Motorola has tonight announced a new model of their mid-tier Moto G, bringing the phone firmly into the premium mid-range market.

The new generation Moto G has been leaked incessantly in the lead up to the launch and many details previously leaked have now been confirmed. The phone will feature an IPX7 splash resistance guarantee for the first time, making the phone better able to handle life’s little accidents.

Also added to the Moto G 2015 is an update to the camera. The rear camera has been bumped to a 13MP sensor, while the front-facing camera has been bumped to a 5MP shooter. Motorola has also included the wrist flick ‘Quick Capture’ gesture first introduced on the Moto X, allowing for photos to be captured quickly simply by a gesture. The screen on the Moto G will be a 5″ HD (720p) resolution with 294ppi.


The phone will come with some fairly decent specs including a 5″ HD resolution display, long lasting battery and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. While storage is limited – 8GB and 16GB will be available – the phone will also come with a microSD card slot.

Full Specs for the Moto G Gen 3 (XT1550)

  • 5″, 720p HD (1280 x 720), 294 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor with 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU
  • Adreno 306 with 400 MHz GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage with up to 32 GB microSD card support
  • 13 MP Rear Camera with f/ 2.0 Aperture, Field of view (FOV) 76 degrees and CCT dual-LED flash
    • Auto focus
    • Quick Capture (twist wrist to launch camera)
    • Tap anywhere to capture
    • 4X digital zoom (drag to zoom in/out)
    • Slow motion video
    • Burst mode
    • Auto HDR
    • Panorama
    • Video iHDR
    • Manual focus and exposure controls
    • Timer
    • Active viewfinder (recognizes QR codes and barcodes)
  • 5MP Front Camera with f/2.2 Aperture, Field of view (FOV) 72 degrees and Display flash
    • Fixed focus
    • Tap anywhere to capture
    • 4X digital zoom
    • Slow motion video
    • Burst mode
    • Auto HDR
    • Tap to focus
    • Quick Capture
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
    • NO NFC
      • GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      • UMTS/HSPA+ (900, 2100, 850 MHz)
      • LTE (1, 3, 7, 8, 28,40)
    • IPX7 water resistant – Immersion up to 1m
    • 2470 mAh, mixed usage up to 24 hours
    • Android 5.1.1
    • 142.1×72.4xCurve: 6.1-11.6mm @ 155grams

    While previous iterations of the Moto G have required a secondary ‘LTE’ model released after the Moto G, the Moto G 2015 will feature LTE built in from the start.

    The Moto G will be available in Black and White, but will offer a range of coloured shells as well as options to customise the Front colour, Back colour, Accents, Memory through Moto Maker, though no mention of Moto Maker for Australia has been mentioned as yet.

    Shells and Flip Covers will be available – Sold Seperately. Motorola Shells will be available in Black, Navy, Cabernet, Golden Yellow, Lime, Cherry, Blue, Turqouise, Raspberry, Chalk. Motorola Flip Shells will be available in Turquoise with Dark Teal, Blue with Navy, Raspberry with Cabernet, Crimson with Cherry, Licorice with Charcoal.

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    Motorola India has announced pricing for their models, with the 8GB model priced at Rs.11,999 (around AU$257) while the 16GB model with 2GB RAM will cost Rs. 12,999 (around AU$279).

    We’re about 40 minutes away from the Live Stream of the Motorola launch event, if you want to tune in you can jump on the live stream here. We’re waiting for Motorola Australia to give us local launch information and we’ll advise as soon as we know more.

    Read all about Motorola’s 2015 device launches

    Source: Motorola.
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The AU website has been updated with all three new devices so hopefully we’re in the first wave (the G is launching in 60 territories today, so surely AU is one of those?). Grabbing one for my mum, and seriously considering the Moto X Style to replace my Nexus 6… Come on Google – Nexus 6 2015 better be good. Moto have thrown down the gauntlet!


The Moto X Play looks like a good phone.


Is this the best backup phone to have, or the gift for mum?, i like moto g.


I think both! I use the 2013 version as my backup and 2014 version is great for my parents!