updated 11:14 am EST, Tue November 26, 2013
Unsubsidized pricing starts at $179
Motorola Mobility has announced that it is bringing the unlocked version of its Moto G smartphone to the US early in time for holiday shoppers. The company is already taking pre-orders for the unlocked GSM editions, which will ship on December 2 and carry respective prices of $179 and $199 for the 8GB and 16GB variants.
The device is already available in Brazil, select European markets, the UK and Canada, among other locations, however it is not scheduled to arrive through US carriers until January. The early launch is also limited to the GSM model, as its CDMA counterpart will only be sold through carriers.
The Moto G serves as a budget alternative to the higher-end Moto X, though it aims to compete with upmarket devices that cost twice as much. The handset features a 4.5-inch display with 1280x720 resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM.
The company also promotes the Moto G as "the most up to date" Android phone in its class, shipping with Android 4.3 and promising an upgraded to v4.4 KitKat in the beginning of 2014. Under direct ownership by Google, Motorola Mobility has chosen to embrace the core Android experience and omit interface customizations or other tweaks.