Motorola woke up from a deep slumber late last year with two new phones, the Moto X and the Moto G. Though Moto X remained mostly US exclusive, Moto G has been launched outside US as well, and as per the latest reports, the cheaper smartphone will be making its way to the Indian market as soon as this week.
According to BGR India, Motorola will be coming back to the Indian smartphone market which they exited back in August 2012. Moto G, the cheaper sibling of the Moto X (Moto G vs Moto X comparison), was launched in Brazil, US, and some Latin American countries in November last year. Motorola had hinted the Indian launch to happen sometime in Jan 2014, so the current reports match the expectations. It was launched with a price of $179 for the 8GB of storage and $199 for the 16GB model in the US. Today, it was launched in Australia, Malaysia and Dubai.
The Moto G comes with a 4.5-inch, 720p display (329 ppi), 1GB of RAM and a quad-core, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. It was launched with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and was recently updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. It also comes with a 2,070mAh battery, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with 720p video recording and a 1.3-megapixel shooter on the front.
We expect Motorola to launch a dual-SIM version of Moto G in India, as there’s great demand for a good dual-SIM android smartphone in this part of the world. Motorola is expected to make the Moto G launch online exclusive, which means we can’t expect to see it in brick-and-mortar stores anytime soon. Motorola lacks a dedicated marketing team here in India, and that might be one of the reasons for inability to bring the phone to offline retailers. As per the reports, Flipkart is touted as one of the partners for the launch. One should wait and watch how Motorola will price the Moto G in India, but we are hopeful of competitive pricing as Motorola is going online-exclusive to start with.