Motorola has certainly not been an active manufacturer of Smartphones in the recent times, as compared to its rivals like LG and Samsung. In the first half of 2013, it hardly made its presence felt in the Smartphone market. In this period, Motorola has not released any significant devices. After Motorola transitioned to Google, it had to make many adjustments and that consumed a lot of its time. However, it finally has woken up to the exciting opportunities that remain unexplored in the ever- expanding Smartphone market.


It has found momentum and released several exciting devices in the recent times. At the top of the table, we have the Moto X.  Three Droids have already been launched in the US, through Verizon exclusively.

Though Motorola launched a few high-end Smartphones, its product portfolio certainly felt a lull with an absence of a mid-range, mass-friendly Smartphone. It was quick to respond to this and released the Moto G.  Experts claim that the Moto G is a trimmed down version of the high-end Moto X. Both these devices can be compared on many fronts. Here, we draw comparisons between the two.

Moto G vs. Moto X – Display

Motorola launched the Moto X as a flagship device. Though the Moto X lies at the top of the pyramid, it does have an impressive display to boast, something that can well justify its peak position in Motorola’s product portfolio. The screen resolution of Moto X disappoints to a great extent. This device features a 4.7-inch AMOLED screen panel with a 720 x 1280 screen resolution and a 312 ppi pixel density.

On the other hand, the Moto G has an identical screen resolution like the Moto X. However, unlike the AMOLED display of Moto X, Moto G has an LCD display. Additionally,  the Moto G’s panel is faintly smaller and measures 4.5 inches diagonally. Thus, this device comes with an enhanced, 326 ppi pixel density. However, the difference is not strikingly noticeable.

Moto G vs. Moto X –  Hardware

Under its hood, Moto X obviously is a clear winner as compared to the Moto G. Motorola Moto X packs in an advanced Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC processor that goes by the name, Motorola X8. It provides a dual-core processor’s ability, clocking at 1.7 GHz and also features Adreno 320 graphics chips. Furthermore, the Moto X also comes with 2GB RAM cache.

The Moto G, on the other hand, is powered by a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, clocking at a 1.2 GHz frequency. Furthermore, it has 1GB RAM cache and Adreno 305 GPU. The most noticeable difference between Moto X and Moto G is that the latter one does not have the X8 mobile computing system. Thus, this device lacks Touchless Control feature.

On the other hand, the Moto X features the X8 mobile computing system, making it a truly unique device. With this feature, the user can wake the device at any time and deliver commons through voice support. The X8 SoC features dedicated cores designed specifically to efficiently handle such tasks.

Talking about the storage of both the devices, the Moto G comes in 8 GB and 16 GB storage models. On the other hand, the Moto X features  16 GB and 32 GB models. Both these Smartphones do not have card slots for MicroSD cards.

Moto G vs. Moto X –Connectivity, Camera and Other Details

On the multimedia front, there is a quite a gap found in both these Motorola Smartphones. The Moto X is armed with a 10-megapixel primary shooter that comes with video recording capability of 1080p. On the other hand, the Moto G packs in a frugal 5-megapixel primary shooter with video recording capabilities of 720p. On the Moto X’s front panel, users are greeted with a 2 megapixel camera for video calling while the Moto G settles with an inferior 1.3 megapixel camera.

Also, Moto X is an LTE compatible device and offers NFC connectivity as well.  Moto G does not feature NFC connectivity or LTE compatibility. Though the Moto G lacks the NFC compatibility, it might not be an issue for everyone since only a few uses the NFC tags on a daily basis. Certainly, absence of NFC compatibility is not a deciding factor.

Moto G vs. Moto X – Software

In the software department, the Moto G settles with an Android Jelly Bean 4.3 OS. However, there is good news on the way since Motorola would soon be rolling out the Android 4.4 Kitkat update  for the Moto G. As per the official statement,  Moto G should be receiving the 4.4 update by 2014 January. Additionally, the second batch of G devices to be launched in the market will have KitKat out of the box.

On the other hand, the Moto X already comes with Android KitKat 4.4 OS. This handset has received the KitKat update in some regions and through different carriers, one of them being Verizon.

Moto G vs. Moto X – Design

Before Motorola launched the Moto X, the handset manufacturer had emphasized largely on the exhaustive range of options available for customization. The Moto Maker website’s launch was slightly delayed as expected, potential buyers can customize this handset to a great extent.

With the help of the Moto Maker website, user can choose a black color, font color, a unique flavor for accents, any exciting  wallpaper and can also inscribe their names or any catchy text phrase on the back panel of the Moto X.

Though the Moto G does not fully benefit from the Moto Maker, the device still offers a great degree of customization. For one, the user can change the back panels of the Moto G, as per their likes and preferences. However, the Moto X still remains unbeaten in the design department.

Moto G is available for sale only in some regions of the world. It would likely be available for sale in the US in January and would be priced around 200 dollars for the 16 GB model. On the other hand, the Moto X would carry a price of price tag of 530 dollars.

Author BioAjay Chauhan is an expert in handset and technology reviews. Currently he is working with