Motorola launches new budget smartphone

Motorola has announced its new budget smartphone, the Moto G.

The phone, which is described as an “exceptional phone” at an “exceptional price”, is a 4.5-inch HD handset which starts at £135. It is a cheaper version of Motorola’s Moto X.

Motorola said it was aware that consumers didn’t want to spend up to $600 (£372) on “high-end smartphones”, and that “everybody deserves to be on the mobile internet, and price shouldn’t stand in the way of anyone having a truly good smartphone to get them there”.

The smartphone features a quad-core processor, an all-day battery life and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with a guaranteed upgrade to the latest version, 4.4, next year.

The Moto G comes in either 8GB or 16GB sizes, with a five megapixel camera and a choice of coloured covers to easily personalise the phone.

The Guardian gave the smartphone a rating of four stars out of five. It praised the long battery life and the speed of the processor, but cited the lack of 4G and the phone’s weight and thickness as some of its negative attributes.