Motorola releasing LTE-capable Moto G and a new low-cost smartphone

14 May 2014

Motorola’s highly popular Moto G just got an upgrade, with the OG of cell phones announcing the smartphone will finally be available with 4G LTE capability.

The new LTE Moto G will come with the same features, specs and design, but a slightly higher price tag – retailing for $219 USD off-contract, compared to $179 USD for the original model.

One of the few gripes stopping buyers from picking up the Moto G was the inability to use the phone on high-speed 4G networks. Now that problem has been resolved, expect the Moto G to continue its reign as Motorola’s best-selling smartphone.

For customers happy to forgo LTE and looking for an even more budget-friendly option, Motorola also introduced its upcoming low-priced device.

The Moto E coming soon

The ‘fully loaded and fairly priced’ Moto E will hit stores later this month, in over 40 countries worldwide, for the exceptional price of just $129 USD off-contract.

The Moto E is targeted at both entry-level users ready to step up from a basic phone to their first Android device, and current smartphone owners looking for a quality handset without the $600-plus pricing.

The Moto E runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat (with at least one guaranteed software upgrade), and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It comes with 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD slot, and features a high-resolution 4.3-inch display.

Compared to the pricier Moto G, the Moto E has a slower processor, a smaller display and unfortunately lacks a front-facing camera. However, the Moto E does feature a long-lasting 1980mAH battery, 5MP rear-facing camera with an easy-to-use interface, and a Gorilla Glass touchscreen and water-resistant splash guard.

Cheap Android phones aren’t hard to find, but phones with Motorola’s build quality - and up-to-date versions of Android - usually don’t come this well-priced.



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