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Motorola unveils new Moto G and X, smartwatch through Flipkart

Riding high on the success of its affordable handsets, Motorola Mobility on Friday unveiled the second generation of its popular Moto G and Moto X in India in an exclusive partnership with homegrown e-tailer Flipkart.

The US-based firm, which has sold 1.6 million units of Moto E, G and X since February, is betting on the new version to help it ramp up sales in the fiercely competitive Indian smartphone market.

‘Partnering with Flipkart, we had launched Moto G a few months ago, followed by Moto X and Moto E, all of which have received tremendous response in India. Now, we are bringing in a new generation with better features and at an attractive price,’ Motorola Mobility India General Manager Amit Boni told reporters here. Moto G will be priced at Rs 12,999 (16 GB), which is cheaper by Rs 1,000 compared to the previous generation.

Along with the Moto 360 smartwatch, Motorola will make the Moto X available later this month. The pricing of both the devices will be announced later. Motorola claims to have over 5 per cent share of the India smartphone market.

According to research firm IDC, smartphone sales in the country grew almost three-fold to over 44 million in 2013, buoyed by affordable devices made by local firms. In the second quarter of 2014, 18.42 million smartphones were shipped in India. Samsung is the leader with a 29 per cent market share, followed by Micromax (18 per cent).
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