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The battle to come up with the better mobile processor has just heated up as Huawei officially announced its Kirin 920 SoC in a press event held in Beijing. We’ve been hearing about this chip since last April when Huawei’s Senior VP announced that the company was coming up with a new flagship smartphone which would use its own new octa-core processor.
What makes the Huawei Kirin 920 interesting is that the company claims it can outperform the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. This latest chip is composed of four Cortex-A15 cores with clock speeds of between 1.7 and 2.0 GHz, and four Cortex-A7 cores with clock speeds of 1.3-1.6 GHz. The graphics side is handled by the Mali-T628 graphics chip on-board. It supports a total of 5 different networks which includes TD-LTE/LTE FDD / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / GSM. It even supports LTE Cat 6 which can provide download speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
Some of the key features of the Kirin 920 are as follows
- 1.7 GHz to 2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A15 + 1.3 GHz to 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex A7
- Mali T628 MP4 quad-core GPU
- Built-in Tensilica HiFi 3 DSP Core
- Supports display resolution of up to 2560 x 1600 pixels
- Up to 20MP camera image signal processor (ISP), 480 Mpixels/s capture rate
- 4K Ultra HD video recording at 30fps, H.265 codec
- IntelliSense I3 for low-power operation when gathering data from accelerometer, gyroscope, compass etc.
- Integrated Multi-mode 4G LTE Modem – Category 6 FDD / TDD
- TD-LTE/LTE FDD / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / GSM
Early benchmark tests of this chip shows that it can outperform its rivals such as the Snapdragon 801 Exynos 5420, MediaTek MT6592 and even the Snapdragon 805.
The company is expected to use this chip in its upcoming smartphone called the Huawei Mulan. Only a few details surrounding this device are known so far however it is reportedly going to have a 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, and a 13MP camera with 4K video recording. An AnTuTu benchmark result of the Mulan shows that it outperforms other flagship models in the market today such as the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5.
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While MediaTek’s trotting its way into the premium smartphone market with an LTE octa-core chip later this year, Huawei’s creeping up right behind with its own octa-core offering. Like Samsung’s newer Exynos 5 Octa variants, Huawei’s new Kirin 920 consists of quad Cortex-A15 plus quad Cortex-A7 CPUs that work simultaneously, as well as a powerful Mali-T628 GPU. But what makes this 28nm chip special is its integrated multi-mode LTE Cat 6 radio, meaning it can offer data speeds of up to 300Mbps on networks that are set up for carrier aggregation. These are already live or being tested in the likes of Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Germany.
Via: Engadget Chinese
If you were disappointed that the pre-order page for Sony’s Xperia Z2 tablet lacked any mention of US carrier support, fret not, as leaker extraordinaire @evleaks has released images of a Z2 variant with Verizon branding. Presumably, once it passes “certification,” we can expect the LTE version of the tablet to support Big Red’s bands.
We were quite impressed by the Xperia Z2 tablet when it was revealed at Mobile World Congress in March, and still are. The 10.1″ tablet packs a punch with a Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM, but Sony’s touting the Full HD TRILUMINOS display as a standout feature. Unfortunately, we haven’t been overly impressed with Sony’s displays in the past, but we will reserve judgement until our eyes can check it out.
Other notable bullet points include waterproofing and dust resistance (IPX5/IPX8), plus and 8.1MP rear-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot. It’s also impressively thin at 6.4mm, which is nearly a millimeter thinner than Samsung could manage on its Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. Nicely done, Sony.
Sadly, we have no idea when the LTE edition of the Xperia Z2 tablet is coming to market, but we can probably expect it sooner rather than later - the product page for the WiFi variant has been up for more than a month. Regarding pricing, you can definitely expect something north of $499, as Sony is nowhere near shy when it comes to pricing their tablets.
Leak Reveals Verizon Variant of the Xperia Z2 Tablet is a post from: Droid Life
Samsung’s 2014 Edition Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is now apparently getting the Android 4.4 update. It is said that the LTE variant of the tablet is getting the update first, starting from the Nordic region, but we expect it to roll out to other regions subsequently. The WiFi variant of the tablet has already received the update in April, so Samsung has only delayed the rollout of the LTE variant up until now. So if you own this particular version of the tablet carrying the model number SM-P605, make sure you’re on the lookout for an update.
