Motorola's newest entry-level phones come with smooth screens, large batteries, and great prices

23 January, 2024 Moto

Motorola's newest entry-level phones come with smooth screens, large batteries, and great prices

 

It's only been a week since Motorola made its first product announcement of 2024, and to the surprise of absolutely nobody the least bit familiar with how the Lenovo-owned brand conducts its business for several years now, another two new budget-friendly Moto handsets are now official.

 

The Moto G04 and Moto G24 are also unsurprisingly extremely similar to the third-gen Moto G Play unveiled last week, as well as the G14 and G34 models that broke cover in the latter stages of 2023. What makes these puppies highly appealing to the masses, of course, are their crazy low price points combined with some decidedly respectable features (especially as far as the G24 is concerned) and what Motorola is advertising as "premium" designs and build materials.

 

An expectation-exceeding low-end Android soldier with a 50MP camera

Motorola's newest entry-level phones come with smooth screens, large batteries, and great prices

 

Because it's probably made entirely from plastic, we're not sure we really agree with Motorola's characterization of the Moto G24's build quality as "premium." But the 6.6-inch handset does unquestionably exceed our expectations (just as its manufacturer claims) when it comes to camera capabilities, screen technology, battery capacity, and charging speeds.

 

That's all with the G24's €129 recommended price point for select European markets taken into consideration, of course, which we could try to convert into US dollars but there's not really any reason to do that. The chances of ever seeing this thing commercially (and officially) released stateside are pretty much nonexistent, even though Motorola is ready to confirm later availability across Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific at this time.

 

A 50MP primary rear-facing camera equipped with fancy Quad Pixel technology is quite possibly the most impressive spec of the ultra-affordable (4G LTE-only) Moto G24, which also supports 90Hz display refresh rate capabilities while packing octa-core MediaTek Helio G85 processing power and a hefty 5,000mAh battery with 15W charging speeds.

 

Don't get us wrong, this is most definitely not the best mid-range phone money can buy in (early) 2024, but that's mainly because it's not really a mid-end affair to start with. Instead, the €129 price tag firmly puts the Moto G24 in the low-end category, and for a low-end smartphone, that centered hole punch certainly qualifies as a "premium" design choice and (almost) everything else is remarkably advanced too.

 

You even get a secondary rear-facing shooter (albeit a not-very-great one with Macro Vision capabilities and a modest 2 megapixel count), as well as Dolby Atmos-powered stereo speakers for "immersive" sound, a not-too-bad 8MP selfie camera, and even pre-loaded Android 14 software.

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