Motorola’s Moto G is back with a 5-inch screen, microSD expansion slot and upgraded cameras

Motorola’s Moto G is back with a 5-inch screen, microSD expansion slot and upgraded cameras

Motorola has unveiled an updated version of its best-selling Moto G device that includes a larger display, improved front and rear cameras and extendable storage.

Announced and available to buy today in the UK and US, the new Moto G keeps to the same formula as the original; that is, solid design, mid-range specs, a clutter-free experience and a few custom features. Unlike most manufacturers, Motorola doesn’t put a custom UI on the Moto G, meaning software updates can be pushed to users more quickly.

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On that note, the new Moto G will arrive running Android 4.4 KitKat but Motorola said it will get the upgrade to Android L as soon as possible. While it runs a mostly ‘vanilla’ version of Android, there are a few Moto-specific features and apps on board, such as Alert and Assist.

Hardware-wise, the new Moto G has a 5-inch 720p HD screen (up from 4.5-inches), the same 1.2Ghz quad-core processor and 8GB or 16GB of storage. If it’s all sounding a bit familiar, bear with it – the changes might be small, but they’re worthwhile.

For example, there’s now microSD card support (although only up to 32GB cards are supported) and the front-facing camera has been bumped up from a 1.3-megapixel affair to 2-megapixels. It’s a similar story on the rear too – the camera there has gone from a 5-megapixel sensor to an 8-megapixel one.

Moto G_Frnt_NA_EN_CMYKThe audio experience should be improved too, as there’s now a pair of front-facing speakers, rather than just one.

The only real let down in the spec list is the complete lack of 4G support. There will be single and dual-SIM models, but a spokesperson for the company confirmed that if you want to buy a 4G version, you’ll need to look at the older Moto G 4G model.

Alongside the tweaked device, there’s also a selection of different colored shells and cases (sold seperately), however, just because the back panel is removable and there’s a microSD slot, don’t go thinking there’s a user replaceable battery on board, as you’ll be disappointed. Shells will be available from next month at an as yet undisclosed price.

Motorola said that the Moto G is its best-selling smartphone ever, so it makes sense that it would want to continue that momentum with incremental upgrades that actually make a difference to the end user. It helps too that the price is being kept the same as (or lower) than the previous generation, making it around ÂŁ145 in the UK and around $180 in the US.

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