Remember Motorola? That razor thin, well, Razr? How about the fact that Google bought the company and started making new Android devices under the Moto label?
Now, what if we were to tell you a little bird told us that the affordable Moto G is coming to Singapore, and costs S$318? Sign us up.
We know what you’re thinking. The Moto G’s 16GB version, priced at US$199, equates up to at most S$250. That’s a 20% mark up from its original price, dampening its key attraction as a bang-for-buck smartphone. The Moto G’s raised price isn’t an isolated case. Let us not forget Google’s refreshed Nexus 7.
But there’s no denying that the Moto G delivers above average specs for a modest price. A 4.5in display with a screen resolution of 720p and a snappy quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 aren't to be scoffed at.
Though Singapore has no lack of high-end smartphones (think Apple iPhone 5s, HTC One, LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3), there aren’t many Android devices for the budget conscious. The closest we have is the HTC Desire 601, which touts 4G / LTE speeds at S$498, a fraction of its souped-up cousins. Unfortunately, the Moto G won't be touting 4G connectivity, but it'll do quite well with our boosted 3G network speeds.
That aside, if you’d rather skip the convoluted shipping process and prefer to buy it from a brick and mortar store, our source indicates that the Moto G will be officially launched from mid-January, with the exact date unconfirmed. Of the three telcos in Singapore, M1 has commented that it has plans to launch the Moto G, while StarHub and SingTel have indicated that they are not bringing the phone in at this point in time.
After its acquisition by Google, Motorola had a relatively quiet year, starting with its flagship Moto X that got us crazy over its Active Display and Touchless Control that unleashes the potential of Google’s services. For now, the Google-owned company has confirmed that the Moto G will be available in Singapore, and is "willing to bring exciting products like the Moto X to all markets in the world", though it is still only available in the U.S. for now.
Should it land in Singapore, we’ve got two words for it - Hello Moto. Before that happens, check out our recommended wallet-friendly apps for the Moto G.