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Moto G in India: the dual SIM android phone launching in January 2014

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Much hyped Moto G is getting launched in India in January 2014.

The android smart phone from “now Google-owned” technology firm Motorola is all set to launch in India in January 2014.

Speculated price for Moto G in India ranges from Rs Rs 11,300 to Rs 20,000

After weeks of speculation and leaks, the firm unveiled Moto G at an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday. Motorola is well known for its highly customisable Moto X smarphone.

Since Motorola was acquired by the tech giant last year, its new owner hasn’t had a particularly strong impact on the way it does business. Not too long ago, in fact, Motorola dealt another brag-hand of Droids, but there was something distinct about the Moto X that followed them. The first evidence of a change in direction, perhaps. In the same vein, the recently announced Moto G feels very much like a Google phone, and it makes a ton of sense.

If the Nexus 5 is for smartphone aficionados, and the Moto X is for upgraders who can’t resist the offer of a custom handset, then the Moto G is for those who want a functional device at a reasonable price.Speculated price at Rs 11,300, the Moto G slots into the low-cost niche Samsung and others have been steadily cashing in on. That price tag, however, includes an unwritten disclaimer: Sacrifices were made. It’s certainly true with the Moto G, but with expectations in check, it’s hard to not be impressed with what Motorola has managed to achieve.

Motorola isn’t hawking the Moto G as some kind of cheaper Moto X variant, but it could have; the phones bear more than a passing resemblance to each other. Not that this is a bad thing: The X is a smart, clean handset. Phones aren’t really described as “mobile” anymore, but the term truly does apply here. The Moto G is a genuinely one-handed device — a refreshing change from 5-inch-plus devices we’ve been reviewing as of late. Its curved back rests nicely in the palm, and both the grippy matte cases and dimpled flip covers make for a comfortable design that’s well suited to extended use.

There are no physical or soft keys on the front face of the device. The standard Android home, back and multitask buttons will appear onscreen when needed, but otherwise the bezel below the 4.5-inch display is bare. The bezel above the screen, meanwhile, is home to a sunken, metal speaker grille, the front-facing camera and a small white notification light. As the Moto G’s dimensions are similar to the X — it’s 0.6mm longer and wider, and 1.2mm thicker at its fattest point — the slightly smaller screen means there’s more blank space below the display. Still, this is more an observation than a slight — the internal components have to go somewhere, after all.

Around the outside, there’s a blank left edge, and a power button and volume rocker on the right. Meanwhile, the primary mic and micro-USB port can be found on the bottom, with the secondary mic and headphone jack up top. The keys on the right edge protrude more than we’re used to, but they do produce a nice, satisfying click. All detail on the rear cover sits toward the top edge. In descending order, you’ll find the camera lens with the loudspeaker grille to its left above an LED flash, which, in turn, is above a small indentation framing the Motorola logo. That’s where your thumb rests when prying the back panel off, if you follow Motorola’s instructions (and you should). Nothing exciting awaits you under there: just a slot for your micro-SIM.

 

MOTO G
Pricing Rs 11,300 to Rs 20,000
Dimensions 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm (5.12 x 2.59 x 0.46 in.)
Weight 5.04 oz. (143g)
Screen size 4.5 inches
Screen resolution 1,280 x 720 pixels (329 ppi)
Screen type LCD
Battery 2,070mAh
Internal storage 8/16GB
External storage None
Rear camera 5MP
Front-facing cam 1.3MP
Video capture 720p
NFC No
Radios GSM/UMTS: GSM (850/900/1800/1900); UMTS (850/900/1700/1900/2100); 21 Mbps HSPA+CDMA: CDMA 850/1900; EVDO Rev. A
Bluetooth 4.0
SoC 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8x26), Adreno 305 GPU
RAM 1GB
WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Operating system Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Update of Kitkat to be available soon

 

While the Moto G doesn’t offer the same level of personalization as the X does with Moto Maker, you can still choose from a range of shell colors that will hopefully expand over time. The same palette is available in flip covers, but the sheet of Gorilla Glass 3 covering the screen means they’re a decoration rather than a necessity. Any loose set of keys looking to damage your G will have an easier time with the back panel, and our rubberized yellow unit took a minor dent or two, though they were barely noticeable.

As we alluded to, the cases aren’t easy to remove, even when you do follow Motorola’s step-by-step instructions. It’s a testament to the overall build quality, which wasn’t compromised for the sake of the price. Aside from the volume rocker on our model testing positive for wobble, the 143-gram (5-ounce) Moto G feels better put-together than a number of more expensive phones built from similar materials. So far, no trade-offs of note for the money.

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