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Moto G Specs

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Motorola’s incredibly affordable Moto G may not blow minds with a spec sheet, but it’s certainly a phone that should grab the world’s attention. It’s insanely cheap at just $179 for the 8GB model, and that’s without a contract. But it’s also no slouch thanks to a quad-core processor, HD display, decent sized battery, and 5MP camera. Below, we’ve got the full details. 


  • Processor:  1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (quad-core)
  • Display:  4.5-inch HD (1280×720, 329ppi)
  • Storage:  8GB/16GB
  • Camera:  5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
  • Battery:  2070mAh  (24 hours “mixed” usage)
  • WiFi:  802.11 b/g/n
  • Connectivity:  GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (CDMA too)
  • Bluetooth:  4.0
  • Dimensions:  129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm
  • Weight:  143g
  • Price:  $179/$199


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  • Robert ANderson

    If I will use it outside the US only about once a year, should I get the US-GSM, rather than plain GSM?

  • danur rahmajati

    definitely like it!!

  • C-Law

    So being that there’s no LTE, if my gf were to get this for her dad’s first smartphone and use straight talk , I’m wondering if it would be better with an at&t or T-Mobile sim? I guess T-Mobile has the edge on speed but at&t has better, more reliable signal?

  • Junaid Ansari

    Will this be available in Canada? Because I want to give this to my mother as a gift.

  • JeffColorado

    it’s official…mid-range Android phones have better displays than the best iPhone.

  • Can this phone be serviced on Cricket Wireless?

  • Pakmann2k

    Great phone as a doomsday replacement. Like the idea of being able to buy a new device outright, off contract, if in a pinch..I would even consider buying one of these to take on vacation outside the US and dropping an Orange Sim in it or other carrier with a pretty paid card.

  • Mike Jones

    That chipset has LTE, the question is will it be able to be “turned on” like the Nexus 4 was!

  • n11

    I honestly thought this thing was going to have an 800×480 rez screen at that price, but damn!

  • cswin72

    so this phone has a better CPU and the same display of the “flagship” X? I dont get it…? I see you can’t get it in a 32gb version…. but why/how is the X considered “better”?

    • Adrynalyne

      CPU is not better
      GPU is not better
      LCD is not better
      RAM is not better
      Storage is not better

      Not to mention its missing X8.

      • cswin72

        this spec sheet shows a quad-core in the G.. the X shows 720p display and a dual-core processor per http://www.droid-life.com/2013/08/06/moto-x-review-2013/

        • cswin72

          I dont see memory on THIS spec sheet or the one listed above…. so I can’t say…

          • TheBigNoob

            Oh don’t worry it’s a gig of ram, so we probably could say…something.

        • Adrynalyne

          Yeah and a V8 of yesteryear cannot compete with a V6 of today.

          LCD vs AMOLED
          X8 offloads certain cpu tasks to other cores, so you cannot really compare the CPU even.

          Moto G has 1gb of ram
          Moto X has 2gb of ram

          • GentlemanScholar

            This is why people who are ignorant to technology end up getting confused. 4 is greater than 2 so since the Moto G has 4 cores it is automatically better than the Moto X because it has 2 cores. That’s like saying the 429hp Hyundai Equus is better/faster than a 400hp BMW 5 series because it has more horesepower so it must be better; however, any reasonably astute car enthusiast would ask, what’s the torque? The torque on the Hyundai is 369ft/lb while the torque on the BMW is 450ft/lb. The BMW is actually faster despite having less hp because it has much more torque.

            Analogy aside, the Moto X essentially has a two core S600 that is clocked at 1.7ghz instead of 1.9ghz as the standard S600 is. The S600 is used in the S4 and HTC One, which includes the Adreno 320 GPU. The Moto X has the same GPU and a two core S600 with Krait 300. The additional two cores are rarely used in real-world applications (unless real intensive tasks require the extra cores). But keep telling yourself that since 4 is greater than 2, the Moto G is better than the Moto X (even despite its other deficiencies – e.g., RAM, screen, etc.)

