Motorola making a Nexus 4-alike for under €250, report says

The Google-owned firm is tipped to be building a dirt-cheap smart phone for Europe, rumours say.

Motorola is making a dirt-cheap mobile in the spirit of the Nexus 4, according to fresh rumours concerning the American manufacturer's plans.

Spanish-language site ADSLZone reports that the upcoming mobile will play host to high-end hardware like a quad-core processor, citing mysterious sources.

Despite powerful specs however, like LG's effort this mythical mobile will apparently be very cheap, reportedly coming in at less than €250, which equates to roughly £216. By comparison, the 4.7-inch Nexus 4, which blew the competition out of the water in our review, costs a wallet-pleasing £239.

As with all rumours concerning unconfirmed mobiles, you'd be wise to take this one with a pinch or two of the salty stuff, especially as we're peering at the report through the mists of Google Translate.

As it's owned by Google though, Motorola would be well-placed to make a cheaper phone -- expert analysts speaking to CNET have previously posited that Google paid its own cash towards making the Nexus 4 so cheap, in a bid to extend Android's reach.

The report suggests the phone could come as an alternative to the Motorola Moto X phone , which is expected to be officially revealed very soon. 

I'm a big fan of the Nexus 4, and the shake-up its low price has given the smart phone market. Here's hoping there's more savings-account-friendly tech en route, and that the next Nexus phone is a blinder. Check out our predictions in the clip below.

Would you buy a Motorola phone, or do you prefer mobiles from the likes of Samsung or HTC? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.



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