At a time when HTC is leaving the low-end smartphone market, Motorola seems to be ready to take full advantage of the gap left behind by the Taiwanese tech giant.
According to HTC, the competition in the budget smartphone market is too stiff and as such, 2017 will see the company shift its focus to the midrange and high-end family. As for Motorola, which is now owned by China’s Lenovo, this market being left behind is just what it needs to make profits a norm once again.
Apparently, the company is set to unveil two budget phones dubbed Moto C and Moto C Plus. These two, according to reports, are aimed at first-time smartphone owners, joining the party down below the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, which are the current budget phones from Motorola.
Like many other 2017 smartphones, the Moto C and Moto C Plus will be powered by Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Despite the Plus tag, the two phones will have the same display screen size – 5 inches – but the differences will be in terms of features. For instance, where the standard Moto C has an FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels), the C Plus will come in with a better HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels).
Even though both phones will have support for 4G LTE connectivity, the standard Moto C will be in a better position thanks to an additional variant that also supports 3G as opposed to the Moto C Plus that is exclusive to 4G LTE. Being budget devices, you can expect quad-core MediaTek processors clocked at 1.3GHz, but the standard C (3G) will be based on a 32-bit architecture while the C Plus will be based on 64-bit architecture. As for the Moto C (4G) variant, the 64-bit processor on board will be clocked at a slightly slower speed of 1.1GHz.
Up to this point, the Moto C series seems a pretty messed up smartphone family. But this is not about to stop. Apparently, the standard model (3G and 4G) will ship with 1GB RAM, however, some variants (depending on regions) of the Moto C Plus will ship with up to 2GB RAM. For the storage, the C has either 8GB or 16GB of storage depending on connectivity options and region while the C Plus has 16GB storage. All models should have a microSD card slot.
If the specs of the Moto C and C Plus don’t move you, perhaps the battery capacity will, especially for the latter model. Where the standard C will feature a 2350mAh unit, the C Plus will get a massive 4000mAh unit, almost twice its counterpart.
In terms of cameras, the Moto C will come in with a 5MP shooter on the back with a LED flash and fixed/auto focus on the 3G/4G units alongside a 2MP shooter on the front. This selfie shooter also comes with a flash to ensure that selfies taken in the dark remain well-lit. As for the C Plus, the same 2MP sensor is used on the front camera, but the main sensor ups the game to an 8MP shooter.
As you may have seen from the images, the Moto C and C Plus will be available in a number of color variants that include white, black, gold and red. The phone will reportedly be priced in the sub-$100 category, which is about ksh 10K.