No, it won’t be named the Moto G2, or Moto G+1. The second generation Moto G will still be called the Moto G. How intuitive is that? Well, Motorola is just being honest here. The new Moto G is very much like the old Moto G, except for a little bump in specs here and there. And it continues to be priced at $179 and $199 for the 8GB and 16GB versions respectively.
The new Moto G comes with a slightly bigger 5-inch 720p (HD) display and is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, along with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 305 GPU. Yes, that’s exactly the same CPU/GPU combination we saw on the first-gen Moto G. The real improvement has come with the rear camera, which is now an 8 MP shooter with Auto Focus. There’s also a 2MP front facing camera.
The Moto G supports the latest WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy connectivity options. There’s no LTE support yet, and no NFC support either. It also sports dual speakers in the front and dual microphones for noise cancellation. There’s microSD support to allow expansion of storage. We expect a dual-SIM variant to be announced for select markets like India and Brazil.
There’s a 2070mAh battery present on the new Moto G, which Motorola claims to be good enough to last through a day on single charge. The design and looks are very similar to the original Moto G, and comes with interchangeable back covers sold as accessories. The phone will be running the near stock android 4.4.4 out of the box with few moto specific apps like Moto Assist and others.
The phone will be available for purchase starting at $179 from 11am CT in the US and we await the details in India, as the event is currently on right now in New Delhi.
Update: The Moto G 16GB with dual-SIM is priced at Rs.12,999 in India and will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting today, September 5th.