Motorola’s smartphone names tend to follow a basic rule of thumb: higher letters in the alphabet = better specs. So the Moto X and Moto Z smartphones tend to be flagship-level devices. The Moto G helped redefine the budget phone space… although these days the center has shifted, so the Moto G is more of a mid-range device, and the Moto E is entry-level.
Or at least it was.
Now it looks like Motorola is getting ready to launch a new line of Moto C phones with entry-level specs. Some models have stand-out features though, like big batteries.
Writing for VentureBeat, Evan Blass reports that the Moto C will come in several different configurations, but all models will have 5 inch displays and MediaTek quad-core processors.
Things get a little more complicated from there, since some configurations will only be available in certain regions. But here’s a basic idea of what to expect:
- Cheapest Moto C: 854 x 480 pixel display, 32-bit CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 2,350 mAh battery, 5MP rear camera
- Most expensive Moto C Plus: 1280 x 720 pixel display, 64-bit CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 4,000 mAh battery, 8MP rear camera
Both models have LED flash on the back and a microSD card. The phones will be available in colors including black, white, red, and gold. And all models ship with Android Nougat software.
Blass says all Moto C Plus models will support 4G LTE, but Motorola will offer 3G and 4G options of the cheaper Moto C. The 3G model also has a fixed-focus camera and 32-bit CPU, while the 4G model has a 64-bit processor and autofocus camera.
Pricing and availability hasn’t been announced yet. But all signs point to cheap and probably by this summer.
Now I can’t wait to see what Motorola has planned for the Moto B and Moto A!
It’s really time to retire the 1GB/8GB phones along with 2GB/32GB windows laptops.
Why? The specs are perfectly fine for entry level phones.
No, they’re not: with all the bloatware that Google loads onto Android phones, and which you can’t delete, phones with these specs are not comfortable to use.
Sorry, but the 1GB/8GB $40 backup phone I bought recently works fine for what limited use it gets. These phones are designed to be given away with cheapo pre-paid plans. A friend of mine, in the country for a couple of months got the same one when she signed up for a $30 prepaid GoPhone plan (no contract), and she had zero complaints.
Seriously, they still have a place at the lowest rung of a ladder. Just because you don’t like using them doesn’t change that fact.
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