IFA 2014: Here Come the New Motos

Motorola has been on a roller coaster ride for the past couple of years especially after its ownership has been transferred several times. And now that it’s owned by Lenovo, the company is slowly starting to re-establish its identity as a phone-maker.

And IFA was one of the best venues for the firm to showcase its new vision. In fact, Motorola has unveiled three new devices in Germany last week including the 2014 version of the Moto X and the Moto G.

The company’s new flagship smartphone – the Moto X is now featuring a bigger 5.2-inch Full HD AMOLED display with an impressive 423ppi screen density. The front of the device is covered by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass while the body is made from aluminium.

Under the hood, there’s a Snapdragon 801 SoC with a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of on-board storage. The rear camera on the new Moto X has a 13MP sensor with dual-LED ring flash and is capable of capturing 4K video.

Power is supplied by a 2300mAh pack that is non-removable, and just like last year’s model, the new Moto X will come with removable back covers which users can custom order from the company’s website.

Those looking for a cheaper alternative can look at the new Moto G. This model is slightly smaller than the Moto X with a 5-inch HD IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass.

Processing power is brought by a Snapdragon 400 chip with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, an Adreno 305 graphics card, 1GB of RAM and either 8GB or 16GB of internal memory that can be expanded using a microSD card. There’s also an 8MP f/2.0 camera at the back, 2MP front-facing camera, a 2070mAh non-removable battery and the same set of customizable cases and covers.

Both models are already available to consumers with the Moto X starting at $499.99 unlocked while the Moto G will sell for $179.99. If you have $149.99, you can get a Bluetooth headset that will go nicely with these two handsets – the Moto Hint.

IFA was also the place where Motorola finally unveiled its Android Wear-powered smartwatch – the Moto 360.

The watch will go head to head with offerings from Samsung and LG as well as the one coming from Apple. It has a 1.56-inch display with a 320x290 resolution that is covered with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3.

Under the face of the watch lays a Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, a built-in pedometer, an optical heart rate monitor, dual microphones and a vibrator motor for notifications. The watch is said to be capable of staying on for 12 hours with its 320mAh battery that will be charged wirelessly using a dock.

As for bands and color, Motorola will offer the watch with Horween leather and either light or dark stainless steel for $249.99.

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