Motorola Mobility's Moto G has long offered decent specs in an Android smartphone for a couple hundred bucks or less, but recent phones like Asus' ZenFone 2 are muscling into that value-oriented space with more RAM, pixels, and storage on board for similar prices. It wouldn't be terribly surprising, then, if a newly leaked third-gen Moto G prototype ended up being genuine.
The eagle-eyed folks over at nowhereelse.fr caught pictures of this new handset floating around Chinese social media, and they claim to have some specs to go with those shots. The new phone appears to have a five-inch 720p display, 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras, along with a fancy dual-LED flash; a Qualcomm Snapdragon S410 quad-core CPU with LTE support (a major omission in the second-gen G), Adreno 306 graphics, and 1GB of RAM; and 8GB of onboard storage expandable by way of a microSD slot. Android 5.1.1 appears to run atop all that hardware.
The $199 version of the ZenFone 2 has a slightly nicer 1080p screen, more built-in storage, and more RAM than this apparent third-gen Moto G. Motorola's recent phones have generally featured mostly stock versions of Android, however, while Asus ships its phones with a ZenUI interface that's more worked-over. That might be the deciding factor for Android enthusiasts on a budget. We'll keep our eyes peeled for more information on this new G if and when it comes to market.