The Moto G is one of the best and most successful handsets that Motorola has released in years. It found a perfect middle ground between cost and quality, allowing buyers to get a slick smartphone experience at an affordable price.
It’s a hard act to follow but already Motorola is back to try its luck again with the Moto G2 (or Moto G+1 as it’s sometimes known), so read on to find out when it will be available, what it’s likely to cost and what its specs are likely to be.
It looks like we might get the Moto G2 very soon, as GSM Arena reports that it’s spoken to a retailer which in turn heard from a Motorola rep that the Moto G2 will be available to buy from the 10th of September.
In fact, apparently some retailers may get stock of the phone as early as the end of August, but it’s not clear whether they’ll be able to sell them before September 10th.
If that release date is right then there’s a good chance that the phone will be announced at IFA 2014, which takes place between the 5th and 10th of September.
We’ve got a pretty good idea of what the specs of the Moto G2 are likely to be. An image of the phone popped up on Mallandono Android in July, alongside claims that it would have a 1280 x 720 display, an 8 megapixel camera, a dual SIM card slot, a quad-core processor and an Adreno 305 GPU (which is the same GPU as the Moto G).
Since then a more detailed listing has appeared on GFX Bench, claiming that it will have a 5 inch 1280 x 720 display (up from a 4.5 inch 720 x 1280 display on the Moto G), 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM, which would leave it identically powered to the original Moto G.
The main camera will apparently jump from 5 to 8 megapixels and the front facing camera from 1.3 to 2 megapixels and it should come running Android 4.4 KitKat.
So in other words if this all pans out then the Moto G2 will have a bigger screen and a better camera than the Moto G, but won’t be any more powerful or high resolution.
Sadly it looks like the Moto G2 might not be quite as affordable as its predecessor. According to a retailer speaking to GSM Arena it will cost around 250 Euros (£198), which isn’t super expensive but is around £40 to £50 more than the starting price of the Moto G.
Given that Motorola has had more success with cheap phones than expensive ones lately this seems a little surprising, so it’s always possible that it will be cheaper than that, but it’s the best information we have so far.
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