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Thanks to Retail Goof, Moto G Press Renders Leak and Full Specs Now Known

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Motorola plans on introducing the world to the Moto G tomorrow morning, but unfortunately for them, a few retailers jumped the gun today. Appearing on multiple UK e-retailer sites, including Amazon, press renders of the G and even the full spec sheet is now public information. Sucks for Moto, but great for us. 

Unfortunately, as we have known thanks to previous leaks, this device is anything but top tier. The Moto G will be marketed as the perfect entry level smartphone, with a 4.5″ HD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera, and a body type extremely similar to the Moto X. What is still not known is if Motorola will be able to work in some of the premium software features found on the X, such as the Touchless Control and Active Display. We are leaning towards no, but nothing is confirmed at this point.

Specs:

  • 4.5″ LCD 1,280 x 720 display
  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of flash storage
  • 5MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 2070mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 129.9 x 65.9 x 6-11.6mm
  • Weight: 143g

Be sure to watch Motorola officially unveil this device tomorrow morning right here.

Via: The Unwired | Pocket Lint

  • lumpysherman

    It’s a GNex with a slightly larger stock battery and probably better antennas.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    $179.00 OFF contract. Bitch about the specs now…

  • Steve B

    $179 OFF CONTRACT folks. Game changer, even for a low spec’d device.

  • C-Law

    Dat chin…
    They got it right on the x, guess they had to sacrifice it for the g

  • Droid 1967

    As we all know moto has been in bed with Verizon for a long time.
    so now they are offering this phone with 8gig of storage meaning you get about 5 thus needing more bandwidth for cloud storage as verizon says thankyou moto chaching!

  • grumpyfuzz

    Looks like the Moto G had been sitting in this picture. http://www.android.com/phones-and-tablets/. It looks like it is the phone on the far right.

  • MikeSaver

    Anyone think they’ll also announce wood backs tomorrow?…no?

  • mgamerz

    Galaxy Nexus 1.2

  • Dan

    279$ I’ll buy this

    • guest

      it should be cheaper than that ~200-150$

    • Steve B

      How about $179, OFF CONTRACT. Confirmed, this will hopefully change the US market. Lets hope this device sells well. If it does, it will force Samsung, LG and HTC to changed their price strategy.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Who in their right mind would buy a 1GB RAM phone in 2013? Thats Galaxy Nexus specs you’re looking at here folks. Motorola is going to have a load of trouble optimizing this phone the way they did for the Moto X

    • M3D1T8R

      Yup. And yet Apple still sells millions of new Iphones, with their two year old specs.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Apple has brand loyalty, Motorola doesn’t have that privelige anymore. They are only just starting to get it back with the X.

  • RoadsterHD1

    No way, it needs the extra two processors. X8 is not on it.

  • greyhulk

    1 GB of RAM! That should be an Android rule! No less than 2 GB, no matter how mid-range the device.

    Not thrilled about that camera or internal storage, either.

    • guest

      kitkat runs smooth with 512mb ram ..and moto makes devices with almost stock android, so that wont be a problem ..this device will sell for ~150$ off contract ..so they have to cut down on all corners ..

      • RoadsterHD1

        true true. And for 150.00 its a great device.

  • JeffColorado

    Little light on the storage. No SD is an awful design decision.

  • aBabyPenguin

    8GB of memory? Wow that’s small even for an entry level device.

    • Brandon Golway

      That’s what I was thinking. My Nexus 7 had 8 GB and only 5 GB was useable and it really sucked.

  • Jason B

    Considering people outside of the U.S. pay full retail for phones, this will be an affordable option for the people that can’t afford to pay the $600-800 upfront for an iPhone or other high-end device.

    This isn’t meant for the U.S. market.

    • lgreg64

      I 100% agree.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Agreed, what Americans tend to forget is that not all countries offer dirt-cheap carrier contracts for less than a buck only to trap you for 2 years.

    • porter86

      Most people get a contract actually.

      • Jason B

        I think you misread my comment. I didn’t say people weren’t in contracts with their carrier overseas. My point was that, outside of the U.S., carriers don’t subsidize the high cost of smartphone equipment.

        • porter86

          “My point was that, outside of the U.S., carriers don’t subsidize the high cost of smartphone equipment.”

          You’re completely wrong, if anything they subsidise them more. My iPhone 5S for example was subsidised to 30 euros.

          • Jason B

            So you’re assuming every carrier outside of the U.S. subsidizes phones because yours does? There will always be exceptions.

  • Larry Bublitz

    Here’s hoping for decent performance, kit kat, and Active Display. I don’t think most people reading this forum are the target market, but I think there are a lot of people here who are motorola fans and would like a cheap little rugged motorola as a backup that has the latest OS and a few of the cool Moto X features. Just something for tinkering with.

    • MistaButters

      I wouldn’t expect Kit Kat. It’s only been out for 2 weeks, and there is just no way they could push it out that fast. Plus, this phone has probably been rolling off the assembly lines for more than 2 weeks.

      • Larry Bublitz

        Good point. Hopefully on the fast track to Kit Kat then, where maybe the 1GB isn’t so much of a big deal.

    • aBabyPenguin

      I expect all these things, except KitKat. As Butters said, it has only been out for a couple weeks. BUT, I bet they will push KitKat to the Moto G fairly quickly.
      As for everything else, I think they will deliver. I think this will be a solid phone worthy to be called the Moto X’s little brother.

  • wolfedude88

    Moto X releases, Specs dont matter anymore….

    Moto G releases, what crappy specs…..

    This phone should be pretty good for people wanting a cheap phone.

    • Adrynalyne

      Moto X releases, specs don’t matter because they engineered it to work differently. They used a dual core CPU, but then additional cores to offload tasks normally meant for the CPU.

      That won’t be the case here. Quad cores spend most their time with two cores idling. There is little advantage to them, even today.

      • wolfedude88

        I understand completely, I just find it funny. People always bash the iphone as well for specs but it runs great.

        Same with the Moto X. I just thought we were at a time when specs weren’t as important, you know like actually playing with a device first before writing it off.

        Also the X has a lower res screen than most out there as well, but once again I understand why they chose 720p instead of 1080p.

        Why would someone actually down vote your comment?

        • Adrynalyne

          People love me, LOL. They show it with downvotes.

          I hear ya re: trying it first and completely agree.

          • UofA

            Are you using a Moto X? I’m currently using a LG G2 but think the Moto X is more for me.

          • Adrynalyne

            I was using a Droid Maxx for a while which is the same thing really. I was really impressed with it.
            I am using a Note 3 now (don’t ask, long story).

        • MistaButters

          720p in a 4.5″ display is still 326ppi. A 1080p display would be a complete waste.

      • MikeSaver

        I enjoy stuff this guys says

    • michael arazan

      But in South America, this is a Flagship device. I think this is releasing in all other countries and not in the US. Every market has a different rate of inflation. This will still be a great phone for developing markets, Other than a bigger battery, it is the GNex, with better antennas

  • Doug

    Where’s Bionic, err Droidzilla? Isn’t this the budget phone that he was preaching to us about per Sarge back months ago?

    • MistaButters

      Good try Bionic. Using a guest account.

    • Bionlc

      Yes

      • MistaButters

        I’m on to you. Comment is form Guest Account. One upvote is you, the other from Guest Account.

    • needa

      id imagine he is still hiding under a rock. per sarge.

  • Chris Klopfenstein

    Yeah! 2012 is gonna rock with my new Moto G!

  • Adam Truelove

    This is what the Gnex should have been.

  • hans wee

    well if its LCD it won’t get touchless control and active notifications. its a quad core but its a quad A7 with a adreno 305. so not better specs , but for the price its great.

    • socarwolverine

      Droid Mini got active notifications and touchless controls with its LCD.

      • hans wee

        ah true that, but it gets pretty poor battery life.

        • socarwolverine

          Ah, I never saw what battery life it got. It’s probably a hard sell to move a small underpowered phone that gets bad battery life so they may drop those features.

