The Moto G range has always been a stalwart in the budget Android device segment and with their latest release nothing changes on that front.
As is expected from my new phone release the specs have taken a bit of a jump, as have the screen sizes. This time around we have a 5.5″ screen with 1080p resolution. Powering the phones we see a Snapdragon 617 SoC. This is a nice mid-range chipset and one we have seen a few times before. On-board memory comes in at 16GB with 2GB of RAM. This of course is expandable via the microSD with support for up to 128GB. This is the base spec of the Moto G and the Moto G+
The Moto G+ is also going be available with a 32GB version with 3GB RAM in some markets.
The phones will come with different camera options. The big difference is the rear camera – a 13 megapixel on the former and a 16 megapixel on the latter. Around the front on both phones we see a 5 megapixel shooter with an f/2.2 and a wide-angle lens with display flash for getting those bright and vibrant selfies. Both the rear cameras are capable of shooting at 1080p resolution with the front recording 720p video. The apertures in the rear cameras are set at f/2.0 which will give great low-light performance. We will also get laser assisted and phase detect autofocus in the Moto G+.
Motorola have blessed both the phones with their own camera apps, as is the norm for the Moto G. This gives a few more options over the standard Google camera. According to the press release the Moto G+ will complete very nicely with the iPhone 6s and 6s+. This is something we will need to test when we get hold of a review sample.
The other big difference between the two devices is that the G+ will have a front mounted fingerprint reader allowing for fast and secure unlocking.
The phones will come in an array of colours when bought via Moto Maker. The retail units will shipp in white and black. Both will ship with Android 6.0.1 out of the box and will be prime candidates for Android N when it becomes available.
The phones also both support TurboPower which is the Motorola version of Quickcharge. This allows you to boost your battery by up to 6 hours of talktime from a 15 minute charge when using the included TurboPower charger.
So lastly how much will these phones coat and where can you buy them?
Well the Moto G is going to come in at £169.99 and will be available in early July with the Moto G+ landing a little later down the raid at the end of July for £199.99. they will both be available from Amazon and the Moto G will also be available in Argos and Tesco Mobile stores.
Here is a video of the Moto G to tickle your fancy..
Meet the new Moto G Family: Whichever you choose, you get more of what matters most
When it comes to smartphones, sometimes we feel let down. The things that matter most — like taking great photos at our kids’ soccer games, video chatting with mom or having all-day battery life — simply don’t live up to our expectations.
It shouldn’t be this way. Smartphones should focus on technology that prioritises the things people really care about.
That’s how we designed the next generation of our best-selling smartphone, Moto G. And because we know people are unique and use their phones differently, we added a new member to the family: Moto G Plus. The device has meaningful technology, so you never have to miss what matters most to you.
The new Moto G: Never miss what matters from the ones you love.
The thinner fourth-generation Moto G has a vivid 5.5” full HD display and a 13MP camera for crystal-clear, share-worthy pics. Its 3000 mAh battery and blazing-fast octa-core processor will get you through afternoon video calls with family and into the evening out with friends.* And when you finally need a battery boost, TurboPower™ gives you six hours of power in just 15 minutes.**
You can also design your Moto G to match your style on Moto Maker or by switching up colours with interchangeable shells. All for an exceptional price.
Moto G Plus: Never miss a photo worth sharing.
Moto G Plus has all the features of Moto G, along with some new features designed for those who need even more from their phone. The first is an impressive camera. There’s nothing worse than missing a moment. Now you won’t. Moto G Plus’ 16MP camera with two additional rapid focus technologies, laser focus and phase detect autofocus, work quickly so you always nab sharp, clear pictures, day and night. DxOMark, the trusted industry standard for camera and lens image quality ratings, has rated the Moto G Plus photo quality among the top smartphone cameras, ahead of iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and other phones that are more than twice its price.^
Tired of fumbling with your phone to switch it on and sign in? With a fingerprint reader typically found in more expensive devices, a touch is all you need to instantly wake up your phone. You can even use it to authorize purchases on the Google Play StoreTM.
Moto G and Moto G Plus Availability
Moto G will be available in the UK from early June 2016 from Tesco Mobile, Argos and Amazon for £169. Moto G Plus will be available from mid-June from Amazon exclusively for £199.