while the new Motorola Moto G Smartphone may not tout personalization and look as brilliant as the Moto X, it could be a win-win product for both the Google-own company and consumers. the Moto G is billed as a smartphone that offers a premium experience “for a third of the price of current high end phones.” however, affordability is not only what Motorola is touting; it will be the first smartphone made since Google ownership, to be widely available outside of the United States. it will go on sale this week, starting with Brazil and parts of Europe, with roll out in Latin America, Europe, Canada and parts of Asia in the next few weeks. the rest of the countries/regions, such as the US, India, the Middle East and more of Asia can expect to see the Moto G in early January. all told, Moto G will be available in over 30 countries with 60 partners by 2014.
back in the US, Moto G will be sold as no contract, SIM unlocked with an unlock-able bootloader on Motorola.com for just $179 and $199 for the 8GB and 16GB model, respectively. though it will also be available through various carriers, as well as retailers. spec sheet-wise, the Moto G comes dressed in a 4.5-inch HD edge-to-edge display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip, running on a lightly skinned Android 4.3 Jelly Bean at launch, but with guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 Kit Kat starting from 2014. the almost untouched OS is definitely going to appeal to budget conscious Android users, especially now that the new generation Nexus is a little pricer. though it don’t have the level of personalization like the Moto X, it does, however sports a comfortable curved back with 19 customization options, including interchangeable Motorola Shells and Flip Shells in seven hues, as well as Grip Shells in five colors.
UPDATE [November 30, 2013] you can now get the Moto G Unlocked from Amazon for $179.99 for the 8GB model and $199.99 for the 16GB version. well, more like pre-order, but shipment is just next week on December 4, 2013.