Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Moto G (3rd Gen.) leaks allegedly reveal design and specs

Both the first and second generation Moto G models (the latter is shown above) have been regarded as some of the best budget Android phones around, and so it wouldn’t exactly be a surprise to see Motorola reveal a third generation model later this year. Thanks to the rumor mill, though, we may have gotten an early peek at the device.

Moto G 2nd Gen rear

Several images that claim to show the Moto G (3rd Gen.) have popped up from various online sources. Google+ user Neo Lee has shared four photos that are said to have come from “a Chinese digital forum,” showing the front and back of a mysterious Motorola phone running Android 5.1.1. The device identifies itself as “XT1543” and has a design that’s reminiscent of past Moto G phones, with rounded corners and a dimple on its backside with the Motorola logo. However, the phone’s also got a silver insert that includes the aforementioned dimple as well as the camera and flash.

Moto G 3rd Gen image leak

Meanwhile, a YouTube video (which has since been removed) spilled what may be some of the specs of Motorola’s new Moto G. The phone is said to include a 5-inch display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, LTE, and a microSD slot. A separate Reddit leak that surfaced in May also mentioned that the new G will have 1GB of RAM, adding that it’ll have “an oval shape around the camera similar to LG phones, but thinner.”

According to these leaks, the new Moto G will be a modest upgrade from its predecessor, offering a similar display and RAM but with slightly-improved cameras and processor. That may not make for a super-exciting update, but so long as Motorola keeps the phone around the same price as past Moto G models, the Moto G (3rd Gen.) could follow in the footsteps of its predecessors as one of the best affordable Android phones available.