Motorola has unveiled the 2024 Moto G Play, and its $150 price is still its killer feature. Although you can accuse Motorola of churning out too many nearly identical cheap phones, at least this year’s model adds several new perks. These include a fast-focusing 50-megapixel rear camera, a 6nm Snapdragon 680 processor and double the storage of its predecessor.
The 2024 Moto G Play still has a 6.5-inch LCD with a middling 720p (1600 x 720) resolution. (However, its variable 90Hz refresh rate, impressive for this price point, also returns from last year’s model.) The handset runs Android 13 out of the box, has 64GB of built-in storage and supports microSDs up to 1TB.
The phone’s rear camera has a 50-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, quad-pixel tech, HDR and phase detection autofocus. It shoots video at 1080p (or 720p) at 30fps. On the front is an 8MP sensor.
The new Moto G Play has a 5,000mAh battery (estimated for “up to 46 hours”) and supports 15W rapid charging. This year’s model adds Dolby Atmos support for its speakers, and it’s certified for hi-res audio when used with compatible wired headphones. The phone is rated IP52 for dust and water protection.
The Moto G Play launches in the US on February 8 for $150. Motorola says it will be available unlocked from its website, Amazon and Best Buy. (A locked version will be sold at various wireless carriers.) Meanwhile, Canadian users can buy it a bit earlier, starting on January 26 from “select carriers and national retailers.”