Well, that’s exactly what Motorola is quietly delivering, and in fact it’s such a non-upgrade that the US/Chinese manufacturer has made almost no noise about it whatsoever.
The Motorola Moto G 2014 or second-gen Moto G (seriously, don’t get me started on the names) launched last September, and while it introduced a larger display and 8MP rear camera (a small jump from 5MP), it failed to include the LTE connectivity found on the earlier Moto G 4G. Zuh?
Motorola has finally righted that wrong, but hasn’t done a whole lot else, apparently.
Over on Motorola.co.uk, Moto whispers: “The fastest Moto G yet. Connect faster: the new Moto G, now with 4G.”
And really, that’s about the size of it. Scrolling down to the 'Specifications' section, the Motorola Moto G 2014 with 4G (or whatever the hell we’re calling it) is a little heavier (155g vs. 149g), and with a larger battery (2,390mAh vs. 2,070mAh). But it is literally being sold as the second-gen Moto G with 4G.
What are we upset about? Well, the new Motorola Moto E 2015 just touched down with the enhanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, and we’d hoped the new Moto G might do the same - if not leap to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615. Ditto Lollipop 5.0; the new Moto G ships with KitKat.
Furthermore, the Brazilian Motorola Moto G has a healthy 16GB expandable storage, while the new fella still has just 8GB.
Call me cynical, but for my money, Motorola has slowly managed to take the sheen off the Moto G series, with its non-upgrades and confusing naming convention, not to mention the price.
At £159, the new Motorola Moto G is just £10 cheaper than the ZTE Blade S6, which boasts specs including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP selfie-friendly front camera, and 2,400mAh battery.
Inevitably we’ll see some sweet deals on the new Motorola Moto G in due course, but the brand’s undisputed position as King of the Budget Smartphones is in very serious jeopardy.