Moto G is Impressive Enough to Change India’s Smartphone Landscape

Google, once a search engine is now well established software and hardware maker is going to bring affordable Android smartphone to developing nations, from its own handset manufacturing unit, Motorola which was acquired by Google in 2011.

moto-G-IndiaMotorola shrinked its handset business in India by that time and now Google-owned Motorola is all set to takeover its market position. Motorola is going to launch its much-hyped affordable Moto G in India in coming days. In US Moto G is selling for $179 (8GB) and $199 (16GB). That is translated into INR 11,000 and INR 12,500 approx. respectively.

Under the hood:
Motorola keeps Moto G simple. It ships with Android 4.3 in Brazil and Europe but Motorola promised a Kitkat 4.4 update by 2014. As Indian launch is by January 2014, we hope Moto G might be the first handsets with KitKat in the country.

It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with quad core 1.2GHz Cortex A7 processor, Andreno 305 GPU and 1GB RAM. Its 4.5 inch display with 720 x 1280p has 326 ppi and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. There is no microSD slot (like all Nexus phones) but it comes in 8/16GB storage capacity.

There are some usual features: 5MP rear camera with LED flash, video recording at 720p, front 1.3MP shooter, HSPA+ 21Mbps, Bluetooth v4.0, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, active noise cancellation mic, 3.5 mm audio jack, GPS via A-GPS & GLONASS, accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor and Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery. It misses NFC but who is using it in India. It’s little bulky at 143gm. Google will offer 50GB Drive storage as Cloud.

Color is the in-thing in smartphone arena and Motorola is offerimg several back panels – blue, teal, red, yellow, purple, white, and black covers, as well as rugged versions and flip-style portfolio covers for the Moto G (the company says there are 19 options in total).Design wise it looks alike earlier launched Motorola’s flagship Moto X.

Many argue that Indian smartphone market is dominated by Samsung and other Indian brands like Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, Xolo and others; and thus Motorola’s re-entry will not be a easy route. And there are already many Android smartphones which are available for Rs 4000 or less. Even at that price range there are several competitors like Samsung Galaxy Trend, Micromax Canvas 4, Karbonn Titanium S5, Lenovo A850, Xolo Q1000S, Lava 504q, Gionee Dream D1 – to name a few.

Then what Moto G stands for? It is a excellent vfm (value for money) product which ensures impressive hardware and almost stock Android experience with certainty of future Android upgrades, last thing many manufacturers care about. Moto G may change the whole ecosystem of Android devices in the country and reduce the OS fragmentation.

In a whole Moto G is a fantastic handset, which will give a lead for Android over other OS as well as other Android brands. Last couple of months Windows phones is doing better in India, thanks to Nokia branding. Moto G may trigger a new vfm smartphone war and as of now Moto G wins.

Tips: Using a low budget smartphone and thinking for a winter fest upgrade at around 12-15K? Wait til January next year as Moto G lands in India.

Special request to MTS India, the data focused operator, Moto G supports 1x- EvDo too. You already missed Diwali timeline to bring new smartphone from Micromax. Why don’t you ask for Moto G single SIM variant or Dual SIM variant with awesome data offerings (existing plans are not cheap compared to Reliance and Aircel’s 3G tariffs)?

This Article Was Written By: Rudradeep Biswas

Rudradeep Biswas - Senior Telecom Analyst

The happy guy RDB (stands for Rudradeep Biswas) has been writing for Telecomtalk since 2009, covering mobile operators, 3G, broadband, WiFi, 4G, LTE, telecom policies and what-not related to Indian telecom. He is by profession a doctor, did his MBBS from R.G.Kar Medical College, Kolkata.

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  • Bhavesh somani February 10, 2014 1:28 pm, 1:28 PM

    Dear RDB,

    Can you please advise me what is usable memory of 16 GB moto G which has debuted on flip kart. Which is near by competitor of this phone.

