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Moto G a Cheaper Moto X – Features S4 Pro Processor, 4.7″ 720p Display, Free on Contract

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According to a new tweet from the infamous @evleaks, the Moto G will be a cheaper Moto X, featuring almost the same specs as the Moto X, but will hit the market free on contract. The device supposedly features a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz, an 8MP back-facing camera, a 4.7″ HD display, come in either 8GB or 16GB storage options, and feature an LG-made 1950mAh battery. So again, it’s pretty much an X, but with a minor downgrade in specs. 

Without knowing the full picture yet, it’s hard to separate the two devices completely. A picture was also posted alongside the tweet of an apparent press render for the Moto G, so this is our first real look at the device. In summary, it does look like a cheaper Moto X. Motorola may have an announcement coming soon, given that we saw the Moto G text pop up on their website earlier this week.

We’ll keep you posted when more info becomes available.

Via: @evleaks

  • Me

    If this phone is priced right it could sell. I think it will include things from the Moto X like Active Notifications but won’t offer voice recognition features from the Moto X. I do want a Moto and I could use a back up phone. So this might be in play for me.

  • I for one would prefer to have a regular quad core without the active controls, and other stuff. I miss my notification light 🙁

  • NexusMan

    This is actually a great option for non tech geeks. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people out there who want “smartphones” but refuse to pay anything or more than say $49.99 for a phone. Those people end up getting Galaxy S 2’s, for example, when the S 4 just came out. Now they will get a new, more than capable, smartphone that pushes the edge in innovation.

  • joejoe5709

    How embarrassing. They went the wrong way with those specs.

  • David Stammerjohann

    Soo… What? It’s a Nexus 4 without the glass back? That seems… Redundant.

  • blandroid

    a minor downgrade from a minor downgrade. good choice moto. will you guys be making obamaphones too? moto 0 people can buy them with ebt cards.

    • blandroid

      moto 0. People can buy them with ebt cards.

  • mrdavidpayne

    I guess, but they are already discounting the MotoX to $99 on contract. I don’t see really the value here in this price point. Maybe sell it to us nerds for $199 off contract and make some waves. .

  • PhilD41

    Well that does me not good…. next!

  • Dave

    So as far as hardware, it’s basically a 2013 Droid DNA?

  • Jeremy Martin

    Free on contract you say? Well I know Verizon wont be offering this phone 🙂

  • chris_johns

    yeah…i fail to see the reasoning for this…why not just lower the price of the moto x…and then come out with a heavy hitter moto x hd with a bigger battery

    • michael arazan

      Can’t wait for Next year’s Moto X. Maybe they’ll release a new one in February with specs like the Nexus 5.

    • Me

      If they can keep the same screen size I’d be interested. Improve the camera and beef up the battery. I’d take a flyer on the Moto X2 or whatever. I’m also eyeing what HTC has to offer.

  • Wally

    why does this exist? Why waste money on this?

    • Jeremy Martin

      Moto has already said they are going to move more towards a smaller offering each year. Perhaps the Moto X will be the flagship for a while and the Moto G will be for the more budget minded people. Run both for a year then come out with a new line of phones. Just an Idea.

    • Alex Boro

      It’s for normal people that don’t care what specs they have on their phone, but a phone that just works and is decent.

      • John

        It has better specs than the moto x, but a smaller battery and less storage.

        • Alex Boro

          Better? In what way?

          • John

            It has a quad core snapdragon S4 pro instead of a dual snapdragon s4 pro

  • SmokeNMirrors

    @evleaks mentioned 1.5GHz x 4, which is an upgrade over 1.5 x 2! ???

  • MikeSaver

    how do these specs compares to the gnex?

    • hkklife

      Better in every way. Much more power efficient & faster SoC, slightly larger screen, better camera, guaranteed better reception and battery life and better Wi-Fi support for stuff like 802.11AC/dual-band N.

      Basically, unless you have a 32GB Verizon Gnex and need the extra storage, this will be a superior device in every way. Plus, it’s guaranteed several cycles of updates. GNex is DOA after today as far as official support is concerned.

  • Menger40

    Free on contract? So moms everywhere might walk out of the Verizon store with this instead of some Huawei or ZTE monstrosity running gingerbread?

    I call this good news.

