The price of the Moto X when it was first announced was pretty surprising. At $580 off contract, it wasn't the best deal, especially when compared to the $350 Nexus 5. The price has since tumbled downward, but to really attack the bottom of the market, Motorola has announced the Moto G. The big news is the price: only $179 off contract.
At the unveiling, Motorola said the Moto G is "setting [its] sights on the world," where the typical $200 phone is something like the Samsung Galaxy Fame. Motorola is looking to boost the usually low expectations for a $179 price tag with a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, Adreno 305 GPU, 2070 mAh battery, and Android 4.3. All that for $179 is pretty amazing. There's no LTE support though—the fastest supported speed is 21Mbps HSPA+.
Instead of manufacturer-level customization like in the Moto X, the Moto G has a removable back in several colors, along with smart covers and bumpers..
Motorola also announced that KitKat will be coming to the phone by January 2014.
Like the Moto X, the Moto G ships with a light skin that doesn't mess with Android very much. Motorola says that rather than develop a heavy skin, it has spent time making the phone run faster. It also claims the Moto G can accomplish many typical smartphone tasks faster than its much more expensive competition, even directly comparing it to the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The phone is on sale today in places like Brazil and Europe, and it launches in "early January" in the US.