Motorola has announced its intentions to become a dominant force in the low-end smartphone market. That plan will be carried out in the form of the inexpensive Motorola Moto G smartphone, a wallet-friendly device with a 4.5-inch 720p display and quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU for just $179.

Despite its affordable price, the Motorola Moto G isn’t short of decent specs and features. Besides a big display with high resolution and relatively fast mobile CPU, the phone also has a fast mobile data support and an adequate amount of RAM (1GB). The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 for improved resistance to drops and scratches. There’s even coating inside for added water resistance.

Essentially, the Moto G is the Moto X in budget form. Touting a similar curved design, this budget phone has a removable back cover that can be swapped for another color (yellow, red, black, white, pink, dark and light blue). It doesn’t have the same level of customization as its high-end sibling, but the Moto G offers a number of accessories, including flip covers, colored cases, and wireless speakers. A dual-SIM variant is also in the works.

Motorola Mota G back covers

Motorola Moto G Specs

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 4.5-inch IPS LCD (720×1280), ~329ppi
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 5-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G, HSDPA
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Dimensions: 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • Li-Ion 2070mAh battery

If there’s anything to dissuade users from buying the Motorola Moto G, it is its lack of microSD slot for storage expansion. That’s right, only 8GB worth of data can be crammed into the unit, though a 16GB version is also available, too. As compensation, owners are entitled with 50GB storage on Google Drive that’s free for two years, along with the standard 15GB free storage. Yet another con to some people is the battery being non-removable.

The Motorola Moto G (8GB) will be sold unlocked and without contract for just $179 ($199 for the 16GB version) in the US. The Philippines will be among the few Asian countries to receive the device, though no exact release date and local pricing has been announced.

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