Everything you need to know about the Moto G 3 (2015)
Wants to know everything about the upcoming Moto G3? Here’s what we know so far, including the expected Moto G3, new Moto G3 features and the latest Moto G3 specs info.
The Moto G-series has become renowned for its great value smartphones, in fact both the original Moto G and the Moto G 2 won TrustedReviews Best Value Phone of the Year for in 2013 and 2014 respectively. We’re hoping the much-rumoured Moto G 3 will continue the trend.
Of course, everyone’s keen to find out what Motorola has in store for its 3rd-gen Moto G release, including specs and pricing.
As such, here’s a run-down of what to expect from the Motorola Moto G 2015:
Latest Moto G 3 News – July 28 launch, Snapdragon 410 chip
- 16/07/2015 – Motorola schedules event for July 28, Moto G 3 imminent? Read more
- 15/07/2015 – Motorola's first submersible Moto G could be just days aways. Read more
- 11/07/2015 – Numerous renders of what is claimed to be the Moto G 3 leaked to a French website, showing off an impressively designed phone. Read more
- 22/06/2015 – Details about the Moto G 3 specs were seemingly leaked in a YouTube video, revealing a Snapdragon 410 CPU. Read More
- 15/05/2015 – A 3rd-generation Moto G appeared on a third-party device retailer briefly, but was pulled soon after. Read More
When is the Moto G 3 coming out? July 28, apparently
What’s new about the Moto G 3? Android 5.0, 13MP camera, Snapdragon 410
How much will the Moto G 3 cost? £150 or less
Moto G 3 Release Date UK & US – When does the Moto G 3 come out?
The most recent rumour about a Moto G 3 release date suggests July 28 as when we'll first see the device unveiled.
That's lent credence by the fact that Motorola has scheduled an event for July 28, which will likely see the launch of both the Moto G and Moto X 2015.
If the July 28 date proves to be a red herring, we'd say early September is the best bet.
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Moto G 3 Features – What’s new about the Moto G 3?
At present, it doesn’t look like the Moto G 3 is expected to make huge changes from the Moto G 2. But here’s what might be different.
For a start, you’ll almost definitely get Android 5.0 Lollipop straight out of the box. That’s in contrast to the Moto G 2, which shipped with the comparatively archaic Android 4.4 KitKat as standard.
It’s also tipped that the device will be 4G-friendly from the off. Last year’s Moto G didn’t offer 4G, although an LTE version was released at a later date.
The Moto G (2013) and Moto G (2014)
Then there’s a rumoured camera upgrade that will see last year’s 8-megapixel shooter ditched for a bigger 13-megapixel sensor.
And finally, processing heft is also likely to get a boost, with the Moto G 3 offering a more powerful Snapdragon 410, up from the ailing Snapdragon 400.
Should I wait for the Moto G 3?
If you’ve got a Moto G (2014), you probably won’t want to upgrade to the newer model. That’s because the improvements don’t look set to be spectacular. A move from the Moto G (2013) model, however, is a much bigger spec leap, and should definitely be considered.
The new Moto G (2014) will be best suited to someone using an ancient phone that they want to upgrade, without breaking the bank.
Similarly, if you’re just looking for a cheap daily driver for a young person, someone new to smartphones, or as a replacement handset because you flushed your iPhone 6 down the loo by accident, this’ll work great.
If you’re looking for a phone in a higher price bracket, our smartphone group test video could be perfect for you:
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In-Depth: Moto G 3 Specs & Features Explained
Unlike with high-end smartphones, the Moto G 3 isn’t peddled so vigorously by rumour-spinners. As such, we only have a handful of leaks and plenty of educated guesswork to go on for Motorola’s next handset. If you want to get an in-depth look at the device, read on.
Moto G 3 UK & US Release Date:
• July 28
While we can’t say for sure, we do have some clues as to the Moto G 3 release date for the UK, US, and beyond.
A recent rumour pointed to July 28 for the Moto G 2015 release date, but it's impossible to verify the source so take that with a pinch of salt.
Fortunately, Motorola has pencilled in an event for July 28, which seems set to be the likeliest candidate for the launch of both the Moto G and Moto X 2015.
If July 28 passes without incident, the next best way of estimating a launch date is by examining previous Motorola G-series launches, of which there have been just two.
The latter timeframe is more likely to repeated, mainly because it falls in line with the IFA Berlin technology trade show that runs from September 4 to 9.
In the case, if the July 28 rumour is false, we’d instead go for Friday, September 4. That’s because last year’s Moto G launched on Friday, September 5, so it follows that Motorola would carry on the trend.
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Moto G 3 display:
• 5-inch, 720p
The rumour mill is currently peddling the theory that Motorola won’t upgrade the display resolution of its next budget blower.
That’s in spite of earlier rumours that suggested Motorola was actually planning to use a more impressive Full HD 1080p display.
A leaked Moto G 3 render
As such, it seems likely that we’ll see a repeat of the 720p screen that featured on the Moto G (2014).
