Ahead of the scheduled January debut, Moto G went on sale in the United States today. Motorola just now revealed this surprise via Twitter, stating that the smartphone can now be grabbed from Motorola.com for $179 (8GB) and $199 (16GB) SIM-free.
You can choose between Global GSM or US GSM models, depending on your need. The company will also be releasing a CDMA model in January.
What is the difference between global GSM and US GSM models?
Global GSM model: Compatible with all GSM-based cellular networks. Optimized to work with 3G (UMTS/HSPA+) networks when roaming outside the US. Supported frequencies: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
US GSM model: Compatible with all GSM-based cellular networks. Optimized to work with 3G (UMTS/HSPA+) networks when operating inside the US. 3G coverage may be limited when roaming outside the US. Supported frequencies: US GSM Model: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 1700 (AWS), 1900 MHz)
To remind you, Moto G features 4.5-inch 720p HD display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 2070 mAh battery and 5MP rear camera. Detailed specifications are listed later in the report.
An important thing to note here is that Moto G is running on Android 4.3 right now as it is being launched ahead of schedule. The phone was earlier reported to be arriving with Android 4.4 in US and India. India is still expected to get KitKat running model, when the phone goes on sale in the country in January 2014.
The decision to release Moto G early in the US seems to be taken to not lose out of the holiday shopping season.
Moto G key specifications
- 4.5-inch 1280x720p display
- 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1GB of RAM, 8/ 16GB of internal storage
- 50GB of free Google Drive storage
- 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
- 2070 mAh battery
- Android 4.3
- Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0