          • Adrynalyne

            It would be even worse if it didn’t use the X8. So I can’t imagine this phone using either.

      • Dave

        Whatever happened to all SD800 phones having the “always listening” function that was supposed to be even better than touch less control? Or did that one crash just past the rumor mill, even though I was sure it was Qualcomm who stated it….

        • socarwolverine

          The SD800 chip has a listening module. As far as I know the “always listening” function hasn’t been fully implemented using it (the nexus 5 only listens when the screen is on) and I don’t think it’ll be better, it’ll essentially be the same thing without the need for a custom chipset. I don’t believe this phone has the SD800, it has another quad core chip but not that one.

          • Adrynalyne

            Samsung might have. S-Voice can be set to always listening on the Note 3 IIRC.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Touchless control is the same theory as the always-on listening in SD800, but in practice works differently. Motorola broke out the voice-activation sub-system so that it could run with any SoC, so they could implement their headline feature without being tied to any one component, or component line. That has huge advantages for them and their customers, obviously.

            This device is most likely running a SD200 chip, specifically the 8 or 8612 which fit the description (1.2 GHz quard-core Cortex A7) perfectly, and they use the Adreno 302 GPU. This little guy won’t win any benchmarks, but if they can optimize it well enough, it should at least run smoothly and have good battery life.

        • maxfrix

          The 8x system uses some very low power single purpose cores to facilitate some operations. The always listening feature for example is a special single purpose core using a minimal amount of power to accomplish its mission. The SD800 waiting for a voice command would kill battery very quickly. The Nexus needs to be awake and powered on to listen, it cannot maintain that state all day. No batteries big enough

          • Adrynalyne

            Dave’s point was this:

            http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/800

            Technology that listens to you.

            Voice activation enabled by Snapdragon processors even listens while on standby. The result? You enjoy power savings and voice control experience that you can use without even touching your device.”

          • maxfrix

            All I saw was a question about what happened to it. Sorry, the way I understand it that chipset would require way too much power to offer the service for any length of time

          • Adrynalyne

            Qualcomm is claiming differently, but until we can try it, its a moot point I guess.

          • Dave

            Bingo. Sorry if I took a while to get to it, but I knew for sure I remember that. Thanks.

          • Dave

            It would be cool to walk past somebody and yell “format SD card, confirm, yes,” or something like “call police,” while the phone was asleep. …LoL

          • Adrynalyne

            You are evil.

            I like it!

      • maxfrix

        AMOLED display

        • socarwolverine

          …The Droid Mini has an LCD display

          • maxfrix

            My apologies, I just looked at the specs. It has a notification LED but does not have active notifications as the other droids or the Moto x. The LCD display makes active notifications impossible.

          • socarwolverine

            It still has active notifications, it is not impossible. The only thing it lacks is the “breathing” that the other droids have, that function is replaced by the LED. It still uses the core that allows the display to show the notification when you remove it from your pocket or when it is moved just like the other droids and moto x.

          • maxfrix

            Yes but it flashes the LED, The actual ability to display the notifications requires an LED type display.

    • Adrynalyne

      Quad A7?

      Don’t tell Apple! :p

  • samosa king

    jnl

  • socarwolverine

    As far as Active Display goes, they can use the same implementation as the Droid Mini, seeing as that uses an LCD screen also.

    • maxfrix

      active notifications won’t work with LCD. Uses too much battery. LED is critical for this function in order only power a few pixels at a time

      • socarwolverine

        That’s incorrect, they currently have it on the Droid Mini, which has an LCD. It is definitely clunkier and not nearly as smooth, but they have it on a device with an LCD screen.

      • Elliot Kotis

        AMOLED* Not LED.

  • Editor in Sith

    What is still [NOT] known is if Motorola will be able to work in some of the premium software features found on the X, such as the Touchless Control and Active Display. We are leaning towards no, but nothing is confirmed at this point.

    • RoadsterHD1

      it can’t. it needs X8 computing system for those features.

  • htowngtr

    So its basically a 4.5″ moto X?

