Motorola unveils the Moto G Pro in Europe, also prepping a US-bound Moto G Fast
As if Motorola's mid-range smartphone lineup was not already expansive and confusing enough, the Lenovo-owned company has just taken the wraps off yet another eerily familiar Moto G-series model in Europe while also preparing a new addition to the same popular budget-friendly roster stateside.
The brand's global strategy is officially all over the place, which threatens to impact the mass appeal of a family of mid-end Android devices that otherwise has a lot going for it in terms of affordability, respectable specifications, and modern designs. Without further ado, here's everything we know about the freshly unveiled Moto G Pro and impending Moto G Fast:
Not another pen-wielding mid-ranger
At first glance, it might seem like the Moto G Pro is joining the Moto G Stylus in directly rivaling the LG Stylo 6 while also providing an ultra-low-cost alternative for Samsung's high-end Galaxy Note lineup with built-in pen support.
But if you look closely at the G Pro's spec sheet, you'll find that this is little more than a rebranded Moto G Stylus for European markets like Germany. The two devices are practically identical, starting with a trendy hole punch 6.4-inch display and including everything from a reasonably powerful Snapdragon 665 processor to a 4GB RAM count, 128 gigs of internal storage space, and a triple rear-facing camera system consisting of a 48MP primary shooter, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro sensor.
Moto G Pro
Obviously, the Moto G Stylus is not available in the countries where this "all-new" Moto G Pro is already up for pre-order at a recommended price of €330 ahead of an actual release in early June. In case you're wondering, that roughly equates to $360, which is unsurprisingly a little higher than the $300 US MSRP of the Moto G Stylus.
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The "standard" Moto G8 is finally coming to the US... kind of
You may not remember this now, but the Moto G8 Plus, G8 Play, and G8 Power, aka G Power, all came before the regular 6.4-inch Moto G8 saw daylight at last in March with a low-res screen and fairly modest 16 + 8 + 2MP triple lens setup on its back.
Curiously enough, the G8 and G8 Play never became officially available stateside, leaving a bit of a hole in the brand's handset lineup between last year's Moto G7 family and the $250 Moto G Power. Based on a promotional video accidentally uploaded to the official Motorola US YouTube account yesterday (and deleted shortly thereafter), we can safely assume the Moto G Fast will look to fill that gap soon.
While we can't be 100 percent certain right now that the G Fast will replicate the G8's specs and features to the letter, the two devices sure look similar, down to a noticeably thicker "chin" than what you get on the Moto G Stylus and even the Moto G Power.
The 30-second "leaked" video reveals the Moto G Fast will pack an unspecified octa-core processor and 3 gigs of RAM, the former of which could well be the same Snapdragon 665 powering the G8, G Stylus, and G Pro while the latter is actually one gig short of the international G8's memory count. That's not necessarily bad news if you're interested primarily in the price point of the G Fast, which could definitely circle the $200 or even $150 mark.
The promo video goes on to highlight the macro and ultra-wide angle sensors of the upcoming US mid-ranger, which are probably not as impressive as they sound, settling for 2 and 8 megapixel counts respectively. But the 2-day battery life and overall design undoubtedly make the Moto G Fast a low-cost handset to watch.