Motorola Shows Off New Moto G Collection

Motorola on Tuesday unveiled three new smartphones: the fourth-generation Moto G, the Moto G Plus and the Moto G Play.

The Moto G and Moto G Plus can be customized using Moto Maker, while the Moto G Play can not. All three run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The Moto G and Moto G Plus became available Tuesday in Brazil and India. They will be rolled out across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia over time. The lower-end Moto G Play will be available globally this summer, Motorola said.

The Moto G Plus is priced at 14,999.00 rupees at Amazon India — about US$224.

“That’s high for India,” said Will Stofega, a research program director at IDC.

The typical smartphone price point there is about $100, he added.

“On the other hand, India’s a country whose economy is still growing, so it might be an interesting place to play,” Stofega told TechNewsWorld. “The price is almost mid-tier.”

Under the Hood

Both the Moto G and Moto G Plus models have a 5.5-inch 1080p full HD display. They have a 16-MP rear camera and a 5-MP front camera. They run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octacore processor that goes up to 1.5 GHz, and have a 550-MHz Adreno 405 GPU.

The Moto G and Moto G Plus are available in dual-SIM versions in select regions and offer 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage. They both take 15 minutes to charge the battery for six hours of use.

The Moto G Plus is available with 2 GB or 4 GB of ROM storage. The Moto G comes with only 2 GB of ROM storage.

The Moto G Plus has a fingerprint reader.

The Moto G, Moto G Plus and Moto G Play all have water-repellent coatings and all-day batteries, and they support a microSD card of up to 128-GB capacity.

The Moto G Play has a 5-inch 720p HD screen; an 8-MP rear camera and a 5-MP front camera. It runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor.

Taking on the iPhone

The Moto G Plus isamong the top smartphone cameras in terms of photo quality, according to DxOMark’s review.

It lists the following pros for photos taken with the camera:

  • It offers very good detail preservation in bright light;.
  • Autofocus is fast and accurate in all lighting conditions;
  • It provides good noise reduction in bright light;
  • Colors are vivid and pleasant in most outdoor scenes; and
  • The white balance is good in low-light and indoor conditions.

Cons include some loss of details in the dark parts of the image in several outdoor shots, and some visible irregularities in HDR activation and white balance, according to DxOMark.

Competitive Edge

The phones are “affordable, good looking and provide a lot of value for the dollar,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, but “you can’t actually buy them here yet.”

That could cost Motorola some ground, because competitors “could slip underneath this with a phone that’s actually on sale,” he told TechNewsWorld. “It also gives competitors time to position against these phones before they launch.”

Richard Adhikari

Richard Adhikari has written about high-tech for leading industry publications since the 1990s and wonders where it's all leading to. Will implanted RFID chips in humans be the Mark of the Beast? Will nanotech solve our coming food crisis? Does Sturgeon's Law still hold true? You can connect with Richard on Google+.

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