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Moto G Specs Confirmed Thanks to Leaked Promo Card, Clearly an Entry-Level Device

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Thanks to a leaked promo card sent to GSM Arena, we can now wrap up any rumors that were surrounding the Moto G. Yesterday during all of the Nexus 5 madness, @evleaks posted up a tweet about a few of the specs you could expect to see from the device. Frankly, they weren’t all that impressive, and today’s leak pretty much confirms our stance. 

For now, we are looking at a 4.5″ 1280 x 720 HD display at 329ppi, a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a 5MP rear-facing camera capable of 720p video at 30fps, Android 4.3 (that’s nice), Bluetooth 4.0, 8GB on internal memory, “long battery life,” and HSPA+ connectivity.

Given the holiday theme of the promo card, we can expect to see this device around Christmas.

Final thoughts before we never bring it up again?

Via: GSM Arena

  • Daistaar

    Not doubting that they would have something entry-level for the holiday season (smart actually) but the part that strikes me odd is “Video: Yes…” Very vague and and why would your details just be yes and the resolution? Maybe on a comparison page but this isn’t one. Seems weird or maybe a WIP (The ad not the device)…

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  • AbbyZFresh

    That better come with 4.4. Motorola.

    • Daistaar

      Says right on the card, “Android 4.3 Jelly bean”

  • Sean Bello

    HSPA+, aka no LTE?!

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      A good portion of the rest of the world lacks LTE. Given the product sign-up page, it looks like this is their play for the low-end/emerging markets currently dominated by the Lumia 520 and cheap Androids running 2.3 or 4.0.

  • JoeTi

    Eeeek! Only 8gb of storage!!!?? Where’s the SD card slot…..???

    • hkklife

      Really disappointing. The RAZR M that’s been around forever has 8GB + a microSD slot. I would have kept this thing as an S4 Pro dual-core and bumped the storage up to 16GB.

  • NorCalGuy

    Kinda like a beefed up gnex made by moto 2 years later…

  • RoboCop

    Verizon prolly passed on Nexus to be first in line for this guy

    • AbbyZFresh

      Verizon is not even promoting their Moto X in their own stores in favor of the Droids. They will throw this phone in the feature phone section. lmao

      • michael arazan

        Surprised they don’t keep them locked away in back with a business card sign that says, “Moto X available upon Request”

  • RoboCop

    I’ll bet you a wood backed moto x on Verizon later this month that you DO bring it up again

  • RoadsterHD1

    200.00 of contract, a good way to upgrade and keep your unlimited data.

  • chris125

    so this “cheaper version gets a quad core while the supposed “high end” moto x only got dual core?

    • Reginald Jefferson

      Moto X has the X8 Architecture. The G doesn’t have that. Just a plain quad-core.

      • hkklife

        Really disappointed they could not keep the codebase nearly identical between the G and X. That would have made for cheaper/easier/faster OS updates and approvals.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          The codebase is likely near-identical. The Moto G is a Moto X with a slightly different set of binaries, and some modular (read non-interfering) items removed (I doubt it has Touchless Controls, Assist, Active Notifications, or Quick Capture). Thus, all you would need to do is make a build that does not contain those features, which is essentially AOSP. If it uses an APQ8064 like the Nexus 4, then they don’t have to really touch much of anything. Thus, extremely low development costs. In fact, this Moto G is probably much easier to maintain than the Moto X, since they don’t have to make the extra feature code work properly.

    • RoadsterHD1

      X8 is more better…

    • HarvesterX

      The dual core processor (X8) is a very impressive piece of hardware and much more capable

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      It may be using the APQ8064, which is the same processor as the Nexus 4 and is also the oldest processor with an Adreno 320 GPU, which is a really really solid performer. That SoC is probably significantly cheaper than the X8 system in the Moto X, however the X will probably perform significantly better while including all the “extra” sensor-related and always-on goodies.
      This device will probably match the Nexus 4 fairly closely, in price and performance.

  • Brian

    Make it $250 off contract.

  • Blue Sun

    QFE: “Final thoughts before we never bring it up again?” I somehow doubt it :p

  • DJ SPY

    It says “long life battery” this is not a bad phone at all. The only bad thing is the 8 gigs of space. It’ll probably have around 6 to use.

    • Blue Sun

      Not a bad entry level phone for Moms or Pops.

