Not everyone needs a $700 phone or even a $300 phone, so Lenovo is keeping the Moto E series alive by introducing two new devices meant for budget-conscious consumers. The Moto Z is high-end, the Moto G is mid-range, and the Moto E is low-end. It’s noticeable in the pricing for each. What you pay is what you get, and the Moto E gives you the necessities of a smartphone on the cheap.
Although they’re very affordable, both phones are built with aluminum bodies. That’s a rarity for this segment. Usually you’re stuck with plastic and rubber if you spend less than $400. But, knowing you want something that looks and feels good, Lenovo opted for a premium material.
From the outside, the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus look the same. The only difference on the exterior will be the fingerprint sensor. While certain markets will get Moto E4 with a fingerprint scanner below the display, others will not and instead see the Moto logo in its place. The Moto E4 Plus, however, has a fingerprint scanner standard. In all, the two new Moto E family members resemble the Moto G5 Plus and Moto Z2 Play announced this year.
Internal specifications are where you’re going to pick up on the differences.
A 720p panel is standard, but the Moto E4 Plus trades a 5-inch screen for a 5.5-inch one. The larger overall footprint also means Lenovo can fit a larger battery into the body. The Moto E4 has a 2800mAh battery, and the Moto E4 Plus raises all the way up to 5000mAh. Other differences include the type of Snapdragon (or MediaTek) processor, amount of internal storage, and megapixels for the cameras.
You can go here for the full breakdown on specifications.
Both the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus will be released in “various countries” later this month, including the United States. Pricing, as we stated before, starts at $129 for the Moto E4 and goes up to $179 for the Moto E4 Plus. Amazon is going sell a Prime Exclusive variant in which the price will be even lower than $129. You’re going to have plenty of options for buying a Moto E4.
When these two are made available around the world, they’ll likely become the very best affordable phones you can buy.