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Moto G Second Gen vs. Lenovo S850 – Mid-Range Smartphones Comparison

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Motorola released the second generation of Moto G in September 2014, but even if it’s one year old, people are still interested in buying it, because it has a very affordable price and some nice specs. One of its biggest contestants is Lenovo S850, with a more premium design and more advanced cameras. In this article, you will find a detailed comparison between these two handsets.

Designs and Displays

The Moto G (2014) has a similar design to its predecessor, but it borrowed some new traits from the first Moto E, such as the metal bars from the front panel – their role is to hide the front stereo speakers. The first Moto G had only a mono speaker on its back, and the material is matte plastic, which is available in white and black colors. The device is not very comfortable to hold because it’s very thick – 11mm, while it has a height of 141.5mm and a width of 70.7mm. However, it’ not very heavy, as it weights 149 grams, and this is an average weight. The screen measures 5-inch, it’s an IPS LCD which supports 720 x 1280 pixels and the pixel density is 294 ppi.

The Lenovo S850 has a more stylish exterior covered in glass, but it’s available in two colors such as white and pink. The screen is identical in terms of size and resolution, and even the height and width are very close: 141 x 71mm, but the device is a lot slimmer, measuring 8.2 mm. As for the weight, it’s 140 grams.

Hardware and OS

While the Moto G 2014 is planned to be updated to Android v5.1 (Lollipop), the Lenovo S850 still runs on v4.2 (Jelly Bean). Motorola equipped its handset with a 32bit Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 quad core Cortex-A7 processor, which runs at 1.2GHz and it’s backed by 1GB of RAM. Lenovo opted for a Mediatek MT6582 chipset, which houses also a Cortex-A7 processor, but it’s slightly faster, because it was clocked at 1.3GHz. However, it has the same RAM capacity, while the internal memory can’t be expanded, and it’s limited to 16GB. The Moto G 2014 has 8GB of storage, but its capacity can be increased up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Cameras and Batteries

The pair of cameras owned by the Moto G 2014 has lower resolutions: 8MP for the back shooter and 2MP for the front camera, but the device supports the same features as the Lenovo S850, whose cameras have resolutions of 13MP and 5MP respectively. A higher resolution doesn’t really have a big importance, because the quality of the photos depends on the camera software.

The batteries have a similar capacity and they’re non-removable. The Lenovo S850 has a slightly smaller battery of 2000mAh, which lasts almost as much as the 2070mAh battery which powers up the Moto G 2014.

Prices

You’ll find both devices on Amazon, where the Moto G 2014 is priced at 150 dollars and the Lenovo S850 is 20 dollars cheaper.