With today’s launch of the Moto G, Motorola has changed the game when it comes to budget smartphones.
Most people would consider the Nexus 5, produced by Motorola’s parent company Google, to be a cheap smartphone – and it’s £280. The Moto G is less than half that – £135 SIM free – yet somehow manages to offer a 4.5in HD screen, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU and a stock version of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (which will be upgraded to 4.4 KitKat in early 2014). It also packs what Motorola describes as “all-day battery life” and a 5MP camera that supports iPhone 5S-style slow motion video.
Moto X-like looks
Boss of the budget market?
We’ll be posting a full review of the Moto G soon, but suffice to say it looks nailed-on to be the budget phone to rule them all: it's just far too affordable and (on paper at least) far too well-equipped not to be: the similarly specced Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC One Mini cost more than twice as much.
It’s on sale in the UK from today, priced at £135 for the 8GB version and £160 for the 16GB version.