As promised, Motorola has unveiled the details of the company’s new iterations of the Moto X and Moto G, as well as revealing the Moto Hint and availability dates for the Moto 360.
Unlike the rumors suggested, Motorola decided to keep the naming scheme simple, referring to the new Moto X and G as, well, just that. It may be confusing to customers, but it shouldn’t be that bad; Google did the same thing with the Nexus 7 in 2013. Specs wise, the Moto X and Moto G are improvements on the original devices, but hardly close to other flagship devices out there right now. Motorola’s made no bones about the devices not being packed to the gills with the latest hardware, and Moto X fans can attest to the fact that that’s no big deal. Yeah, the Moto X didn’t sell as well as Motorola hoped, but the Moto G proved to be a smash hit outside of the U.S. market.
As for the Moto 360, the round smartwatch is available today at 11AM CT for $249 from Google Play, Motorola.com, Best Buy and a smattering of various U.S. retailers.
The new Moto X will be customizable using Motorola’s Moto Maker just like the previous model and sports a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz. 2GB of RAM is on board, along with 16 or 32GB of storage and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The device’s 5.2 inch 1080p OLED screen is covered with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 for a little extra protection. A 13MP camera resides on the rear, and a 2MP selfie snapper sits up front. The Moto X will be available on contract for $99 and off contract for $499 later this month all over the globe.
The new Moto G features swappable backsides, a 5 inch 720p display, an 8MP rear facing camera and 2MP up front. Android 4.4.4 KitKat runs the show on a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and touts less than 1GB of RAM. The device will come in 8 and 16GB variants, with a microSD slot included for memory expansion. The Moto G carries a price of $179, and can be purchased at 11AM CT today.
The Moto Hint is a earbud of sorts, resembling the earpiece that Uhura rocked in the original Star Trek series. It’s basically a voice activated remote for your phone, allowing you to command your Moto X with ease. Interesting, but could end up being a little impractical. Anyway, it looks neat, and extends the already amazing voice functionality that the Moto X touts.The Moto Hint will retail for $149.99.
That’s it for now folks, Motorola will be holding a live stream Q&A tomorrow at 2:30ET, which can be found here. We’ll have more detailed coverage of the new devices later on in the day, so be sure to check back for more Motorola madness!
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