Motorola has begun selling the Moto G (3rd Gen) and its sibling the Moto G Turbo Edition through Amazon India. The move is pretty much one of the final nails in the coffin for the brand’s exclusive relationship with Flipkart.
It’s not exactly a surprise, though, since Motorola had announced it was planning to escape the shackles of its partnership with Flipkart last year. It had intended to make its phones available via other e-commerce sites like Amazon and Snapdeal, in addition to offline outlets like Airtel. The Moto E (2nd Gen) was the first to make the transition.
More recently, Motorola had released the Moto X Force through both Flipkart and Amazon, something which had gotten leaked ahead of the smartphone’s launch in the country. The manufacturer had also announced price cuts for the Moto G (3rd Gen) and Moto G Turbo Edition in January.
A rapid recap of the specifications of the Moto G Turbo Edition:
– OS: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradable to Marshmallow
– Display: 5-inch TFT LCD, 720 x 1280 pixels
– CPU: 1.5Ghz octa-core Snapdragon
– GPU: Adreno 405
– Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB (expandable till 32GB)
– Battery: 2470mAh
– Camera: 13MP rear, 5MP front
– Weight: 155g
– Size: 142.1 x 72.4 x 6.1mm
– Connectivity: 4G, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, GLONASS
The two handsets will be available at the same discounted rate on Amazon. Interested buyers can only purchase the 16GB model of the Moto G (3rd Gen) at Rs 10999 as of now, with no word on whether the 8GB one will be available as well. The Moto G Turbo Edition costs Rs 12499, Rs 2000 lower than its December launch value of Rs 14499.
Both Motorola devices now offer upgrades to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a factor which could add to its appeal now that both are a few months old. People who are now looking to buy the smartphones from Amazon should note that the site has changed its returns policy for mobile phones.
Any handset which is fulfilled by Amazon cannot be sent back under the ‘no longer need it’ option. Damaged and defective devices can still be returned within 10 days of delivery. Flipkart still lets consumers give back phones if they aren’t satisfied with it, which could turn out to be an important factor when deciding where to buy the Motorola phones from.
You can check out the Amazon listing of the Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen) and Moto G Turbo Edition here.