  • Lunkman

    Strangely relieved… I plan on getting The Moto X (Verizon/Motomaker on 11/11), and the last thing I would have wanted to hear is that the G would be an improvement over the X and released in Q1 2014…

  • Marc

    Why would anybody buy this when the X is already showing up for 49 bucks. By Xmas a lot of retailers will probably be doing it for free. They really do need something at the true high end of the spectrum. The X seems like a nice phone, but low end specs show their age a lot faster. The g will be a fail.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yeah, but if they sell it for $200 off contract, it could still sell. (And at Christmas carriers will probably still be selling X for $100 on contract, so this for “free” will seem cheap by comparisoncomparison to some.) Funny though when you remember the Nexus 4 was going for $200/250 before it sold out, and it’s probably better than this G in nearly every way.

      • jahsoul

        The G and Nexus 4 specs actually are very similar.

        • Dan

          That’s what I was thinking, and actually thinking if they price this right (ie less off contract than a Nexus 5) it might be exactly the phone to get my GF. Great small size but excellent PPI, as fast as last years top of the line phones which still work great, and a simple clean design with pretty much stock android. What’s not to like?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The X is a little workhorse, and only getting better. After using it for a little while, you come to understand why they didn’t push the specs as far as they could, because it is functioning really well as it is. I sincerely believe that it will still be running as well as, if not better than, its contemporaries (HTC One, GS4) in two years, especially with initiatives like Project Svelte driving down the resource requirements of Android.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Wait for the “Google owns them why can’t they ship with KitKat!” clueless youth comments.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Well, they cant play favorites just because they own them

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    I love how a quad-core device now = entry level haha if we only knew how far we’d come 5 years ago..

    • capecodcarl

      5 years ago? 2 years ago I was salivating to get the first dual-core LTE phone on Verizon: The Motorola Bionic! Still got it… still regretting it. The RAZR came out about a month after I bought it. :-/

      • RoboCop

        July 2012: Galaxy S3 with “blazing fast dual core”

        • hkklife

          A 1.5ghz Snapdragon S4 dual core with 2GB RAM and a 720p screen and 16/32GB of storage is still nothing to sneeze at! The S3′s specs, thanks in part to the extra RAM on the domestic versions, have aged very well.

  • Capt. Crunch

    So $150 off contract? haha i wish

  • http://www.unexpectedparameters.com Aaron Hurt

    I don’t care if this is an entry level phone – what a fantastic device!

    Seriously, it will be a great burner phone.

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    I might would suggest this to my Dad who doesn’t play well with phones anyway. but definitely not to coax someone to jump over to the Jedi side of the force. it’d be a shameful comparison if up against the dark side. so none of my Apple friends get the recommendation. Sticking with G2 or Moto X for them.

    • M3D1T8R

      It matches up pretty well with the new Iphone actually. Both low end specs (other than the Iphone GPU). Will be interesting if this G phone has 1GB ram (like Iphone) or more.

      • Droid Ronin

        The iPhone 5S has equivalent specs to a Galaxy S2.

        • M3D1T8R

          Yep, pretty much.

        • Adrynalyne

          Except it doesn’t.

          You guys are crazy.

          • HarvesterX

            The 5s with it’s “unimpressive stats” blow all other smartphones away with the exception of a few thst hold their ground. If the A7 was clocked at the same speeds of the SD800 there wouldnt even be a contest. But it’s not, so their loss.. Lol.

  • br_hermon

    Wonder how much this device will cost off contract. Now that I’m contemplating leaving VZ and looking more into other phones and off contract prices it has me thinking. With phones like this and many others, while not top of the line specs, still respectable in core functionality and considering the price, is it ever worth it to pay for insurance anymore? I mean why pay $200+ over 2 years (potentially not even utilizing it) when you can roll the dice, and buy a phone like this for cheap should the need arise?

    • M3D1T8R

      I just cancelled my insurance on my DNA yesterday after Verizon raised the price from the $6.99 I was paying to $8, without notification. Typical sleazy Verizon., Decided it’s old enough now (actually got it as free updrade G.Nex insurance replacement), so I would rather save $8 on my bill, and just be extra careful with it til my next device when I sell it, probably in another 6 months or so, depending on what’s available. I think insurance is only worth it for the first 6 months or maybe up to a year after getting a new high end device.

