Motorola is bringing its pair of super-budget-friendly phones, the G4 and G4 Plus, to the United States. They cost $199.99 and $249.99, respectively, which are highly competitive prices. In contrast, the OnePlus 3, which CNET editor Lynn La just declared the budget phone winner, costs about $400.
Unlike the upcoming Moto Z, which will be exclusive to Verizon here, these unlocked devices will work with all carriers using the GSM and CDMA technologies — that’s AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and all their prepaid brands, too. This means you can add a SIM card from all these carriers to start using the G4 or G4Plus.
But don’t expect to find the G4 and G4 Plus selling with most carriers. The phones will launch on July 12 from Motorola.com, Best Buy and Amazon.com, as well as Walmart, Sam’s Club, Fry’s and B&H, among a few other retailers.
One exception is Republic Wireless, a Wi-Fi first carrier that will sell the duo on July 28 (the G4 Plus will cost $300 there).
Motorola’s G4 comes in a variety of colors you can customize, thanks to the Moto Maker website, and it packs an octa-core processor with the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software. Meanwhile, the G4 Plus gets “TurboPower” charging and a larger, 16-megapixel rear camera. You can see the full specifications for both below:
5.5-inch, 1,920×1,080-pixel-resolution HD displayAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash5-megapixel front cameraEither 16GB or 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM3,000mAh battery
Moto G4 Plus
5.5-inch, 1,920×1,080-pixel-resolution HD displayAndroid 6.0.01 Marshmallow software16-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash5-megapixel front cameraEither 16GB or 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor with 2GB or 4GB of RAM3,000mAh battery
See how well we liked these phones in CNET’s Moto G4 and G4 Plus hands-on.