    Regards,
    Bhavesh Somani

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  • Arun kumar February 7, 2014 4:04 pm, 4:04 PM

    @Sanjay Seriously…. It’s a hit and revolution that will change the smartphone industry in india i think :)

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  • Sanjay February 3, 2014 3:16 pm, 3:16 PM

    Moto G is going to arrive to India on 5 feb that is Wednesday. And i think no body is gonna buy this phone because Motorola has no future.

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  • Ankit December 8, 2013 11:14 pm, 11:14 PM

    At price of $179 which is around 11k , surely its going to be top selling phone of 2014 in India .

    Anyone got confirmed launch date of Moto G in India ?

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  • Vivek As-Chennai December 8, 2013 3:41 pm, 3:41 PM

    Its totally unfair Moto G is been launched early in Brazil,US,UK etc…..Am eagerly waiting for its landing in India. Recently i lost my 6 months old Moto atrix 2, Moto G gonna replace it including my worries over lost phone.I am Big motorola fan. This will be my 4th moto.

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  • Josh November 27, 2013 9:42 pm, 9:42 PM

    Just like that It wont be sold in India for 12k – 15k, What about Taxes then? Ordering a 16GB Moto G will come around 220$ Approx (199$ + shipping + taxes). So we can expect 1.5 -2.5 k price increase in India compared to US.

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  • gspal November 24, 2013 1:35 pm, 1:35 PM

    Among other features four basic things I look for in a mobile phone are loud and clear sound like Sony Ericsson, long battery life which could have the addition of solar panel for charging when in idle mode, internal memory, sound software that does not corrupt requiring formatting. Micro SD card slot, in my opinion, is a must for transferring data and pics to a home computer for storing & printing rather than using a data cord. If not a Micro SD card slot then how about a slot for a pendrive?

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  • Esmail November 23, 2013 11:47 pm, 11:47 PM

    When they say CDMA version, are they refering to an OMH handset that works with a UIM card or do they mean a SIM-less network locked phone which works with MEID number pre configured in the chip?

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    • Meher December 17, 2013 12:59 am, 12:59 AM

      Hey Esmail i’hv read ur posts elsewhere aswell…you seem to have some extra bit of knowledge regarding these things…
      I have a Nexus 5 US model (D820)
      My question is can i get it to work on Indian CDMA operators and how would you compare 3G and EVDO speeds?
      anyone else having any idea can also respond…
      Thanks!

      Reply
  • Rama November 23, 2013 10:08 pm, 10:08 PM

    @pulkit
    Windows phone does not need 1gb of ram,512 mb of ram is enough for it to run smoothly than android phones having 1gb of ram
    lumia 620 available for 13k like moto g provides the same resolution
    WP8 can run very smooth on dual core processors infact smoother than android devices having quad core processors
    How can you be so sure that moto g will recieve software updates for next 2 years and that lumia 520 wont get 8.1,if you have any sources or proofs please post them
    and memory cards are important after all they are the cheapest way to expand the memory of a device
    moto g is 11k exclusive of taxes but once tax is levied its price will go uptil 13k or more whereas lumia 520 on the other hand is available for 9k inclusive of taxes,accepted that moto g may sell like hotcakes but what about after sales service,the absence of after sales support will narrow the difference between something the canvas HD and moto g to a large extent.
    moto g is a good device but 520 isnt bad either.its all a matter of personal choice

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  • notabudgetphone November 23, 2013 9:52 pm, 9:52 PM

    This will not be a budget phone after all. It will cost around 17K competing against the likes of galaxy grand. Remember $200 nexus 7 and its launch in India with a fat price tag. Nokia budget phones will not be impacted because of Moto g.

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  • Taxman November 22, 2013 2:00 pm, 2:00 PM

    “In US Moto G is selling for $179 (8GB) and $199 (16GB). That is translated into INR 11,000 and INR 12,500 approx. respectively.”

    Yeah, dont forget about those beautiful Indian govt taxes. Once the excise boys are done, it wont be that cheap. Chiddu passed special laws in last years budget that ensure that “expensive mobiles” (which he defines as anything that cost more than INR 2000) are even costlier than they already were.