      • Nic Hess

        Verizon doesn’t sell insurance. You mean asurion is sleazy.

        • M3D1T8R

          I realize Asurion is a separate company, but no. Asurion is sold through Verizon to me directly. I don’t pay a bill to Asurion. Verizon never notified me of the increase (though I remember reading about it on here months ago).

          • Nic Hess

            Well, your half right. It does get billed to you from VZW but they don’t set the price. Also they did send out notifications to customers, either through email or USPS.

          • M3D1T8R

            Not to me.

          • Dan DeMarco

            You remember reading about it? Yet they didn’t notify you, one of their 80 million customers. Such a sleazy move on their half, not being able to make contact with one of their 80 million customers.

          • M3D1T8R

            Yes, it is extremely sleazy, and typical of Verizon’s pattern of charging extra on people’s bills for things without consent or even awareness. They already were forced to pay some millions a couple years ago for bogus $1.99 monthly charges for “mb” usage for people that didn’t actually use any internet. I used to have to spend a half hour or more on the phone with them nearly every month to ge them refund these bogus charges on many of the four or five lines on my account.

            And if you’re saying the fact they have 80 million customers some how excuses them (if I’m reading through your toxic sarcasm correctly), sorry I disagree. If anything they should have better systems in place precisely because they have so many customers. And my contact info has been the same with them for well over a decade. Not hard to send me an automated email. I figured since I did not hear anything, I was being grandfathered on at the same $6.99 rate that I actually signed up for. New monthly charges without consent is basically fraud. What they were forced to pay up on before.

          • Nic Hess

            Seems like you should be mad at the post office. All this ignorant Verizon bashing is getting really old.

          • M3D1T8R

            Ignorant, really? You’re so quick to throw such words around on the interwebs. I’ve been a constant Verizon customer for well over a decade. I pay attention to how things work. Pointing out verified fraud, which Verizon was forced to pay millions of dollars in damages for, is not “bashing”, it’s fact.

            And how is the post office responsible for my email? You might as well just say, “It’s Obama’s fault!”

          • Nic Hess

            Well, it was ignorant. This situation. Isn’t verified fraud. And I said you should blame the post office for not getting your mail. And this example you keep talking about has nothing to do with the current situation.

          • Dan DeMarco

            Yordles…

          • M3D1T8R

            Hey don’t diss the Teemo. He’ll murder you.

      • Android Spy 007

        Idiot #1 so far on this post hahaha blablabla vzw is always bad ; ( hahaha

      • a.d.AM

        Use square trade for phone insurance. Theyre legit.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I got an e-mail informing me of the increase about a month before it went into effect. Of course, I knew about it long before that due to the leak here but still.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    329 ppi omg i need

  • Tony Spence

    This doesn’t state that it uses the X8 computing system. So I would assume its not really like to moto x or droid line. That was something they really promoted with the X and droid line.

  • grumpyfuzz

    So the low end Moto G gets android 4.3 but not the Moto X… Logic.

    • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

      Hopefully, Moto X jumps straight to 4.4.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        It’s already been confirmed. They are also looking into jumping the 2012 devices from 4.1.2 to 4.4. Crazy, I know.

    • Reginald Jefferson

      Moto X is jumping straight to 4.4. You should read more articles.

      • grumpyfuzz

        I know that… But I’m just saying, if they can make it on a low end device, why can’t they update it on the Moto X? In my comment I said nothing about KitKat.

        • Reginald Jefferson

          Because there was not point. 4.3 was a minor update. Why worry about going from 4.2 to 4.3 when EVERYONE knew that 4.4 was right around the corner. Saves on development costs.

          • grumpyfuzz

            True, but Motorola said a while back they were working on it. But then again, and I agree with you, who cares when KitKat is out now.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Motorola apparently couldn’t get a stable and usable build for 4.3 ready before the 4.4 announcement. So, they just dropped it and picked up 4.4 development. No need to waste money developing a build that is behind the current top version, that just doesn’t make sense, especially when 4.2.2 is running so well. It’s not like they need an OTA to update their headline/important features (Touchless Controls, Assist, and the Camera update via the Play Store).

