Moto G

The Moto G has proven to be an important device for Motorola, and if the latest leak has truth to it, a more rugged version is bound for Latin America: the Moto G Forte. Meaning 'strong', the name Forte would be an appropriate one for what @evleaksES described as a phone with "improved durability."

There are indications of design changes from the original low-cost Moto G to the Moto G Forte, though it's hard to pick out more than the loss of the glossy plastic frame around the screen being turned matte and power and volume buttons getting chunkier. There's no word on how ruggedized the Moto G Forte will be, but considering that it's a relatively inexpensive phone with low-cost guts to begin with, we wouldn't expect Motorola to go all out with mil-spec ruggedization.

Moto G Forte leak

Nor do we know what's inside the Moto G Forte, though we wouldn't be surprised if it continued on with the same surprisingly adequate internals of the original Moto G. The Moto G has been a successful device for Motorola; just last month they announced that the Moto G was the highest-selling smartphone in Motorola history. All those sales of low-cost, low-margin smartphones weren't enough for Motorola and parent company Google, however, as the handset maker is being sold to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.

What do you think, Moto G owners? Is a Moto G with improved durability something that would tickle your fancy? Just what would Motorola need to do with the Moto G Forte to make it worth consideration?

Update: This is curious. As Kaan in the comments pointed out, the image is very curiously similar to that of the Moto G Grip Shell Case (pictured here on It is possible that a Moto G Forte is in the works that would take design cues from the grip shell cased-Moto G, but it does cast some doubt on this image.

Source: @evleaksES

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tuti_majara says:

I would like to see an improvement in camera but maintaining the same price, I would by another Moto G and this time of course the forte version

I want all my groceries in one bag, but I don't want the bag to be heavy.

Want a better camera? Buy a Moto X

alksnitis says:

Sorry moto x camera kinda sucks!

My point is you can't buy a cheap phone and expect everything to be top quality.

grooveaddict says:

Looks interesting I'm excited that Motorola keeps making new and evolved iterations of this great phone not only software wise but hardware wise aswell. Hopefully we will see a moto g 2 in the last part of 2014. And if I can dream they would put a 1080p screen and atleast a 8mp camera. ;-)
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Zig261 says:

This is not good. Usually rugged versions include lower specs and less update support. Just look at the S4 Active.

How about a high-spec version of the X Motorola?
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jeddo45 says:

That could very well be a Samsung thing. Motorola does very well with its updates, especially with the X and the G. Samsung has a problem with updates because they have a thousand different phones on the market.

Nexus 5...enough said

Don't use the S4 active as the poster child of rugged devices. What's to say that the Moto G Forte doesn't have the same specs as the plain 'ole Moto G, but cost a bit more? By being the same phone specs-wise, Motorola would be able to push the same update to both with no issue.

Kayone73 says:

Who cares? Are you in the Latin America market? If not then guess what, this phone isn't being distributed to you, so don't worry about it and sleep without stressing out.

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vnangia says:

I'd settle for a less slippery back case since the back side is removable. I have a dual-SIM Moto G for when I travel, and I absolutely adore it, but thing really just wants to slip out of your hand.

grooveaddict says:

I have a flip cover on my dual sim moto g. The material on the back is better and it doesn't feel so slippery. I've also ordered a grip shell. I think the regular back plate is very slippery indeed.

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paulw3 says:

Agree. The Moto flip case makes it way less slippery.

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It was a fake. Look at this:

Now, we do not know if only the picture was a fake and rugged version of the Moto G is indeed coming. But the picture shows a regular Moto G with a case on it.

grooveaddict says:

Yeah it looks like a a black grip shell on a regular moto g.
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NoNexus says:

Great job, you are at least thisclose to being correct from what I know

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

I couldn't imagine switching from my M8 to a Moto G. Even though it does look nice for a budget phone.

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thod3n says:

The moto g was never meant to replace the m8.

jakeuten says:


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Akshay Sihag says:

man ! moto g isn't a comparison for M8.....

The image in Amazon listing shows Jelly Bean status bar and soft-keys with translucent black bg, while the image in the banner shows KitKat status bar and the soft-keys does not have any bg colour. Which means, Moto G Forte would take design cues from the grip shell cased-Moto G. It's not fake.

Thanh Tran3 says:


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cerebasan says:

Remember too the moto g is already practically waterproof.

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jtc276 says:

My dad just got one of the originals last week and it's a damn good phone for $200. The screen is great, the performance is fluid, and the speaker is loud. The only downside is the awful camera but that's common with all budget phones.

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Craig-Burton says:

Im interested, especially if they included a sd card slot.

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Zig261 says:

They might include one new since they aren't part of Google anymore. And we all know how much Google hates SD cards.

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udazavlanje says:

Awesome ! Hope they have it soon in the states.

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I've had my G for about 3 weeks. Fantastic phone.

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Trixz_D says:

Looks OK but I won't be replacing my original g with it I love this phone so much :-)

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Ytown says:

Happy with my Moto G. Best $99 I've ever spent on a phone.

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+1 People I've shown it to couldn't believe it was $99. They thought it was around the $200-300 price range.

Well done Moto

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MarkSeven says:

I immediately thought of the Grip Shell Case when I saw the pic..