Motorola recently unveiled the budget Moto C and Moto C Plus, but these phones have yet to hit the local market here in Kenya.
While we are waiting for the Lenovo-owned company to confirm the availability of the Moto C and C Plus, the tech giant has launched another pair of budget phones dubbed Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus. Unlike the C series, these two are targeting a slightly upper class with a bunch of interesting specs and features but at a price that is also slightly above the Moto C series, but still very affordable.
If you are a follower of the Moto E series, however, you will know that Motorola has always kept this family at the low-end side of the market spectrum. The story is the same with this year’s Moto E4 and E4 Plus. The duo has a nice metallic build that includes a water-repellant material, something that is rarely found in the budget segment.
For the specs, first up is the Moto E4. The phone has a decent 5-inch display screen with an HD resolution. Some models of the phone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 while others will come with a Snapdragon 427. Both processors have a clock speed of 1.4GHz and are paired with an Adreno 308 GPU alongside a RAM of 2GB. The storage you get on either variant is the same at 16GB, but you can expand it using a microSD card (the reason for this differentiation is unknown, but it’s kinda awkward).
Coming to the cameras, the Moto E4 has an 8MP sensor on the back with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video recording. As for the front part, you get a 5MP lens with the same aperture and LED flash as well. The phone has a 2800mAh battery unit that is removable and software-wise, you get the latest Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
Despite its budget status, the Moto E4 also brings a fingerprint scanner to its buyers, which also doubles as the home button. As for the Moto E4 Plus, the screen size is bigger at 5.5 inches, but the resolution is the same at 720p (HD). Under the hood, you get a Snapdragon 427 SoC that has the same clock speed of 1.4GHz, Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB RAM, same as the standard model.
However, the E4 Plus gets two storage options of 16GB and 32GB, both with room for microSD card storage. The main camera also get a bump from 8MP used on the standard model to 13MP with f/2.0 aperture, AF, HDR and 1080p video recording, but the front shooter remains the same at 5MP with an f/2.2 aperture. Similarly, each camera has a dedicated LED flash to light up the place when taking shots in the dark.
To keep the Moto E4 Plus alive is a massive 5000mAh battery unit that supports fast charging, a feature that is also available on the smaller E4. Software-wise, there’s Android 7.1 Nougat running the show out of the box and like other Moto phones, there are no heavy customizations on top of the stock Android OS. For security purposes, the phone has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner that also doubles as a home button, just like its counterpart.
In terms of pricing, the Moto E4 will set you back $129.99 or about Ksh 13,440 and the Moto E4 Plus has a price tag of $179.99, which is about Ksh 18,610. The former will be available in Fine Gold and Licorice Black while the latter will be available in Fine Gold and Iron Gray. The duo will start selling in the U.S. later this month, but we don’t know whether – or if – there’s a Kenyan launch. Keep following and we’ll update you.