The update will bring the standard KitKat related changes. Users will also be able to see subtle changes with TouchWiz. Among the notable Android related changes include the white status bar icons, the immersive mode feature with apps as well as the ability to switch between different home screen launchers from the settings. Samsung’s usual suite of software improvements are on board as well.
Via: Sam Mobile
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Asus’ ZenFone line, which includes the ZenFone 4, 5 and 6 could add on two new devices pretty soon — the ZenFone 5 LTE and the ZenFone DIY.
Chinese site VR-Zone reported that the ZenFone 5 LTE will not only support LTE but also wireless charging, a Qualcomm SoC, a 5-inch, 720 x 1,280 pixel display and 2GB RAM.
The ZenFone DIY is a relative unknown, but expect this to be similar to the Moto X. (Users will be able to pick and choose specs like color, internal storage, etc.)
Expect both devices to be unveiled at Computex 2014 early next month.
Come comment on this article: Asus prepping two new ZenFone models for release
[Deal Alert] 16GB, 32GB, And 32GB LTE 2013 Nexus 7 Refurbs On Sale Through eBay Daily Deals ($40-70 Off)
The Nexus 7 is coming up on a year old at this point, but it’s still a capable tablet with a great screen. If you don’t mind using last year’s hardware, the Nexus 7 can be had at a nice discount on eBay today. You get your choice of the 16GB, 32GB, or 32GB LTE variant for up to $70 off.
The 32GB WiFi tablet has the steepest discount at $70 off Google’s price, but the $40 savings on the 16GB and $55 discount for the LTE variant are nothing to sneeze at either.
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[Deal Alert] 16GB, 32GB, And 32GB LTE 2013 Nexus 7 Refurbs On Sale Through eBay Daily Deals ($40-70 Off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
T-Mobile, the carrier who is disrupting an entire industry, is at it again. VoLTE, once thought to be left to big players like Verizon and AT&T, is coming to T-Mobile as well. Not only will they start offering VoLTE, they’ve got three devices capable of handling the emerging technology.
The service, which T-Mobile has launched in Seattle, can be used with three handsets. The LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and mid-range Galaxy Light will all have VoLTE capabilities. Of course, to make a true VoLTE call, you’ll need to call someone else on the service who has a compatible smartphone.
T-Mobile also promises the calls you make on VoLTE will switch over to HSPA+ or 2G service seamlessly, should you wander outside of an LTE area. The call set-up time is also said to be quicker, and running data while in a call will be at LTE speeds.
T-Mobile didn’t say when their VoLTE service would venture outside of Seattle, so consider it a beta program for now. If you have one of the devices listed above, and live in an LTE area in Seattle, you’ll need a firmware update before the new calling tech will work.
Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Tab S in mid-June according to an event invite sent by the company last week. But the tablet has already been priced by a retailer over at Finland, which is most likely a placeholder for when the device becomes available. The price for the 8.5 inch model is mentioned as €449.90 ($614) and €563.90 ($770) for the WiFi and LTE models respectively. The WiFi only model of the 10.5 inch Galaxy Tab S is listed for €563.90 ($770) while the LTE model will reportedly cost €619 ($845).
The pricing indicates that it won’t be affordable by any stretch of the imagination, but that’s expected considering that these are the largest AMOLED tablets to hit the markets. Due to the high manufacturing cost, the pricing was always expected to be on the higher side, so we’re not surprised.
The two tablets are expected to feature a display resolution of 2560 x 1600 accompanied by a 8-megapixel camera on the back, 3GB of RAM, the octa core Exynos 5420 chipset and Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s Magazine UX. It’s turning out to be quite the year for Samsung and the launch of these new AMOLED tablets might just be the boost it needs to get ahead in the tablet segment.
Via: Sam Mobile
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T-Mobile is ready to pull the metaphorical VoLTE lever marked Seattle, giving the city early access to the upgraded infrastructure the carrier hopes to roll out to more parts of the country over the course of the year. This voice over LTE connection will allow consumers to use voice and data at the same time, as voice calls will go out over IP on LTE rather than taking the current switched-circuit path approach.
