Of the forthcoming slew of Motorola products, the follow-up to last year’s low-cost Moto G is tipped as accommodating the most lackluster hardware, which shouldn’t prevent it from evolving into a major box-office hit.
It’s not about the specs, it’s about the user experience and pricing-quality ratio. Soon-to-become Lenovo subsidiary Motorola insisted on this perilous marketing strategy as its Google-owned swan song, and it all seemed to work out fine for the budget-friendly Moto G. For the costly X, not so much.
As such, even though the purported X+1 is way more technically impressive than the rumored G2, the former is expected to do better sales-wise. At least if freshly emerged benchmark data, hinting at a minor, incremental upgrade, is to be trusted.
Normally, we’d whine and whine and whine over “incremental” tweaks and improvements, but since affordability is the key to G2’s success, it’s wise of Motorola to be aware of its limits. Besides, the original Moto G, especially with 4G LTE support added in the mix, remains the world’s lightweight Android champion to this day.
All in all, no, the G2, aka G+1, aka XT1063 doesn’t feel like a major step forward for the entry-level gadget line, but that’s fine with us. The GFX Bench-listed quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip matches the original’s processing power, the 1 GB RAM likewise, and 8 GB of internal storage is again where it all starts.
Meanwhile, the display is sized up, at 5 inches, but resolution is held in place, at 1,280 x 720 pixels. Which brings us to the only irrefutable, semi-major upgrade: an 8 megapixel camera with HDR, Flash and autofocus replaces the old and humble 5 MP snapper. Oh, and the front cam’s 1.3 MP sensor is boosted to 2 megapixels.
Price? Release date? Availability? No idea, but if last year’s events are any indication, my guesses are $250 outright, November and worldwide, with a focus on “emerging” markets. Keep in mind the information exposed in the above benchmark may well be fake, and there are no guarantees the XT1063 is the G2 in the first place.
But hey, the first-gen G is also known by the XT1033, XT1034, XT1039, XT1040 and XT1045 model numbers, so what else could it be?
Source: GFX Bench