Friday, 01 June 2018 11:40

VIDEO: Motorola's new 2018 phones arrive in Australia, return to full Motorola name

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Motorola has announced its new g6, g6 Play, g6 plus and e5 Androids with 18:9 screens, consistent design, the full Motorola name and more, including dual SIM slots and separate MicroSD slot for the first time.

If you need a decent smartphone, but don't want to pay $1000+ prices, then Motorola wants to capture your attention with its latest range of Android-powered smartphones.

Its moto g-series has reached the sixth generation, while the moto e-series has hit fifth-gen, promising "exceptional value", and being "smarter than ever", focusing on "display, design and power, with the speed and power of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors", 18:9 screens (through to the upper-entry level e5 at just $229), and all being powered by the Android Oreo 8.0.0 operating system.

The smartphones are available at the usual retailers that Motorola phones have been available at for the past couple of years, which is a great opportunity for those wanting to take advantage of the excellent range of plans available from Australia's wide range of MVNOs, all of whom offer unlimited talk and text, and ever greater amounts of data inclusions.

We're also seeing fantastic deals from the major telcos with their own pre-paid and post-paid month-to-month or 12-month contracts, aimed at stealing back some of the MVNO customer base who would prefer to be back with one of the major players for various content deals, data-free streaming and more.

Being able to purchase a quality smartphone at very affordable prices helps everyday people stay away from 24-month contracts or more expensive phones they might not need, saving them their hard earned cash for better use elsewhere.

I also had the chance to interview Motorola A/NZ managing director, Danny Adamopoulos, who gave me a great overview of the new range which I'm sure you'll enjoy watching, and which is embedded below, after which you'll see more details and videos on each of Motorola's new smartphones.

1. First up is the moto g6 plus, promising: "Smart camera. Serious performance".

Motorola says its new moto g6 plus is "picture perfect in every way".

"The moto g6 plus is available online and in-store from 7 June with a pre-sale starting on 1 June. In Australia the device will have a starting RRP of A$499."

Full moto g6 plus information, retailers and specifications is here, the video is below.  

2. Next up is the moto g6, billed as "Designed to impress. Built to create".

Available online and in-store on 7 June, with a pre-sale starting on 1 June. In Australia the device will have a starting RRP of A$399.

Full moto g6 information, retailers and specifications is here, the video is below.  

3. Third is the new moto g6 play, where you can "Play today. Charge tomorrow".

We're told the "moto g6 play works as hard as you do, helping you set aside plenty of time to play".

"The moto g6 play is available online and in-store on 7 June, with a pre-sale starting on 1 June. In Australia the device will have a starting RRP of A$329."

Full moto g6 play information and specifications is here, the video is below. 

4. Fourth is the moto e5, where you can "See more. Do more".

Here we're told "the moto e5 is there to see you through your day, and exceptional value for money".

The moto e5 is available online and in-store on 7 June, with a pre-sale starting on 1 June. In Australia the device will have a starting RRP of A$229.

Full moto e5 information and specifications will soon be available from this page of Motorola phones, at time of publication only the older e4 is listed, but I'm sure it will be updated soon.

For those wondering, the MicroSD card slot supports up to 128GB cards, and a reminder that you can have dual SIM support — one being a 4G connection and the other a 3G connection — AND use a MicroSD slot simultaneously, as opposed to many phones that only allow either two SIMs or one SIM and one MicroSD card.

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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