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Motorola together with Brightstar, one of the world’s largest wireless distribution companies, has brought the Moto G to the Malaysian market. Inspired by the flagship Moto X, the new device brings a premium smartphone experience to customers at an incredible price. Starting from just RM698 to be exact.

While I’d rather see the Moto X on Malaysian shores, it is at least reassuring to have some form of Motorola presence finally, after some spartan showing over the past year.

The Moto G is clearly a mid-range device, and Motorola is targeting consumers on a budget who still want features and specs of higher end phones. On paper at least, the Moto G meets these criteria.

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The Moto G sports a brilliant 4.5-inch 720p HD TFT LCD (@ 329PPI) edge-to-edge display which Motorola touts as the sharpest in its class. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 is the processor of choice, a 1.2Ghz quad-core no less. It will not break speed records, but should certainly perform commendably.

Official press pics:

Motorola has decided to put just 1GB RAM with 8GB and 16GB storage options. Too little storage? Don’t fret. Moto G owners will get an extra 50GB of Google Drive storage free for two years (that’s on top of the standard 15GB). Offer must be redeemed within 30 days of activation.

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The Moto G has a stylish design with a curved back (interchangeable). It weighs 143g and measures 65.9 x 129.9 x 11.6mm with its thinnest point being 6mm.

This latest Moto has dual-SIM support, with cellular connectivity of up to HSPA+ (21Mbps) for both SIMs.

The 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera is not going to entice you, but perhaps the long-lasting, all-day 2,070mAh battery would.

The Moto G comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box and will enjoy an guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat.

Specs at a glance

  • Dimensions: 65.9 x 129.9 x 11.6mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • Operating System: Android 4.3
  • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor @ 1.2Ghz
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8/16GB
  • Display: 4.5-inch TFT LCD 720p @ 329PPI
  • Battery: 2070mAh
  • Connectivity: Cellular: Dual SIM – UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21Mbps; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera: 5MP 720p HD rear camera; 1.3MP 720p HD

Price and availability
Lazada offered pre-booking of the Moto G until 20 January 2014, where pre-bookers get a complimentary Motorola Flip Shell (worth RM128) and a clear screen protector (RM18). The 8GB Moto G retails at RM698 (SRP) while the 16GB variant retails at RM798 (SRP).

Moto G will be officially available for sale through major wireless operators, major retailers, consumer electronics stores and lazada.com.my from 21 January onwards. Every unit of Moto G purchase after 21 January will include an additional Motorola Shell (worth RM78) and screen protector (RM18).

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For retail listing and product specifications, visit www.brightstarcorp.com.my.

Initial impressions
It’s nice to finally hold a Motorola product after quite some time (although I do hold a RAZR i currently). Solidly built with Moto X-instilled style, the Moto G should satisfy the budget-conscious consumer. It’s packed with enough kit to be considered a high value buy. The low-spec camera and somewhat bare minimum RAM is a little disappointing though.

Nonetheless, this should sell well in the crowded budget, mid-range bracket.

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