Similarly, it’s expected that Motorola will once again adopt a crowd-pleasing 5-inch panel.
It’s very unlikely Motorola would revert to the 4.5-inch display that featured on the original Moto G. The world’s moved on, folks.
Moto G 3 design:
• White, curvy, beautiful
One of the best things about the Moto G-series is that, in spite of its budget price tag, the smartphones actually look quite nice.
The Moto G 3 looks set to follow that trend, at least according to a bunch of renders that leaked out in July.
Pictured is a white handset with a curved rear, not unlike previous G-series offerings.
The front of the handset has two speakers, positioned at the top and bottom of the phone respectively. There are two cameras on show; one front-facing and one rear-facing.
Unfortunately, the renders didn’t reveal anything particularly out of the ordinary, except perhaps for the fact that it was portrayed as running Android Lollipop – that’s the rumoured default OS for the Moto G 3.
Renders can, of course, be spurious, and should always be taken with a pinch of salt.
- Leaked images
As the release date approaches at speed, it's no surprise that a number of photographs of what looks to be the Moto G 3 have emerged.
While Motorola has never built a submersible Moto G before, it's a quick-and-easy way of boosting the value of a budget handset.
A leaked Moto G 3 render
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Moto G 3 camera:
• 13-megapixel camera
The camera is one area that’s been widely tipped for an upgrade, because what’s the point in launching a new model if there aren’t any improvements?
Fortunately, this time around we’re expecting to see a 13-megapixel camera. That’s up on the old 8-megapixel sensor of the Moto G (2014).
As many of you will know however, a camera’s resolution doesn’t always translate to better image quality. In fact, all it really means is that your images will be bigger. But how much that is relevant beyond 8-megapixels is open to debate.
Whatever the case, it’s still a spec improvement and there’s no harm in having a more capable camera on the Moto G 3.
It’s also been rumoured that the 2-megapixel front-facing camera will be upgraded to a 5-megapixel shooter. That’s likely to bank on the growing trend of selfie-friendly handsets.
Moto G 3 specs:
• 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chip
The Moto G 2 used a Snapdragon 400 processor, which is definitely beginning to look a little tired now.
Fortunately, Motorola is reported to have an upgrade in the works for the Moto G 3, specifically with a Snapdragon 410 mobile chip.
So what does that mean, exactly? Well the 410 is a 28nm, 64-bit quad-core chip that uses ARM’s Cortex-A53 processors clocked at 1.4GHz per core.
It’s also 4G-friendly, offering CAT4 speeds of up to 150Mbps, should your network provider be able to accommodate such a high download rate.
Notably, it can support a 13.5-megapixel camera. That’s important because the Moto G 3 is expected to make an upgrade from an 8-megapixel camera to a 13-megapixel sensor this time around.
Leaked Moto G 3 specs
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• 1GB RAM, 8GB storage
Unfortunately, Motorola is expected to remain stagnant when it comes to both RAM and built-in storage.
This means that just like with the Moto G 2 (2014), it’s rumoured we’ll see 1GB of memory and 8GB of dedicated storage.
While 1GB of RAM is plenty for a budget blower, it’s a shame Motorola didn’t opt to increase storage capacity. That’s especially poignant because if the rumours of a 13-megapixel camera are true, images will take up more space on an already claustrophobic storage module.
Fortunately, it’s been tipped that we’ll see a return of a MicroSD slot, which means it’ll be easy enough for users to upgrade the amount of storage available on their devices.
Moto G 3 software:
• Android 5.0 Lollipop
In all likelihood, the Moto G 3 will land running on Google’s latest Android Lollipop operating system.
An early leak pointed to Android version 5.1.1, which is currently the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
What you probably want to know, however, is if Google’s new Android M will be making an appearance on the Moto G 3?
We’d say it’s very unlikely if Motorola adheres to the much-mooted July launch of the Moto G 3.
The Moto G (2014) launched in September, just before Google began peddling Android 5.0 Lollipop to manufacturers. As such, it wasn’t in time to launch with the software straight out of the box and instead shipped running on Android 4.4 KitKat.
It’s likely to be a similar story this time around, with Motorola assuredly having done most of its testing on an Android 5.0 Lollipop-powered handset.
What you can bet on, however, is that there will eventually be a Moto G 3 Android M upgrade at some point. You’ll probably have to wait until early 2016 for a Moto G 3 Android M update release however.
The Moto G (2014) 4G edition
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Moto G 3 price:
• Probably £149.99
Rumours on Moto G 3 pricing have been quiet thus far, but it’s not too difficult to gauge rough pricing for the rumoured device.
As the Moto G is a budget offering from Motorola, and the rumoured specs seem to keep to that tradition, it’s likely the price will remain similar.
However, as the specs increase, it’s fair to expect that a slight premium will be tacked onto the R.R.P.
As such, we’d say the most likely price point for a Moto G 3 (2015) will be £149.99, although anywhere between £130 and £170 is fair game for Motorola’s next budget blower.
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