Motorola released the first generation Moto G in 2013 as a cheaper alternative to the more premium Moto X. To keep costs low, the manufacturer opted not to include 4G LTE connectivity. We all hoped that a successor will have this little inconvenience fixed but the 2nd Generation Moto G (2014) arrived with no LTE on board. Then we started hearing rumors about an LTE version supposedly being in the works. As it turn out, there weren’t just rumors and Motorola finally launched an LTE variant of the 2nd Generation Moto G.
Moto G 2nd Gen with 4G LTE connectivity
There was no big party or even an official press release. Instead, Motorola quietly listed the Moto G 4G (2014) on its Brazilian page. The addition of LTE radio is arguably the most important upgrade; however, the new Moto G (2014) also brings a few other improvements to the table. To begin with, the phone adds 320mAh to Moto G’s 2,070mAh battery capacity, making it a total of 2,390mAh. It makes perfect sense, since 4G LTE requires more power than 3G speed.
Moreover, Motorola increased internal memory from 8GB to 16GB and included dual-SIM support, although most likely only one slot is capable of LTE speed. Finally, the LTE variant will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop on board, while the regular model still runs 4.4 KitKat.
Other than that, the handset is the same Moto G you know and love. The screen still measures 5 inches and offers HD 720p resolution and there is a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor ticking inside along 1GB of RAM. Camera setup is also unchanged meaning a 8-megapixel snapper with LED flash on the back and a 2-megapixel sensor sitting on the front panel.
The 2nd Generation Moto G 4G LTE is available for purchase from Motorola’s Brazilian store for BRL 899 which would be about $336 according to today’s exchange rate. Pretty expensive for a budget phone, don’t you agree? Don’t worry, though. It’s not just the Moto G – in Brazil phones traditionally can cost you a pretty penny. Moto G 4G (2014) price in Brazil is in no way an indicator how much the device will cost elsewhere – we are quite sure that it will be more affordable in the US.
more info: Motorola Brazil