Last month, Lenovo took the wraps off of the new Moto G4 family in India. Announcing three new smartphones in the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play. They were made available in India shortly after the announcement, but when it came to the Western markets, we were told "this summer". Now it looks like we are a bit closer to the devices launching here in North America, as the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are now available for pre-order in the US.
The Moto G4 is the lower-end of the two smartphones. We're looking at a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3000mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor which is clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a micro SD card slot. The Moto G4 Plus is a bit higher-specced, and thus costs a bit more. We're looking at the ability to upgrade to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There's also a 16MP camera on the back. Motorola has also added a fingerprint scanner onto the Moto G4 Plus, while the standard Moto G4 doesn't feature one. The Moto G4 starts at $199 and is customized through Moto Maker, while the Moto G4 Plus starts at $249.
According to Motorola's press release, the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus will be available beginning July 12th at Amazon, Best Buy, BrandsMart, B&H Photo, Car Toys, Fry's, MicroCenter, Motorola.com, Sam's Club and Walmart.com. Republic Wireless will get both models beginning on July 28th. Aside from the Republic Wireless models, the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus will be available unlocked. Meaning that you can simply put your SIM into your new smartphone and be on your way.
While the Moto G lineup was once seen as a "mid-range" smartphone, it's quite clear that the device is now a bit more high-end, at least this year. Especially with the Moto G4 Plus coming with as much as 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a fingerprint sensor on the front of the device. All for just $299, that definitely makes it an interesting device to pick up, without spending an arm and a leg.