Motorola is clearly more focused than ever on the premium smartphone market segment, with the release of the world’s first ultra-high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 model late last year and ready to reveal the stunning Edge 30 Ultra next month, but the brand’s main growth engine remains its mid-end portfolio.
This expands practically every few weeks, flooding regions as diverse as North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America with mountains of decent options for all budgets.
Moto G42 – a beautiful OLED display for the masses
Powered by the same Snapdragon 680 processor as the 6.6-inch Moto G52, this undoubtedly ultra-affordable device, is slightly more compact but just as sharp, with a 6.4-inch OLED panel with Full HD+ resolution (presumably a number of pixels of about 2400 x 1080).
What the Moto G42 almost certainly lacks compared to its slightly larger and more expensive sibling is the 90Hz screen refresh rate technology, meaning your content playback and gaming experiences will be a little less smooth if you opt for this new guy when it rolls out to ” selected markets in Europe, Latin America, Asia, India and the Middle East in the coming weeks” in addition to Brazil.
Unfortunately, regional pricing is being kept a secret for now, but with the G52 available around €250 on the old continent, we can safely assume the G42 will start dangerously close to €200.
You won’t find many other OLED smartphones in that price range, and when you consider the hefty 5,000 mAh battery, 50 + 8 + 2 MP triple camera system on the back, preloaded Android 12 software and dual stereo speakers equipped with Dolby Atmos -spatial sound, you might realize that this is a value champion and a big contender for the title of best budget phone in the world you check out here.
Too bad official US availability isn’t in the cards, and sadly, the same goes for the…
Moto G62 5G
As you can imagine, the main selling point is in the name as this 6.5-incher comes with it Motorola’s comprehensive range of inexpensive 5G-enabled mobile devices.
Slightly smaller and less powerful than the 6.6-inch Moto G82 5G with a Snapdragon 695 processor under the hood, the G62 5G settles for the same Snapdragon 480+ silicon as the 6.8-inch Moto G51 5G. That means that the European price will probably be somewhere between €250 and €300, which is certainly not bad for a phone that can refresh your content at a rate of 120Hz.
Since the acronym “OLED” is not mentioned in Motorola’s latest press release associated with the Moto G62 5G, we have to assume that the display technology used on this particular model is LCD, which has probably helped the company keep production costs down.
The rest of the specs confirmed so far are strikingly similar to what the non-5G capable Moto G42 will offer, including a 5,000mAh battery, a 50MP primary shooter equipped with Quad Pixel functionality to deliver crystal-clear 12, 5 MP snapshots, a secondary 8 MP ultra wide-angle sensor and a 2 MP Macro Vision camera also mounted on the back of the handset.
Dual stereo speakers and Android 12 out of the box are two more common features and potential selling points for the G42 and G62 5G, whose storage and memory options have not been officially confirmed at this time, however.