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Motorola Moto G UK pricing, specs, and release date: Budget Android smartphone starts at £135 for 8GB model

UPDATE: Speaking to Phones 4u and Motorola Mobility, ITProPortal is pleased to confirm that UK pricing will sit at £134.95 for an 8GB SIM-free Moto G, while £159.95 will nab you the more capacious 16GB model. The device is available from today (13 November).

Motorola has unveiled its affordable Moto G smartphone at a special launch event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The new device, which will imminently land in the UK, will retail in the US SIM-free for $179 for an 8GB version, or $199 for the 16GB iteration.

The Moto G will sport a 4.5 HD (720p) display at 329ppi, which Motorola representatives dubbed the new phone's "hero feature" and the "sharpest in its class" during the event.

Under the hood, the Moto G will pack a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and complemented by 1GB of RAM.

Another major selling point for many will be that the Moto G is "built on pure Android," shipping with stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and with a "guaranteed update to 4.4 {KitKat]."

Read more: A closer look at Google Android 4.4 KitKat

According to the presentation in South America, Moto G will get its Android 4.4 update by January 2014.

"We think the industry should deliver more value for the consumer's dollar [and] we believe half a billion people deserve better. That's why we're introducing Moto G - a premium experience at a price we think people around the world are going to love," said Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility.

Elsewhere, the Moto G will feature a 1,560mAh battery with up to 10 hours of claimed 3G talk time. Aesthetically, it feature the same curved back as the Moto X, and removable back plates so that users can easily customise their device's outward appearance.

Read more: Motorola Moto X hands-on

The Moto G will go on sale today (13 November) in Brazil and parts of Europe, while a US launch is slated for "early January" and the device will be available in more than 30 countries by 2014.

With regards to imaging quality, the Moto G comes with a 5-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel front snapper, while additional sweeteners include 64GB of free storage via Google Drive - possibly designed to compensate for the lack of a microSD card slot