Motorola has announced a new Moto G smartphone for 2015. Details of the phone spread earlier than expected, after the device was revealed at an event in New Delhi, India, which took place shortly before the larger scale event scheduled for New York, London, and Sao Paulo. Here’s what’s new in the Moto G 2015.
Like its predecessor, the phone has a 5-inch touchscreen with a 720p resolution, surrounded by a slightly updated body shell with a new-look, grippier rear panel, and an IPX7 rating. Previously suggested in several rumors, this means the mid-range phone will be able to withstand a dip in about a meter of water for 30 minutes. For the first time, Moto G will be included in Motorola’s Moto Maker customization store.
Powering the new Moto G 2015 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processor, a quad-core 64-bit chip running at 1.4GHz. Motorola will offer two versions of the phone, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space, and another with 8GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM.
A 13-megapixel camera is fitted to the back of the Moto G 2015 — the same sensor found in the Nexus 6 — and is equipped with an improved lens, an IR filter, an f/2.0 aperture and a dual-tone color-balancing flash unit. Around the front is a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The Moto G 2015 has 4G LTE connectivity, and runs the latest version of Android Lollipop, complete with various Motorola apps. A MicroSD card slot completes the spec list, along with a 2470mAh battery that Motorola says will last for at least a day.
The Moto G 2015 will be on sale around in 60 countries around the world starting from July 28, and Motorola says it’ll cost “less than a third of the cost of flagship phones,” at $180. In the U.S., the phone will be available through Motorola’s store on Amazon, and through BestBuy.com today, and in-store with the latter on August 2.
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