Motorola starts selling Moto G with 4G LTE direct to U.S. buyers

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After announcing it in May, Motorola just rolled out the Moto G 4G LTE on its website. The new phone was already available on Amazon, as noted by Android Authority—the site that first reported on the Moto G availability. But now you can get the new handset directly from the phone maker itself, just like most other Moto phones.

The Moto G 4G LTE is $40 pricier than its 3G predecessor at $219 (unlocked and contract free), compared to $179. But for a 4G phone that comes with no strings attached it's a pretty good buy—at least if you plan on using your phone in the U.S.

The addition of blazing fast wireless connectivity is the only major change with the Moto G compared to the original released last December. The Moto G 4G LTE includes the same specs as its 4G-less namesake: A 4.5-inch 720p display at 329 pixels per inch, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2070mAh battery.

You also get your choice of a black or white front on the device, and the Moto G 4G LTE runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

Unlike the original, however, the 4G LTE flavor only comes with 8GB onboard storage, dropping the 16GB option. You can, however, add up to 32GB of extra storage via a microSD slot. There's also no mention of the two years of free 50GB cloud storage on Google Drive, as offered with the first Moto G.

Motorola is also only offering U.S. GSM connectivity with the 4G version and not global GSM, as it does with the original. You can compare the different frequency bands on Motorola's specs page for the Moto G.

When our sister site TechHive reviewed the Moto G back in December, they noted that it brought a lot of features that low- to mid-range smartphones usually don't offer such as sharp displays, long-lasting battery life, and a modern version of Android.

It's not a phone meant to amaze your friends, but at $219 it's a capable little handset with 4G LTE speeds to boot.

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