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  • Kannan November 22, 2013 5:37 am, 5:37 AM

    Really a nice release.
    Waiting for it.
    Definitely it can beat-down the other local manufacturers.
    Not for mts alone, Isn’t there any possibility to gain an unified wifi connectivity Allover India with full protection? Why do they need a SIM to gain the magic?

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  • manu November 21, 2013 9:55 pm, 9:55 PM

    people there is no memory card slot in this phone. u have to satisfy with 8 or16 GB. that’s the only negative

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  • kavint November 21, 2013 9:46 pm, 9:46 PM

    nokia to update lumia 520 with 525… dual sim..8gb+ 64gb sd support+ unlimited nokia music for 10k..moto has less chance to survive…

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    • ROHAN SINGH November 22, 2013 6:47 pm, 6:47 PM

      Nokia Music is unlimited only for listening. You get 6 months free for downloading after that you have to renew with a fixed amount and data packs.

      Reply
    • Pulkit November 22, 2013 9:35 pm, 9:35 PM

      Just look at the specifications sir!
      1. Moto G gives you double the RAM (1GB), Lumia 520 has just 512MB.
      2. Better resolution at 1280×720 (329ppi). Lumia is just 800×480.
      3. Bigger 4.5 inch screen. Lumia has just 4 inches.
      4. 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad Core Processor. Lumia still has that 2 year old processor clocked at 1GHz and is Dual Core.
      5. It’ll run the latest Android 4.4 out of the box and will keep getting updates for atleast another 2 years. Lumia wont even get WP8.1
      6. Nokia Music is free only for 3 or 6 months. After which you have to pay for it.
      7. And that expandable memory you were talking about is also not free. It costs another 3,500Rs for 64GB.
      Moto G will sell like hot cakes in India. Just like Canvas2 did. Just wait and watch. :)

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      • SS November 23, 2013 11:37 pm, 11:37 PM

        Windows phone doesn’t require much ram and he you see, windows runs more smooth on 512 MB than android on 1 gb. Also, lumia 520 has already got windows 8.1 which is called amber. Black update is arriving soon.

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        • chprashant November 24, 2013 9:41 pm, 9:41 PM

          you cant compare moto g with nokia lumia 520.its like comparing nexus 5 with galaxy s advance.
          1) Moto g uses snapdragon 400 chipset with adreno 305 gpu with cortex a7 having four cores whereas 520 uses snapdragon chipset of 3 years
          2) i know windows phone takes less ram management and a dual core is enough for it but it doesnt mean you will get all the newest updates.Moto g is clearly winner in this department with all the software updates as it is blessed with google and motorola.
          3) lumia 520 doesnt have secondary camera but moto g has.
          4) the prominent factor is the screen resolution,both uses ips display but moto g uses 1280*720 which is hd with 334 ppi,which can be nowhere compared to lumia 520s wvga screen with 480*800 with 233ppi.more pixels means better viewing angles and sharpness of the screen.
          5) both have 5mp cameras but moto g has led flash too.the camera of moto g is very good.u can check it with mobile geeks channel in youtube.
          6) the only negative is the expandabe storage but i think 16gb(12.5gb usable) is enough for an average indian.
          7) last and but not the least its the operating system itself android has better apps and its a open source system whereas windows is like some restricted os.
          8) just see the benchmarks guys its rocking though benchmarks is not everything but it scored 8500 in quadrant which is quite impressive for that price point.
          9) u cant doubt motorola as they are the best smartphone makers .their devices have exceptionally good build quality and it is even available in more colours.
          SO MY FINAL VERDICT IS GO FOR MOTO G .MANY CUSTOMERS IN BRAZIL AND EUROPE ARE WELL SATISFIED WITH THIS DEVICE.
          MY RATINGS ARE 9/10.

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  • KAPIL K. DEV November 21, 2013 7:28 pm, 7:28 PM

    We want Moto G CDMA OMH handsets.

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    • Rifaz Mohammed November 21, 2013 9:54 pm, 9:54 PM

      Moto G specs say “CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – CDMA version”

      Reliance and TATA got OMH sims

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      • prasad mayya November 23, 2013 10:06 am, 10:06 AM

        mts also has omh sim…..

