Motorola officially unveils Moto G Forte

Motorola has officially released the Moto G Forte; the Moto G Forte is a rugged version of Motorola's mid-tier device the Moto G. It has the same features and specifications of the original, but it is packaged with a rugged case. The Motorola G was originally released late last year as a mid-tier recreation of its flagship model, the Moto X. The Moto X has been sold on contract and as a pre-paid solution in the United States for as low as $100 dollars, which makes it a great value for anyone looking for a feature rich handset at a fair price.

For those unfamiliar, the Motorola G features:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • 8 GB or 16 GB of storage
  • 4.5 " 720p display with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing 
  • 2070 mAh battery

While this device is only currently available in Mexico, it is possible to emulate the Forte by purchasing the rugged shell separately. The same Grip Shell is available directly from the Motorola site for $20 USD. The shell comes in a wide variety of colors and is available for immediate shipment. The Moto G Forte is currently available from Nextel in Mexico and is free on a two-year contract. 

Source: Android Police via MotorolaImage via Motorola 

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My mom just got this phone on Prepay. It's a great phone. it's an AMAZING phone for the price. 8GB version for $99. Off contract.

Heartripper said,
Forte!

(In Italian "forte" is used as cool)


As well as "Fort" and "strong" which I guess is what Motorola is implying for this device.

So this phone is getting at least a android 4.1 or higher? the specs are less than a motorola photon 4g, which stops getting updates after JB 2.3.5.

Like I have posted previously, not buying motorola phone anytime soon.

It has the same specs as the Moto G. And that phone has been updated to Android 4.4. What made you think it has inferior specs to a device released in 2011 (that doesn't even run Android 4.0+)?

If you don't want to buy this phone, then there's really no point in announcing that. This phone is for people that don't want to spend a lot but want a device that can take a bit of mishandling.

Well lets say the argument for not releasing the latest android for 2011 phone is because of specifications like processor and memory is too low. The argument would be invalid for many phones that are superior than MOTO G. and only get JB or ICS update.

I have another phone which is the HTC Hero, great phone, and is running ICS.

my motorola photon 4g gets no love anymore because of locked boot.

I understand that the phone is lesser and cheaper for mishandling or for those who cant afford a mid-high end phone. but I was expecting excitement with Motorola and its google updates.

DrOmango said,
Well lets say the argument for not releasing the latest android for 2011 phone is because of specifications like processor and memory is too low. The argument would be invalid for many phones that are superior than MOTO G. and only get JB or ICS update.

I have another phone which is the HTC Hero, great phone, and is running ICS.

my motorola photon 4g gets no love anymore because of locked boot.

I understand that the phone is lesser and cheaper for mishandling or for those who cant afford a mid-high end phone. but I was expecting excitement with Motorola and its google updates.

Android 4.4 was made to run better on low-end hardware. The fact that it isn't released yet for older devices is entirely the manufacturers fault. Sure, it can have the necessary hardware but only the manufacturer can release a stable version for that device. Modders can only do so much.

The lack of updates from device manufacturers is one of the reasons I decided to buy the Nexus 5. I don't want to wait months at a time for updates to be released. And I certainly don't want to use a device that won't receive updates once the newer model is released. Motorola seems to be on top of their game when it comes to updates. The Moto X received the KitKat update before the Nexus 4. Their efforts may not apply to older devices but moving forward, Motorola is definitely heading in the right direction.

No thanks, I would not ever buy a motorola phone again anytime soon. they decided to stop updating motorola photon 4g which had alot of potential to be a great phone.

Edited by DrOmango, Apr 3 2014, 6:16pm :

That was before Google owned them. Google started to turn them around with the Moto X and Moto G and hopefully Lenovo can take them further.

I'm glad the Moto G Forte is the same spec as the Moto G. (simply because I've just got my Mum a Moto G for her birthday tomorrow!)

The Moto G shows you can have a really nice phone without spending many hundreds on one. It has made me question if i even need to spend £300ish on a Nexus device, which i perceived to be cheap compared to other high end devices.

Edited by InsaneNutter, Apr 3 2014, 6:53pm :

I wish prepaid would stick to your account. I'm paying $40/m for my moms phone which she has used all of 3 minutes so far...