It's rare that many people can be excited about rumours and hearsay surrounding a cheap-o smartphone, but the budget-conscious Moto G is an exception. Because it is one of the very best cheap smartphones you can buy, and Motorola is gearing up to release the third-generation of its low-end flagship.
Technology is filled with all kinds of rumours and speculation — real and fabricated. BitStream collects all those whispers into one place to deliver your morning buzz.
The above images, courtesy of our friends at TechnoBuffalo, is reportedly the final form of the Moto G for 2015. Where last year's model cosmetically focused on sizing up — upgrading from a 4.5-inch display to a 5-inch one — the Moto G (2015) appears to focus a little more on style.
If you take a closer look at this leak, you'll see a textured back on the new Moto G as well as a redesigned camera housing, which is actually somewhat similar to LG's G Series (though the power button is still clearly on the left side and NOT on the back.)
Traditionally, the big selling point for Motorola smartphones have been customising shells and finishes, and this is true of the Moto G as well. So who knows if this textured back is only one of several new finishes you can snap onto the new Moto G. An earlier leak this month already touched on some of the Moto G's hardware, including 1GB of RAM, a 1280x720 screen, a Snapdragon 410 processor, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. All pretty decent for a $US200(ish) off-contract smartphone.
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