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Motorola launches 3rd Gen Moto G

Earlier today, Motorola announced the launch of its 3rd generation Moto G. Motorola

calls it “the phone that will always be there for you.” Starting at midnight tonight, the new device will be available exclusively on Flipkart with multiple launch offers. The new Moto G is priced at Rs. 11,999/- for 8 GB storage with 1GB RAM and Rs. 12,999/- for 16GB storage with 2GB RAM.

Regarding the new device, Motorola said, “The next generation of our most popular smartphone ever, the Moto G (3rd Gen) is designed with more meaningful experiences, enhanced performance and more customisation options at a price that won’t break the bank or your heart.”

The new Moto G is equipped with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processor and a 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU. It provides 4G LTE speed and includes a longer lasting 2470 mAh battery. Regarding battery life, Motorola said, “All battery life claims are approximate and based on an average mixed use profile that includes both usage and standby time. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of battery, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.”

Running on the Android™ 5.1 Lollipop operating system, the phone features several software enhancements, including Moto Assist, Moto Actions and Moto Display that, according to Motorola, are designed to make life easier. The new Moto G can be customized with ten different Motorola Shells and five flip shells, available in various colors and materials.

The phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera, which the company says will take true-to-life photos in any lighting condition. The camera comes with a 13 MP imaging sensor, f2.0 lens, and Hybrid Multilayer IR cut filter. The camera’s Dual Dynamic Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT) flash, which is supposed to ensure natural looking skin tones and crisp, bright colors, automatically adjusts. The 5-megapixel selfie camera provides a 72 degree field of view, and comes with Motorola’s “Best Shot” feature, which captures multiple shots before and after you touch the screen, can recognize flaws like blurred subjects or blinking eyes and suggests the best picture to keep. To add extra light while taking pictures in darker conditions, the phone’s display is supposed to flash when a photo is snapped. The camera can be launched instantly by twisting one’s wrist twice, while twisting twice again will switch cameras.

The scratch-resistant 5-inch HD display is made with with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, a tough, technologically advanced glass that’s designed to endure heavy use. It spans edge to edge and has 294 pixels per inch.

The phone comes with IPX7-rated protection to keep it safe from splashes and accidental submersion. The company says the phone was designed to withstand immersion in up to 3 feet of fresh water for up to 30 minutes, provided the back cover is properly sealed. It was not, however, designed to work while submerged underwater, and Motorola warns users not to operate the phone while swimming, and to refrain from exposing it to pressurised streams of water.

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Tracy Venkatesh

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Tracy Venkatesh has spent twenty years working and interacting with a socioeconomically diverse population in both the private and public sectors, and has held positions in multiple verticals including content development, healthcare, customer relations management, defense and law enforcement.

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