Amazon starts accepting pre-orders for the unlocked Moto G in the US

The affordable Moto G smartphone was scheduled to make its debut stateside early 2014, but was instead launched a few days back to take advantage of holiday sales. While the handset was initially being offered through Motorola only, Amazon has started accepting pre-orders for the unlocked version.

According to the listing, the device will be compatible with AT&T and MVNOs tied to the carrier. Also, it will work with other providers that operate on HSPA+ and CDMA EVDO Rev A networks. Amazon is offering the handset in 8GB and 16GB models (click here for the product page). Motorola will commence deliveries on December 2, while the e-commerce website has promised to ship the handset a couple of days later. Where prices are concerned, the 8GB version is tagged at $199.99, while the 16GB variant can be booked for $179.99.

Moto G

The Moto G is a cheaper alternative to its larger sibling, the Moto X. Speaking of which, Android Authority notes that the flagship smartphone will be available on Cyber Monday for just $349 sans any contract and SIM free. Compared to the latter, the Moto G falls between the entry-level and mid-range categories.

Specifications at a glance:

– Platform: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
– Display: 4.5-inch HD touchscreen
– Processor: 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor
– Memory: 1GB RAM; 8GB or 16GB storage options
– Camera: 5MP rear, 1.2MP front
– Battery: 2070mAh battery
– Dimensions: 129mm x 65.9mm x 11.6mm
– Weight: 143 grams

While the specifications do look appealing for the price tag it carries, there are a few downsides to the Moto G. The most prominent one is that there’s no memory expansion, so you’re stuck with 8GB or 16GB of storage which are actually lesser when the system files take their quota.

In other news, the Moto G will reach India in January. Also, Motorola has announced that it will update the smartphone to Android 4.4 KitKat early 2014.