Motorola’s new low-cost smartphone hits market

Motorola’s smartphone aimed at cost-conscious consumers hit the US market. The Moto G was made available on Google-owned Motorola’s website at an off-contract price starting at $179.

[blockquote cite=”Motorola”] We’re giving people plenty of mobile goodness to gobble up this holiday season. The device is being sold at “one-third of the price of current high-end phones.

The Moto G had been expected in the United States in early 2014, but its versions using GSM networks were being sold now. It is currently on sale in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Britain, Germany, France, and Canada and will be sold in more than 30 countries by early 2014.

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  • The new device is a low-cost version of the Moto X released earlier this year in the United States, lacking some features such as a high-density camera and the ability to access the fastest networks.
  • The Moto G features a 4.5 inch (11.5 cm) display and an all-day battery and will include the latest versions of the Google Android operating system.
  • The handset packs in a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 5-megapixel and 1.3-megapixel cameras front and rear.

Some analysts say the handset is not aimed at buyers of high-end devices like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S4, but those who might otherwise buy a low-cost smartphone such as those on the Firefox operating system.

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