Motorola announces the new Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360

Motorola has announced its latest line of handsets for 2014. Although they will retain the same model identifiers (Moto X and Moto G), Motorola has taken great strides to differentiate its new handsets from the previous year's models.

Moto X

The heavily rumored Motorola X + 1, now officially known as the Moto X, will offer an upgraded display that is both larger and capable of a higher resolution. The new Moto X will have a 5.2” 1080p display, a 2.5GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, 2MP front-facing camera, will come in either a 16GB / 32GB option, and have a 2300mAh battery.

Similar to last year's flagship, the new Moto X will be fully customizable thanks to Motorola’s Moto Maker program. Although they won’t be shipping from or be made in the United States, you will get a new option of choosing from four different types of leather. The leather option will join the already robust set of 25 different plastic and wood options.  The Moto X will be available in late September for $499.99 USD. The device will also be available with a two-year contract for $99.99.

Moto G

The Moto G has also been updated with a couple of nice upgrades of its own, but will still be priced under $200 USD.  The new Moto G will offer a 5” 720p display, 1.2GHz Quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and will come in either an 8GB or 16GB configuration. The phone will also be available in a single SIM or dual SIM option. Unlike the Moto X, the Moto G will only be customizable via removable back plates that will be available directly from Motorola.  But, priced at $179.99 USD, you can't really complain or ask for more from a mid-tier device. The Moto G will be available today at 11am CST.

Moto 360

The Moto 360 has been the talk of the town since its initial debut in March. While we got a sneak peek of the device at Google I/O, there were still a few important unanswered questions that remained. With the official announcement of the Moto 360, we now finally get the last bit of details about the device, before it officially hits retail channels. The Moto 360 smartwatch will function much in the same manner as other Android Wear devices, but will have a unique circular display. The display will utilize Corning’s Gorilla Glass for protection and will come standard with a Horween leather strap. The classically designed smartwatch will be available at 11am CST for $249.99 USD. It will be available from Motorola, the Google Play Store, and Best Buy. There will be a premium option available in the fall that will come with a metal band, it will retail for $299.99 USD. The metal band will be made available for early adopters and will be sold separately for $79.99 USD.

Hint

Lastly, and most unexpected is Motorola’s announcement of a new Bluetooth earpiece dubbed the Motorola Hint. The earpiece is unique in that it discreetly fits inside your ear, giving you the freedom to finally look like a normal human being while using a Bluetooth earpiece. The small earpiece will also come with a case that will charge the device up to two times giving it a total of 10 hours of talk time. The earpiece has a wide variety of designs and will be available for $149.99 USD later this fall.

Source: Motorola | Image via Motorola 

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The Moto G has also been updated with a couple of nice upgrades of its own, but will still be priced under $200 USD.

And it will obviously cost way more than that when it reaches Europe.

And any hope of getting a Windows Phone has been cut loose. That new Moto X will be mine, probably get the Hint and Moto360 as well to complete the deal. A little shocked by the price of the Moto X, but I'll deal with it.

And just like that my Windows Phone experience is over! No more dealing with web wrapper "apps" YIPPIE!!!!

So the Moto G is now an entry level phablet instead of an entry level phone? Did the human race evolve this fast that every year we need bigger hands to handle the new phone models?

Huh, despite the phone/watch...I am more interested in the BT ear piece. Been looking for a hands free device since recently a law was passed that when driving, you cannot be holding your phone. Has to be hands free. Hopefully it works well.

techbeck said,
Been looking for a hands free device since recently a law was passed that when driving, you cannot be holding your phone.

I have a crazy idea... Save the buck fifty and don't talk on the phone while driving.

01Michael10 said,

I have a crazy idea... Save the buck fifty and don't talk on the phone while driving.

I have a better idea. Dont tell me what to do. Thanks.

techbeck said,
I have a better idea. Dont tell me what to do. Thanks.

You are right... I shouldn't tell you not to bring a gun into public places (like libraries, schools, bars), kick dogs, ###### on people's flower beds, or to drive dangerously. It's not like there is other people on the road or anything...

01Michael10 said,

You are right... I shouldn't tell you not to bring a gun into public places (like libraries, schools, bars), kick dogs, ###### on people's flower beds, or to drive dangerously. It's not like there is other people on the road or anything...

Ahh, your are a troll. Got it. Have a good one :)

techbeck said,
Ahh, your are a troll. Got it. Have a good one :)

Aren't you the troll? Oh wait, you actually think it is a good idea to talk on the phone and drive at the same time so you would then be interested in a hands-free Bluetooth device. My bad...

Was excited but reading poor reviews on battery life. Just as well really, Motorola are not capable of doing a wide release and have limited sales to US only for a month. This gives the rest of the world time to see if the device is worth it. With other watches coming out it's possibly a good time to wait, more so with Apple coming to the market soon!

Im interested in the Moto 360 but Im going have to wait for the second revision...Let people iron out bugs and without a doubt, it needs a stainless steel band.

What are the tech specs for the Moto 360? Also, is it IP68 certified?

That's a bit of a letdown......a watch should be IP68. Be able to hold underwater for longer periods of time than 30 minutes.

We all know there are phones that are IP67 certified that hold on a lot longer than 30 minutes but that extra sense of security would have been nice...

I mean, you aren't gonna go diving with it or jumping in the pool so all that's needed is to be able to survive a shower with it if you aren't the type to take it off. Hell maybe someone pushed you in the pool for fun, that should be good enough for that.

Ouch for Microsoft and their Lumia line. Motorola just blew their bottom and mid range products out of any consideration, in both specs and price wise.

Specs seem pretty close with the new Lumias priced a little higher. The killer for the Lumias IMO is availability. The new 730 and 830 wont even be sold in the US.

pratnala said,
This is a blow to WP. Microsoft should make better specced Lumias now. Better than G.

The 730 and 735 are thinner and lighter and have a better front-facing camera. The Moto G has a better processor. Looks like a wash to me.

Looking at the photos of the moto360, it seems they've managed to remove the awful black border at the bottom. Very impressive! I'm actually interested in this again.

also the moto x seems to be the lg g2 with a smaller battery? (edit: my bad, the g2 had the 800 not 801)

Timi Cantisano said,
I think its PR trickery. The unit still has the black bar at the bottom.

well that's not on at all really.....very misleading

bithush said,
Not really misleading, you can clearly see the "number 6" bar is cut off.

Now that you mention it, yeah I can see it now. Great Marketing with a black background though. Wouldnt look as nice against a white one.

mmmmmm, really like the design otherwise. It's between this and the G watch R for me