Currently available for sale only in Brazil, it should expand worldwide before long.
Old habits die hard, and new management can’t convince Motorola to look away from the budget smartphone niche, where Moto Gs and Es aim for world domination. Not that Lenovo ever tried to switch this surprisingly profitable strategy, green-lighting E2 and G2 4G plans.
The LTE-capable second-generation Moto G, which we’ll just refer to as the Moto G 2015 from now on, debuted earlier today in sunny South America with little to no fanfare. The US-based device manufacturer abruptly put up a product page on its Brazilian website, no heads-up, no noise and no glamour.
Still, we reckon a glitzier, global-destined announcement is nigh, since the 2015 G looks like a pretty big deal. It’s not a major upgrade, but it adds the two things the original needed to achieve low-cost perfection.
High-speed network connectivity, obviously, and a marginally heftier 2,390 mAh battery. The capacity bump on the latter is of 320 mAh, enough to keep up with the LTE modem’s increased power thirst.
Also, the 2015 Moto G 4G ditches the 8 GB on-board storage option, offering twice the space as standard, plus microSD support. Everything else stays the same, from quad-core Snapdragon 400 to 1 GB RAM, 5-inch 720p glass and 8 MP/2 MP cameras.
On the software side, Android 5.0 Lollipop naturally runs the show, and visually, the only minor change sees the newest G family member gain a bit of heft. Just 6 grams though, so you should hardly notice it.
Priced at the equivalent of $345, the 2015 G doesn’t sound extremely inexpensive, but then again, the non-LTE version is a whopping $290 in Brazil as well. The gap suggests 4G, the extra battery juice and storage will warrant a premium of around $70 stateside for a grand total of $250 or so. Not too shabby, given the first-gen G with LTE is $200.