Motorola unveils budget smartphone, aimed at world

Motorola unveils budget smartphone, aimed at world

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 10: A general view at the Motorola booth at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 13 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 140,000 attendees. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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KMOV.com

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 11:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Motorola is making a cheaper smartphone aimed at emerging markets and budget-conscious consumers in the U.S.

   The company, which is owned by Google Inc., says the new Moto G phone runs recent Android software and has processors, screens and other components approaching what's found in many high-end phones. But it's just a third of the price.

   The phone starts at $179 without a contract requirement. Contract-free prices for leading phones typically exceed $600. The starting price is for a phone with 8 gigabytes of storage. Most phones have at least 16 gigabytes. Moto G costs $199 for a 16-gigabyte version.

   Moto G will have a removable back to allow for customization. Motorola's flagship Moto X also allows customization, but it must be ordered in advance and can't be changed.
 

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