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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.


Motorola's next mid-ranger will be seeing a global launch next month

 

Back in the day, Motorola used to compete with other handset makers when it came to flagship phones, but these days, save for its Razr lineup, the company seems to be pretty content churning out entry-level and mid-range handsets. It's not a bad thing since these phones usually command a higher profit margin, plus they are also incredible value for money.

 

That being said, if you are looking for a new mid-ranger, then Motorola's next smartphone might be one you'll want to keep an eye out for. This is according to a post on X by tipster Mukul Sharma who claims that Motorola's next mid-ranger, the Moto G84 5G, is expected to see a global launch as soon as September, which is next month.

 

 

According to the post, some of the features of the phone we can expect include 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, a 120Hz pOLED display with 10-bit color, and it will also be offered in Viva Magenta, which is the 2023 Pantone color of the year. What's interesting is that Motorola is giving the phone a vegan leather finish, a material that we haven't really seen in many phones these days.

 

We're not sure how much the handset could cost, but like we said, Motorola's mid-rangers have been known to be good value for money and we expect that the Moto G84 5G should follow suit. If the September launch date is accurate, we should have the official details soon enough.


Motorola's Defy Satellite Link brings satellite connectivity to your smartphone

 

As smartphone technology has peaked, smartphone makers need to come up with new and interesting offerings to tempt customers. In Apple's case, they introduced satellite connectivity with the iPhone 14, giving users a way of reaching out for help in the event they do not have cellular coverage.

 

That being said, not all smartphone makers have adopted the technology yet, but they might not have to. Bullitt has announced that the Motorola Defy Satellite Link is now available for purchase in the US. The device was revealed early this year at MWC 2023, but now it looks like it will be available for those in the US who might want to get their hands on it.

 

For those who are unfamiliar, the Motorola Defy Satellite is a little gadget that can be connected to existing smartphones, giving them satellite coverage as well. This means that if your current phone does not have the feature, then buying this device will enable it. The Defy Satellite is powered by MediaTek's MT6825 chipset and supports features like two-way satellite messaging over non-terrestrial networks, as well as connection to low Earth orbit satellites and geostationary ones.

 

The Motorola Defy Satellite is being sold for $150 which includes a year's subscription to the Essentials Messaging service for up to 30 two-way messages per month and SOS Assist. It will also be compatible with both iOS and Android devices, so everyone will be able to make use of it.


Motorola's mid-range Razr 2023 brings foldables to the masses

 

Foldable display technology is still relatively new compared to the displays found in more traditional smartphones. Plus, the construction of foldables is more complex than your non-foldable smartphone. Add this all together and you've got yourself a device that's usually priced well above the price range of the masses.

 

While there have been reports that Samsung might be looking to launch a foldable phone that's affordable, it appears that Motorola could have beaten them to the punch with the launch of their latest smartphone, the Moto Razr 2023.

 

Motorola's mid-range Razr 2023 brings foldables to the masses

 

The Razr 2023 is one of two foldables announced by Motorola, but unlike its flagship Razr+ sibling, the Razr 2023 will be packing some mid-range hardware. Design wise, the Razr 2023 will be more or less the same as the Razr+ save for its smaller external display, but it is under the hood where the major differences are.

 

The Razr 2023 will be packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset and will come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. Its external display measures 1.5-inches while its inner display has a 6.9-inch FHD+ pOLED screen and a 144Hz refresh rate. On the camera side of things, the Razr 2023 will feature a 64MP main shooter that is accompanied by a 13MP wide-angle lens, while the front-facing shooter has a 32MP sensor.

 

It will also pack a 4,200mAh battery with support for 30W of TurboPower fast-charging. While pricing of the Razr 2023 has yet to be officially confirmed, given its specs it shouldn't be priced more than the Razr+, making it a potentially more affordable foldable phone when it launches in the coming months.


 

As far as foldable phones, we need to say that we partake in the flip structure factor significantly more than the tablet structure factor. There's simply something nostalgic about the flip phone plan, in addition to it likewise makes the phone significantly more reduced, somewhat of a unique case these occasions when producers are attempting to make their phones as large as could be expected.

 

Official video promotion for the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra leaked

 

That being said, assuming you're after another flip foldable, the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra could be it and on the off chance that you're considering what that resembles, Evan Blass has posted a tweet for him (private) showing what has all the earmarks of being the authority video promotion for the impending handset.

 

One of the intriguing elements of the impending phone is that the external presentation will be broadened to 3.5-inches, which fundamentally covers close to half of the phone's outside, and we need to say that it looks great. Remember that 3.5-inches was somewhat the presentation size of phones once upon a time, so in a way you're basically getting two phones at the cost of one!

 

The bigger outside show likewise makes it significantly more useful, as the promotion appears to recommend. There will be much more that clients will actually want to do with the bigger showcase and that is something to be thankful for. Motorola is supposed to authoritatively report the handset on the first of June, so assuming you are sharp, do seek out us one week from now for every one of the authority subtleties.

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