When Motorola unveiled the Moto G earlier this month, it said that its latest smartphone would arrive in the U.S. in January 2014. It now appears that Motorola could not wait and the Moto G is now available directly from Motorola with shipments set to start on December 2.
Motorola is offering the Moto G in both 8GB and 16GB configurations. It is also offering a Global GSM model compatible with “all GSM-based cellular networks” and optimized “to work with 3G (UMTS/HSPA+) networks when roaming outside the US” as well as a U.S. GSM model optimized for 3G (UMTS/HSPA+) networks when operating inside the U.S. but with possibly limited coverage when roaming outside the U.S.
U.S. carriers do not yet offer the Moto G and a CDMA variant for Sprint and Verizon is also not yet available. It may well be that the January launch will be for the carrier versions. It’s also likely that the carrier variant will be the one to launch with Android 4.4 KitKat preloaded as these versions look set to come with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (based on the specifications on Motorola’s site).
The 8GB model sells for US$179 and the 16GB model for US$199. With a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 and decent specifications for what is an entry-level smartphone, the Moto G could make its way under a lot of Christmas trees this season.
Source : Motorola Mobility