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Moto G
Update 21/01: It appears that The Good Guys have added the Motorola Moto G to their website now with the price we quoted down below($247) we’re also hearing reports that JB Hifi has begun receiving their stock – although it’s not on their website as yet and JB HiFi has now added it to their website.

Further, we’ve been advised by Motorola that the Flip Shells will be in stock in the next 2-3 weeks with prices to be announced when they’re ready to head into stores.

Unfortunately the latest bad news is that the 16GB version of the Moto G has no RRP and the two retailers that the Moto G is being sold through – The Good Guys and JB Hifi – won’t be stocking it at this stage.

We’ve been chasing the Motorola Moto G for a few weeks now, it’s not a high end handset but as the first Motorola handset released in Australia that the hardware and software design has been influenced by Google it’s been a highly anticipated release. We’ve seen importers advertising handsets – and even reviewed an imported Moto G ourselves – but this is the official Australian launch of the handset, which Motorola has advised we will see in stores from the 21st of January.

Motorola hasn’t had any handsets in stores for a long time – 14 months to be precise – and when asked the majority of retailers advised right off the bat that they didn’t carry Motorola devices. To offset this, Motorola has partnered with wholesale handset supplier Brightstar who have the connections with retailers to enhance Motorola’s Australian comeback.

We know the specs, the device comes with :

  • 4.5″ 1280×720 HD 329 ppi display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8/16GB Storage with Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive(65GB total)
  • 5MP Rear Camera with 1.3MP Front-Facing Camera
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps as well as CDMA/EVDO Rev A
  • Dual SIM support with Quad-Band 3G support it will work seamlessly on any Australian network
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/GLONASS
  • Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) – Guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 in early 2014
  • 129.9×65.9 mmx6.0-11.6 mm (curved) @ 143 grams
  • Built-in rechargeable 2070 mAh lithium-ion battery

With only 8GB of storage in the standard Moto G – there is a 16GB version but doesn’t seem to be in stock in Australia yet – Google are cognisant of the fact that people like more storage and are offsetting this limited onboard storage by offering cloud storage. People who purchase the Motorola Moto G are eligible for a bonus 50GB of Google Drive storage which will last for two years that’s on top of the standard 15GB included with all Google Accounts for a total of 65GB of Google Drive storage to store their photos, documents and other files online.

Motorola has set the official Recommended Retail Price of the 8GB Motorola Moto G at $249 and we’ve spoken with a number of the usual retailers in Australia to see whether they will be stocking the handset and what price they will be offering it for, those that advised they will be stocking the handset have advised they expect stock this week :

Retailer Price
Telechoice $279
The Good Guys $247
JB Hifi $243(Rep said he could do it for $235)
Officeworks Not in the System as of 19/01
DSE Not in the System as of 19/01
Bing Lee Not in the System as of 19/01
Harvey Norman Not in the System as of 19/01
AllPhones Not in the System as of 19/01

We’re currently clarifying with Motorola Australia on the availability of the 16GB Moto G and of course the removeable Shells which have been listed on the accessories section of the Motorola Australia site. We hope to add more information on these this week.