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New Moto G 4G With Snapdragon 410 Possibly Unveiled By Geekbench Test

A Geekbench benchmark, submitted by an anonymous user, unveiled a new Motorola device that should arrive with a Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) chip and 1 GB of RAM. The device is also being tested on KitKat, but it will likely ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Snapdragon 410, which comes with four 1.2 GHz Cortex A53 cores, was announced earlier this year by Qualcomm as the company's first low-end chip to have an integrated LTE modem. The chip is also the direct successor to the popular Snapdragon 400 that is based on Cortex A7, which also happens to be the predecessor to Cortex A53.

This year, Motorola launched the "4G" version of the Moto G, which was roughly half a year after the company launched the original Moto G. The Moto G 4G also launched alongside the new dual-core Moto E, which was an even lower-priced Motorola phone, selling for $119.

Motorola, much like most phone manufacturers, likes to launch the "next-generation" of a phone roughly a year after its predecessor. If we follow that logic, then we can see how this mystery phone is very likely to be the new Moto G 4G.

The fact that Motorola intends to release a new Moto G next year with the Snapdragon 410 is probably why the company didn't put the Snapdragon 410 inside the Moto G 2014. LTE chips, even integrated ones, tend to add a few tens of dollars to the retail price, and Motorola might not have been able to use it inside the $180 Moto G 2014. The first Moto G 4G also cost $220 when it launched this year, and that's likely to be the price of the new Moto G 4G, as well.

Seeing how this phone shouldn't launch until spring of next year, it's very likely that it will arrive with Android 5.0 out of the box, taking full advantage of that ARMv8 architecture of the Cortex A53-based Snapdragon 410.

This spring, we're likely to see a new Moto E as well, but chances are this Moto E will use the new Snapdragon 210, which is also a chip that comes with integrated LTE, but it's based on the old ARMv7 architecture. Snapdragon 210 has a dual-core Cortex A7 CPU, just like the Snapdragon 200 inside the old Moto E, but it comes with a slightly more powerful Adreno 304 GPU, compared to the previous Adreno 302.

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Lucian Armasu
Lucian Armasu is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers software news and the issues surrounding privacy and security.
  • dstarr3
    "Brand new phone now the new best phone ever!"
    Every single phone article every single week. It's amazing it's even newsworthy anymore. Assuming it is.
  • KiwiFromNewZealand
    "Brand new phone now the new best phone ever!"
    Every single phone article every single week. It's amazing it's even newsworthy anymore. Assuming it is.

    I don't disagree except that this comment has no place here. This article is about a new version of a rather budget priced and low-mid specced phone. It is definitely NOT "the new best phone ever" so actually read what you comment on please.
  • Gunbuster
    In other words: Even the snapdragon 210 is coming with LTE. So amazingly all phones next year forward will have LTE. I wonder what they will come up to push $600 phones now...