Motorola has different plans for different markets in regards to Moto G’s rollout, as countries like Brazil and India are reportedly scoring the cheap powerhouse in a dual-SIM flavor, whereas Verizon US will be pairing the single-SIM with prepaid plans come Q1 2014.
The news comes hot on the heels of the phone’s highly anticipated formal announcement less than 24 hours ago, when the pricing structure and resulting value for money snatched all the limelight.
Though basically rocking the specs of an early 2012 flagship device – 4.5-inch 720p display, quad-core 1.2 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM, 2,070 mAh battery, 5 MP rear camera – the Moto G is set to cost on-par with modest, entry-level gizmos from the competition.
Specifically, the 8 GB variant (with no microSD support) will go for $179 outright stateside and 20 bucks extra will buy you double the built-in storage. Only North America will join the G launch party late, with Latin America, Asia and Europe slated for commercial releases over the coming weeks.
“Early Q1 2014” is the vague ETA announced in the US and, in very bizarre fashion, Verizon has actually been the first of the nation’s major carriers to come forward with some information. Namely, we know Big Red doesn’t plan to offer subsidies with the Moto G, instead putting it up for grabs with prepaid plans only.
Looking at the half-full part of the staggered US release glass, if the G goes live, say, in early or mid-February, chances are it’ll run Android 4.4 KitKat right off the bat, as a bump from the existing 4.3 Jelly Bean has been scheduled for January.
Meanwhile, the dual-SIM Moto G coming to India this month is in lack of official pricing info, but taking all possible taxes and premiums into account, it should still end up pretty darn competitive. Granted, it most definitely won’t start at 180 bucks, yet even at $235 (Rs. 15,000), it looks like a handheld with a bitching bang for buck factor. Doesn’t it?