What’s that? You thought the Google Nexus 5 was a pretty fantastic deal at $349? Motorola just undercut that price by 50%, officially announcing its Moto G starting at just $179. That’s not a contract price. That’s the fully unlocked, unsubsidized outright price for a brand new Android phone from one of the top manufacturers.
In many ways, the Moto G is everything that we thought the Moto X was going to be. Instead of being priced in the same flagship territory as the HTC One and Galaxy S4, the Moto G is far, far cheaper, but they say that they didn’t skimp out on the things that matter. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said that even if you have a smaller budget, you “deserve better.”
So, what do you get for this much smaller amount of money? The Moto G has a 4.5-inch 720p display, resulting in a pixel density of 329ppi. There’s a Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor under the hood, along with 1GB of RAM and “all day battery life.” There’s no LTE, which is the first sacrifice you’ll make. The Moto G will come with Android 4.3 out of the box, but the Android 4.4 KitKat update is coming in January. The Android platform, much like other Motorola smartphones these days, is left largely untouched saved for a few optimizations for the basics. Buyers get a bonus 50GB of Google Drive too.
For $179, you get an 8GB unlocked and contract-free Motorola Moto G in the United States starting early next year. I’d pitch in the extra $20 to get the 16GB model at $199. Brazil and select European markets also get the phone today, and then the rest of Europe and Canada (via Telus/Koodo) will follow “in the coming weeks.”