IFA 2014: Second-gen Motorola Moto G breaks cover; yours for just £xxx

IFA 2014: Second-gen Motorola Moto G breaks cover; yours for just £xxxMotorola has replaced its best selling Moto G budget smartphone with... the Motorola Moto G.

No that's not a typo, and neither is the £xxx price in the headline, though we'll get back to that later.

In terms of the name, Motorola has figured, correctly, that the best way to market what is only a modest step forward spec wise is to pitch it as just a product refresh rather than a full 'Moto G2' replacement.

It means instead of complaining that only the screen size, speakers and camera have been upgraded nearly a full year after the original Moto G touched down, we're able to praise Moto for managing to add those improvements while keeping the price largely unchanged.

The display has jumped from 4.5in to 5in, though the 720p resolution remains unchanged. Possibly the most significant change in terms of new capabilities is the introduction of stereo speakers on the front, while the mediocre 5MP camera's jump to 8MP with an f/2.0 aperture will probably prove the most popular.

Beyond that it's the same 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 graphics, 1GB of RAM, microSD card slot, 2070mAh battery and removable back cover we're used to.

The bigger screen means a bigger footprint at 70.7 x 141.5mm, though at 11mm the new model is slightly skinnier than before. The weight is a touch heavier at 149g.

The revised Moto G will ship with Android 4.4.4 on board, and will get the bump to Android L once it's released (as well the previous Moto G incidentally).

Oddly, while the new Moto G comes in 8GB and 16GB guises, both are 3G-only, so if you want an LTE Moto G, you'll have to stick with the first-gen G for now.

The second-generation Motorola Moto G will be available in the UK from today, with prices starting at £145.

However, the whole thing seems to have caught the company's website team off guard: at the time of writing the blurb at the top of the new Moto G's UK product page proclaims “a brilliant display, stereo sound, an all-day battery, and the latest Android OS -- and still less than £xxx SIM-free.”

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 5, 2014 at 11:30

Why oh why did they make it bigger?

ddsfsdfds  Sep. 5, 2014 at 13:06

Who decides product names these days?
How will this work for back covers, cases etc. no longer the right size but listed as designed for Moto G?

krogothnx  Sep. 5, 2014 at 15:29

I'm so confused by this. Why the hell is the screen now 5"? If it went up t maybe 4.8" it'd be understandable, but i know plenty of people who love the moto g first and foremost for the size.

Why must everything become bigger? 4.3-4.8" seems to be the ergonomic sweet spot, but everyone insists on making their phones 5" minimum now.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 5, 2014 at 15:31

+1

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 5, 2014 at 19:35

The original Moto G will be a great buy once this comes out, it's the better overall phone and will cost hardly anything.

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