When Motorola recently announced their new budget smartphone, the Moto G, we didn’t give it much coverage. Motorola have released only a handful of phones to the Irish market in the last few years and we fully expected the Moto G to follow in the Moto X’s foot steps and not see availability here.

Turns out we were somewhat wrong. The Moto G went up for pre-order yesterday on the UK website Clove. The great thing about Clove is that they deliver to Ireland.

The 8GB version of the Moto G is available for a total price, including shipping of £174 £166.80. At today’s conversion rates that works out at just short of €208 €198 for a fully SIM unlocked phone that will work on any of the Irish Networks. While the Moto G is not at the bleeding edge of specs, that’s still a pretty impressive price.

If you are in the market for a mid range device check out this link for more details. It is expected to be in stock from early December so you should have your phone just in time for Christmas!

Update: Since publishing the post Clove have dropped their list price to £148 and as someone points out in the comments below Amazon have reduced it further to £135, making it an even more impressive deal.

Specifications

Operating system
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
Capacity
8 GB standard
16 GB version available
Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive
Dimensions and weight
Height 129.9 mm
Width 65.9 mm
Depth 6.0-11.6 mm (curve)
Weight 143 grams
Display
4.5 inches diagonal (11.3 cm)
1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi
Connectivity
Micro USB
3.5 mm headset jack
Battery
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 2070 mAh
Mixed usage up to 24 hours
Rear camera
5 MP at 4:3 and 3.8 MP at 16:9 (user-configurable)
LED flash
4X digital zoom
Slow motion video
Burst mode
Auto HDR
Panorama
Tap to Focus
Front camera
1.3 MP
Video capture and playback
720p HD video (front and rear)
Capture 30 fps (MPEG4, H.264)
Playback 30 fps (MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VP8)
Audio playback
AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, PCM, FLAC, MIDI, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis
Networks
GSM Model: GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® Technology
Version 4.0
Location services
GPS, GLONASS