Motorola (a Google company) just unveiled the Moto G yesterday and it looks like the $199(R1999) price range is about to get interesting.

The Nokia Lumia 520 has been the king of this space for a while, but with specs like this the Lumia is gonna find it hard to compete with Motorola’s offering on some levels.

The Moto G has a design taken from its much bigger brother the Moto X and the phone has a very clean Google feel especially on the OS side of things.

The Moto G comes with a 4.5″ 720p edge-to-edge display covered by Gorilla Glass 3, the internals of the device have been covered by a water-resistant nano-coating.

On the inside the device has a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor bundled with Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM, the device comes with Jelly Bean 4.3, but Motorola promised that the device will be updated to Android Kit Kat by early next year.

The back of the phone has a 5MP shooter that can take 720p video to help at night the device has an LED flash right under the camera, the front has been treated with a 1.3MP camera for video calling. For that extra bit the phone also comes with an FM radio.

The Moto G is powered by a 1,950mAh Li-Ion battery that Motorola says will give you all day battery life, the sad part is that the internal memory can’t be increase as the phone comes in 8GB and 16GB variants.

The device comes in black, white, dark and light blue, pink, yellow and
red. The 8GB will cost $179(R1799) and the 16GB will cost $199(R1999), that’s Lumia 520 territory. The smartphone will launch in 30 countries and 60 carriers by 2014, the phone launched in Brazil and Europe yesterday, no word on an SA launch date.




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