On Wednesday, Motorola announced the Moto G, a mid-range smartphone with a price that's hard to beat. While the value of the phone is in no way uncertain, the same cannot be said for Motorola's decision to launch plans. The company said on Wednesday that Brazil and 'select parts of Europe' would get the phone right away, while Canada would get it later this month, and the United States would have to wait until January. The good news is that the UK is among the first to get the phone.
According to GSMArena, Phones 4U has the phone up for pre-order online and says they'll have the phone in brick and mortar stores from November 15, which is this coming Friday. Clove and Unlocked Mobiles have also opened up pre-orders. As we've come to expect, the phone isn't quite as cheap in the UK as it is in the United States or Canada, though it is still a fairly good value. The 8 GB model, which costs $179 in the US and Canada, is priced at £135 on Phones 4U. Customers can expect to pay £159 for the 16 GB model. Clove has the phone priced at £156 and £186 for the 8 GB and 16 GB models, respectively, while Unlocked Mobiles is charging £160 for the 8 GB and £177 for the 16 GB.
The Moto G packs Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU and 1 GB of RAM as well as a 4.5-inch 720p display (329 ppi), 5-megapixel camera in the back, a 1.3-megapixel lens up front, 2070 mAh battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Motorola, a Google-owned company, is promising an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in January.
In line with the Moto X and its customization options, the Moto G is also a highly customizable phone. Motorola is offering numerous snap on covers that customers can use to jazz up their phone. Unlike the Moto X, it seems customers won't have the ability to customize the color of the phone ahead of its manufacture, so the covers are something you'll have to buy separately after you get your phone.