Having ruled the kingdom of mid-range price segment in the Indian market and credited with turning around the fortunes of its parent company in the subcontinent, Moto G is yet again in news with the launch of its successor, Moto G (3rd generation). The android powered smartphone has hit the Indian shores this July and is up for grabs. The phone comes in two variants; an 8GB model priced at Rs 11,999 with 1GB of RAM and a 16GB model which is priced at Rs 12,999 with 2GB RAM. The users have the option of choosing a black or a white phone. Pitted against the likes of Asus Zenfone 2 and Xiaomi mi4, does the Motorola’s Moto G(3rd generation) proves itself worthy of its price, let’s check out:
The design has been kept almost untouched at the front and has been changed significantly on the back. The bulging grills of the Moto G(2rd generation) are replaced by depression grills in Moto G(3rd generation) and the bezels look quite thick considering it is a 5 inch screen smartphone. The volume rocker remains on the right of the phone along with the power button. The top has a 3.5mm audio jack and the bottom sports a micro USB jack for charging. The phone also supports OTG and hence the user will have the option of transferring data with their storage devices. The display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the top.
The monumental change in the design comes at the back with Moto G’s textured back cover. The removable cover gives extra grip to the phone and is also pleasant to the eye. A silver strip runs in the top centre of the phone on which the phone’s 13MP camera rests along with the dual flash and Motorola’s logo. The phone has IPX7 certified water resistance up to 1m and 30mins but it is not waterproof as most are saying.
The phone comes with 5inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on it. The display has a resolution of 1280X720p and the colours are quite vivid. The viewing angles are good and no pixilation is evident on the screen at normal distance from the eyes although a near look do shows up some pixilation but overall the picture are vibrant.
Phone comes with all the mainstream connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G, 4G, Micro USB, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, USB tethering and WiFi hotspot. The smartphone come with dual micro SIM support with one SIM supporting LTE while the other is a GSM SIM. The phone also comes with sensors such as Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor and Sensor Hub.
Operating System, Chipset & Battery
The phone comes with stock android 5.1.1 Lollipop and is expected to receive further updates for a year at least. Among others, Moto G(3rd generation) comes with features such as Moto Display, Chop twice and quick capture. The quick captures lets the user to start the camera with flick of wrist and the Chop twice feature enables the user to turn on the torch light with chop like gesture.
Under the back cover, the phone has a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 process clocked at 1.4 GHz with Aderno 306GPU and user has the option of choosing a 1GB or 2GB device. The processor is same as the one used by the company in Moto E but the company has upgraded the speed of A53 processor which will increase the operational speed of the phone.
The battery has been improved from 2070mah in Moto G(2nd Generation) to 2470mah in the Moto G(3rd Generation). The company says that the phone will last for a whole day on a single charge and Motorola has in the past proved itself quite right regarding the battery life.
The new Moto G(3rd Generation) comes with a 13MP back shooter packed with a 5MP front facing camera for the selfie frenzy people. The camera of new Moto G(3rd Generation) is has been upgraded from an 8MP unit in its predecessor and it is yet to be seen how the camera works out when pitted against the mighty Xiaomi MI4i and Asus Zenfone 2. The Moto’s camera comes with dual flash combined with features such as f/2.0, Field of View (FOV) 76 Degrees, Auto Focus, Quick Capture (Twist Wrist to Launch Camera), Tap Anywhere to Capture, Slow Motion Video, Burst Mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Video iHDR, Manual Focus and Exposure Controls, Timer, Dynamic CCT Dual LED Flash, Hybrid Multi-layer / Absorptive IR Cut Filter, Tap to Focus, 4x – Digital Zoom (Zoom to Drag In / Out), Active Viewfinder (Recognizes QR Codes and Barcodes), Image Editor. The phone’s camera is capable of capturing full HD videos at 1920X1080 pixels resolution at 30 fps.
The phone looks pretty good on paper and definitely an upgrade from its predecessor but how will the phone function in real life scenario and how tough a competition will it prove itself against its competitors in the same price is a question of much interest.