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        • Meher December 17, 2013 1:04 am, 1:04 AM

          Hi Everyone…I have a Nexus 5 US model (D820)
          My question is can i get it to work on Indian CDMA operators and how would you compare 3G and EVDO speeds here?

          Thanks!

          Reply
  • saurav November 21, 2013 6:54 pm, 6:54 PM

    I like to buy MOTO Gin dual sim i wating for such awsome smart phone moto g ,

    i love moto g i wish u will be give after sale service in a good maner nt like samsung…..

    I WILL be purchase moto g phone in dual sim please laounch as early as possible

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  • Rifaz Mohammed November 21, 2013 3:37 pm, 3:37 PM

    I personally value a brand by the after sales service. After all every single phone is basic electronics inside which got a limited durability.

    So any idea about how good the service network in India is for Motorola? I believe they just had one service center in Kerala.

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    • Suresh November 22, 2013 2:01 pm, 2:01 PM

      “So any idea about how good the service network in India is for Motorola?”

      Considering the fact that they were almost non-existent as a company in India for the past decade, I’m gonna to say , “Not too many”.

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  • Rama November 21, 2013 3:34 pm, 3:34 PM

    Google is now realising microsofts increase in sucess with windows phone and is thereby competing with it to prevent it from becoming a threat in future.Windows phone sales as of Q3 2013 have increased 156% year over year compared to Q3 2012 and a huge part of this growth has come in from cheap and budget devices like nokia lumia 520 and nokia lumia 620 ,in fact its only the budget segment which is contributing to the growth of the smartphone market.Android doesnt run well on low end harware and thats a well known fact whereas WP8 runs really smooth on lumia 520 which just costs around 9k.That is the reason why google has announced android 4.4 kitkat with optimisation for memory management as well as other things required for the os to run smooth on low end hardware and motorola’s moto g is just gonna help them gab some more share of the low end market and give some competition to microsoft athough its yet to be seen how well the moto g actually does,samsung and sony are definitely gonna create similar devices and try to sell them at a lower price.But oen thing i can say is that if moto g deos well microsoft and nokia are in some serious trouble becuase its only the low end market which is actually helping WP8 climb the ladder of market share.

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  • SAURABH GUPTA November 21, 2013 3:18 pm, 3:18 PM

    Now this is what i call value for money from a well established brand infact most value for money from a foreign brand

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  • Punit November 21, 2013 2:24 pm, 2:24 PM

    Hi Rudradeep,

    Does this phone supports CDMA as well as mentioned in the last para.

    Thanks,
    Punit

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  • arka November 21, 2013 2:19 pm, 2:19 PM

    Samsung has also a secret “card” under it’s hat!! That is SM-G7106. Which may be compete against Moto G. but, as Motorola is owned by Google itself and it’s hardware is best in class in that price range- Moto G will stands ahead…

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  • arka November 21, 2013 2:15 pm, 2:15 PM

    @RDB, The Moto G has a dual sim version for devolving countries(like India,China). The Wi-fi hotspot feature is also available in that version.Though,In US,the feature is not available. More over,It is water-proof with pure android experience! :)

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  • arka November 21, 2013 2:07 pm, 2:07 PM

    My xt SMARTPHONE. It is really smart enough… :)

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  • Mayur Chaudhari November 21, 2013 1:33 pm, 1:33 PM

    will the moto g work with reliance cdma network?
    india needs a decent cdma phone..

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    • punit November 21, 2013 2:28 pm, 2:28 PM

      Hi Mayur,

      India needs rather decent Android enable phones (unlike the ones that are available now). All attention is given to GSM phones only. CDMA is given step motherly treatment by phone manufacturers when it is reliable and cheaper to GSM technology.

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      • Kuld November 22, 2013 2:04 pm, 2:04 PM

        Its cheaper than GSM, and in the days of 2G, it was arguably faster. Now, with 3 and 4G CDMA is relegated to being a cr@ppy system that only people who are not willing to pay much cash prefer. Sorry, but thats what happened to CDMA. Its death is near.

        Reply

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