Motorola is back in Australia. With a vengeance. With its integration into Lenovo finally completed, the smartphone maker has a new smartphone and a new smartwatch coming out in Australia next week. The Moto G4 Plus aims to be the best phone in its sub-$450 price bracket, and Android Wear geeks around the country have been waiting months for the second-generation Moto 360 smartwatch to land down under. Motorola will sell both to you on a new online store, too.
The Moto G4 Plus is a mid-range smartphone, but it wants to be the midrange smartphone that you buy. Motorola will sell both the 2GB RAM/16GB storage and 3GB RAM/32GB storage variants within Australia, at $399 and $449 price points respectively. It's a 5.5-inch phone with a 1080p LCD display, black or white colourways, a 'best in class' 16-megapixel f/2.0 camera on the rear and a wide-angle 5-megapixel f/2.2 camera on the front, and everything runs on the efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with a 3000mAh battery.
It's also the first phone to be sold in Australia with 4G/3G dual-SIM support — this will become especially important at the end of this year and into 2017 as the three Aussie telcos switch off their 2G networks, rendering older dual-SIM phones useless.
After a long wait, the second-generation Moto 360 is finally arriving in Australia too. We already know all about it, but in case you don't — it's the newest variant of Motorola's debut Android Wear smartwatch, with a 1.5-inch circular LCD display, an integrated heart rate monitor and gyro/accelerometer for step tracking, and enough battery life for two full days according to the watchmaker.
Two size variants will be available — the larger 46mm silver casing, with a cognac leather 22mm wrist strap, and a smaller 42mm silver casing with a silver metal strap. Both will be $479, will be out in Harvey Norman from the 13th of July, and on Motorola's new online store on the 15th of July.
All of this comes as Motorola's new online store springs to life on the 15th of July, and the second-gen Moto 360 and the new Moto G4 Plus will be the first products available. Motorola is at pains to say that the store will carry all variants of its products, as well as accessories, so you can rest assured of finding the particular phone or watch you want when you shop online — with no need to look at overseas retailers. [Motorola]