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T-Mobile Launches VoLTE In Seattle; G Flex, Galaxy Light, And Note 3 Updated With Support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
T-Mobile has announced the addition of voice-over-LTE in the Seattle market. What does that mean? Nice, crisp calls over T-Mobile’s advanced LTE network, basically.
VoLTE will ensure more reliable phone calls, and even if you happen to veer off the path of LTE in your city you will be seamlessly transitioned to HSPA-based radio bounds with no interruption to your call. T-Mobile VoLTE also comes paired with HD Voice calling, so the benefits of VoLTE are both tangible and intangible.
Unfortunately the roster of VoLTE-equipped T-Mobile phones is quite small right now — only the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Light have the capability to use it. We imagine T-Mobile won’t let many other phones launch without the functionality, though, as they say they have only just begun. Give it a shot if you stay in the upper left corner of the country.
VoLTE is coming, and AT&T is bringing it to you. The Galaxy S4 mini will be available with “HD Voice” form big blue starting May 23. Starting from $49.99 with a two-year contract, the little device promises to jumpstart a big revolution in how we consume with our carrier plans.
The older device is the first on AT&T to use VoLTE, and offers up a fairly low-cost way to enjoy the latest technology. If you’re not familiar with VoLTE, the aim is to provide a truer experience when making a voice call. Using LTE data, AT&T aims to reduce background noise and offer up the best call clarity possible.
AT&T hasn’t said if current plans will simply use voice minutes over LTE, or if users will need to use plan data to make calls. For those on capped data plans, it could eat up their included data much quicker than before. The rollout is happening in select markets, with Minneapolis and Chicago being the first to experience the latest in call technology.
The GS4 with HD Voice can also be had for $14.24 on AT&T’s Next 18, or $18.50 on Next 12 if you don’t want to sign an agreement. Both of those offer the device up for zero down, making it an even better offer for anyone interested.
XLTE, Verizon’s “new” data offering, is now live. Those in several states covering roughly half of Verizon’s current LTE footprint can already take advantage, and the new service covers a lot of exisiting handsets as well. Customers who have an appropriate handset in an XLTE market should notice faster data transfers and better overall performance.
XLTE isn’t necessarily new, but an improvement over existing LTE technology. Verizon improved the limitations present with LTE, giving us a wider pipeline to access the things we want. Now we’ll enjoy faster data, which is as concerning as it is great.
While we get faster data transfers, we also stand to use more data. On capped plans, that could goble up data faster than you like if you’re not careful. If you’re lucky enough to still have unlimited data (and have an appropriate handset and be in an XLTE market, naturally), there isn’t much of a glass ceiling to hit.
XLTE can be found on the ONE Max and One (M8) from HTC, and Note 3 and Galaxy S5 from Samsung. The Droid MAXX, Mini, and Moto X from Motorola also take advantage, as well as several connected tablets. For the full list of covered markets and phones, click the links below.
[Deal Alert] Amazon Gold Box Discounts The Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE By $80 ($219) Today Only
If you want a mid-sized tablet with a high-resolution screen, LTE connectivity, and you don’t mind going with Amazon’s ecosystem, but don’t want to spend much money, today’s Gold Box deal should be particularly compelling. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE version (the previous high-end Kindle Fire model, from late 2012) is discounted by $80 today, bringing its price down to $219.
There’s just one catch: it’s a refurbished model.
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[Deal Alert] Amazon Gold Box Discounts The Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9 LTE By $80 ($219) Today Only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Before last week, the term “XLTE” basically didn’t exist. Then rumors started pouring out that Verizon would be offering a new kind of LTE with twice the bandwidth of its current offering using this unheard of moniker as its namesake. Turns out all the rumors were true, as Big Red just took the wraps off of this new high(er)-speed LTE offering.
On the surface, it’s not a lot different than the company’s current LTE: the icon is the same, the phones are basically the same (we’ll actually get to a list a little bit later), and no modifications are needed to current plans.
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Verizon Makes XLTE Official, Offers Double Bandwidth To LTE Customers In ‘High Traffic’ Areas was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
So what is XLTE?
