Motorola Introduces $179 Moto G; Cuts Moto X Price from $200 to $100
November 13, 2013 12:07 PM
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The Moto X has had disappointing sales
is announcing a new low-cost phone as its high-end Moto X failed to stir up blockbuster sales numbers.
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.
, 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
forecasts that Motorola will sell approximately one million Moto Xs in the fourth quarter.
The Wall Street Journal
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11/19/2013 5:57:57 AM
Agreed. I've played with a live one at AT&T store. The phone feels great to hold. Not the cheap plastic feel of Samsung or the coldness of the beautiful HTC One. The new sonys are getting very good reviews... But it's still a bit large.
I'm not in the market yet to get a new phone yet, but if so... I would most likely go with the X. Custom color even. The lack of a 1080 screen isn't a big deal, it's not a tablet. There is a few areas that I think the Moto X needs to be perfect.
A) improved camera options. Gimmicks like "twist to snap a shot" is completely stupid. At least it can be turned off. But a few features like HTC would do wonders... Or have a toggle from BASIC or ADVance mode.
B) a dedicated shutter button would be welcomed. On my Motorola Atrix HD, I have the VOL button set to be the shutter... Be nice to use them as ZOOM (default) along with a shutter button, like Nokia and some other phones like Sony.
C) Like the G, the case should be replaceable... For change of looks or when it's damaged.
The lack of a memory card and removable battery isn't high on my list. I've had a galaxy before... My Atrix is sealed, it's a non issue. But there are others that have removable batteries.
D) I'd like the ability to download Motorola circles onto the X.
I have a few issues with android 4.x itself... That makes me NOT want another phone.
Google maps 7 (current) is very nice looking, the 3D is helpful, looks good. It's slicker than GM 6... But trying to use GM7 is a nightmare... Never got it to save my default HOME location, it runs slower, it requires 3-4x more clicks to get things done. It's bad about re-adjusting my course (ie a detour or a change in plans) or selecting different choices... More clicks... Thank god I was able to get my phone to return to its factory default GM6. BTW, I've done this for others on their phones who found version.7 to be useless garbage. Google maps 6 maybe a year old, but it WORKS!
A neat option to give people on their phones... Which works only with docked motorolas... How about landscape mode for the launcher and dialer? It would be very handy... It looks neat too and is very usable.
A few tweaks is all the Moto X needs.
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