Motorola Moto E4 Plus launches this week in the US, huge battery in tow

In addition to announcing the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus, today, Motorola shared details about the availability of Moto E4 Plus – a iphone glass replacement that was first unveiled last month, at the same time with the already-released Moto E4.

Motorola Moto E4 Plus launches this week in the US, huge battery in towThe Moto E4 Plus will be launched in the US in a couple of days, on August 3. Customers will be able to purchase the unlocked version of the iPhone parts for $179.99 via Motorola’s website, Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers. August 3 is also when Verizon Wireless will start selling the Moto E4 Plus, but, for now, there’s no word on how much the carrier plans to ask for it.

Later this month, the E4 Plus will be released by Sprint and Ting (August 11), as well as by Republic Wireless (August 14). Pricing details will be shared closer to launch.

Running Android Nougat, the Motorola Moto E4 Plus sports a 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 processor. Its highlight feature is a 5000 mAh battery that can last for 2 days on a single charge. If you want to find out more about the new handset, check out our Moto E4 Plus review.

The Moto Z2 Force keeps the modular phone alive, but it’s a doomed concept anyway

Lenovo’s Moto has just announced its newest flagship smartphone – the Moto Z2 Force. As expected, it’s the one device to succeed both the Moto Z and Z Force from last year. As such, it fits somewhere between the two in terms of thickness and battery capacity; the happy medium, if you will. There’s nothing that interesting in the Z2 Force specs, aside from the updated chipset (Snapdragon 835) and camera system (dual 12MP snappers).

The main story here, as with most recent Moto ipad battery replacement , are the Moto Mods which the company sells separately. And that’s exactly what we’re here to talk about…

From time immemorial, geeks and nerds around the world have been dreaming about the times when we’d be able to augment and enhance the capabilities of our smartphones through the concept of modularity: nifty add-ons that would enable us to easily (and cheaply) replace stuff like the camera, battery, processors, or other components of our handsets. If you’ve ever researched custom-built desktop PCs, it’s basically the same idea.

The thing is, the modern smartphone world is a place so different, most of us knew this concept would never work here ever since the first couple of attempts at marketing a “modular phone” were made. Outside of Motorola, the most recent efforts in the area were LG’s ill-fated G5, and Google’s never-to-actually-launch Project Ara. What most fans of the modular phones idea refused to get even when Project Ara was still considered to be ‘in development’, was that it was supposed to be a cheap product for developing markets, not the “ultimate smartphone” to replace your iPhone or Galaxy. In other words, it was never meant to be a really great product.

And this brings us to today, where Moto’s premium phone line-up remains standing as the last bastion of the modular phone. Credit where credit’s due: Moto’s implementation of this idea is the best one yet. However, it’s in no way practical or convincing enough to be considered healthy or sustainable. In fact, it’s pretty much a doomed concept. Here’s why…

Moto Mods are expensive!

Let’s start with the most obvious drawback: the Moto Mods are quite the investment! Aside from the Style Mods ($20 – $30), which are only meant to alter your phone’s appearance and are probably the best value of all mods, the functionality-driven ones get way more expensive than that, very quickly. There are a couple of battery mods, which costs around $80 to $100, and then there are the Hasselblad Zoom camera mod at the prohibitive $300, the Insta-share portable projector mod, also at $300, and now the newest addition – a 360-degree camera mod, again selling for $300. Obviously, these mods are not meant to let you enhance your device and keep it current for a small investment – they are niche devices catering to very specific types of users, and don’t come cheap at all. As such, the mass market appeal in these products is very limited from the start.

Moto Mods are bulky!

Not only are the mods very expensive and lacking general usefulness, these things are also quite bulky! While smartphone designers are hard at work trying to slim bezels down and make handsets slimmer and lighter so they are easier to carry around and less tiring to use, Moto wants you to buy one, or two, or three additional chunks of tech that are actually bigger and heavier than a phone. And what’s the use in buying multiple mods for your smartphone, if you’ll be having to debate whether or not to bother taking them along as you hit the road?

Moto Mods are limiting!

Moto has been able to keep Moto Mods compatibility in tact across its Z smartphones for a while, but we’re probably reaching a point where sticking with the same physical footprint, design aesthetics and hardware layout will start working against Moto’s ability to compete with other phone manufacturers. In reality, Moto’s Z smartphones are already unable to compete with the market leaders (iPhone, Galaxy S) in terms of aesthetics, and with those guys successfully pushing the envelope every year, the gap between them and Moto’s aging design is growing wider by the day.

All other phones already support better mods!