XLTE is basically how Verizon has taken the AWS (Band 4) LTE spectrum that they own and deployed it in cities to strengthen the data experience for customers. We are talker faster peak data speeds and a minimum of double the bandwidth in high traffic areas. And that is basically it. Verizon has finally put to use their AWS spectrum to help make their LTE network better for all of its customers.
Nearly all devices that Verizon currently sells already work with XLTE, so customers see the benefit automatically. There is no separate plan or service to activate. If you have a supported phone, many of which we have detailed here, you can experience it today.
Almost everyone is expecting LG to manufacture the upcoming Nexus 6 smartphone considering that the company has partnered with Google on previous Nexus devices. Then just a couple of weeks ago reports indicate that Google is pursuing what is called the Android “Silver” program which is a line of Android smartphones that would be replacing the Nexus line. Now, it appears that LG won’t be making anymore Nexus devices but instead the company will be making one of the first Silver branded android smartphones.
Notorious smartphone leaker @evleaks twitted that there won’t be any Nexus 5 created however an Android Silver device will be coming around February 2015. One of the first Silver devices is going to be made by LG and it is going to use a Qualcomm MSM8994 which is a Snapdragon 810 processor. This device will undergo an Android Silver Certification program and is expected to become available for Sprint. Aside from LG it appears that Motorola is also interested in releasing a Silver device and wants to take part in the Silver certification program. On the other hand, HTC and Samsung are not keen on this idea.
The Qualcomm MSM8994 is a 64-bit chip which also supports LTE connectivity. Its specs are listed below.
- CPU: Quad ARM Cortex A57 (up to 2GHz) and quad A53 cores with 64-bit support
- GPU: Adreno 430 GPU
- DSP: Hexagon V56 DSP (up to 800MHz)
- Modem: Integrated 4G LTE Advanced World Mode modem, supporting LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA (DC-HSUPA), CDMA1x, EV-DO Rev. B, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE, 4G LTE Advanced CAT6 speeds of up to 300 Mbps with support for up to 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation on LTE FDD and LTE TDD, 4th Generation integrated LTE modem, with support for Qualcomm RF360, LTE-Broadcast and LTE multimode dual-SIM (DSDS and DSDA)
- USB: 3.0/2.0
- Bluetooth: BT 4.1
- WiFi: VIVE 2-stream 802.11n/ac with MU-MIMO
- GPS: IZat Gen8C
- Video: 4K capture and playback with H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC) formats, 4K capture and playback with H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC), DASH supported
- Camera: Up to 55 MP Camera, Dual ISP
- Display: 4K Ultra HD on-device display concurrent with 4K Ultra HD output to HDTV, 1080p and 4K external displays
- Memory/Storage: LPDDR4 1600MHz 2×32 (25.6GBps)/ UFS Gear2 2L, eMMC 5.0, SD 3.0 (UHS-I)
- Process Technology: 20nm
Although not much information is available right now on the LG Silver device, if it can take advantage of the features of the Snapdragon 810 chip then it’s going to be a premium high-end device.
So what is this new Silver program and how does it differ from Nexus devices. Reports indicate that Silver is created to counter Apple’s iPhone ecosystem. Google will have more control over devices with the Silver branding which will primarily be made up of high-end devices. It’s also one way for the search giant to break Samsung’s grip on this market sector.
Under this new program Google will be paying manufacturers and carriers to create smartphones that have strict requirements. Devices under this program will have a limit on non-Google pre-installed apps. One advantage of Silver devices is that new updates will arrive faster.
Verizon has been widening its LTE data pipes for months, and it now looks like the carrier is ready to take full advantage of that extra headroom. An early TV ad (below) and details from both Droid-Life and @evleaks have revealed plans to offer its improved 4G speeds under the “XLTE” banner. Reportedly, the badging represents a promise of improved performance in areas where Verizon has added AWS wireless spectrum; if you live in an XLTE region, you’ll get double the bandwidth and higher peak speeds. Given that those who live in test areas have already noticed big performance boosts, that may be a realistic claim.
