New Moto G with 4G LTE and MicroSD Card Slot, No Dual SIM Capacity

Moto G with 4G LTE
Moto G with 4G LTE
Moto G with 4G LTE

When Moto G launched in earlier in February 2014, I said that it is a ‘Value for Money’ Android smartphone start from RM698 (8GB).

Moto G had set a new hardware specs for budget smartphone. It was a good buy that I recommended to everyone. Apparently, Moto G is the best selling smartphone in Motorola’s history.

Few months passed, Moto G’s specs and price are no longer competitive. We already have many new smartphone models under RM800.

Moto G with 4G LTE

In July 2014, Motorola is working with Brightstar again and introducing Moto G with 4G LTE in Malaysia.

The new model includes two missing features in Moto G — 4G LTE and memory expansion slot (support up to 32GB).

However, Moto G with 4G LTE does NOT support Dual SIM and no 16GB model (in Malaysia).

Moto G 4G LTE specs

Besides what have mentioned above, Moto G with 4G LTE specs remain the same as Moto G (3G). Here’s the Moto G with 4G LTE specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Memory: 8GB, support microSD memory card up to 32GB
  • weight: 143 gram
  • 4.5 ” 720p HD, 329 ppi, gorilla glass 3, water-repellent coating
  • 2070 mAh battery (up to 24 hours)
  • Single SIM, 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 5MP rear camera with 720p video capture
  • 1.3MP front camera with 720p HD video capture
  • Dimension: 65.9mm x 129.9 x 6.0–11.6mm

Moto G with 4G LTE price in Malaysia is RM799 (8GB), available in Black and White.

Thought

Moto G with 4G LTE adds 4G and microSD card slot, but removes Dual SIM capacity. It is an affordable 4G smartphone at RM799.

The question is, how important is 4G LTE speed for you?

Personally, I do not online stream videos on smartphone, 3G or 4G speed does not matter for me. Plus, 4G network coverage is still limited in Malaysia and mobile data quota is expensive.

I would rather use the same money to buy a 3G smartphone with more storage space and better phone specs. Or, you can save money and buy the now cheaper Moto G 3G (RM618) on Lazada.

Brightstar

Moto X Arrives Too Late in Malaysia

Moto X price in Malaysia
Moto X price in Malaysia
Moto X price in Malaysia

Moto X, the 2013 flagship Android smartphone by Motorola Mobility, is quietly available in Malaysia. It has been 8 months since first released. Too late in even more competitive phone market in 2014.

The news of Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility broke up shortly after the launch of Moto G in Malaysia in January 2014.

We thought Moto X would never be released in Malaysia. Eventually, Motorola Mobility introduces Moto X in Malaysia at the end of April 2014.

Hardware

Moto X is a 4G LTE phone, the display is 4.7-inch HD 720p. It is powered by 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, does not support microSD card. The rear facing camera is 10MP and 2MP for front facing camera. 2200 mAh non-removable battery.

Software

Like Moto G, Moto X has a clean Android 4.4 Kitkat version with additional friendly features:

With a on-board Natural Language Processor, Moto X can be trained to recognize your voice. You can say “OK Google Now” to launch Google Now virtual assistant without touching the phone, even it’s in sleep mode.

Active Notifications features will display notifications on lock screen, allows you to check notifications received at a glance, while still conserving battery power by taking advantage of AMOLED display.

Simply flicks your wrist twice to launch camera app, touch anywhere on the screen to take photos.

Motorola Connect is a Google Chrome extension allows you to see and respond to phone notifications and text messages from your computer’s web browser.

Buy Moto X

Moto X price in Malaysia is RM 1499 (16GB), available in black or white colour. For more information, please visit motorola.com

Thoughts

In 2013, Moto X’s specs and price is high value-for-money. In the very competitive smartphone market, things changed a lot in a few months time. RM1.5K for Moto X specs is no longer attractive. It missed the golden timing to be sold in Malaysia.

Hands-on: Motorola Moto G is ‘Value For Money’ Android Phone

Moto G in LiewCF's hand
Moto G in LiewCF's hand
Moto G in LiewCF’s hand

Moto G is a budget Android smartphone with Quad-core processor and dual-SIM support.

Motorola and Brightstar launched Moto G in Malaysia on 16th January 2014. LiewCF was invited to the launch event to have first hand experience with Moto G.

Read on for my thoughts on Moto G – “An Exceptional Phone at An Exceptional Price”.

Standard design

Moto G is not a high-end smartphone with outstanding design. Instead, it has a low profile, standard phone design which you are familiar and comfortable with.

You will found power button and volume controller at the right side, microUSB port at the bottom, headphone jack and microphone at the top.

Its curved body with interchangeable soft plastic back cover (Motorola Shell case) is comfortable to hold.

Moto G is 4.5-inch display and weight 143 g. It is not lightest nor thinnest phone, but I like it.

4.5-inch is the perfect smartphone screen size, in my opinion. Not too big to be hold by one hand; not too small for reading.

Value for Money

For less than RM 800, Moto G gives you Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB memory. The 4.5-inch display is 720p HD at 329 ppi. Motorola claims that it is “sharpest HD display”.

Though not a Full HD display (are we asking too much?) but it is bright and clear. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is used for scratches protection. The same glass is also used in Samsung GALAXY S4 and Lenovo Vibe X.

Moto G model in Malaysia supports Dual SIM, Dual Standby, Dual 3G. While other phones only support only one active 3G SIM, Moto G support two active 3G SIM cards with speed up to 21Mbps each!