    • bd1212

      With worse specs and probably poor battery life since it’ll have Active Display running on an LCD with a smaller sized battery. For the off-contract price, however, this is a great phone.

      • Elliot Kotis

        It wont have active display, that is the point. -.-

        • bd1212

          I was basing that off of the Droid Mini having an LCD display and Active Display. The Droid Mini gets poor battery life.

  • d-rock

    That’s not horrible for a mid range device, although 2GB of RAM is a must for me now.

    • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

      I though that too until I saw 8 GB of storage :(

      • Adam Truelove

        Which is 3 GB too much for me.

        I’m still pissed I can’t get a cheaper Nexus 5 with 8 GB of storage.

        • ToddAwesome

          I hear ya, I’m currently taking up less than 2GB on my GNex. That said, I’ve been conditioned to always want more space, just “in case”

    • AbbyZFresh

      With KitKat out, 1GB of RAM isn’t that bad. Assuming Motorola optimizes it the way they optimized the X.

  • BHazard

    Could be a great smartphone gift for a parent if it goes for $199 or less. Any higher, and it deserves to sit untouched in stock rooms.

    • Kenton Douglas

      What can you pick up for “$199 or less” off contract?

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Possibly, this device :-D

        • Kenton Douglas

          I should have said:

          What ELSE can you pick up for “$199 or less” off contract? :)

          Looks like a great deal. Lumia 520 killer. I hope they can sort out the distribution.

  • Guest

    So this is the cheaper model but has better specs? Can someone explain to me why this is the cheap option? Cheaper and older quad processor?

    • Adrynalyne

      Better specs than what?

      Not a Moto X.

    • BuckNut23

      1GB of RAM
      8GB of storage
      lower quality camera
      Moto X uses the X8 architecture while this does not (at least, doesn’t appear to)

      Basically, in no way does this phone have better specs than the X. Just because it’s quad core doesn’t mean it’s better.

  • samosa king

    The phone itself looks budget.

    • Eric

      Thats because it is budget…

  • robvargas

    So free on contract and 200 off?

    • aBabyPenguin

      $200 off contract would be ridiculous. Considering the 16GB Moto X is $500 on MotoMaker, I’d say this one could have a fair price at $400.

      • robvargas

        It’s gotta undercut the N5, so anywhere between 200 and 300 makes the most sense.

        • aBabyPenguin

          Are you sure? I think the Nexus phones are in a league of their own, price wise. Google can afford to lose money selling the N5, I don’t think Moto would want to do the same with their phone (even if they are owned by Google) I would say $300 is possible, but if they go any lower than that I will be VERY surprised.

          • TylerChappell

            I am also expecting $300-$350 at the most, which even with these specs, isn’t all that bad.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Remember that the N5 is a high-end device being sold essentially at-cost. This device’s BoM is probably less than 1/2 that of the N5 (think in the neighborhood of $95), and considering that the software upkeep cost will likely be minimal at best, they can sell them super-cheap and make their profits on volume.

          • arthur2142

            How about $179 to $199 off contract.

          • aBabyPenguin

            open mouth insert foot.
            I am impressed! This might be the perfect phone for my gf.

      • kixofmyg0t

        I keep seeing info that points to a sub $225 OFF CONTRACT price. So we’ll see i guess.

      • chris125

        You also have to remember that the moto x is made in the US so that causes somewhat higher price off contract. I could see this being sub $400 off contract

  • Dick D

    GNEX 2.0?

  • MGardnerDA1235

    I’m all about this beast 18 months ago.

    • cmdub

      need to see how it performs on 4.4 which is “supposedly” really good for lower end phones ala this one.

      • MGardnerDA1235

        I mean “won’t get crushed” isn’t exactly the same as “really good for”…but I’m going to guess that no one spending more than fleeting amounts of time on DL will ultimately pick this up.

      • Adam Truelove

        4.4 performs just fine on the Gnex and its specs are worse.

        • Abgar Musayelyan

          aside from the GPU driver issues. but yeah. i get what you’re saying.

        • Elliot Kotis

          hahah But Google doesnt want to support Gnex