Moto G rumor roundup
With a seemingly impending release, I thought it'd be a good time to put together all the rumors for Motorola's new budget phone, the Moto G. Originally known as the DVX, news of the Moto G has been coming in little bits since a picture back in July surfaced and was thought to be an international version of the Moto X. Since then, FCC filings have been released, and pictures of colored backplates have been leaked throughout the internet.
Just this week, new information has spilled throughout various media sources, and even Google and Motorola have accidentally shared info on this yet to be announced phone. Let's take a look at everything I think I know about this phone.
From the leaks, we can see that the Moto G will follow the Moto X design language, albeit with a few differences. The front camera has been shuffled to the left, the back speaker has also moved from right to left and has bigger holes in the grille. However, the biggest change here is the removable backplate. Instead of having a fixed design, the Moto G is expected to have colored, swappable backplates. Whether or not this phone will customizable on Moto Maker has yet to be determined, but hopefully you can buy an assortment of backplates after purchasing the phone.
As you already saw in today's article, the Moto G is expected to have a 4.5" 720p display (presumably AMOLED), a 1.2ghz quad-core Snapdragon SOC, 8-16gb of storage (mentioned here and here), a 5MP main camera, and HSPA+ connectivity. LTE is not expected on the Moto G, but hopefully long battery life from the 1950mAh unit will make up for that.
Availability and Pricing
From that Phones4U ad, I can only assume that this phone will be released during the holiday season. Judging by the three model numbers in the FCC report, the Moto G looks like it will be available on all major carriers in the US. As for price, it's been widely rumored to be sold at just $200-$250 off-contract. As for the UK, we can see prices at around £135-£150 w/VAT.
Additionally, this phone might be available through Google Play. This is pure speculation, but based on the above picture, which was posted on the Android website, we can see the current Google Play devices as well as the Moto G on the right and, oddly, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra on the top. Considering the relatively inexpensive off-contract pricing, this phone would seem right at home on the Google Play Store.
What do you guys think? After all this talk about the Nexus 5, is anyone here interested in a mostly-stock, budget smartphone?