The New Motorola Moto X+1 and Moto G – Larger Display, Better Camera and Thinner

Motorola showed the updated versions of the Moto X and Moto G at IFA in Berlin today.

The company hasn’t really been relevant in the smartphone market in the last few years however in the past 6 month they have made significant progress. As part of Lenovo, Motorola is set to continue to grow their market share and relevance.

In August we wrote a short article about the smartphone market in India, there we highlighted that Motorola has gone from zero to selling over 1 million units in just six month which resulted in a 5% share of the smartphone market. In emerging markets the Moto G has been successful while the Moto X, with a unique customization offering and features that rival flagships from other vendors, is poised to take some market share in the more developed regions.

Introducing the Moto X+1

moto x

Bigger screens are the trend, especially when it comes to the high-end market. The Moto X Gen. 2 has a 0.5″ larger display compared to the first generation and the resolution of the 5.2″ device has increased to 1,080 x 1920. While the device increased in size it actually is thinner than the first generation – 9.9 compared to 10.4 mm.

Motorola has also upgraded the processor, the Moto X now features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz.

Last but not least, the Moto X comes with an improved 13 MP rear camera.

One of the most unique features and what really sets the Moto X apart from competitors is the fact that you have nearly endless customization options before you order the device.

Check out the launch video from Motorola, at the end of the article you can see a detailed technical comparison of the two generations.


Introducing the Moto G

moto g

The first generation Moto G really helped Motorola become a serious player in the smartphone market again. Especially in emerging markets like India it was hugely successful but the device was also received well in established markets as it offered a great price / performance / feature ratio in the mid-range segment.

The Moto G Gen. 2 is based on the latest Android 4.4 and like the new Moto X the screen size has gone up 0.5″ to 5″. The resolution is the same at 720 x 1,280 and so is the processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 401 1.2 GHz.

The rear camera has been improved to 8 MP and like the Moto X, the second generation of the Moto G is thinner compared to the first generation.

Here is the official launch video of the Moto G, below the video you will find a detailed technical comparison.


Technical Comparison Generation 2 vs Generation 1

  Moto X 2. Gen. Moto X 1. Gen. Moto G 2. Gen. Moto G 1. Gen.
OS Android 4.4 Android 4.2 Android 4.4 Android 4.3
Display 5.2″ 1,080 x 1,920 4.7″ 720 x 1,280 5″ 720 x 1,280 4.5″ 720 x 1,280
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz
Storage 16 / 32 GB 16 / 32 GB 8 GB + microSD 8 or 16 GB
RAM 2 GB 2 GB 1 GB 1 GB
Camera Rear 13 MP 10 MP 8 MP 5 MP
Camera Front 2 MP 2 MP 2 MP 1.3 MP
LTE ↓150 ↑50 Mbit/s ↓100 ↑50 Mbit/s NA NA
Battery 2,300 mAh 2,200 mAh 2,070 mAh 2,070 mAh
Weight 144 g 130 g 149 g 143 g
Size 72.4 x 140.8 x 9.9 mm 63.3 x 129.4 x 10.4 mm 70.7 x 141.5 x 11 mm 65.9 x 129.9 x 11.6 mm

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