Moto G Announced, Budget Android smartphone Priced at $179 unlocked

179916-motogfull Today Motorola officially announced the Moto G. The Moto G aims to be a premium smartphone with a affordable price point. The Moto G comes with some very good specs with a 4.5 Inch 720p HD display, 1.2 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 5 Megapixel camera and 8 GB or 16 GB of storage. It’s going to launch with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the promise that the Moto G will be upgradeable ot Android 4.4 Kit Kat by January 2014. Motorola claims that MOto G will come with “all day battery life” with a 2070 mAH battery. The Moto G will be dual sim in SOME markets allowing you to choose the best network provider depending on your needs. The Moto G will also have switchable backplates  to give you some customization.

  • A brilliant 4.5-inch HD display – the sharpest in its class – that goes edge-to-edge so you can enjoy movies, photos, video chats and more.
  • The newest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor featuring a quad-core CPU for seamless multitasking and enjoying the web, videos and games, with all-day battery life.
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean, the most up to date Android of any phone in its class, with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014. No skins to clutter or slow the experience, and great performance with Google’s unbeatable mobile services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome and Hangouts.
  • Stylish design with a comfortable curved back and 19 customization options, including interchangeable Motorola Shells and Flip Shells in seven colors as well as Grip Shells in five colors.

The Moto in the US will cost $179 for the 8 GB model or $199 for the 16  GB model. It’s going to be available in the US in January 2014 and currently available in some Latin american countries.  This is a game changing offering for emerging markets and markets that normally pay full price for a smartphone. I can see this selling like hotcakes there. The US will be very interesting as we don’t know yet if there is LTE support for it which is needed for this phone to be a hit in the US. It will come with CDMA and HSPA+ support but if there is no LTE this won’t make it well in the US.