Yesterday, Motorola announced a brand new smartphone, the Moto G. Despite giving it a low price tag of $179 (Rs.11,130 approx), the Google owned phone maker has crammed some high quality hardware and clever software into the handset.
Go through its spec sheet and feature set, and you'll agree that the Moto G has all the right ingredients to shake up the Indian smartphone market. Some analysts are still puzzled as to how Motorola is offering such a high-quality handset at such a low price point.
The handset will use a 4.5 inch 720p display that will deliver 329 pixels per inch, which happens to be better than screen on the iPhone 5S. There's a Snapdragon 400 SoC with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor that's coupled with 1GB of RAM. For imaging, it calls upon a 5-megapixel camera in the rear and a 1.3 MP camera in the front. The handset can shoot 720p video. There will be an 8GB option ($179 or Rs.11,300) and a 16GB option ($199 or Rs.12500 approx).
By offering excellent hardware and software that's loyal to Google's vision of Android, it looks like the Moto G is all set to eat into the mid-range segment of the Indian smartphone market. Which handsets from competing companies will get hit? Go through the slider below to learn more about that.
The Moto G offers better specs in almost every category, thereby allowing us to believe that the Q5 will not stand a chance. Also, note the massive difference in pricing.
1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core Processor
3.1-inch TFT LCD Display with 329 ppi
5 MP Primary Camera with Full HD (1080p)
8 GB Internal Memory and 2 GB RAM
BBM Video with Screen Share
Nokia Lumia 920
Compare the Moto G with the Lumia 029 and you'll notice that Motorola's handset has the better screen, the more advanced OS and comparable processor, all this at a much smaller price. Plus, Jelly Bean 4.3 will surely find more takers than the latest Windows Phone 8 OS.
Windows Phone 8 OS
4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ Capacitive Touchscreen
1.5 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor
8.7 MP Primary Camera
Secondary Camera Support
Qi Wireless Charging
Price: Rs.23,000 approx
Compare the Moto G with the Lumia 029 and you'll noitce that Motorola's handset has the better screen, the more advanced OS and comparable processor, all this at a much smaller price. Plus, Jelly Bean 4.3 will surely find more takers than the latest Windows Phone 8 OS.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos
Samsung's Galaxy Grand has been in the market for a long time now. The Moto G has a better processor, a newer OS, a better build and form factor, the same dual SIM capability, and a much, much better screen. And its going to be a much more affordable handset.
8 MP Primary Camera and 2 MP Secondary Camera
1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
Slim Design Ensuring Portability
Multi Window for Multi-tasking
5-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
Price: Rs. 18,000 approx
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9192
The Moto G is being heralded as the budget smartphone that's capable of bullying mid-range heavy weights like the S4 Mini. Even though the S4 has some solid specs, it offers an inferior screen, bloated UI and a hefty price tag.
8 MP CMOS Primary Camera
1.9 MP CMOS Secondary Camera
4.27-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB
1.7 GHz Dual Core Application Processor along with 1.5GB of RAM
Full HD Recording
Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS