The next-gen version of the Motorola Moto G with LTE support first appeared at the tail end of 2014 and the device is now official and up for sale…if you live in Brazil. But will we see it in the UK any time soon?
We’re huge fans of the New Moto G, Motorola’s updated value phone which offers a glorious Full HD screen and dependable 8-megapixel camera for just over £100. However, the one thing it lacked was 4G support…until now.
An LTE version of the New Moto G just launched in Brazil and the 4G-ified handset looks pretty damn good on paper. You get another 5-inch display fronted with Gorilla Glass 3, as well as Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop) out of the box, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip, 1GB RAM and the same 8-megapixel primary camera with 2-megapixel secondary for selfies and such.
Motorola has slapped a bigger, 2390mAh battery into the device too, and of course you get a microSD card slot to supplement the standard 16GB internal storage space, making it a pretty solid all-round handset.
Whether or not we’ll see this LTE version of the Moto G in the UK is anyone’s guess, as so far Motorla hasn’t confirmed or denied that the 4G model will head to Europe. But if we were gambling men, we’d say the handset will almost certainly spread across the globe. Previous versions of the device have been hugely popular here in Blighty and this new and improved iteration is sure to find itself a comfy niche in the UK market place, where 4G coverage is now widespread – as long as the handset is priced right.
The New Moto G LTE is currently on sale in Brazil for $355 (£235), considerably more than the $179 (£118) charged for the standard Moto G, although a large part of that price may be down to import taxes and other funnies. We’d be surprised if it cost any more than £150 if and when it hits the UK.
Of course, the phone will come up against tough competition this time around, with more and more sub-£100 4G phones hitting UK stores. One of our favourites is still the Huawei Ascend G6 4G, also rebranded here in the UK as the EE Kestrel, which boasts a clean, bright screen and some strong budget features. At just £99 on release, the value for money was simpy superb.
If Motorola is going to launch a new Moto G LTE model in Europe, the company will surely use MWC as a springboard, which gets under way in Barcelona on March 2nd. We’ll be covering the event live from Spain, so check back in a month for more news.