Will they or won’t they fulfill their promise? It’s the question on everyone’s lips following Motorola’s surprising Moto G US launch announcement from last week. And today, we get our answer.
Moto G shipping should essentially begin as you’re reading this and, even if it won’t, third-party retailers have you covered. Amazon, for instance, takes pre-orders for the budget-sensible 4.5-inch smartphone, pledging to deliver it on December 4, i.e. this Wednesday.
The sole catch is, unlike Motorola’s online store, Amazon has but the US-specific GSM version ready for show time, whereas the global GSM model will lag behind, with December 11 set as a launch date.
Whether you choose to do business directly with Moto or go through Amazon won’t impact pricing, as the 8 GB handheld costs $179 at both. Add 20 bucks in the mix, and voila, you can score by far the most technically impressive slab of silicon in the $150-$250 price range with 16 GB storage. Heck, this thing can even defeat $300 phones and rival with many going for around $400.
Running close to stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out the box, the Moto G is on track for a 4.4 KitKat update in January or February 2014, and packs quad-core punch, courtesy of a Snapdragon 400 CPU, plus 1 GB RAM, a 5 MP rear camera and 2,070 mAh battery.
The cherry on top is the spacious and vibrant 4.5-inch 720p panel, while the only big flaw is the lack of storage expansion possibilities. Deal-breaker? Hardly.