Motorola showcases new Moto range: phones, bud and smartwatch

5 Sep 2014

The new range of Motorola devices

Motorola attempted to lure eyes away from consumer tech show IFA in Berlin to look at its new range of devices, specifically the Moto X and G, as well as its 360 smartwatch and Hint earbud.

Motorola showed off its latest flagship phone, the Moto X, which the more discerning phone geek will notice bears the exact same name as its flagship phone from last year.

Featuring a slightly bigger 5.2-inch AMOLED screen with an improved resolution of 1080p over the older 720p, a smoother aluminium body replaces the older plastic one for a better feel.

The phone’s camera has also been boosted to 13MP with 4x zoom and the ability to record video in 4K quality.

The new Moto X comes in at a price of around US$500 (€385) off-contract.

The Moto G

Meanwhile, the more affordable Moto G, features improvements on a similar level to that of its bigger brother with a larger 5-inch screen, 8MP camera and a battery that promises to perform for 24 hours in medium use.

It also comes in either a single or dual SIM capability and a somewhat reasonable 1.2GHz processor for stg£119 in the UK as of today, which equates to €150.

Moto 360 and Hint

Perhaps more interestingly is the first hands-on reviews of the Moto 360, Motorola’s latest smartwatch with a rather attractive round interface.

From those who have been lucky enough to get their hands on the Moto 360, the device has a simple, clean and rather fetching interface on a 1.65-inch screen.

The rest of its spec is also pretty impressive, with 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, and the screen protection of Gorilla glass.

The biggest flaw in its use, however, appears not to be technically Motorola’s fault – most apps have been designed for a square screen, and as such some aspects are cut off on screen.

The Moto 360 has a starting price in the US of US$249.

The Moto Hint

And finally, the new Moto Hint is a reminder of days not too long ago, being the first major Bluetooth headset to hit the market in awhile.

The minute ear-bud device is designed to just sit in your ear without any extending microphone attachment.

It also has a sensor built in to let the device know when the wearer is not wearing it, but given its size, only has a battery life of just 3.3 hours for a price of almost US$150.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic