Moto C and C Plus: Smartphone essentials with rock-bottom pricing
While our smartphone coverage is mostly consumed with high-end flagships, there are other (oft-ignored) segments in this space – like the cheaper tiers that Motorola has had some success in saturating. Today the Lenovo-owned company unveiled the lowest-end phones in its lineup, the Moto C and Moto C Plus.
If you own a recent iPhone, Galaxy or other top-tier flagship, Motorola's new phones are not for you. Targeted at buyers only needing "the essentials," the Moto C and C Plus put dirt-cheap pricing first, starting at €89 (about US$98) and €119 (about $131), respectively.
That means a very limited specs sheet and features list, bypassing the lush displays, cutting-edge cameras and biometric sensors found in today's pricier phones, in favor of highlighting basics like "long-lasting" battery life and an "efficient" quad-core processor.
A 2,350 mAh battery lives inside the Moto C and a bigger 4,000 mAh one in the C Plus. Both phones have 2 MP front-facing cameras, with the Moto C Plus jumping up to an 8 MP rear camera, compared to the 5 MP main cam in the standard Moto C.
All models have 1 GB of RAM, though some Asian Pacific and European markets will see a 2 GB option for the Plus.
All versions of the phones have 5-inch displays (despite Motorola's announcement incorrectly saying the Plus has a larger one). The Plus does have a higher-resolution screen, coming in at 720p compared to the 854 x 480 (FWVGA) in the standard C phone.
All versions support microSD storage.
Motorola says the new phones will launch this (Northern) spring in various countries through Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The standard Moto C will start at €89 for a 3G-only model with 8 GB storage, while a 4G counterpart will start at €99, also with 8 GB storage. The Moto C Plus will have a base price of €119 for 16GB storage.