Moto G: the cheap smartphone you’re really going to want

Thrift-tastic! Motorola’s brilliant budget phone packing flagship specs and vanilla Android will treat your wallet real nice
Moto G

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 (RM1443). The Moto G is less than half that – £135 (RM696) 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

Moto G
Moto G
Moto G

The G also tips its hat to the customisability of the Moto X (not available in Malaysia) by coming in 19 different configurations, all made possible by the variety of interchangeable back shells.

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 (RM696)for the 8GB version and £160 (RM824) for the 16GB version.

It will be available to the global market in by January next year, though the exact date and pricing in Malaysia hasn't been confirmed.