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Motorola confirms Moto G smartphone to launch 13 November

Motorola has announced the UK launch date for its new Moto G smartphone, the midrange version of the Moto X.

The Moto G will be launched on November 13, but apart from the date the Google owned company is not giving anything away about its new smartphone. Motorola's website only shows a spinning globe beside 'Moto G' and the date displayed in multiple languages, perhaps hinting at a worldwide launch.

A promotional card leaked earlier this week, displaying a picture of the phone and some of its specs. According to the leak, the Moto G will cost £135.95 off contract, a price that would put it in the same range as Sony's Xperia U and Nokia's Lumia 520.

The device is expected to run Android's 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, rather than Google's latest 4.4 KitKat OS. It is also expected to have a 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting video at 720p, as well as a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and a 4.5in 1,280 x 720 pixel display protected by Gorilla Glass and a 'water repellent coating'.

The rumours also suggest the inclusion of interchangeable back panels, dual-SIM capabilities, a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 8GB of storage.

It will be Motorola's first smartphone launch in the UK since the Google acquisition, after the high-end Moto X was only released in the US earlier this year.

It could well be that the Moto G borrows features from the premium handset to help it stand out from its competitors, which boasts impressive voice recognition and contextual awareness software.