Motorola unveils the Moto G8 Plus, announces new markets for the One Macro
Motorola has finally updated the Moto line of smartphones with the launch of the E6 Play, G8 Plus and G8 Play today (October 24, 2019). The Lenovo subsidiary has also announced new destinations for its One Macro device.
They include various European countries, Australia, Mexico and Brazil. The close-up photography-focused variant of this newer series is available in these regions today; in addition, the company has also indicated upcoming releases for the same phone in some Asian nations, as well as more Latin American states.
As for the new Moto G flagship, its specs match up well with its earlier leaks. This includes the confirmation of triple cameras, which are somewhat of a chimera of those found in the pre-existing One-series phones. They comprise the 48MP main module from the Vision, as well as the Action's rotated 117-degree 16MP sensor for specialized video. A 2MP depth-sensor completes this set-up.
The G8 Play also has a triple camera; however, there is no 48MP sensor in this case. On the other hand, it is also endowed with the One Action's defining module, which reportedly does photography as well as video, presumably as to distinguish this variant with a decent selling point. This phone also steps up to a 6.2-inch waterdrop-notched display, although it is still of a HD+ resolution. The G8 Plus upgrades to a 6.3-inch FHD+ screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio and dual Dolby-enhanced speakers.
The E6 Play, however, remains stuck with just one 13MP rear camera and a 5.5 inch HD+ display with a traditional sensor-bar and a branded chin. Accordingly, it has the cheapest price of the 3 new phones: €109 (or about US$121). It has a 1.5GHz MediaTek processor rather than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC found in the vanilla E6.
The G8 Play's starting price has yet to be released, although it may be available soon to the regional OEM websites of its prospective customers in Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru. The Plus variant does have a price-tag: it is €269 (~$299), which applies to the European market, to which it will be released later in October 2019. The Moto G7 Plus' successor is also now available in India, Mexico and Brazil.