"We expect to launch the 4G version of Moto E (Gen 2) in India in the next two months," Motorola India General Manager Amit Boni told PTI.
Two weeks ago, Motorola had announced the global launch of the 3G and 4G versions of the new Moto E in more than 50 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
The unlocked 4G-enabled handset is available for $149.99 (about Rs 9,400) in the US, while the 3G version is priced at $119.99 (around Rs. 7,500). With the 3G variant now launched in India for Rs. 6,999, the 4G LTE variant is expected to be priced at Rs. 8,999 at launch.
On the pricing of the devices, Boni said: "We have not decided on the pricing, but my sense is that it will be sub-Rs. 10,000."
According to CyberMedia Research, iPhone maker Apple was the largest 4G LTE smartphone vendor in India with a market share of 45 percent in October-December 2014 period.
With increasing usage of data services and telecom players gearing up to offer 4G services (which provides higher speed), handset makers are also lining up devices at affordable price points to tap the opportunity.
Both the Moto E (Gen 2) and Moto E (Gen 2) 4G run Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box. The single-SIM handsets are identical in terms of specifications, except that the 3G variant Moto E (Gen 2) packs a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC (with Adreno 302) whereas the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G features a 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC (with Adreno 306). Both feature 1GB of RAM.
The Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) and its 4G LTE variant feature a 4.5-inch qHD (540x960 pixel) display with a pixel density of 245ppi, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection along with anti-smudge coating. Both variants pack a 5-megapixel rear camera, and this time Motorola has included the much-lamented front camera onboard, in the form of a VGA (0.3-megapixel) sensor. The 8GB of built-in storage on both Moto E (Gen 2) handsets can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB).
Connectivity options on the Moto E (Gen 2) include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0LE, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, FM radio, and Micro-USB. The handset measures 129.9x66.8x12.3mm, and weighs 145 grams. It is backed by a 2390mAh battery.
Written with inputs from PTI