    • Godzilla

      This website isnt for our moms. And any hot android MILF’s coming to Droid life would never buy this phone.

      • JBartcaps

        That’s not what he was saying

      • Reginald Jefferson

        I think his comment may have gone over your head…

        • triumphtriple

          Which is ironic considering how tall he is…

  • Jeff

    I may look into this as a replacement for my Mom’s phone.

  • Tony Stark

    Why is Moto trying to steal some of Google’s thunder?

    • Godzilla

      it was evleaks who leaked it, not moto

      • Tony Stark

        … So, do you also believe that it was pure coincidence that the Vinhte video was released the day before the S4 was announced?

        • Jeremy Martin

          Its the same company….why would you think Moto would want to torpedo Google?

          • Tony Stark

            There were those that stated that Motorola was not happy with their treatment from Google… I’m just playing devil’s advocate here 😉

  • Don Crist

    Don’t have time to think about this phone today. It is NEXUS 5 day!

  • Godzilla

    Well I guess they took the G name from the Nova then. That sucks and so does this phone.

    • volvo240

      Your stupid, Its great for Android and Moto. The free phone, low budget folks will have a chance have a great phone with no money down. I think your mad, that you won’t have the coolest phone on the block bro!

      • TuckandRoll84

        You know, saying “Your stupid” just points the finger back at yourself.

        • yourstupid

          especially since it’s YOU ARE = You’re, not YOUR. who’s stupid?

          • MotoRulz

            Maybe you didn’t see the quotation marks in TuckandRoll84’s post. He was posting it the same way volvo240 had written it. So volvo240 is stupid and you’re also stupid.. but since its in your name you already knew that.

          • jose

            Actually, YOU are stupid. Might want to read closer. And delete your comment while you still have some dignity left.

          • hoodieNation

            And change his name

    • volvo240

      I’m gonna be on you like white on rice, paper plate in a snow storm.

  • Adrynalyne


    Bionic was wrong. Definitely not a smaller, cheaper Nexus.

    Not shocked, I guess.

    • mustbepbs

      When was Bionic ever right?

      • Adrynalyne


        Never paid attention until yesterday, LOL.

        • mustbepbs

          Oh is he back? He said that he was “leaving forever” because nobody appreciated him.


          • kixofmyg0t

            He goes by Godzilla now.

            If it’s Moto related and something to be excited about(and I’m allowed to mention it) I’ll post it.

      • triumphtriple

        Apparently he’s not the original Bionic. He’s an impostor…

  • Is Google saying LG makes the best batteries? I sure hope so! 🙂 Makes me even more excited about my N5 purchase this morning…even though I won’t be able to give vzw the axe until Dec 15th.

    • matt

      Aww thats my wife birthday and I just bought her the nexus 5 this afternoon for it! =) Just felt like sharing…

    • kixofmyg0t

      No, they just make batteries and can supply enough to sell them to other OEM’s.

      Samsung makes the displays on every single AMOLED phone that Motorola offers, from the DROID RAZR to the Moto X. So are they the best screens? Nope.

  • Lucas

    I think I’d rather go with Nexus 5 now, I want it so badly! Going for a trip to US just to buy it!

  • TuckandRoll84

    @evleaks says 8 or 16GB, no 32GB option.

  • MichaelFranz

    So a razr hd?

    • kixofmyg0t

      Vanquish is still selling well actually. I’m surprised.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Repackaged Nexus 4?

    • crazed_z06

      Thats what it sounds like

      • Dave

        DNA was 1080….whoops.

    • Dave

      More like repackaged Droid DNA…LoL. How long ago did that drop…like 13 months ago?

      • M3D1T8R

        11 months. And yeah, dna is 5″ 1080p. We dont know what gpu this G has, thougj I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s also similar to the dna. This sounds like a repackaged N4, cheap off contract for international markets. Or free on contract in US. ..Which is what the Moto X should be.

  • PuttsMoBilesiCit

    The lip on the left makes it look like there will be a slider keyboard 😮

    • RhinoShock

      I think it’s just tilted.

      • PuttsMoBilesiCit

        Be optimistic! A slider plus the option of a onscreen keyboard would be pretty interesting.

        • RhinoShock

          Haha I guess it would be cool for that to come back on some higher-end devices, if they could get it slim enough.