Motorola's press event is underway, but various portions of the company have already revealed the star of the show: the new Moto G. The 2015 version of Moto's mid-range device is a mix of old and new, keeping some of the more affordable portions of the phone intact while upgrading some of the most important elements. Specifically, the 2015 Moto G offers optional extra RAM and storage and improves its predecessor's lackluster camera to a 13-megapixel model.
Here's the breakdown: the phone keeps the 5-inch 720p screen from the 2014 version, but upgrades the internals with a Snapdragon 410 processor from Qualcomm and a 13MP rear camera (5MP on the front), the same camera as the Nexus 6, plus a color-balancing flash.
We all know that a new Moto G is coming very soon, probably at Motorola's "find your match" event on July 27th. Someone over at Moto HQ must have an itchy trigger finger, though. The Moto Maker page for this phone was available on Motorola's website for a short time today before it was pulled (redirects to the homepage now). We do, however, have a screenshot of the configuration options courtesy of a Reddit user.
When it rains, it pours. But in the world of mobile rumors, when it leaks, the faucet opens and all of the images of secret test devices start flooding social media posts and our inboxes. The latest smartphones to fall prey to this adage are the ones that constitute Motorola's upcoming portfolio.
First up, the much leaked Moto G 3rd Gen (or Moto G 2015) has found itself in the hands of a guy in Mexico who proceeded to photograph many of its angles. After the deluge of press release shots, this is our first extensive look at the phone in real life and it seems... OK I guess.
Motorola has something to announce later this month, and it's teasing it in a bizarre fashion. According to the Moto blog, "a better mobile relationship is headed your way." Whatever romantic entanglement Motorola has planned, we'll find out on July 28th.
The original Moto X was launched with Moto Maker customization options, and the second iteration expanded the selection of materials. Through it all the modest Moto G has been mostly left out of the fun, but a leak from Evan "@evleaks" Blass points to possible Moto Maker support for the upcoming Moto G refresh.
The original Moto G started a revolution for mid-range phones - specifically by introducing the idea that they didn't have to suck. Motorola is still keeping the first-gen Moto G updated, and today (or late last night), unlocked versions of the Moto G LTE in the United States started receiving the over-the-air update to Android 5.1. This was pretty much expected, since Motorola dropped the kernel source code for the update last week and tested it in soak before that.
Motorola hasn't let its sale to Lenovo put an end to steep discounts. The company just knocked another couple bucks off the Moto X, and there's a coupon code that can get you a slightly better deal on already discounted phones like the Nexus 6 and Moto G.
The 2nd Moto E is Motorola's cheap phone, but it's really not that bad for less demanding use. Normally it goes for $120 - $150 depending on whether you want LTE. Today Amazon is apparently selling them for significantly less. Global and US GSM models are going for just $90. LTE models are selling for only $10 more.
You get a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 5MP camera, and a 2390mAh battery. 3G models get a Snapdragon 200 processor, while the LTE option comes with the 410 instead. Either way, you have your choice of black or white.
These units are GSM-only, so don't pick one up if you're looking to use your Moto E on Verizon or Sprint.