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Motorola introduces an all-new mobile product family

Motorola couldn’t be bothered with announcing its latest range of mobile products at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. No, the storied company is handling things on its own terms and today announced the availability of an updated Moto X and Moto G along with the much-hyped Moto 360.
 
The new Moto X looks every bit the flagship smartphone, as it now sports a 5.2” Super AMOLED display which has been bumped from a resolution of 720p to Full HD (1080p). But that’s not all; Motorola has also seen fit to supplant the mostly plastic construction of the previous model with aluminum that wraps around the edge of the Moto X to give it a more “premium” feel. Keeping with that theme, courtesy of the Moto Maker customization tool, you can now add optional leather (Black, Cognac, Natural, Navy) to the backplate.

 
And if that isn’t enough “premium” for you, the Moto Maker will also allow you to add metal accents to the speaker grills, Motorola logo, and power/volume buttons.
 
Hardware wise, Motorola has also stepped up its game with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (2GB RAM), 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a 2300 mAh battery.

 
The new Motorola Moto X will ship later this month and cost you $99 on contract or $499 off contract for the 16GB version. Stepping up to a 32GB model will cost you an extra $50.
 
The Moto X isn’t the only updated smartphone coming from Motorola today; the company has also revised its $179 Moto G. The Moto G has seen its screen upgraded to a 5” in size (up from 4.5”), while the resolution remains 720p. 16GB and 32GB storage options remain, but the new Moto G adds a microSD slot.

 
The new Moto G retains its 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 2070 mAh battery, and includes 8MP rear/2MP front cameras. And there are now two front-facing speakers instead of the single rear-mounted speaker on the previous generation.

 
The Moto G is available to order today from Motorola’s website.
 
Saving the best for last, you now actually order the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch. We’ve already detailed the smartwatch numerous times here on DailyTech, but the Moto 360 comes with a metal housing 320x290 display covering in Gorilla Glass 3, 4GB of internal storage, IP67-rated water resistance capabilities, pedometer, heart rate monitor, a tiny 320 mAh battery, and a wireless charging stand.

 
The Moto 360 is available to order today in three models:
  • Light stainless steel case + gray Horween leather band
  • Light stainless steel case + stone Horween leather band
  • Dark stainless steel case + black Horween leather band
All three of these models will be priced at $249. If you prefer to have the stainless steel band that was shown off when the Moto 360 was first announced back in March, it will set you back an additional $50 when packaged with the phone (however, the metal band SKUs won’t come until later this fall). If you decide to purchase a $249 Moto 360 with a leather band today, you can always “upgrade” to the metal band down the road for $79.

Source: Motorola





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Moto G fixed main complaints...
By Marlin1975 on 9/5/2014 9:28:56 AM , Rating: 2
I have a first Gen MotoG and my biggest compliants were the camera and lack of MicroSD slot. Seeing its the same price and improves the screen and sound seems like a win. Now just hope we can still crack it to work on pageplus.




RE: Moto G fixed main complaints...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/5/2014 10:32:18 AM , Rating: 2
This is gonna replace my wife's iPhone 5. She's been asking for an iPhone 6, but she's way too accident prone :)

$179? Sold!


RE: Moto G fixed main complaints...
By quiksilvr on 9/5/2014 2:58:36 PM , Rating: 3
I don't understand why Motorola insists on making a USA GSM, Global GSM, and LTE version. Just put all the bands into one device and make it $199. I can't believe they didn't launch with the LTE version.


By Alexvrb on 9/5/2014 8:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I wouldn't even consider a model without LTE at this point.


RE: Moto G fixed main complaints...
By coburn_c on 9/6/2014 10:47:39 AM , Rating: 2
I think the Windows Phone is a better option. Moving from iOS to Android is a step down in usability. Step up in ability perhaps, but definitely down in usability.


RE: Moto G fixed main complaints...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/6/2014 11:34:28 AM , Rating: 2
I currently using a Lumia 520 as I plot my choice for my next smartphone: Galaxy Alpha, 4.7" iPhone 6, or Motorola X (second gen).

I wouldn't wish the Windows Phone experience on her at all. Half the apps that she uses aren't even available. I couldn't even find the Starbucks app for my gift card to scan at the window.


RE: Moto G fixed main complaints...
By coburn_c on 9/7/2014 12:20:30 AM , Rating: 2
I don't even.. you scan your smart phone to use the gift card? Why would you not just scan the card... I guess I'm just not up on all the idiotic crapware that is available on these devices.


RE: Moto G fixed main complaints...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/7/2014 8:51:02 AM , Rating: 2
My wife and I share an online Starbucks account. You can load/combine your physical Starbucks gift cards to your account. Then when you pull up to a Starbucks drive-thru or walk into the store, your gift card automatically pops up on the home screen (geolocation) ready to scan. Plus, the Starbucks app gives you codes for free songs and apps to download each week.

And the Sears Shop Your Way app for iOS and Android; nowhere to be found. With it, I don't even have to leave my car to pickup my store orders. Pull into the marked parking space, hit "Pickup Order" from within the app (which also uses geolocation), and they bring the item right to you.

The educational apps she uses for her class, iOS/Android. The gradebook app she uses for recording grades (county requirement) when she's not at her computer is iOS/Android only.

It's the little things that add up to being a huge annoyance when you've already integrated certain tasks into your workflow.


By coburn_c on 9/8/2014 5:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
Essentially selling your phone info to Starbucks in exchange for mp3s and more apps sounds horrible to me. Shopping at Sears as well. Also, entering grades on a smartphone?

Anyway the snake will continue to eat itself with Windows Phone.


By daboom06 on 9/5/2014 11:20:46 AM , Rating: 2
i still dont understand why people forgot that the xt1045 moto g has both lte and a microsd slot. it came out a long time ago.


Slogan
By brshoemak on 9/5/2014 10:24:51 AM , Rating: 3
For some reason I really like their slogan for the Moto 360 - "It's Time" It's an incredibly simple slogan using a basic double meaning, but it doesn't come off as super cheesy like some other slogans. It pretty much encompasses the concept of smartwatches as a replacement for the standard watch that has been used for hundreds of years (for some people)

Of course the use of a smartwatch vs a standard quality watch is personal matter and another discussion altogether.




Release this in the UK already
By Aloonatic on 9/5/2014 1:07:35 PM , Rating: 2
I need to replace my wife P.O.S. Xperia SP already.

These unlocked, contract free phones really could mean the end of contracts for us. Neither of us use our phones for gaming, so there's no need for lots of cores and high power GPUs.




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