Motorola's sharp Moto G budget line is getting larger under the stead of new caretaker Lenovo.
Lenovo is launching the Moto G4 Play (a.k.a. Moto G Play), which shoots towards a much lower-end segment of the market than its nicely upgraded siblings, tonight in India. It uses the same kind of naming approach as last year's Moto X Play, which was lower-specced than the Moto X Style (a.k.a. Moto X Pure Edition).
The Moto G4 Play seems to find a middle ground between the specs of the 2nd and 3rd-gen Moto G models and could serve as a replacement for the Moto E. That starts with the 5in 720p display and the Snapdragon 410 processor, both of which are carried over from last year's Moto G.
It'll also have 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, with microSD support up to 128GB, while the back camera is a downgrade from last year's Moto G, with an 8-megapixel shooter (the front is 5MP). A 2,800mAh battery isn't as robust as the Moto G4, but it beats last year's Moto G and should provide more hours of use given the same screen and processor.
The device - which runs a "pure" version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow - isn't quite as thin or sleek-looking at the Moto G4, but it's also much cheaper at ₹8,999 compared with its elder sibling's price tag of ₹12,499.
The Moto G4 Play will be available starting 10pm tonight on Amazon. It comes in two colors (black and white), and launch offers include ₹15K of e-cash from Yatra.com and ₹300 of cashback on purchase of the Moto Pulse 2 headphones. If you like books, Amazon is also offering 80 percent off on Kindle e-books. And if you're feeling lucky, buy the phone with the Amazon app and you may just end up getting it for free.