  • http://petervideos.com/ Peter Mansour

    Because the description says “Super fast” i think ill get it

  • chris kilps

    Does it still have the always listening features? I wonder what exclusive features are left out on the device to make it cheaper.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Most likely, no. It will likely be a Nexus 4 will a slightly lower MP rear cam (though hopefully better quality at least), and tiny bezels. The size looks very small indeed. With a plastic chassis, it could end up being really really light as well. Also, many are expecting it to come in under $300 for the base model (this device is probably where the “its gonna be super cheap” rumors came from right before the Moto X announcement).

  • W. Paul Schenck

    The specs on this are better that half the available phones out there and it’s free on contract. Moto should see these fly off the shelves.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Kidding right? Broke consumers wont choose this over the free i4 or i5c

      Apple owns them now

      • Kane Stapler

        they don’t sell the iPhone 4/4S anymore, and 5C is still $100

        • http://www.timbuckingham.com/ Tim Buckingham

          They still sell the 4S. Free on contract.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            If this works significantly better than the iPhone 4S with iOS7 (it might, I’ve read that the 4S is struggling a bit there), there is no reason it won’t sell.

  • hurrrrdurrrr

    So Motorola has two entry level devices now? They need a high end device.

    • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

      What phone are you driving daily right now? Ever touched a Moto X

      • needa

        i would say no.

    • Balansi Kherwyn

      True that. Motorola is making outdated phones with a top of the line pricing. And somehow, die hard fans are so dying with this.

      • Albert

        Have you tried a Moto X? I guarantee, unless you have the nexus 5 right now, there isn’t a single phone you can buy that would outperform the Moto X in terms of speed.

        • Adrynalyne

          Don’t talk like that to the spec-war boys.

          They know best.

        • Balansi Kherwyn

          The point is, why would Motorola sell at the price point of phones with premium specs. We all know that the Moto X and G have mediocre specs and those specs are cheaper therefor the X and G are cheaper to produce yet sold as if they have the expensive specs.

          Can you get the point?

          • Albert

            Have you heard of the iPhone? Still 1 gig of ram, I think its still dual core, far less resolution/pixel density than any modern android phone, and its only a 4 inch display.. They charge $700-800 retail. They also happen to be the most valuable company in the world. Just saying.

          • HarvesterX

            That A7 CPU coupled in the 5s so happens to (even with 1GB RAM) outperform most Android phones except for a few S800 devices thst actually bested the 5s in many areas. I hate Apple but the facts can’t be disputed..

        • HarvesterX

          You are living in the andlof confusion. Every try a LG G2? That smokes the X brotha’ (not you aren’t my “brother”, it’s slang). No you haven’t tried or used one or else you’d be earing your words. I’ve used both of them. I am in a position to comment. The G2 eats the X for lunch in real world performance AND benchmarks AND games (go play Dead Trigger 2 with the Tegra 4 hack and show me your framerates,… Mine don’t drop).

          Undoubtedly you will say “I’ve used both in the store and the X felt more capable” lor other mumbo jumbo. I’m not being exactly polite because you were buying somebody else about had they tried the Moto X before making a claim, which is exactly what you just did.

          I’m running CyanogenMod nightly with a custom kernel on the G2 as of last night and am actually switching back to a LG CUSTOM ROM because I miss too many features. Latest CyanogenMod nightly runs perfectly, but that’s not the point. A custom ROM isn’t needed to blow the X out the water. You are just justifying your purchase and the money you spent and not basing nay argument on facts. Guess what, I have active notifications set up as well. Here is what you SHOULD have said, which is the truth.

          “Motorola created an innovative piece of technology with the X8 archeticture and it shows. It’s a great example of designing a platform and optimizing around it. The phone feels very responsive and I have noticd little lag (all phones will show lag to some degree at certain times, like when opening up a HUGE data file in an editor) at all. It has a great form factor is very comfortable and enjoyable to use. Touchless controls is a nice touch. Overall this proves that optimizations plus a great archeticture can yield outstanding results, as back in the days when AMD first released their FX chipset which outperformed much higher clocked Intel chips (not in the PC game anymore so don’t know what holds truth now).” and left it at that. The iPhone 5S with the A7 is even better than the X (honestly it’s better than most Android phone out now with the exception of S800 devices but that’s kind of apples vs oranges. The G2 is one of the few phones that outperformed the A7 in many benchmark. The S800 SoC simply is more capable I’m sorry. Nothing is wrong with the X. Both phones get the job done and no one is laughing at the X. I honestly find it a fascinating phone

          • Albert

            You are pretty much saying, “there is no replacement for displacement” and I’m going to tell you there is.

