Motorola is working on a new line of entry-level smartphones

An image allegedly showing off the Moto C's various colors. (Source: Evan Blass)
An image allegedly showing off the Moto C's various colors. (Source: Evan Blass)
The upcoming budget smartphones are aimed at first-time buyers. They will feature entry-level specs and almost certainly a very affordable price tag.

Lenovo-subsidiary Motorola has its eyes set on the entry-level market, if a recent report is any indication. The company allegedly is working on a new Moto C smartphone series which will take its place alongside the Moto E and Moto G budget lineups.

Expect a trio of distinct models to be available: the Moto C 3G, Moto C 4G, and Moto C Plus. All three handsets feature a 5-inch screen; however, the Moto C Plus' screen comes with a 720p resolution, while both regular Moto C phones are downgraded to just 854x480 displays.

The Moto C Plus likewise receives a slight specs bump across the rest of its features. It runs a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3 GHz, along with 1 or 2 GB of RAM (depending on region), and 16 GB of internal storage. The Moto C 4G also uses a quad-core 64-bit processor but operating at 1.1 GHz instead; its 3G counterpart is powered by a 32-bit solution that manages to run at the same speed as the Moto C Plus. Both Moto C devices come with only 1 GB of RAM and either 8 or 16 GB of storage. All three phones feature expandable storage via microSD.

For those hoping to get a decent selfie-taking phone, you'll probably want to look elsewhere. Motorola is equipping each phone with a 2-megapixel front camera (a budget phone has to cut costs somewhere) that at least has flash. On the flipside, the Moto C sports a 5-megapixel rear camera that features fixed-focus on the 3G model and auto-focus on the 4G version. The Moto C Plus, again, gets the pick of the litter: it has an 8-megapixel rear camera.

Battery capacity is also different between the regular and Plus models. The Moto C (both versions) runs on a 2350 mAh-rated battery; if you choose the Moto C Plus, capacity is almost doubled to 4000 mAh.

A leaked image shows the Moto C available in four colors: black, silver, gold, and red. According to Venture Beat, which first broke the story, the Moto C is targeting customers looking to buy their first-ever smartphone. As such, it might be limited to emerging markets—Asia and the Middle East, for example— before it makes its way elsewhere, if ever.

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John Garcia, 2017-04-11 (Update: 2017-04-11)
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