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Moto G sequel arrives for £145 with an update to Android L 'guaranteed'

Improves on predecessor with 5in HD screen, microSD slot
Fri Sep 05 2014, 08:00

MOTOROLA has announced the sequel to its "best-selling smartphone to date", the Moto G, which is on sale now priced at £145.

The "new Moto G" sees a big update in specifications, despite costing just £10 more than the original. There's a larger 5in HD 720p screen, along with an added microSD slot allowing users to expand the onboard 8GB or 16GB of internal storage with an additional 32GB.

Moto G 2014 model with Android 4.4 Kitkat

The refreshed Moto G has the same quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor as the original, but arrives running Google's latest Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, as opposed to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with Motorola promising that the budget smartphone will be updated to Android L.

Thanks to Motorola's avoidance of software customisation, the firm said it is capable of delivering updates to the phone "within days of release," but didn't announce specifically when Android L will arrive on the Moto G. It also has yet to reveal whether original Moto G users will also be treated to the update.

The new Moto G also improves on its predecessor with a dual-SIM slot, 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera and "all day" battery life. It will be made available in black and white, with Motorola set to offer custom backplates for the handset.

The Moto G is available at Amazon from today, priced at £144.99 SIM-free. Custom covers for the handset will become available in October.

Motorola also announced an updated version of its flagship Moto X smartphone on Friday, and revealed that the Moto 360 smartwatch will be available in the UK next month. µ

 

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