Moto G shows up on Amazon and in benchmark database, here’s what we know thus far

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 11 Nov 2013

Later this week, on the 13th to be exact, Motorola and Google are going to hold an event in São Paulo, Brazil to announce a new phone that’s called the Moto G. Everyone knows it’s going to be called the Moto G because Motorola accidentally made reference to it on their own website. It’s going to be a midrange phone that’s not as high end as the Moto X, but it should still be desirable. The device has recently appeared on the benchmarking website GFXBench, and there are a few tidbits of information to be gathered from the resulting benchmark.

Let’s start with the guts: Like the Moto X, the Moto G will have a 720p display. On the GPU side, you’re looking at an Adreno 305, which means you should expect to see a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400. The clock speed appears to be capped at 1.2 GHz, which is likely done to save battery. Moving on to the RAM, the rumors say the Moto G will have 1 GB of it. There’s no data to back that up, but it sounds credible to me. Finally, the Moto G is said to lack 4G LTE, which wouldn’t surprise me, especially given the fact that it’s being announced in Brazil and not the United States.

Now as for retail availability, Amazon made a little mistake today. They put the Moto G placeholder website up, saying the phone would cost 160 GBP. That’s a little less than $260 in American money. Subtract the VAT (European way of saying taxes), and you’re looking at a price of about $199.

Circling back to the first sentence of this very article, everything that there is to know about the Moto G will be revealed in just two days. All the information above is just me connecting some dots in anticipation. I’ve played with the Moto X, and I fell in love with it, but sadly it’s not on sale here in Europe. With the Moto G showing up on Amazon UK, I’m curious to see which territories will get Google’s next phone.