          • HarvesterX

            Ok

  • Eric

    So this has a slightly cheaper camera, smaller screen (not by much), and less storage for free on contract? Would be the perfect android phone to recommend to none tech people.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Speaking of “Stock” devices… are the GPE devices now dead? I was just looking at them and ralized they’re still $600 …. with a one step back Processor (which doesn’t really matter that much) but why would you buy those devices when the N5 is sitting there at the price it is?

    • Pedro

      Camera, battery and SD card support.

      That said, my N5 has Shipped!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Mine too! Woo!… Here on Monday. And as far as the battery and SD support I guess that means the HTC GPE is completely dead.

        • grumpyfuzz

          Two day or ground? Just wondering because I have ground and it hasn’t shipped yet for me.

          • Droidzilla

            Mine shipped, too; 2Day. His is two day as well since it’s set to arrive Monday.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            I think if you bought it early enough and did 2day shipping it shipped today. For regular ground I don’t think so

      • TylerChappell

        And those 3 features combined are nowhere near worth $250+

        • Pedro

          Maybe not to you, but possibly to others.
          Maybe we should just laugh at anyone who’s needs don’t match ours. They need to get back in line, dammit.

          • TylerChappell

            Uh, no from a purely factual stand point, they are not. If a person really thinks they need more than 32GB of storage, they are probably not managing their digital life very efficiently. I hate having anything less than 32, but if a tech enthusiast like myself can cope with the 11GB that is available on his Droid DNA without issue, then so can everyone else. I’m all for as much storage and battery capacity as possible in any device, but people who justify spending $250 or so for another device because it has an extra $15 worth of features in it, need to be a little more rational.

          • HarvesterX

            There are OTG USB Flash drives for large movies and archived music you don’t listen to often and don’t need on the phone 24/7.

      • hkklife

        Without the Sense camera app and postprocessing, the One GPE loses a LOT of its appeal. And the S4 GPE’s micrpSD slot is essentially 99% useless without the proper APIs and hooks within the OS to support it.

        I think the GPE line needs an immediate price reduction of $100-$200 across the board. Otherwise, they are just setting them up to fail.

        What I wouldn’t give for a 64GB GPE LG G2!

  • Ben Murphy

    How could it get any cheaper?

  • MichaelFranz

    Sad how this launches with 4.3 before other devices previously launched get it

    • Eric

      Not really, if they we’re developing why would they use anything besides the latest when they start development?

      • Justin W

        @MichaelFranz:disqus Also, this hasn’t launched yet. Who’s to say the Moto X won’t have 4.4 by the time this launches?

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    This is actually interesting. Depending on the price, this might be the standard “Hey family member who wants a cheap off-contract phone, go look at this one!” recommendation for me to use.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Price is apparently free on contract.

      • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

        It better be free on contract since the X pretty much is. That said, that doesn’t help me for an off-contract recommendation. ;-)

        GSM Arena suggests £134.95 (~$215?) will be the off-contract price. If that’s the case, this is definitely a strong candidate for the de facto recommendation!

        • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

          I would say that $199 would be a good value.

      • Dan

        heck with on contract, the sooner we all get over that the better. If this is less than $250 off contract it is a great deal, way better than what you can get through all the prepaid mvno people, or even wives/gf/husbands of current android users

  • Gunther

    So, the Moto X by a different name.

    • Butters619

      No LTE, poop camera, 8GB of storage.

      • M3D1T8R

        Really no LTE?

        • Butters619

          Looks like it.

          • EraserXIV

            Edit: nevermind, i thought this was a verizon phone. it isn’t.

          • M3D1T8R

            Yep. But we don’t know if this will come to Verizon.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Low MP, hopefully still decent quality though. You can do 5MP well, especially if it is similar to the sensor in the X (not RGBC necessarily, but the larger pixel size). It won’t be spectacular, but usable pictures out of a cheap device would really put it ahead of its competition.

    • Tyler Lamb

      Also looks like no X8 architecture.

    • chris125

      different processor (doesn’t seem like it will have the x8 internals), lesser camera (the moto x was already not that good), less storage, so no not a moto x