Earlier today, Motorola has revealed the much rumoured 2nd Generations of its budget Moto G as well as flagship Moto X smartphones.
Much to the surprise of fans across the globe, the company has launched the smartphones first at its event in India, despite confusing reports of a launch event on Thursday in Chicago.
Along with the smartphones Motorola has also announced that it will be retailing its Android Wear-running smartwatch, the Moto 360 in India as well.
As was expected, the phones will be launched exclusively on Flipkart only.
Another exciting product revealed is the Motorola Hint, which seems to be a really attractive take on the bluetooth headset but more on that later.
Let’s begin with Motorola’s budget offering, the rejigged version of the Moto G…
The Budget Flagship – Moto G (2nd Generation)
In this update of one of the most famous ( if not the most famous) budget Android smartphones of the year 2013, Motorola has added lot more features while retaining the low price of just ₹ 12,999.
But unlike the rumours, the phone did not get an upgrade in its name like Moto G2 or the popular Moto G+1. Instead, the company decided to keep the name same as last year…
The smartphone now sports a bigger 5 inch 720p HD display, hence reducing the PPI density of the display. On the other hand, the primary camera of the phone has been upgraded to 8MP, compared to 5MP in the previous version. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 305 GPU.
The biggest addition to the smartphone compared to the first-generation Moto G is the inclusion of a microSD card slot. The company hasn’t yet specified the maximum supported card capacity however.
Notably, the smartphone – like the Moto E – features dual front speakers, above and below the display, apart from 2 mics.
Connectivity options in the Moto G (Gen 2) include 3G, Wi-Fi 80211.ac, Bluetooth 4.0LE, Micro-USB, and 3.5mm audio jack. It has measures 141.5×70.7×10.99mm, and weighs 149 grams. It is powered by a 2070mAh battery.
The phone runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and the company has confirmed it will roll out an Android L update for the two devices – however, there was no mention made of such an update for the previous generation now.
The Flagship – Moto X (2nd Generation)
The first fully voice-activated smartphone of 2013, the Moto X got a bump in its specs as well. Motorola has not yet disclosed the price of this smartphone in India, though they did say it will be made available by the end of the month.
The company however has disclosed US pricing at $499.99 (roughly Rs. 30,200) unlocked, and $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,000) on a 2-year contract across select carriers.
The Moto X (Gen 2) will be made available in two storage size variants – 16GB and 32GB, though unlike the Moto G, it features no expandability via microSD card slot.
It sports a 5.2-inch (1080×1920 pixel) OLED display with a pixel density of 423 ppi, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974-AC) processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.25 lens with 4K video recording and dual-LED ring flash, as well a 2-megapixel front-facing camera capable of 1080p video recording.
Like the Moto G (Gen 2), the Moto X (Gen 2) features dual-front speakers, above and below the display.
Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 80211.ac, Bluetooth 4.0LE, Micro-USB, and 3.5mm audio jack. It measures 140.8×72.4×9.97mm, and weighs 144 grams. It is powered by a 2300mAh battery.
Most Awaited Android Smartwatch of 2014 – Moto 360
Aside from the Apple iWatch, this is the first smartwatch which has garnered such excitement. This is the first smartwatch many people would consider wearing and the promise of its numerous teasers has been fulfilled.
The build materials include aircraft-grade stainless steel and a choice of leather or metal wrist bands.
One slight disappointment is the absence of a sapphire display, something common on premium watches for many years (and expected to be on the fabled Apple iWatch) but its use of Corning GLW +0.12% Gorilla Glass 3 means it will still be pretty tough.
What makes the Moto 360 so desirable though, is its slim, circular display. This measures 1.5-inches and packs a 320 x 290 native resolution which sits in the same ballpark as the square LG G Watch (280 x 280) and Samsung Gear 2 (320 x 320).
The reason for the Moto 360’s resolution count not being symmetrical is the approximately 30 pixels lost to incorporate the ambient light sensor and driver. LG has based much of the marketing for its upcoming ‘G Watch R’ on the fact it uses the whole of its circular display, but Tritschler explained Motorola’s choice of positioning was “a trade-off in minimising the bezel” and it is true that the G Watch R has a much wider bezel.
The smart watch features just 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage but its choice of a TI OMAP 3 processor, lags slightly behind the Snapdragon 400 chipset we’ve seen used in rivals.
he Moto 360 and at 49g (1.72oz) with a 46mm (1.81-inch) diameter and 11mm (0.43-inch) height it is substantial without being overly bulky. Another nicety is IP67 water resistance.
The pricing of the watch has not been revealed, as of yet, and it will be released in India, later this month.
The Surprise – Moto Hint
Finally Motorola has given us a teaser of something rather cool. The Hint is a dime-sized Bluetooth earpiece which is so small that – unlike standard headsets – it actually sits within the ear making it seem like something a secret agent would use in a Hollywood movie.
Despite its diminutive size, the Hint is also smart. The main attraction is its voice activated and this ties in with Google Voice search allowing you to ask questions, answer calls and receive turn-by-turn navigation directions all without touching or looking at your phone.
The Moto G (2nd generation) is currently on sale Only at Flipkart.com, while both the Moto X (2nd generation) and the Moto 360 will be released later this month. there is no word as if and when the Moto Hint will be released in India.
Notably, Michael Adnani, Vice President – Retail & Head Strategic Brand Alliances, Flipkart, informed us at the event that Motorola had enjoyed astonishing sales via the e-commerce site in India, selling over 1.6 million units of its Moto devices (Moto E, Moto G and Moto X) in the past 7 months.