Motorola announces the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus; here’s everything you need to know

Motorola, owned by Lenovo, announced new Moto C and Moto C Plus models to be available in Latin America, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe last month, but there was no intention of bringing these “core” or essential smartphones to the US. Motorola hasn’t disappointed the states though, with the OEM bringing its brand new Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus entry-level models that succeed the Moto E3, to the American market. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s coming.

The Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus follow the same “regular” and “plus” nomenclature of not only the Moto C but also the Moto G series (Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus). The Moto E series has always been the most budget of the budget-friendly series from Motorola, but the OEM has made the Moto E line better than ever. Now that the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus have been announced, here’s what you need to know about the new smartphones.

The regular model, the Moto E4, brings much of what buyers loved about the Moto E3, such as the 5-inch HD screen, either a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 or 427 SoC, 5MP front (f/2.2) and 8MP (f/2.2) rear cameras, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, micro-USB charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, single nano-SIM card slot, and the 2,800mAh removable battery. Rounding out the specs of the Moto E4 include 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 4G LTE connectivity, and a metal finish. There is no Near Field Communication (NFC) present, so it looks as though Android Pay compatibility is not present on the Moto E4. As for a fingerprint reader, Motorola says that some Moto E4 variants will have one, such as the unlocked Moto E4 and both the Verizon and US Cellular Moto E4 models.

As for the Moto E4 Plus, you’re looking at a metal finish to match the Moto E4 but a larger 5.5-inch HD, 2.5D screen, 5MP front (f/2.2) and 13MP (f/2.0) rear cameras, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 427 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of storage, 5,000mAh non-removable battery, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity, micro-USB charging, the cherished 3.5mm headphone jack, single nano-SIM (no dual-SIM), and a fingerprint reader along with the same water-repellent nano-coating that has been a consistent trait of Motorola’s Moto collection. As with the Moto E4, there is no NFC present in the Moto E4 Plus. If you didn’t notice its absence, neither the Moto E4 nor the Moto E4 Plus feature expandable storage (no microSD card slot on deck).

Motorola is marketing the upgraded family under ‘Get more of a good thing’ advertising. This of course meaning that Motorola revamped all the essentials with its two new models.

Both come with Android 7.1.1 Nougat pre-installed and closely resemble last year’s models as far as design goes as well as other models in the Moto range, which is not a bad thing. They look fairly nice given the price tag, but don’t expect any premium materials here. Good thing is, the two are splash resistant.

The software contains Motorola’s signature features in addition to all of Google’s including doze on the go, bundled notifications, split-screen multi-tasking, enhanced security, the Google Assistant, and a bevy of new emojis. Also present will be all of the Android 7.1.1 features including new app shortcuts, GIF keyboard support, new “professional” emoji, and live wallpaper metadata. Some on board sensors include Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 4.1.

Both the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus will be available unlocked, with the Moto E4 coming in Licorice Black and Fine Gold and the Moto E4 Plus coming in Fine Gold and Iron Gray. Pricing will be $129 (Moto E4) and $199 (Moto E4 Plus), respectively. The pair will be available from Motorola and the Moto E4 will be sold to Amazon Prime customers as well, for those who prioritize the online retailer. The Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus will go on sale this month. We’ll bring you the product links when they go live.

SOURCE [Motorola blog]

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