Today, Motorola has announced its second-generation smartphone products the Moto X and Moto G, the successors to the company’s rebooted flagship smartphones and also their long awaited smartwatch the Moto 360. Yes, the flagship phone will simply be called Moto X again — not X+1, as some rumors had hinted — and it’ll be available at least in the US for the same $499 unlocked as the original when it launches later in September.
The low-cost Android Moto G device quickly became the best-selling smartphone in Motorola’s history. It helped Motorola quickly gain huge market share in India, Brazil, and other countries around the world. Now, Motorola is announcing its upgrade: a bigger, better, faster Moto G at a price point of $179.99.
The New Moto X has front facing speakers, better camera and Metal Frame
The new Moto X comes with a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen at 1080p resolution, a size that’s more in line with 2014 expectations. Much of that magic stems from Motorola’s now-trademark curved back, which leaves ample room for guts (battery, circuitry, so on) in the center but slopes to nearly nothing toward the left and right edges something we have seen in the HTC design language. Just like the HTC One it has front firing speakers and Metal Frame on it’s side.
On the back, the dimpled Motorola “batwing” logo — a notable design element of the old X — is more prominent than ever, rendered in metal that’s surrounded by the customizable finish. Motorola has increase the megapixel count from 10 to 13 and boasts some new features, like 4K capture, voice control, and a mode that takes multiple exposures and automatically selects the “best” shot based on smiles, motion blur, whether subjects’ eyes are open, and so on.For software, the X launches on KitKat with a promise to roll out Android L as it becomes available.
The Moto G now gets last year’s Moto X Specs
The cheaper Moto G now has a big 5-inch, 720p AMOLED display. They wanted better speakers, so the G (like the new Moto X) has two grilles on its front face, blasting sound toward you instead of away from you. Now it also has an SD card slot and two SIM card slots, This is a phone made for everyone, for every need, and it reflects exactly what people want.
Motorola also upgraded to an 8-megapixel camera, plus a 2-megapixel sensor on the front.It looks good, too, especially thanks to the 15 colorful, interchangeable backs that Motorola will also be selling. Motorola boasts in both cases about using stock Android. Just like the Moto X the Moto G has Moto Assist and Moto Alert, but in general it’s quite pared down.
The Moto 360 finally sees the day of light
The Moto 360 is the smartwatch we’ve been waiting for, the $249 timepiece that promised to be the first Android Wear device I’d actually want to wear and based on our polls it’s clear its everyone’s preferred choice. The 360 goes on sale today, and it does so under the watchful eye of the smartwatch industry.