The Moto G is a more affordable version of the Moto X, and will be available unlocked for $179.

Moto G 1 Motorola officially announces the Moto G

Motorola has officially announced the Moto G, and just as the rumors indicated, the device is a more affordable version of the Moto X.

The Moto G will feature an edge-to-edge display with a resolution of 1280 x 720. The 4.5-inch screen has a pixel density of 329 ppi. The device comes with a nano-coating that allows it to be water resistant.

Under the hood, the Moto G features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400, which has a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 based Krait 200 CPU and Adreno 305 GPU. There is also the ability to connect to 4G LTE networks. The Moto G comes with 1 GB RAM, and Motorola has mentioned that the device runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, and will make the switch to Android 4.4 KitKat by January. The device comes with a 1,950 mAh battery.

The Moto G will also feature a removable back, and users will have the ability of choosing different color combinations for the back cover. Motorola has mentioned that there will be a lot of accessories for consumers to choose from.

In the imaging section, Motorola has launched a new camera UI for the device, which comes with a 5 MP imaging sensor. The UI does not feature a dedicated button for taking images anymore. Users can touch anywhere on the screen to take an image. Long hold results in burst mode, and flicking across gives users access to features and settings.  Also included with the device is 50 GB of free Google Drive storage.

The most notable feature of the device is that it will be available contract free and unlocked for just $179, for the 8 GB model. The 16 GB version will set users back $199. The Moto G will be going on sale from today in Brazil, and in certain markets, there will be a dual-SIM version of the device.

Motorola has mentioned that the Moto G will be available in a total of 30 countries including the U.S. by January, where it will be sold directly on Motorola’s website. CNET UK has meanwhile stated that the device will start selling in Britain from November 28 for £130.

Source: Motorola