          • New_Guy

            Seriously, the real world performance afforded by the X8 is masterful. People who have never used the X and just go by the spec sheet haven’t one clue. Find me a bad review on this thing from anyone that matters…

        • tomn1ce

          Take a look it may have quad core cpu but the X has the SD4pro cpu clocked a lil higher then the G…http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5831&idPhone2=5601

    • cswin72

      no LTE i see on the G

      • guest

        the two cores in Moto x are krait s600 cloked always at 1.7 ghx and has 320 gpu, which is way better than moto g which 4 cores s400 at 1.2ghz and gpu 305 which deosnot match up to motox’s CPU and gpu in raw horse power, that being said you won’t notice much of a difference in day to day usage ..

    • needa

      another ‘its quadcore so it must be better comment’.

      welcome to the dub dub dub

  • Shadowstare

    No LTE?

  • Flat_Stanley

    How do these specs compare with the Nexus 4? Seems pretty similar

    • bionicwaffle

      The Nexus 4 has 2GB of RAM, Krait cores, and an Adreno 320GPU. Those are huge differences.

      • Kenton Douglas

        Nonetheless the benchmarks should be very interesting depending on how they’ve implemented the clocks (on the GPU in particular). The Moto X (dual Krait 300) benchmarks on a par or above the Snapdragon 600 (quad Krait 300) because it spends more time nearer max.clocks (1.5-17Ghz), where the quad Snapdragon 600 cores spend most of their time around 1.2Ghz for thermal management.

  • Daniel

    UGH, still no MicroSD or LTE/Verizon support :'(

    • Adrynalyne

      It shouldn’t shock you at this price point.

      • TheBigNoob

        Yeah that and it is going to have Verizon support.

        From Moto’s website: “CDMA Model: CDMA/EVDO Rev A”

        That sounds exactly like Verizon’s 3G network. You can’t expect a high end feature like LTE for such a cheap price, and the same goes for an SD Card slot coming from Motorola that has whole heartedly embraced google’s mantra of “SD cards are a thing of the past”

  • teevirus

    This will be the phone I recommend for my mom. I do not mean that as an insult.

    • Jérôme Besnard

      I’m with you! I’m gonna get it for my wife to replace her broken Gnex.

  • crazed_z06

    Wait.. no lte?

  • bionicwaffle

    Yeah, it’s quad core but it’s not Krait, which may matter more, and it has an Adreno 305, not an Adreno 320 like the Snapdragon S4 Pro or 600. It would be interesting to see how the Adreno 305 compares to the Adreno 225 and the Adreno 320. Still, it does seem like a great phone for the price!

    • Kenton Douglas

      the 305 is roughly the same plus about 10-20% in certain use cases. The A7 cores in this phone aren’t bad at all (fully instruction set compatible with the cortex A15)

  • Riz Virani

    The replaceable back makes me wish I had that on my Moto X.. Damn you Moto. 😛

  • Jeremy Martin

    No LTE = Not a good option for Verizon even though they say they are getting it.

    • Defenestratus

      Which is interesting considering isn’t Verizon pretty adamant that all new phones be LTE?

      • steve0617

        It’s coming as a Prepaid. Not postpay. They don’t seem to care as much about the prepaid phones.

    • Bryan Snyder

      Prepaid only.. non-4G network

      • Jeremy Martin

        It supports HSPA+ which is 4G…this phone is great for the carriers that have HSPA+ but not for those who only have LTE and evdo. evdo is horrible. I get it Prepaid…but still no LTE would be a deal breaker for me even if i were thinking of prepaid phone options.

  • Joshua Patrick

    Is it just me or why don’t they list the ram?

  • Defenestratus

    No LTE?

  • Jeremy Gentry

    ok, motorola is brilliant, you know devs are going to be all over this thing. with only 8/16gb of space i hope the OS doesn’t take up too much? stock android?

    • n11

      I thought I heard 4.4 takes up less space then 4.3, I could be wrong. I have the MotoX and its pretty much stock android except for a few very minor tweaks.

