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Nov 14, 2013 at 12:21am IST

Motorola unveils $179 Moto G budget smartphone; India launch in Jan 2014

New York: Motorola is making a cheaper smartphone aimed at emerging markets and budget-conscious consumers. The company, which is owned by Google, says the new Moto G phone runs recent Android software and has processors, screens and other components approaching what's found in many high-end phones. But it's just a third of the price.

IBNLive had previously reported the likelihood of the Moto G's availability in India and Motrola has confirmed that the Moto G is indeed officially coming to India in January 2014. Though no prices for the Indian market has been announced yet.

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The phone starts at $179 in the US without a contract requirement. Contract-free prices for leading phones in the US typically exceed $600. The starting price is for a phone with 8 gigabytes of storage. Most phones have at least 16 gigabytes. Moto G costs $199 for a 16-gigabyte version.

Motorola unveils $179 Moto G budget smartphone; India launch in Jan 2014

Motorola says the Moto G offers features found in high-end smartphones, but at a third of the price.

Moto G will have a removable back to allow for customisation. Motorola's flagship Moto X also allows customization, but it must be ordered in advance and can't be changed.

Motorola Moto G specifications

- 4.5-inch HD display; 1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
- Android 4.3 Jellybean with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014
- 8 GB standard; 16 GB version available; Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive
- Height 129.9 mm; Width 65.9 mm; Depth 6.0-11.6 mm (curve); Weight 143 grams
- Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 2070 mAh
- Rear camera: 5 MP at 4:3 and 3.8 MP at 16:9 (user-configurable); LED flash; 4X digital zoom
- Front camera: 1.3 MP
- Curved back and 19 customisation options, including interchangeable Motorola Shells and Flip Shells in seven colours as well as Grip Shells in five colours.

With inputs from AP

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