Today, Motorola announced the successor to their Moto G, which has been their most successful phone in recent memory. It’s still called the Moto G, but this is the 2015 model which brings some long-needed updates to keep the Moto G fresh. These changes are far-reaching, and range from the SoC to the camera and design. In order to understand the new Moto G at a high level I’ve attached the specs below for those interested.

  Moto G (2014) Moto G (2015)
SoC Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHZ A7 Snapdragon 410 1.4 GHz A53
NAND 8GB NAND + microSD 8/16GB NAND + microSD
Display 5” 720p
5” 720p
Network 2G / 3G 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE)
Dimensions 141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm, 149g 142.1 x 72.4 x 6.1-11.6mm, 155g
Camera 8MP Rear Facing (Sony IMX179)   f/2.4, 1.4 micron 1/3.06" sensor 13MP Rear Facing (Sony IMX214)   f/2.0, 1.1 micron 1/3.06" sensor
2MP Front Facing 5MP Front Facing
Battery 2070 mAh (7.87 Whr) 2470 mAh (9.39 Whr)
OS Android 4.4 (At Launch) Android 5.1 (At Launch)
Connectivity 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n +
BT 4.0,
2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n +
BT 4.0,
Launch Price $179 (1GB/8GB) $179 (1GB/8GB)
$219 (2GB/16GB)

Although specs are important, one of the most immediate changes to the Moto G this year is the new design. Instead of the all-plastic design that we were accustomed to with the previous two Moto Gs, the new Moto G has a new, grippier plastic back cover. The generally refreshed design helps a lot with distinguishing this model from previous years, and generally helps to increase the value proposition associated with the smartphone. Outside of design, there are a few key changes at a high level such as the camera, SoC, more RAM on the 16GB SKU, and water resistance. The battery is also bigger, at 2470 mAh compared to 2070 mAh of the last generation.

When it comes to the camera, it seems that this unit is directly shared with the Nexus 6’s camera, although it doesn’t seem to have the more expensive voice coil motor that is needed to enable OIS. There’s also a 5MP FFC, which should is a big step up from the 2MP FFC of the previous generation. The SoC moves from the Snapdragon 400 of previous generations to the Snapdragon 410, which means a move to the Cortex A53 on the CPU side. Given just how much higher the IPC is for the Cortex A53, general computing performance should improve here much like we saw with the Moto E moving to A53. The move from 1GB to 2GB of RAM is also a huge boon for multitasking performance, although this is only available on the more expensive 16GB variant. The 8GB variant will remain with 1 GB of RAM. The addition of IPx7 water resistance should also help greatly against water damage, as this means that the Moto G 2015 should be able to spend 30 minutes under a meter of still water without damage, although I still wouldn’t recommend trying to test that functionality.

The new Moto G is available online today from Motorola, Best Buy, and Amazon. The 8GB variant will start at 179.99 USD, and the 16GB variant will be available from Motorola’s website. The new Moto G will also support Motomaker, which allows for extensive color and material customization of a new smartphone.

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  • toyotabedzrock - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    And 64bit binaries on Linux derived systems generally consume more memory, they should just offer 2gb for all models.
  • hans_ober - Saturday, August 1, 2015 - link

    The motog will still run 32bit software though, most probably..because of the 1gb ram model.
  • hans_ober - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Yeah, 1080p would have required a more powerful SoC + decreased battery life. 720p is fine.
    And yes, they should have had just one 2GB model.
  • Impulses - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Even for $220 that's a lot of phone... Bigger battery, weather sealing, better build quality and camera are all good differentiators that might even tempt some away from a flagship model.

    If only they made something between this and their $400+ flagship X, with some of the same features, and preferably at the same size as the G.
  • Impulses - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Heh, and right after that I read the specs of the Style/Pure, which does look like a lot of phone for $399 as well... 5.7" tho? Ugh.
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    I was expecting better CPU like 610 for instance.
    Apart from that this is a good phone and another one is 1GB should be gone from these world already.
  • hans_ober - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Yeah, the S610 with it's added GPU perf would have been nice, even if they had to downclock the CPU to 1.4Ghz
  • tipoo - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    I'm on the first gen Moto G, and the number one need was definitely RAM. Heed my advice if you get one of these, get the 16GB model so it comes with 2GB RAM, that extra gig makes a world of difference on Android. Processor speed isn't a big issue if you have that RAM imo, the four A7s were ok already, now its four A53s which are a bit better. And since it has MicroSD I could have my giant music collection right on it and not rely on big data plans for streaming.

    Seems like a deal!
  • Mr Perfect - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Wait, this has MicroSD? I thought the previous Gs didn't? If it does, I'm interested.
  • Mr Perfect - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - link

    Okay, I don't know why I thought the old Gs had no MicroSD. I could have sworn I passed one over for the lack of that. Was there ever one without it?

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