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The 3rd generation Moto G (2015) is likely to be just around the corner, along with the much-rumored 3rd generation Moto X (2015). And while we got what is probably a nice peek at the upcoming Moto X thanks to Upleaks last weekend, this weekend a couple of other sources are sharing some information about the lower-end budget phone from the Lenovo-owned company. Sadly, at least based on this information, the Moto G (2015) seems to be a bit of a snooze fest…

First up we have a YouTube video (that has since been pulled, but can viewed on Google+) with just barely a look at the front and back of the phone. There wasn’t much to see in this video, as it was simply someone scrolling through and reading the specs of the phone. Apparently, the phone is going to have a Snapdragon 410, a 5-inch screen, 1 GB RAM (like last year’s model), 8GB storage + microSD expansion (also like last year’s model), a slightly better 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, and an LTE radio.

The video also shared that the phone has an Antutu score of 23355 which is a decent improvement over the 18249 score for the 2014 model. The hardware seems to be barely improved, but it looks like Motorola was able to optimize the phone to squeeze out just a bit more performance.

Notably, these details align with a Reddit post from user “MotoLeaks” about a month ago, which said that the phone would have the same lowly 1 GB of RAM and sport the same “oval shape around the camera” that was also seen last week on the next-generation Moto X:

Sorry to disappoint you guys, but the device will be very similar to the previous generation and still have 1GB of ram.The back of the phone has been changed to have an oval shape around the camera similar to the LG phones, but thinner. This will be the new look for all upcoming Moto phones. There will be a new tier of droid costing around $300 that will have much better specs than the Moto G, the plan is to get users to pay $100 more for that phone instead.

Next up, a user on Google+ seems to have uncovered some images on a Chinese forum that perfectly line up with what we’ve seen in the YouTube video as well as what was shared by MotoLeaks. Neo Lee shared the image at the top of this post (which seems to be a smaller version of the Moto X-like design we see last week), and they also shared the below images of Android Lollipop running on the device. As you can see, the phone is model XT1453 and is running Android 5.1.1.

It looks like we have three separate sources corroborating the same information about the next Moto G, and this all aligns pretty well with what we’ve heard about the next Moto X. It makes sense that Motorola would want to have a unified design on the backside, and now we have a couple looks at what appears to be an aluminum ring on the backside of a device that certainly seems to have a smaller 5-inch screen. We’ll see what Motorola announces later this year, but it looks like the next Moto G is going to be pretty much in line with what we saw last year besides a slightly-improved main camera—and that aluminum ring.

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