The new Moto G effectively is a minor refresh as the SoC, battery, RAM, WiFi, and most other features. However, the display is now larger at 5" size but is still a 720p resolution. The camera is now an 8 megapixel sensor, and the Moto G also gets dual front facing stereo speakers.There's also TV support for Brazil and a microSD card slot. We also see a new flip case designed for the front facing speakers but the design is mostly unchanged.

While this is a mostly incremental release, Motorola revealed some surprising data in comparisons between the Moto G and flagship Android phones. In practice, the light skin on the Moto G makes the phone noticeably faster than some flagship smartphones at some standard smartphone tasks. This is far from a small difference either, as we're looking at differences as great as .8 seconds, as seen below.

Motorola also emphasized features designed specifically for developing markets, which include Motorola Alert, Motorola Assist, and Dual SIM intelligent calling. The new Moto G is available today for 179.99 USD unlocked on Motorola's website. It will also be available in India, France, UK, Brazil, Spain, and on Motorola Germany's website. It will be available in more than a dozen countries and through several carrier partners by the end of the year.

Source: Motorola

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  • ToTTenTranz - Friday, September 5, 2014 - link

    The Moto G was the only product that kept Motorola from losing mindshare, yet they didn't update the SoC and turned it just into just another generic 5" low-range phone like all the chinese smartphones that are flooding the market. The big difference being that the chinese phones all use the much faster MT6592 or at least the 1.6GHz version of S400.. and many of these might be updated to the MT6752 from now on.

    IMO Motorola just dwarfed its best smartphone to date.
  • hojnikb - Friday, September 5, 2014 - link

    Yeah, MT6592 isn't really that much faster (apart from benchmarks and apps, that can take advantage of 8 cores). Also, MTKs support really sux and you're lucky if you get one update from the manufacturer.

    I think this is a pretty decent phone (Just like original motoG was) if priced right.
  • ToTTenTranz - Friday, September 5, 2014 - link

    Of course the MT6592 is a lot faster faster than the 1.2GHz S400 even in single-threaded applications. One is clocked 42% higher than the other, and both use the same Cortex A7 cores. GPU is almost 2x faster too.
    Mediatek's support is as good as any other nowadays. There are lots of mediatek devices shipping with android 4.4.

    Sure, this Moto G is a pretty decent phone. And so are tons of others from Xiaomi, Huawei, THL, Cubot, Newman, UMI, etc. etc.
    All of these brands have had, for half a year, cheaper 5" smartphones with a better SoC than this new Moto G, 1080p IPS screen with OGS, ~2500mAh batteries, 13MP iMX214 sensor from Sony and 16GB of mass storage.

    Motorola is just offering an inferior product at a later date.
    As I said, they dwarfed it.
  • bill5 - Friday, September 5, 2014 - link

    Are you living in some bizzaro world where people buy Chinese smartphones, that dont live in China, or arent well, poor?

    I would never even consider a smartphone from any of the brands you mention because they just all scream "junk". They aren't even covered by phone media either.

    Motorola on the other hand is well known respectable brand with quality products.

    I guess it's like the difference between buying say, an LG TV, even a cheap one, or a "Sceptre" Or "Insignia" Or "TCL" or some brand like that model. Like a Huawei phone, it might get you by, but you're going to want something better if possible.
  • Stochastic - Friday, September 5, 2014 - link

    "I would never even consider a smartphone from any of the brands you mention because they just all scream "junk". They aren't even covered by phone media either."

    That's starting to change:
  • ToTTenTranz - Friday, September 5, 2014 - link

    Sorry to break it for you, but if you're buying a $200 phone - whatever the brand - then you're probably "poor" either way.

    The only reason you'd never consider buying a smartphone from any of the brands I mentioned is because you wouldn't know any better.
    Thankfully, lots of people are much better informed than you since Huawei beats Motorola in global sales outside China.
  • Khato - Friday, September 5, 2014 - link

    Or you're buying a sub $200 phone because you recognize that, for your purposes, said phone can do everything that a flagship smartphone can at a fraction of the price. And in that case yes, quality of construction/reliability matter far more than the petty differences in specifications. Of course you can get quality construction and good reliability from some of the Chinese brands as well, it's still just more hit and miss.
  • senEdCraft - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    A new moto is fantastic news, however I think it will be hard to beat the HTC One M8. /Ed from
  • StormyParis - Friday, September 5, 2014 - link

    Some people don't buy brands, they buy specs or capabilities. These people are called smart non-fashion-victims.
  • barleyguy - Friday, September 5, 2014 - link

    The problem with Chinese market products isn't do much the hardware as the software. As noted in a comment above, you're lucky to get a single update of the OS, and you're really lucky if it works properly. The software that comes on Chinese market products is usually quite bad by western standards, and even if the initial release is good, the updates are often either terrible or non-existent.

    With western market products, software support is usually quite good, and because of market share they are usually supported by third party roms like Cyanogenmod and members of XDA. For example, I'm running a fully functional Android 4.3 on a Samsung Skyrocket, which is a 4 year old phone.

    In short, Chinese market products become junk in my opinion a year after you buy them because of outdated software that can't be feasibly updated.

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