2 months ago, Motorola revealed the Moto G, a cheaper, less powerful variant of the Moto X. Unlike the Moto X, which was only sold in the US, the Moto G was intended for the rest of the world, including Singapore. However, the initial rollout was quite slow, but we are glad to say that 2 months later, the Moto G has finally arrived on our shores.
Brightstar will be bringing in the 8 GB model, with a tentative launch on January 16. It will retail for S$318, which is great price for a low end device. On the other hand, it is wise to note that the Moto G is sold in US for just S$227, but for those who wish to avoid the hassle of importing the device, then buying it locally would be a better option.
The Moto G comes with a 4.5″ 1280x720p HD IPS screen at 329 pixels per inch, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 quad core processor with an Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera and a 2070 mAh battery. Though these specs are quite outdated in 2013, it is still great value for money, considering it comes with a quad core processor.
The device runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean straight out of the box, although the 4.4 Kit Kat update has appeared in several countries recently. The 5MP camera is a disappointment, but for that price, we cannot complain much. It does come with a dual SIM card slot, but does not have expandable storage, so the 8 GB internal storage might not be sufficient for some, with only around 5 GB of usable space. It also misses out on LTE connectivity, but this should not be a problem for the budget conscious consumer.
For S$318, it is a bargain and has been nominated as the best low end smartphone of 2013 by 3 of our editors. What do you think? Will it appeal to the tight budget of some Singaporeans? Or will the Moto G lose out to other low end devices, like the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3?