There have been plenty of hints toward a successor to the most recent Motorola Moto G smartphone, and none as big as this latest one, after the device itself was listed on a European retailer website.
The site, which is Spanish, was either trying to get in ahead of the competition or simply made a pretty glaring error with its publishing of the page, as it revealed pretty much everything you’d want to know about the phone.
The Moto G (2nd gen) was a much loved handset, and it appears that Motorola is playing the ‘ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ method to the next device. In general, there aren’t too many differences between the devices, with only a couple of changes being implemented.
The first is the chipset, which is seeing a bump from the Snapdragon 400 effort to the 410 offering. Whilst this isn’t a major boost it does at least show some intent by Motorola to differentiate the two phones.
The second and more notable difference is on the camera front, with the Moto G (2nd Gen)’s 8 megapixel lens getting boosted to 13 megapixels. The front snapper isn’t missing out on the fun either, growing from 2 megapixels to 5, for a more rounded selfie performance.
Other than that it looks like business as usual under the hood, with a similarly sized 5” display, once again boasting 720p quality. The same quad-core processor also looks likely to join in once again, whilst 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage also port right over from the older device.
Finally, it’s also likely that the very same 2070mAh battery will be powering the 3rd gen device, meaning that it could leave some Motorola fans struggling to find a solid reason to upgrade if they’re already happy with their handset.
Unfortunately, the website that lists the phone doesn’t provide us with details about a confirmed release date, however, with leaks like this becoming more and more prevalent it’s likely that a launch is imminent.
If we were to hazard a guess, we’d point at some time in August, maybe even as far back as IFA, which opens its doors in early September.
Lucky for us, the site did list a price tag for the phone, albeit before pulling it down afterward, coming in at €199, which equates to around £130. This is of course the sim-free price tag, so you can expect a contract deal to settle in the £15-£25/month area should you choose this kind of deal.
Written by Luke Hatfield