The new Motorola Moto G 2nd Generation, or 2014 as we will call it, was announced back on September 4 at Motorola's pre-IFA event in Chicago and then was available the following day on Motorola's website. The new Moto G grew a little in size and even specs, but still comes in at a respectable price – it is available in Staple Stores in Canada for $249.95.
The new Moto G jumps the display from 4.5-inches to a 5-inch HD IPS LCD sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 294 pixels-per-inch (PPI). A Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz supplies power along with an Adreno 305 clocked at 450MHz. This is coupled to 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (there is a 16GB model available, not for sale at Staples), although there is a microSD card slot to add an additional 32GB of storage if you prefer to keep your pictures, videos and music files on your device.
Speaking of pictures, the new Moto G increase the camera to 8MP with Auto Focus, 4X Digital Zoom, Slow motion video, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama and Touch to focus. The 2MP front-facing camera (FFC) is great for selfies and can record 720p Video. For listening to your videos, Motorola up the sound to dual front-facing speakers – something not usually found on smartphone this inexpensive. A 2070mAh battery powers the entire device and should give you a full day of use.
The new Moto G has the usual Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a USB port centered at the bottom and 3.5mm Headset Jack. It measures 141.4mm x 70.7mm x 6.0-11mm and weighs in at 149 grams. It will come with 4.4.4 KitKat at launch, and will get Android 5.0 Lollipop when available. The bands are: US GSM Model: GSM/GPRS/EDGE – 850/900/1800/1900. UMTS/HSPA+ – 850/1700, 1900. The Global GSM Model: GSM/GPRS/EDGE – 850/900/1800/1900. UMTS/HSPA+ – 850/900/1900/2100.
The new Moto G is a remarkable value at its price point, but remember that it is only 3G, so as long as you don't mind being off 4G LTE, this could be a bargain for you. The new offerings from Samsung and especially HTC lately that offer LTE, means that Motorola may have to just breakdown and start putting 4G LTE in all of their models. Most of the emerging nations are quickly getting 4G, and buyers are demanding it.
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