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The Moto X has had disappointing sales

Motorola is announcing a new low-cost phone as its high-end Moto X failed to stir up blockbuster sales numbers.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Motorola officially unveiled the new "Moto G" today at an event in Brazil. However, the new device leaked over the weekend when Amazon's UK website featured the Moto G for £160 ($255 USD) without a contract. 
The Moto G has a cheaper price tag in the U.S., though. You'll be able to pick one up the 8GB model for $179 or pay $199 for 16GB of storage (no contract necessary). 
The Moto G will be available in Brazil and parts of Europe (including the UK) starting today, and will hit the U.S. in January.
Moto G specs include a 720p 4.5-inch display; 8GB/16GB storage options; Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (the Android 4.4 KitKat update will come in January); 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor; 2,070mAh battery; a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera.
The Moto G is also customizable with a variety of colors from traditional black and white to turquoise and purple.

Motorola is likely hoping the affordable price tag of the Moto G will bring in more customers than its flagship Moto X managed after its August 2013 release. 
The Moto X, which sells for $585 off-contract on Amazon, only grabbed 500,000 total sales in the third quarter. This is painfully low compared to fellow Android-powered device maker Samsung, which sold 10 million Galaxy S4s in the first month of its April 2013 release. 
Motorola even dropped the two-year contract price of a Moto X from $200 to $100 amid the disappointing sales. 
Market research firm Strategy Analytics forecasts that Motorola will sell approximately one million Moto Xs in the fourth quarter.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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RE: Dang...
By kmmatney on 11/13/2013 3:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
I looked at it when I upgraded a few weeks ago, but there was nothing compelling about it at $199, especially with no expandable memory and only 16GB. I picked up the LG Optimus Pro G with 32GB (expandable) and a 5.5" IPS screen for $99. It's basically a poor man's Note 3... I have to admit I'm a little gun shy about any Motorola product after the disaster we had at my work with Motorola RAZR phones breaking (it was 8 years ago, but it will take a while for them to earn my trust...)

RE: Dang...
By kmmatney on 11/13/2013 3:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
The Moto G looks pretty awesome - I would definitely buy that if my subsidized phone breaks before my 2 years are up.

RE: Dang...
By retrospooty on 11/13/2013 3:42:11 PM , Rating: 2
" I picked up the LG Optimus Pro G with 32GB (expandable) and a 5.5" IPS screen for $99. It's basically a poor man's Note 3... "

I wouldn't say that... It's a great phone all on its own. If you don't want or need the active stylus, you aren't missing anything. The Note3 is great too.

RE: Dang...
By ven1ger on 11/13/2013 4:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
Just took a look at the LG Optimus Pro G and it looked very nice given the features it offers but the $99 is a subsidized phone cost. So the actual cost is about $439 from AT&T.

The Moto G is $199 no contract. Given the lesser features, this is still an awesome price for what it offers. But, I'll wait a couple of months first to see how the shake up for this phone is first and let others test it. Anyway, looking for a good priced phone for my youngest daughter and this maybe it.

RE: Dang...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/13/2013 5:28:53 PM , Rating: 1
Given the lesser features, this is still an awesome price for what it offers.

Unless you're a North American. The lack of 4G LTE support makes this an international phone only. There's too many good Android handsets out there to even consider making that kind of compromise.

RE: Dang...
By retrospooty on 11/13/2013 5:45:47 PM , Rating: 2
I am pretty sure an LTE variant will come. Its apparently coming to Verizon, so it would have to.

RE: Dang...
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/13/2013 6:14:47 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, I saw this on the Verge and was like YAY! And saw no LTE and was like :(

RE: Dang...
By bug77 on 11/14/2013 6:13:17 AM , Rating: 2
What does it offer?

The screen may be decent and the CPU may prove adequate (the same chip set is used in SGS4 mini - the Nexus 4 beats it in some benchmarks).
That aside, you get no expandable storage, no LTE, no user-replaceable battery, no KitKat until next January (no stock Android guarantees no speedy updates going forward) and not even dual-band wireless. And I don't mean no 802.11ac, this thing won't support 5GHz WiFi.
SGS4 mini boasting the same chip set and a similar battery only gets below average life on a charge, so the "we went for A7 because it's power efficient" doesn't hold water.
Oh, you do get a radio.

RE: Dang...
By retrospooty on 11/14/2013 7:11:40 AM , Rating: 2
"What does it offer?......."

Why are you so negative on everything? It's NOT a high end phone. It's by far the best low end phone available for the price. It's for people that don't care about that whole list of things you just rattled off, and believe me there are alot of them.

This is a fantastic smartphone for $179 off contract . THAT is what it offers.

RE: Dang...
By bug77 on 11/14/2013 9:25:10 AM , Rating: 2
This just left me with a feeling that I'd be missing out on too many features. Maybe I need to look at other offers around $200 mark to get the right picture...
My negativeness may also have something to do with a the fact that I imagine the mid-range phone to be completely different: dual-core A9/A15, 4-4.5" 1280x720 screen, 1.5 (but hopefully 2) GB of RAM, SD slot and a beefier, user-replaceable battery. Oh yes, and dual band WiFi, for those places where everybody clogs the 2.4GHz band. Moto G manages to miss all those targets. It get the price right, though.

RE: Dang...
By Jeffk464 on 11/14/2013 11:06:00 AM , Rating: 2
You might look at the galaxy light, I think it has LTE and is priced at $240.

RE: Dang...
By Jeffk464 on 11/14/2013 11:07:42 AM , Rating: 2
If you look around you won't find anything better than the G at the $180 mark.

RE: Dang...
By retrospooty on 11/14/2013 11:53:53 AM , Rating: 2
You would be very hard pressed to find a better phone at that price. If it was, it would be a massive inventory reduction sale. This is day one release price.

RE: Dang...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/14/2013 5:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
This thing stomps all over that Nokia 520 garbage. The screen alone makes this the best budget smartphone out there.

Good move by GoogleRola.

RE: Dang...
By bug77 on 11/15/2013 3:14:25 AM , Rating: 2
Nokia (or any other WP device) is not on my shopping list, but that doesn't change the fact that you haven't seen the screen on Moto G yet. The Nexus 5 has 33% less contrast than its G2 sibling, I wouldn't expect wonders at $180.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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