Motorola held a special press conference this afternoon to present its latest news. In particular, the manufacturer gave us a new version of the Moto G and he was kind enough to send me a copy this morning by courier. Here are my first impressions of it.
In fact, the firm went further since it invited a dozen bloggers and journalists last week to present its three new terminals: the Moto X Play, the Moto X Style and the Moto G.
Needless to say, but we weren't allowed to talk about it until today. And at the same time, the opposite would have been surprising.
Anyway, this article will allow you to learn a little more about the Moto G and you will even be entitled to some photos and a video presenting the terminal and its main peculiarities. A more complete article will be published in about ten days.
I think you are starting to know the song now. Before going any further, we will start by quickly recalling the technical characteristics of the beast.
The Moto G (2015) has a 5-inch screen capable of displaying a definition of HD 720p type, and therefore of 1280 × 720. It is powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, with 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM depending on the version. The same goes for the storage space which will oscillate between 8 GB and 16 GB.
It will of course be possible to extend it by means of a micro SD card. Be careful, however, because it cannot accept cards over 32 GB.
On the sidelines, it will also be necessary to count on a sensor of 13 million pixels accompanied by a dual tone flash and on a front camera of 5 million pixels. The battery, for its part, will reach a capacity of 2,470 mAh. Added to the list are WiFi, Bluetooth and 4G.
The terminal is quite compact (142.1 x 72.4 x 6.1 / 11.6 mm) for a weight not exceeding 155 grams on the scale. It will be delivered with Lollipop 5.1 and it will be available from tomorrow with a starting price set at 199 euros.
Packaging, Design & Ergonomics
The Moto G (2015) looks a lot like the previous model. We find the same lines, but some details have changed.
The manufacturer has thus placed two grids at the front, above and below the screen. They hide the speaker and microphone. At the back, a metal tab includes the photo module, its two-tone flash and the brand's logo.
This is not really a surprise given its positioning, but the terminal has a plastic shell. The rear will also be removable and it will be possible to change the hull on the fly.
Want to go further ? No problem, the new Moto G will also be integrated into the Moto Maker. There you can change the color of the front, frame, tongue and shell. Among other things.
Not bad, but it's not over yet. Motorola has effectively opted for an IPX7 certification. This means that you can take the phone with you to the shower or to the pool.
It doesn't sound like much, but it is the first terminal in its class to benefit from such processing.
Not much to say in terms of ergonomics, however. It is quite traditional and the three physical buttons are thus placed on the right edge. Good point, Motorola has applied a different texture to the power button so that it can be seen more easily.
The micro USB connector is placed on the lower edge, which is exactly the opposite of the headphone jack.
The Moto G (2015) is devoid of hatches. The ports for the SIM card and for the micro SD card are located under the shell.
The terminal is not bad to look at, even in its basic black version. I really like the idea of being able to change hulls on the fly.
From my point of view, the best advantage of this new Moto G is obviously its IPX7 treatment. The manufacturer scores points for once, especially since it is the only one to offer it in this price range. We must not lose sight of the fact that we are talking about a terminal positioned on the mid-range.
I had the opportunity to take a few photos with the phone and it looks like it's doing well. On the video side, it will unfortunately be necessary to do without an optical stabilizer. Otherwise, focusing is very fast and so is the shutter release button.
What about the platform? There, it's simple, we will have to wait for my test to find out what the tools developed by Motorola have in the belly.