Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure consumers who want lower-cost alternatives to high-end smartphones from Apple and Samsung. The company today announced the next generations of its most popular phones - Moto G and Moto X.
The new 5-inch Moto G carries an IPX7-rated protection and Corning Gorilla Glass, so you?re safe from accidental drops into water as well as unsightly scrapes and scratches on your display. It offers an all-day battery, a 13 megapixel camera - up from 8 megapixels in last year's model - and customization options on Moto Maker.
|Moto G (2014)||Moto G (2015)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHZ A7||Snapdragon 410 1.4 GHz A53|
|NAND||8GB NAND + microSD||8/16GB NAND + microSD|
|Network||2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE)||2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE)|
|Dimensions||141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm, 149g||142.1 x 72.4 x 6.1-11.6mm, 155g|
|Camera||8MP Rear Facing (Sony IMX179) f/2.4, 1.4 micron 1/3.06" sensor||13MP Rear Facing (Sony IMX214) f/2.0, 1.1 micron 1/3.06" sensor|
|2MP Front Facing||5MP Front Facing|
|Battery||2070 mAh (7.87 Whr)||2470 mAh (9.39 Whr)|
|OS||Android 4.4 (At Launch)||Android 5.1 (At Launch)|
|Connectivity||2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n +
|2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n +
|Price||$179 (1GB/8GB)||$179 (1GB/8GB)
New in 2015, Motorola is expanding Moto Maker into Brazil, where Moto G was the best-selling device for a year.
Motorola said the new Moto G will retail in the U.S. for about $180 without a contract.
The Moto X Play comes with up to 48-hours of battery life and a water-repellent design. It is equipped with a 21 megapixel camera and a 5.5-inch HD display.
The Moto X Style has a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge display that?s enhanced by rich stereo sound. And when your battery needs a boost, the fast charging smartphone will get 10 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging with TurboPower. In addition, the Moto X Style now boasts one of the best cameras in the industry. You can take photos and video with the 21-megapixel camera or look your best in selfies with the 5-megapixel front-facing camera featuring a wide angle lens and selfie flash.
|Moto X Play||Moto X Style|
|Processor||Snapdragon 615 1.7 GHz A53||Snapdragon 808
|NAND||16GB NAND + microSD||16/32/64GB NAND + microSD|
|Network||2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE)||2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6 LTE)|
|Dimensions||148 x 75 x 8.9-10.9mm, 169g||153.9 x 76.2 x 6.1-11.06mm, 179g|
|Camera||21MP Rear Facing Camera
|21MP Rear Facing w/ PDAF
f/2.0, 1.1 micron 1/2.4" sensor
|5MP Front Facing||5MP Front Facing w/ LED Flash|
|Battery||3630 mAh (13.79 Whr)||3000 mAh (11.4 Whr)|
|OS||Android 5.1 (At Launch)||Android 5.1 (At Launch)|
|Connectivity||2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n +
USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, NFC
|2x2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac +
USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, NFC
Motorola hasn't announced prices for the Moto X models, but they are expected to be a few hundred dollars cheaper than high-end phones.
All models will support 4G cellular connections; in the past, 4G models of the Moto G cost more.