We loved the original Moto G. Then the second generation Moto G came out with some key improvements to the speakers and camera but it didn't quite have the wow factor of the original. With the third-generation Moto G (2015) being rumored for an early release, we take a look at the information out there and think about what flagship features Motorola might trickle down this time.
Originally we had been expecting the Moto G third generation to appear alongside the Moto X third generation at IFA 2015 in September. But recent rumors have the Moto G (2015) possibly launching as soon as July.
This rumor is based on the ten-month cycle between the first and second generations of Moto G (November 2013 – September 2014). However, accelerated launch cycles are like ghost stories: they're always talked about but very rarely materialize.
We have been told by Moto insiders that there may well be a separate launch event prior to IFA to avoid getting drowned out by other product launches like the Galaxy Note 5. So we could see both the Moto G (2015) and Moto X (2015) launched a few weeks before IFA, sometime in August.
Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh recently had the following to say about the Moto X (2015) and there's no reason not think he's also talking about the Moto G (2015). Note that his comment also allows for a slightly earlier release than IFA 2015.
.@northead we try to stay on a roughly annual cycle for all of our products including Moto X. #AskRickO
The Moto G has always been a mid-range smartphone offering the previous year's Moto X features at a lower price point. This is all part of Motorola's democratic approach to devices. So you can expect the Moto G third generation to inherit some features from the Moto X (2014) without the price changing much if at all. That said, you should be looking at another 179 USD smartphone.
Moto G (2015) specs
There have been some blurry fake-looking ''leaked'' photos floating around the web for the Moto G (2015) specs but we'd advise you take them with the proverbial pinch of salt. One image reportedly showed the full specs sheet, with a 5.2-inch HD display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and a 10 MP/5 MP camera combo.
While we can't vouch for those specs at all (other sources claim a Snapdragon 610), other rumors have the Moto G third generation sporting a 5-inch display and Full HD, alongside a 16 MP main camera, 2,500 mAh battery and so on and so forth: the usual stuff of rumor-mongering. There's absolutely no proof of any specs – or even reasonably convincing sources – at this stage, so don't count on anything just yet.
Moto G (2015) features
With Xiaomi releasing the Mi 4i as a direct competitor to the Moto G 4G, you know that Motorola is going to try to step things up a notch. For example, the Mi 4i has a Full HD screen and will offer 4G, so we wouldn't be surprised to see 4G connectivity and an increase in screen definition as part of the new Moto G.
The main way that Moto differentiates its mid-range offering is by filtering flagship features into a mid-range phone. We saw stereo speakers, a better camera, microSD and a larger screen making their way into the Moto G second generation.
Following this logic, Full HD, an even better camera again and other flagship features like voice commands and intelligent display (both of which would likely require a RAM bump to 2 GB) could very well be on the cards for the Moto G (2015).
Would these improvements be enough to tackle the Xiaomi Mi 4i? We'll have to wait and see, but Motorola definitely can't rest on its laurels as the ''best budget smartphone'' any more. The competition is heating up and that only benefits the customer.
What are you expecting from the Moto G (2015)? Do you think it can compete with the Xiaomi Mi 4i?