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Motorola Moto G might be cheapest 4G LTE handset in Malaysia soon

June 24, 2014

Joe Devanesan

The Motorola Moto G looks set to be the cheapest LTE smartphone when it debuts in Malaysia soon, now that it has been spotted in the SIRIM database by some intrepid scouts.

There have been many new affordable devices introduced to the Malaysian scene- especially from China- ranging from budget prices like the Huawei Honor 3C to the slightly more upscale such as the Xiaomi Mi3. The 3G Moto G has already been in Malaysia for the past few months, and itself is one of the most affordable handsets from a reputable brand.

The new 4G Moto G arrival (which carries the model number XT1039) which feature much of the same mid-range specifications as the 3G variant, including a 4.5-inch IPS display with 720p resolution, a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 2070mAh battery, along with 5-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras.

Like the other recent Moto models, the Moto G with LTE will run on Android 4.4.3 KitKat, but the newly-certified Moto G will come with a couple of key differences to its hardware compared to its 3G predecessor. While the original sold in Malaysia was the Motorola Moto G Dual SIM version, the one just certified here is of the single SIM variety.

Only the 8GB internal memory option will be made available in Malaysia, but in either case both the 8GB and 16GB variants will now feature expandable capacity via a microSD slot. This was a sorely lacking feature on the 3G variant, as expandable storage is practically a must nowadays.

The price is of course unknown at this point, but given the below RM800 pricing of the Moto devices so far, Motorola would be wise to maintain the cost around there, especially since the debut of other cheap LTE-capable devices including Malaysia’s very own Ninetology U9Z1T, which is retailing for RM899 but will be a mere RM699 after telco rebates.

Full details on Ninetology’s first LTE smartphone, the U9Z1T, launch last week

Source: Brightstar Corp


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Source: Mobile 88 Online (Malaysia)

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