core when it came out.

    The Moto X is a beast of a processor that delivers awesome performance and top end battery life.

  9. This couldn’t be any less exciting

  10. If it’s smaller than the Nexus 4 or 5, I’ll buy one. The only good small Android phones are way out of my budget. A slimmer phone at Nexus prices can’t be bought right now. The closest I’ve found when considering price/size is an iPhone 4s.

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