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Motorola to return to UK with Moto G smartphone

Google subsidiary Motorola will be releasing a new midrange Moto G smartphone in the UK, according to a recently leaked document.

A promotional card displaying the phone and some of its specs was apparently meant for a Phones4u store but was obtained by nototious Twitter user @evleaks.

The release date for the phone is not yet known, though the festive images decorating the promotional card suggest it should be available in time for Christmas. According to the leak, the smartphone will cost £135.95 off contract.

The Moto G will run Android's 4.3 Jellybean operating system with a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 8GB of storage. It will also have a 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting video at 720p, as well as a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

Other rumours suggest the inclusion of interchangeable back panels, dual-SIM capabilities, and a 4.5in 1280 x 720 pixel display protected by Gorilla Glass and a 'water repellent coating'. However, judging by the price, it is unlikely that this coating will offer the same level of water resistance as the Sony Xperia Z line, which is capable of total immersion in clean water for up to 30 minutes.

he Motorola unveiled its flagship smartphone the Moto X last August, the first device to be built from scratch since the Google acquisition. Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside said that it was effectively "the relaunch of Motorola."

Last week Motorola announced that they would be working with the startup, Phonebloks to create the world's first modular smart phone. Project Ara will allow users to disassemble and reassemble their phones using different parts.