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Motorola just launched a dirt cheap phone that takes better photos than the iPhone 6s

Updated May 17th, 2016 8:13AM EDT
Moto G4 Plus Specs Price Release Date
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Lenovo-owned Motorola announced a pair of affordable new Android handsets on Tuesday morning. Motorola’s famous Moto G line is getting two new members this year, including the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. The phones are virtually identical, but the Plus version does sport a better camera, a fingerprint sensor, more RAM and more storage.

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According to Engadget, Motorola unveiled the devices at a press event in India on Tuesday. The Moto G4 handsets have 5.5-inch Full HD displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processors, 5-megapixel front-facing cameras and 3,000 mAh batteries.

The Moto G4 has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 13-megapixel camera, likely similar to the one on the current Moto G model.

Motorola’s more capable Moto G4 Plus packs 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a fingerprint sensor and a 16-megapixel rear camera. In addition to more megapixels, the camera has other improvements over the one found on the regular Moto G model, such as a f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and “big pixels.”

Apparently, the Moto G4 Plus’s camera is a big deal for Motorola, with the company spending considerable time during the event talking about it. DxOMark has already rated the Moto G Plus’s photo quality ahead of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Of note, this is just the photo quality score, not the overall camera score for the upcoming Motorola phablet.

The smartphones will cost £169 and £199 in the UK, Engadget says, but US pricing details have not yet been announced.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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