Source: Caitlin Guendelsberger (Vimeo)
It's about to get fast up in here… pic.twitter.com/LGLlArB4NG
— @evleaks (@evleaks) May 16, 2014
Evleaks has now shown us what Verizon is internally doing. Apparently “XLTE” will be double the LTE bandwidth in cities across the country, which would most likely improve speeds for everyone. Droid-Life also has a few additional details on XLTE, which include:
- The network will be capable of “faster peak” speeds.
- No changes in device settings are needed, nor will there be a new XLTE indicator. Devices will continue to say “4G LTE.” Customers also will not need to upgrade their plans. XLTE should work with your current setup.
- Not all devices are compatible, but most of the new devices from within the last year should work.
The fact that most users won’t need to upgrade their devices is great news all by itself. There’s no word on what devices those are, but if they’re within the last year then that would possibly include the HTC One (M7), the Samsung Galaxy S5, and a variety of other phones. Hopefully this gets released soon.
Right in sync with rumors, AT&T has launched its high-quality LTE voice calling in a handful of places across the US. If you live in the right parts of Illinois, Indiana, Minneapolis and Wisconsin, you’ll get pristine-sounding phone conversations starting on May 23rd. There’s no public roadmap for other regions, but AT&T is promising news on a “market-to-market” basis. Just don’t expect a wide selection of phones at first. The only phone that will support voice over LTE from day one is the fairly ho-hum Galaxy S4 Mini — if you just bought a Galaxy S5 or some other hot new device, you’ll still have to wait patiently for word of an update. Many smartphones are capable of handling the technology, however, so don’t be surprised if your next heart-to-heart chat sounds much clearer than usual.
[Image credit: Getty Images]
Today, AT&T announced that they would begin rolling out their voice-over LTE (VoLTE) service, as well as HD Voice Support, starting on May 23rd. The rollout will start off in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin but as time goes on it will reach other markets.
The HD Voice support will allow for much clearer phone calls, and VoLTE will allow users to make calls using their LTE service, as long as their phone supports it. Hit the break for the press release.
DALLAS, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning May 23, AT&T is introducing High Definition (HD) Voice on an all-IP, Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) network in select markets. At AT&T, you won’t have to choose between faster data speeds and crystal clear conversations. HD Voice customers can simultaneously talk while surfing the Web at 4G LTE speeds, all on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network – it’s the best of both worlds.
HD Voice from AT&T will be enabled on the Samsung Galaxy S®4 mini—which will deliver some of the best software features from the Galaxy S 4 in compact form— with more devices to come. AT&T was the first to deliver Samsung’s Galaxy family of devices; and the introduction of VoLTE HD Voice in collaboration with Samsung marks yet another key milestone in offering the best selection of Samsung Galaxy series in the U.S.
Initially, HD Voice from AT&T will be available in select areas in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and will continue to expand on a market-by-market basis.
Come comment on this article: AT&T to begin rolling out HD Voice and VoLTE on May 23rd
This morning, AT&T announced its first batch of HD Voice and VoLTE (Voice over LTE) markets that will go live on May 23. With HD Voice and VoLTE, customers will experience dramatically better sounding voice calls, while also being able to talk and use an LTE data connection at the same time. This is the future of LTE that we have all been waiting for.
As noted in the video below, in order to utilize HD Voice, you will need a compatible phone (only the Galaxy S4 Mini at this time) and be in an area that supports it. Oh, and the person on the other line needs to meet those requirements as well. To learn more about how HD Voice works, check out the clip at the bottom of the post.
Initially, HD Voice and VoLTE will launch in “select areas in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and will continue to expand on a market-by-market basis.”
It’s seriously an awesome deal for only $220 off-contract. The only real thing that was holding me back from recommending the original Moto G to friends and family looking for a cheap, reliable but fast device was its lack of LTE. Now, that won’t be a problem.
The device will be available everywhere on June 3 for most carriers around the world — just check with yours before you go ahead and buy, if you’re not sure.
Come comment on this article: Amazon makes Moto G LTE available via pre-order
Motorola finally unveiled an LTE-enabled version of the Moto G, dubbed the Moto G 4G, at an event yesterday. The device will be offered in two variants: global LTE and US LTE. While the US model has been available on sale on Motorola’s official website since yesterday, the global LTE variant is currently available for pre-order on Amazon for $219.