      • Brian Barcus

        I haven’t made any detailed measurements but my N4 and N5 show roughly the same (12.5GB of 16GB) available. If 4.4 is smaller it is not by much.

  • fauxshizzl

    Had the X come out at this price (like it should have) it probably would have actually moved some units.

    • Matthew Rebmann

      This is getting tired.

      • New_Guy

        Thank you!!! i have the X and, my God, I love this phone. It does more with a dual core than most do with a quad thanks to the X8. This little thing is really amazing.

        • bd1212

          Just got mine today. I’m coming from a Galaxy S4 -> iPhone 5s -> G2 -> Moto X, and guess what? It’s faster than every single one of those other phones (save for the iPhone, but that’s a different story). Kicks the S4’s butt in every measurement and even rivals it’s amazing camera. Build quality is amazing, and I actually prefer it to the 5s that I owned before it. Compared to the G2, it’s much, much better. Battery life is surprisingly similar to what I got from my G2 and I can easily get 5 hours of screen on time. That’s nuts, especially coming from this little device.

          Friggin love my Moto X. It’s the first phone that I’m probably going to keep for the better part of a year.

          • New_Guy

            I’ll add to that list by saying I also own a Note 2 and the outperforms it as well. Seriously, I’m on board with saying screw the spec sheet, this phone is amazing. Best battery life I’ve ever had on a smartphone as well. Usually pace about 32hours.

          • bd1212

            I never expected this kind of performance with this kind of hardware on an Android phone, I really didn’t. I always thought of Android as the OS that required super fast processors and at least 2GB of RAM to run fast, but the Moto X has proven that that’s not the case. With some optimization, this performs at iPhone level speeds/smoothness. Not a hint of lag anywhere at all. Screw the spec sheets and spec whores, this phone doesn’t need the latest processors; it performs amazingly with what its got.

          • GentlemanScholar

            One thing to note, however, is that the Moto X does have a super fast processor. It simply doesn’t have two of the cores of the S600 and is clocked at 1.7ghz instead of 1.9ghz as the S600 is. The Moto X has the Adreno 320 GPU, so the Moto X essentially has the S600 (which is in the S4 and HTC One) without two of the cores which are rarely used in real-world applications (unless real intensive tasks require the extra cores).

          • bd1212

            Exactly. These aren’t mid-range specs, these are real-world specs. I don’t even think any apps can even take advantage of dual-core phones, let alone quad-core.

    • Droidzilla

      Yeah! They totally should have paid us to buy the X; should have been you hit order and they send you the X and a $100 bill . . . and a driverless car . . . and Google Glass Explorer should have been 50¢.

    • NexusMan

      It should NOT have come out at this price,since it costs more than this price to make. So where’s the logic in that?

      • fauxshizzl

        I meant on contract you bunch of ignorant cunts.

        • guest

          i thought the X launched 199$ for 16gb storage on contract, whats your point?

  • Balthazar_B

    Has anyone seen details on which GSM/HSPA bands are supported?

    • Jeremy Gross

      check gsmarean

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Most common bands are being supported, including AWS. So, the Moto G is fully compatible with all HSPA+21 networks in the US.

      Networks: GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz); UMTS (850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz); CDMA (850/1900 MHz)

  • Eric G Canoy

    holy crap free SIM from T Mo and a $200 off contract phone (no glitch)

  • cmdr430

    I would love for this to be my wifes first smart phone, but no verizon connectivity

  • Razma

    so no Verizon?

    • Dale

      Of course not. It’s way too affordable.

      • Greg Morgan

        Actually their twitter account said it is coming to Big Red.


        • Adam Truelove

          But that one will be $599 off contract and $299 on contract. What a deal!!! Stop by your local Verizon store today. A local sales representative will be waiting to walk you through using your new Moto G and all of its amazing features like VZ Navigator and VZ Ringtones!

          • tomn1ce

            and rape you in the process… -_-

      • The verizon thing is what I was looking for. I wanted one. Shoot. oh well I’ll do some sort of pre pay.

  • MikeSaver


  • Brian Menius

    Frankly, I think this is pretty big.

