Motorola launches new flagship Moto X & Moto 360 Smartwatch in India; new Moto G smartphone available for Rs 12,999
Motorola today announced the launch of its next flagship smartphone Moto X in India. Instead of naming it Moto X2 or Moto 2X, the company is simply calling it the new Moto X. The new smartphone features a bigger display, a curved metal frame, and runs on the latest, unadulterated version of Android.
While its exact pricing for India is not available as of now, if we convert its off contract US pricing, it comes to around Rs 30,230 ($499.99). However, we feel a better pricing would be closer to that of its predecessor, which was launched for Rs 23,999.
In addition, the company has also launched its next Moto G offering (again being called the new Moto G) in an exclusive partnership with Indian e-commerce major Flipkart.com. This one has been priced at Rs 12,999, and will be available for purchase starting midnight on the e-com site.
The last in line to be launched is the Motorola's Smartwatch offering Moto 360. According to the company, the Smartwatch is a classically-designed modern timepiece that displays timely notifications based on where you are and what you're doing. This one is priced at Rs 15,115 ($249.99) in the US.
Both the new Moto X smartphone and Moto 360 are expected to be made available for purchase in the country later this month.
"A year ago we re-launched Motorola with a very clear purpose- to give you more meaningful choices that put you in control of your mobile experience. Today we take that promise to the next level with the introduction of the new Moto X and Moto G smartphones, Moto 360 watch, Moto Hint wireless ear bud and Motorola Power Pack Micro," read a post on the official Motorola blog.
Here is a look at the specifications of the devices.
This smartphone has a 5.2 inch full HD AMOLED touchscreen display (1920Ã—1080 pixels resolution) and runs on the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system (out of the box). It is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core MSM8974-AC Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and has 2 GB RAM. Users can choose between 16 and 32GB of non-expandable internal memory.
The new Moto X has a 13 mega pixel autofocus rear camera with dual LED rind Flash that supports 4K Ultra HD video recording as well as full high definition video recording (1080p) at 30 frames per second. In addition, it has a 2 MP front-facing camera that can also record full HD videos. On the connectivity front, the device has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G (depending on the region), and a micro USB port.
The smartphone has a 2,300 mAh battery and comes with GPS (with A-GPS support). The dimensions of the device are 140.8mm x 72.4mm x 9.97mm and its weight is 144 gm. A simple wave of your hand silences calls or snoozes alarms, and even when the smartphone is asleep, it displays notifications and updates.
You can compare its specifications with that of the original Moto X here.
This one sports a slightly smaller 5 inch IPS LCD HD capacitive touchscreen display (720Ã—1280 pixels resolution) and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. It runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, and has 1GB of RAM. Users will have an option to choose between 8 and 16GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card.
The new Moto G comes with an 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash that can also record HD videos (720p) at 30 frames per second, and a 2MP front facing camera for video calling. Additional features of the camera include slow motion video, burst mode, High Dynamic Range (HDR), panorama, and tap to focus, among others.
On the connectivity front, it has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 3G as well as a microUSB port and a microSD card slot. The dimensions of the device are 141.5mm x 70.7mm x 10.99mm and its weight is 149 gm. The company has provided a 2,070 mAh battery in the device. It also comes with GPS (with A-GPS support), FM radio, and dual-SIM connectivity. The new Moto G is available in black and white colours.
You can compare its specifications with that of the original Moto G here.
Powered by Android Wear, Moto 360 displays timely notifications (like weather, flight alerts, traffic, etc.) based on where you are and what you're doing. You can either glance at your wrist to see updates or just speak to get the info you need. With voice control, you can simply say 'Ok Google' to send texts, set a reminder, check the weather, and even ask for directions.
Users can keep track of their steps and know their heart rate thanks to a built-in pedometer and heart rate monitor. The company is also providing a wireless charging dock for the Smartwatch. Moto 360 comes with dual microphones, and sports a single physical button.
It has a 1.56 inch backlit LCD touchscreen display (320x290 pixels resolution) wit 205 ppi pixel density, and runs on the Android Wear OS. It is powered by a TI OMAP 3 processor and has 512MB of RAM. The internal memory of the device is 4GB, and Motorola has provided a 320 mAh battery in it. The device is 46mm in diameter and its weight is 49gm (for the leather band model). It will be available in two colour options, a light stainless steel case with a gray Horween leather band, or a dark stainless steel case with a black Horween leather band.
In addition, the company has also unveiled a wireless ear bud called 'Moto Hint', and a portable battery called 'Motorola Power Pack Micro'. More than just a portable battery, Power Pack Micro also includes Motorola Keylink- a phone and key finder which helps locate your phone or keys when they have been misplaced.