Motorola have today unveiled their latest devices, with two budget friendly moto e and moto g models, with the headliner, the ThinkPhone also due to arrive later this week.
The launch of the new phones which includes the moto e13, moto G53 5G and ThinkPhone, will also see the debut of two new features, the Moto Secure App and Family Space.
The Moto Secure App will give users more control over their privacy and security, letting them manage network security and control app permissions, all in one place. The Moto Secure App will also allow users to create a secret folder protected by a pin for their most sensitive data.
Motorola is introducing Family Space, a designated “safe space” on devices where ‘kids can learn and play’. In Family Space, parents or guardians can tailor the space to only leave select apps accessible as well as setting limits on screen time and even create multiple profiles to ensure there’s a clear separation of data. The aim is to promote ‘healthy digital experiences’ says Motorola, as well as helping keep unwanted or inappropriate content away from little ones.
Now for devices.
Announced at CES, the ThinkPhone has been built to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ThinkPad line of laptops, taking design cues from the laptop line as well as offering additional functionality when paired with a Lenovo Thinkpad laptop.
Just like its namesake, the ThinkPhone is built tough with MIL-Spec (MIL STD 810H) rating with IP68 dust/water resistance and an aramid kevlar fiber weave which is stronger than steel on the rear. There’s also Gorilla Glass Victus covering the 6.6-inch FHD+ resolution pOLED display will be on the front.
The iconic TouchPoint of the ThinkPad laptops is also included on the ThinkPhone with a customisable Red Key on the side of the phone.
Internally, Motorola have used the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. A 5,000 mAh battery will get you through up to 36 hours of battery life with 68W wired and 15W wireless charging available to top you up when needed.
Of course a flagship phone needs a flagship camera and there’s a triple camera array on the rear featuring a 50MP Ultra-Pixel main camera with a 13MP ultrawide and 2MP depth camera. There’s also a 32MP selfie camera on the front.
The ThinkPhone isn’t just a phone, it’s also being positioned as part of a solution when paired with a Windows laptop. The new Think 2 Think connectivity powered by Ready For features a number of features to help power you through the day including:
- Instant Connect: Phone and PC seamlessly discover when nearby and connect over WiFi.
- Unified Clipboard: Seamlessly transfer copied text or recent photos, scanned documents and videos between devices by pasting into any app on the destination device.
- Unified Notifications: Phone notifications instantly appear on the Windows Action Center. Clicking a notification auto-launches the corresponding phone app on the PC’s screen.
- File Drop: Easily drag and drop files between ThinkPhone and PC.
- App Streaming: Open any Android application directly on a PC.
- Advanced Webcam: Take advantage of the powerful ThinkPhone cameras and AI capabilities, seamlessly using it as your webcam for all your video calls.
- Instant Hotspot: Connect to the internet through one click, directly from the PC to leverage the ThinkPhone’s 5G connectivity.
The ThinkPhone will come with Android 13 with the Motorola MyUX software experience which adds a number of features including gesture support, as well as theming support allowing users to change icon shapes, theme colours and more to match their mood.
Motorola is promising to update the phone with at least three OS updates, and four years of security updates consisting of three years of monthly security updates and a year of bi-monthly updates.
Moto G53 5G
Next up is the latest in the moto g series, one of their most popular series. The new moto g53 5G offers up all the great features the moto g series is known for including Dolby Atmos support with great audio and a 5,000mAh battery for all-day battery life.
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480+ 5G Mobile Platform, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage, the moto g53 5G offers 5G connectivity for a great price.
The phone features a gorgeous 6.5” display with 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling and comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for security.
There’s a 50MP Quad Pixel camera sensor with enhancedNight Vision and 2MP MacroVision camera on the rear and an 8MP Front-camera.
The phone runs a clean version of Android 13 with ThinkShield for mobile and Motorola are promising at least one OS update with the phone, as well as three years of bi-monthly security updates. The phone also includes the new Moto Secure App and Family Spaces as well as the new te reo Maori language through an update to Google’s G-Board keyboard app.
Lastly is the budget friendly moto e13, the latest in their range of devices offering the essentials in a well designed, stylish body.
The moto e13 includes an ultra-wide 6.5” HD+ resolution display and is powered by a Unisoc T606 processor, 2GB RAM and 64GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion slot. The phone includes a massive 5000mAh battery to power through the day and dual-band wifi.
The budget handset still includes a 13MP AI-enabled camera system and 5MP selfie cam, with intelligent features automatically enhancing photos says Motorola.
The moto e13 will be powered by Android 13 Go edition, Google’s version of Android which is designed for smooth operation even on lower specced devices. Though no guarantees have been offered for feature updates, Motorola has said that the phone will receive 2 years of security updates – but hasn’t given a schedule for how often those updates will be delivered.
The latest releases from Motorola will be starting to arrive in-store this week starting with the ThinkPhone which will be arriving in Carbon Black at JB Hi-Fi and Lenovo.com.au for $999 on March 30th.
The moto G53 5G is launching April 8th for $329 in Ink Blue at JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Officeworks, Big W and Lenovo.com.au. The moto g53
5G will also be available at Telstra from 26 April 2023 on Telstra Prepaid plans for $269.
For those looking for a bargain, the moto e13 will arrive in Australian stores in May for $149 in Cosmic Black at Telstra and Optus. For Telstra customers it will be on Prepaid plans from 9 May 2023 or for Optus customers, it will be available on prepaid from 26 April 2023.