Motorola has announced the 3rd generation of its mid-range smartphone, Moto G. Moto G 3rd generation features 3 feet of water resistance for a continued duration of 30 minutes, along with a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor with multi-layer IR filter (same as the Nexus 6), 5-megapixel front camera, and runs Android v5.1.1.
Moto G 3rd generation will have two models. The cheaper one, at Rs. 11,999, will have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, while the more expensive one at Rs. 13,999 will have 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. Both the variants will be fit with an expandable memory slot. To promote sales, Motorola India’s General Manager Amit Boni has stated that existing Moto G users can exchange their old phones for the 3rd generation Moto G and avail a hefty discount. Additionally, new buyers will get a host of offers and discounts until August 2, including Myntra and Flipkart gift vouchers, 100 percent cashbacks, 100 Moto 360 smartwatches at Re. 1 and bundled deals with service provider Airtel that include free data and Wynk subscription.
Motorola was expected to launch the 3rd generation smartphone today, after sending invites about a week ago. The 3rd generation Moto X, which has also been rumoured and leaked quite often lately, was also touted for a launch, but it was not unveiled today. The 3rd generation Moto G, with a 5” HD display, will primarily rival the Rs. 12,999-priced Asus Zenfone 2 (2GB RAM, 16GB storage), Xiaomi Mi 4i 16GB, and the lower-priced Lenovo K3 Note and Yu Yureka Plus. Moto G will be sold exclusively via Flipkart, and will be available online from tonight, 12am onwards.
Here’s what Motorola has enlisted in the Press Release about what’s new in the 3rd generation Moto G:
Advanced water resistance
Water is your phone’s worst enemy. IPX7-rated protection keeps your Moto G (3rd Gen) safe from splashes and accidental drops in water. Designed to withstand immersion in up to 3 feet of fresh water for up to 30 minutes, provided the back cover is properly sealed. Not designed to work while submerged underwater. Do not use while swimming, or subject it to pressurised streams of water.
Go all day without plugging in thanks to a long-lasting 2470 mAh battery. Think about everything you want to do, not how much time you have to do it*
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processor with quad-core CPU and 4G LTE
We have upgraded Moto G (3rd Gen) to the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processor with a 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU. The Moto G (3rd Gen) will have 4G LTE network speed capability which means users have faster internet, streaming, gaming and instant connectivity.
Android™ OS, Lollipop
The Moto G is powered by Android™ 5.1, Lollipop, the latest released version of the world’s most popular mobile OS and delivers a pure Android experience. That means we don’t hide the operating system under custom skins that get in the way and take up valuable resources. It also means your Moto G (3rd Gen) is a beautiful, intuitive, and fast performing device. The phone doesn’t slow down or eat up your storage space as the device brings a pure Android experience.
13 MP rear camera: The best camera ever available on a Moto G (3rd Gen) yet. Featuring a 13 MP imaging sensor, f2.0 lens, and Hybrid Multilayer IR cut filter, you can truly capture the best looking images in any lighting condition. And when ambient lighting isn’t enough, the new Dual Dynamic Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) flash automatically adjusts to ensure you get natural looking skin tones and consistent vibrant colours.
5 MP front camera: You’ll look great whether you’re taking a selfie or chatting on a video call. The front camera offers a wide 72 degree field of view, and features Motorola’s “Best Shot” feature which captures multiple shots before and after you touch the screen, recognising issues like blurred subjects or blinking eyes and recommends the best picture to keep, so you always get the best shot. In darker conditions, the phone’s display will even flash to add a little extra light to your shot.
Instantly launch the camera by twisting your wrist twice. Twist twice again and switch to the front camera.
Chop twice for flashlight
Flick your wrist twice quickly to launch the flashlight and repeat to turn it off. No need to unlock your phone or take off your gloves to get the light that you need.
Moto Display gives you a simple, discrete preview of notifications and updates, so you don’t have to wake your phone to see what’s going on.
The back of the Moto G (3rd Gen) now features an updated design with a new metallic accent around the camera and a new texture for additional grip, plus the same great curved design for easy one-handed use.
5-inch HD display
Bring videos, pictures, and everything else to life on this brilliant, scratch-resistant HD display that spans edge to edge. With 294 pixels per inch, it’s incredibly sharp, so text and images always appear crisp and clear. And it’s protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, an extra-evolved glass that’s designed to be tough and take scratches and scrapes.