For battery life, Moto G build-in 2070 mAh battery could last up to 24 hours, claims Motorola.

Moto G has dual cameras, too – 5MP rear camera with LED and 1.3MP front camera. Both cameras could capture 720p HD video.

Moto G camera app is simple. It does not have many fancy features like Lenovo Vibe X. It just works – tap anywhere to capture, tap & hold for burst shots.

Moto G owners will get extra 50GB Google Drive storage space FREE for 2 years, on top of standard 15GB free storage space — Total 65GB Google Drive cloud storage to store your emails, documents, photos, and other files. [Thanks, Kevin Ng]

Motorola was a Google company before Google sold it to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, weeks after launching Moto G in Malaysia. The promised “guaranteed upgrade” Android 4.4 KitKat for Moto G has been roll out worldwide before Google-Lenovo deal. (Thankfully!)

Hopefully, it is not the last Android update for Moto G. I guess Moto G will not receive quick Android update under Lenovo…

Motorola apps

While Moto G keeps its Android version as clean as stock Android, it has two useful apps:

  1. Motorola Assists – similar to iOS’ DND feature, Assists is an app to easily set custom profile settings, such as Meeting (auto reply, silent ringtone) and Sleeping (silent ringtone).
  2. Motorola Migrate helps you to migrate to Moto G from other Android phones or iPhone. Everything (photos, videos, SIM contacts, call history, text messages) will be transferred to Moto G in 3 steps.

Moto G is not…

Keep in mind that Moto G is a budget phone. It does not have some features you found on other high-end (read: expensive) smartphones:

  • No FullHD – Moto G 4.5″ display is HD resolution (), not FullHD (1920×1080). It makes a difference when you are watching Full HD video on smartphone.
  • No NFC – Moto G does not have NFC. You can not tap smartphone with others to exchange information. When is the last time you use NFC, anyway? However, No NFC also means Moto G does not support Wireless Charging.
  • No 4G LTE – Moto G is dual SIM 3G/HSPA+ but it does not support 4G LTE super fast wireless broadband connection.
  • No memory expansion – Moto G does not support external memory card like microSD. You only have the build-in memory, either 8GB or 16GB. I would advise to buy 16GB version. For extra RM100 you get double memory space for your apps, musics, videos and photos.

Moto G Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 4.3 (jelly bean), guarantee upgrade 4.4 in early 2014
  • Memory: 8GB or 16GB
  • weight: 143 gram
  • 4.5 ” 720p HD, 329 ppi, gorilla glass 3, water-repellent coating
  • 2070 mAh battery (up to 24 hours)
  • Dual SIM Dual Standby Dual 3G/HSPA+ up to 21Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 5MP rear camera with 720p video capture
  • 1.3MP front camera with 720p HD video capture
  • Dimension: 65.9mm x 129.9 x 6.0–11.6mm

Moto G shells

Colourful Motorola Flip Shell
Colourful Motorola Flip Shell

Motorola designed 2 cases for Moto G: Flip Shell and Shell. Flip Shell protects Moto G’s back and screen, Shell only cover the smartphone’s back.

Colourful Motorola Shell
Colourful Motorola Shell

Flip Shell is available in 7 colors and Shell is available in 5 colours. Flip Shell and Shell retail price is RM 128 and RM 78, respectively.

Price and Availability

In Malaysia, Motorola Moto G is RM 698 (8GB) and RM 798 (16GB). Moto G is available for sale through major telcos, retailers, consumer electronics stores and Lazada online store.

Thoughts

Moto G browser loaded LiewCF.com
Moto G browser loaded LiewCF.com

Moto G has set a new hardware standard for budget smartphone in 2014. With the same specs, the other Android phones would cost you RM 1,000. Moto G is value-for-money.

Other manufacturers will need to develop smartphone that match (if not better) Moto G specs and price.

If you are looking for a budget Android smartphone that works, buy Moto G.

Motorola Project Ara to Build Open Hardware Modular Smartphone

Project Ara modules

A month ago, an interesting idea called “Phonebloks” by Dave Hakkens about a concept smartphone made of functional blocks was shared by many friends on Facebook.

The idea is groundbreaking that the idea video has over 16 million views on YouTube in a month.

If you haven’t watch it, here you are:

It is LEGO-like smartphone to me. You could replace or upgrade any part of your phone individually, without buying a whole new phone!

Will we have a open hardware smartphone like Phonebloks? With Motorola Project Ara announcement, the concept is one step nearer to reality.

Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.

It would be like Android, the open source mobile operating system, to create a third-party developer ecosystem.

Just thought you would like to know that Motorola is now a Google company and Android is produced by Google.

Project Ara modules
Project Ara modules

Project Ara design consists of an endoskeleton (endo) and modules. Endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place. A module can be anything – processor, display, keyboard, battery, etc.

Project Ara smartphone
Project Ara smartphone

Project Ara will be working with Dave Hakkens’s Phonebloks community throughout the development process. You could help the project by become Ara Scouts.

Project Ara will invite developers to create modules for Ara platform in a few months, and release Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) alpha version in winter 2013.

Thoughts

Still remember the old day when we build our own PC and then upgrade hardware as wish? Now we are buying unibody laptop that cannot upgrade. Will smartphone goes the other way round become user upgradable? That’s very interesting.

The Phonebloks concept smartphone was buggy. I am glad to see Project Ara design is slim and stylish with colourful modules.

Oh, I can’t wait to hand-on a developer unit!

➤ motorola blog [via TheVerge]