Sunday, September 7, 2014

The new Moto X and Moto G are here!

Motorola has finally officially announced the much awaited Moto X+1 (it's official name is just Moto X) along with the successor of the highly successful budget Android phone Moto G and the first in-ear wearable Moto Hint which I won't be covering in this article.

Motorola Moto X (2nd-gen) hands-on


The 2 single lines on the top and bottom of the screen which were first introduced in the low-cost Moto E make their way into the new Moto X and Moto G and I have a feeling that this will have mixed  reviews from different people and will end to personal choice.
Thankfully, the bezels are thin (*coughs* HTC) and this results into a phone that will rest comfortably in your hand despite having a decent 5.2" screen. 
The Motomaker software is also available so that you can make your Moto X your own. But interestingly enough, the specs hint that the standard version will have 16 GB of storage and you will HAVE to buy a 32 GB phone if you buy it through Moto Maker. And it also looks like the wood versions will be available.


Motorola has been releasing near stock Android phones for a year or so now and this phone is no exception. It comes with stock 4.4 Kitkat out of the box and I can pretty much guarantee that it will receive Android L when it comes out. Obviously, it also includes some of Motorola's apps like Assist but those don't feel like bloatware.


The Moto X was criticized for it's 10 MP shooter that under performed but Motorola seems to have solved this with a 13 MP F 2.25 rear camera which also shoots 4K video. If you were surprised that there is no LED flash at the back, you will be even more surprised to know that the flash is actually in the form of a ring around the camera. The front facing camera is a 2 MP shooter with 1080p recording.

Motorola Moto X (2nd-gen) hands-on
Motorola has a unique camera LED setup which goes around the lens

Technical Specs:

Operating system: Android 4.4.4 KitKat® 

Capacity Storage (ROM) Std: 16GB; Motomaker: 32GB

Dimensions: Height 140.8 mm, Width 72.4 mm, Depth 9.97mm

Weight: 144 grams

Camera Rear camera: 13MP F 2.25 Front Camera: 2MP (1080p)
Speakers: front-facing and at bottom

MSM8974-AC 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with quad-core CPU


Display: 5.2” (423 ppi) 1080p OLED

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Battery: 2300 mAh

Connectivity: Wifi, BT 4.0 LE

USB centered at bottom

Moto G 2nd Gen

Buy Moto G (2nd Gen): Mobile
                Black variant                                                                                    White variant

The Moto G 1st edition was a great success in the USA and even a greater one in India. It was launched on February 6, 2014 exclusively on and the 16 GB version sold out in just 15 minutes which costed 14,000 INR (~232.5 USD) which was probably the start of an awareness of stock Android in the people of India. A similar thing happened with the Moto E and that too, was exclusively on Flipkart. Anyways, let's get started about the 2nd Gen Moto G!

There are not many changes in the design as compared to last year's model except the added bars on the top and bottom which are new also in the Moto X. So, I'll straightaway compare the specs of both the models and tell you what's improved this year.

Differences from last year's model:
  • Thinner; 11 mm vs 11.6 mm.
  • Bigger screen: 5 inches vs 4.5 inches.
  • Heavier: 149 gms vs 143 gms.
  • Lower pixel density: 294 ppi vs 329 ppi.
  • Higher resolution cameras: 8 MP vs 5 MP(main) and 2 MP vs 1.3 MP(front-facing).
  • Lesser battery life: I assume this because of better specs and the same 2070 mAH battery.
  • Disadvantage: Same processor, RAM and GPU.
Technical specs:

Operating system: Android 4.4.4 KitKat®

Capacity Storage (ROM): SS-8GB

SIM card slot: Micro SD Card Slot

Dimensions: 70.7 x 141.5 x 10.99mm

Weight: 149g

Cameras: Rear camera: 8 MP AF, Front Camera: 2 MP

Audio: 2 Speakers: front-facing, 2 Mics

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU


Display: 5" 720p HD

Connectivity: WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.0LE

USB centered at bottom

3.5mm Headset Jack

Battery: 2070 mAh

That's it guys. Let me know in the comments section if I missed anything, any ways to improve my writing or ANY other suggestion. Keep reading! :)


  1. You should considet mentioning the specs even if it's wouldn't take a user to switch to any other blog instead of just getting to know on yours. btw Nice work! Keep it up.

    1. Thanks! Adding the specs right now as per your advice.