    …but it’s success will count on people who are already ahead of most US consumers and their understanding of phone contracts.

    Whether they sell a boatload of these or not, I’m glad to see the push to break the contract model being exerted by the manufacturer side.

    • Dan Carter

      Their success doesn’t rely on the US at all. This phone is meant for the rest of the world that often buy off contract.

      • Brian Menius

        That’s cool and all, but you generally don’t see this kind of press for a developing-markets phone. This thing is entirely intended to make a dent in the US market, IMO.

        • Dan Carter

          I think they would definitely like to make a dent in the US market, but the US prepaid market is tiny. So in order for Moto to have success with the G, they need it to take off in China, India, and even in Europe where people are more likely to buy off contract.

          • Brian Menius

            I don’t disagree that they’re going to have to depend on sales from developing markets to make it worth producing, but my point is that we shouldn’t marginalize the importance this may have in the push to bust the contract model in the US.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    This Moto sure does hit the….spot.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Just no.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I tired man! I tried!!!

        • nwd1911

          I enjoyed it.

        • New_Guy

          I thought it was pretty clever

  • Josh Shaw

    Not bad with that off contract price, crazy how like 2 years ago these were top teir specs at like $600 off contract.

  • Bryan Snyder

    Affordable specs on 2008 network… no LTE? lame….

    • turb0wned

      And probably still runs better than the Galaxy S4 crap.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      mannn? It’s $179 for this years lower end specs which is better than some phone specs just a year ago….. LTE is irrelevant to what you’re looking at

      • Col_Angus

        And a lot of prepaid plans don’t do LTE. This will be huge for the AIO, StraightTalk, and T-Mo prepaid crowds.

        • AndroidUser00110001

          All the carriers you named do LTE prepaid 🙂

          • Alan Fortte

            and HSPA+ which would suffice for some people.

    • Curtis

      Silly guy! Don’t think about why this phone doesn’t work for you. Think about what it means for phones that will work for you in the future.

    • Bryan Snyder

      For developing markets without LTE, great concept. But watching the release they marketed it as mid range phone as fast as or faster then iphone 5 and gs4.. Both phones have lte (state side). This won’t work for data hungry apps facebook, instgram, heck even app updates for google services are 20-30mb in size… on EVDO (Vzw, Sprint) @ 1.5mbps (if your lucky) I just don’t see it doing well… On the flip side HSPA+ on tmobile or att may be usable. $30 for 5gb unlimited txt and 100 minutes = win…

      • Defenestratus

        Having just converted to T-mo from Verizon… HSPA+ ain’t all its cracked up to be. The LTE is blazing fast but I’m feeling pretty dumb for believing the HSPA+ hype.

        Its pretty abysmal compared to LTE.

        • Droidzilla

          T-Mo HSPA+ is faster than Verizon LTE in my area due to network congestion. As with everything, YMMV.

          • Adrynalyne

            Indeed. I don’t see less than 8-12 in low signal areas for LTE, and 50-55 in good signal areas.

        • cheese

          I live in San Jose and I get terrific HSPA+ speeds.

          My Verizon galaxy nexus on LTE went 8mbps on average. I’m getting 12 – 16 Mbps on hspa+ from T-Mobile

          • Brian Barcus

            Sounds like St. Louis and San Jose are roughly equal comparing VZW LTE and T-Mobile HSPA+. T-Mobile has LTE in St. Louis now and it is way faster than Verizon ever was but in this market, HSPA+ runs circles around VZW LTE.

        • JRomeo

          why not just use T-Mobile LTE instead?

      • NexusMan

        It worked for some people on the Nexus 4

  • Pierito

    Why would ANYONE get this when u can get a galaxy note 3 off contract for……………oh I get it now.

    • Adrynalyne

      I got mine for 230 :p

      Pulled many strings for that one.

      • Jason Parr

        Off contract????¿

        • Adrynalyne


          • Jason Parr

            Damn! I should have talked to you before I signed another contract! Lol

          • Adrynalyne

            It was a one trick pony and will never happen again, ever.