Samsung's Gear 360 is more practical, capable, cheaper, and works with any modern smartphone.Samsung’s Gear 360 is more practical, capable, cheaper, and works with any modern smartphone.

And after going through all the drawbacks of the Moto Mods concept, maybe it’s time to put the final nail in the coffin by saying that you can actually already get all the Moto Mod functionality on any other phone through accessories like battery cases, external batteries, add-on camera lenses, Bluetooth speakers, game pads, and what not. As a matter of fact, doing so will probably be cheaper and produce better results, compared to Moto’s proprietary and limited modules, because accessory makers have been working for years to come up with a vast ecosystem of products.

At the end of the day, if someone’s willing to buy a $300 360 Camera Moto Mod for their $700 Moto Z2 smartphone, for a total investment of $1000, hey, nobody can stop them! However, we’d much rather just get a Samsung Gear 360 camera for $230 and use it with any Android iPad Mini parts , or even iPhones. Where’s the value in Moto’s unique offer?

Moto X Style Reportedly Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update in India

Last month, Moto India confirmed that Moto X Play will soon be receiving Android 7.0 Nougat in India but it seems like Moto X Style has jumped the queue as the ipad battery replacement is now reportedly receiving the update ahead of Moto X Play. While the update rolled out to Moto X Style users in the US back in April itself, it is good to see that the smartphone has now received Nougat treatment in India as well.

Moto X Style Reportedly Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat Update in IndiaAs per a report by The Android Soul, the Android 7.0 Nougat update is now rolling out to users in India. In order to check for update, Moto X Style users in India can head to the Settings menu and choose the ‘About device’ option. From there, you can simply search for system updates.

If you are wondering what this update will bring along, Android 7.0 Nougat brings with a redesigned notification shade, brings split-screen multitasking, an improved Doze mode, and Quick Settings menu. Just like any other Android version bump, you can expect several minor optimisations across the operating system, which are aimed at improving the overall user experience.

To recall, the Moto X Style, launched in 2015, sports a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz paired with 3GB of RAM. It comes in 16GB, 32GB inbuilt storage variants, both of which support external storage expansion via microSD card iPad Mini parts .

The Moto G5S Plus is shaping up as the new king of budget phones

The Moto G range has long been the standard bearer for affordable handsets and this year’s Moto G5 Plus was perhaps the best yet.

However, according to specs leaked by Evan Blass, the company is planning to up the ante even further with the forthcoming Moto G5S Plus.

Moto G5S PlusThe report says the handset will feature an all-metal anodized aluminium build for a far more premium feel.

The Moto G5S Plus display will be 5.5-inches with a 1080p Full HD resolution, according to the report. That’s slightly larger than the 5.2-inch screen featured within the G5 Plus, albeit with the same resolution.

The other major boost will be the introduction of a 13-megapixel dual camera on the rear of the device, supplanting the 12-megapixel snapper on the Moto G5 Plus.

Blass writes (via VentureBeat): “That rear camera sensor pairing will enable such features as the bokeh effect, background replacement, and the display of selective elements in black-and-white.”

The report says the front-facing camera will be boosted to 8-megapixels, from just 5-megapixels within the regular edition.

As for unchanged specs, we’re looking at the Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and up to 64GB of built in storage

Given the Moto G5 Plus is available for £249.99/$229.99, we can probably expect a bit of a bump when Moto announces the Smartphone parts , likely on July 25 at recently scheduled New York event.

In our review of the G5 Plus back in April we proclaimed: “If you’ve got £250 to spend on a ipad replacement screen , it should be this one.”

We have high hopes for the premium edition, but we’re also hoping to see the Moto X4 as well as the Moto Z2 Force unveiled during the showcase.

Moto X4 leaks show dual-lens camera, water resistance

This could well be our first glimpse of the Moto X4, and if the leaked images are on target, then you can expect a lot more camera cred on the next Moto iphone glass replacement .

A leaked shot of the new X4 has surfaced online, alongside reports from VentureBeatabout the specs packed into the device. The big takeaways? A dual-lens camera sitting in pride of place on the rear of the iPhone parts , and IP68 water resistance.

While the Lenovo-owned Moto has experimented with strategy and design in recent years (this time last year the Moto Zhad us busily swapping out magnetic Mods accessories), the lineup has traditionally veered toward more budget-friendly prices, with features to match.

But rumours point to an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chip in the X4, alongside a 3,000 mAh battery. Most importantly, you’ll reportedly be able to take snaps with 8-megapixel and 12-megapixel rear cameras, or crack out your best duck face with the 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front.