Alongside the launch of the brand new super-budget Moto E, Motorola also announced an improved variant of its marginally more expensive Moto G. The updated version is now equipped with an LTE radio and an SD card slot. Naturally, the price of the LTE model is also a bit higher at $219, which is still a bargain. Oh yeah, now it also comes in white!
This is certainly a boon to those seeking a low-cost device, but don’t want to settle on 3G speeds.
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Motorola’s Moto G was a great handset, but if we had a gripe, it was that it lacked a 4G modem. Last night, however, Amazon let it be known that a tweaked version of Motorola’s mid-ranger was coming, and this time it would be able to take advantage of super-fast mobile speeds. At the London launch of the Moto E, the company confirmed that the Moto G with LTE is real, and is even packing a microSD card slot, too. The unlocked handset is priced at £149 in the UK and $219 in the US with a choice of black or white bodies — and both should be hitting retailers in the next few weeks.
Is today the end of the flip phone and feature phone? Motorola seems to think so with the introduction of the Moto E, which is made to last and priced for all. Priced at $129 / £89 off contract, this could change the game.
The Moto E sports a 4.3-inch 720p display with 256ppi and Gorilla Glass, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for an extra 32 GB of storage, 5MP rear camera, FM radio, 1980 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. You will also be able to easily change out the backs with Motorola Shells.
The Moto E is available at Motorola.com and will be available in more than 40 countries through more than 80 carrier partners around the world over the next few weeks.
Motorola also took the opportunity to announce the Moto G with LTE, which will be priced at $219, which is another fantastic value.
Come comment on this article: Moto E officially announced along with LTE version of Moto G
We all know what is coming in less than six hours. The Moto E will be announced by Motorola in London, but there is something else they have ready to go. It now looks like a Moto G with LTE connectivity will be unveiled as well.
On Amazon, the Moto G with ‘Universal LTE’ in black and in white is listed next to the usual Moto G. When selecting the new LTE model, the link leads to nowhere. So right now we do not have a price or firm release date. However, we will find out soon enough.
Come comment on this article: Motorola Moto G LTE gets listed on Amazon
Universal LTE Moto G makes an appearance on Amazon ahead of tomorrows press event, ships June 30th for $219.99
Looks like leaks don’t always have to be from internal tipsters. Seems Amazon is jumping the gun on listing a device that doesn’t even officially exist yet. We all know Motorola is scheduled for an event tomorrow, or later today depending on where you live, in London. We all fully expect them to announce the Moto E, the Moto X+1 and apparently a universal LTE Moto G. At least a new set of links on Amazon would lead everyone to believe it.
The listing clearly shows a white and and a black Universal LTE Moto G. We know the original Moto G was limited to 3G speeds and that was quite a let down for many. Now it would seem that Motorola will be kicking the Moto G up a notch, at least int he data connection department, and will be offering up an LTE variant of the lower cost device. We assume the ‘Universal LTE” means it will ping off nearly every carrier out there that offers LTE data.
Clicking either of the links delivers you to a 404 page. However, if you click on the “ALL” box and scroll down, you can see the price tags and shipping details. Both will be Prime offered at a price tag of $219.99. It also shows the it is up for pre-order, we assume it will be officially live near the announcement, and will ship June 30th.
Anywho, feel free to keep an eye out tomorrow for when the specs and the rest of the pages actually go live. For your reference the black Universal LTE Moto G’s Amazon code is B00K0NRZSW and the white version is B00K0NS0P4. Here is to hoping the ULTE Moto G is a hit and has a few other tricks up its sleeves to warrant the $40 price jump.
As good a deal as the Moto G might be for frugal smartphone shoppers, it doesn’t have speedy LTE data; for some, that’s practically a deal-breaker. However, it might get that often-sought upgrade relatively soon. Amazon has posted listings for two unannounced Moto G variants with “universal LTE,” including one in a previously unavailable white hue. Detailed store pages are sadly missing, but both entries mention a $220 price (slightly above the $200 you’d pay for a 16GB 3G model) and a June 30th ship date. We’d also expect these to work only with GSM-based networks like AT&T and T-Mobile, so don’t count on there being a Verizon equivalent.