Motorola launches Moto G Play in Australia

Alex Kidman 15 September 2016


Motorola’s latest phone is very solidly pitched at the budget-centric crowd.

Motorola’s latest entry into its smartphone range for Australia is the Moto G Play, a decidedly budget-range phone priced outright at $279. There’s no sign of a carrier deal for the G Play, but then it’s been quite a while since Motorola’s phones were ranged by any carrier.

At that price you’re not going to get a premium device, but it’s a sign of how well budget and mid-range phones are progressing that the G Play is still a reasonably stacked little device. Behind a 5 inch 720p display lurks a Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, plus whatever microSD card you throw into it, up to 128GB. Android 6.0.1 ("Marshmallow") runs the show, but we expect that, like previous Motorola devices, it should be a reasonably clean Android experience besides.

Motorola’s wholly owned by Lenovo these days after a brief dalliance being a Google in-house brand, and for now it’s the only way Lenovo sells phones in Australia. Lenovo sells some genuinely innovative phone designs in other markets, but here in Australia mostly direct budget phones only seems to be the strategy.

The Moto G Play is available from today from Motorola’s Australian website, or instore at Harvey Norman, The Good Guys and Officeworks.

MotorolaMoto G Play
OSAndroid 6.01 ("Marshmallow")
Screen size5.0in
Display density294ppi
ProcessorSnapdragon 410 1.2GHz
Rear camera8MP
Front camera5MP

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2 Responses to Motorola launches Moto G Play in Australia

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    That | September 20, 2016

    What if you were waiting for the phone to be delivered but got recalled before it arrived

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      Chester | September 20, 2016

      Hello Daniel!

      That is a great question.

      All you need to do is contact your mobile service provider or retailer where you bought your phone and they will be able to provide you with the steps you need to know to have the issue resolved.

      I hope this helps.


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