Motorola announces $149 Moto G4 Play in US, now taking preorders

Motorola's lineup of inexpensive phones just gained a new member.

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The Moto G4 Play is available in black or white. (Image: Motorola)

Motorola on Tuesday announced it was adding another phone to the Moto G4 lineup. The Moto G4 Play is the least-expensive model under the G4 brand, priced at $149.

In comparison, the better-equipped Moto G4 Plus starts at $249, while the standard Moto G4 takes care of the $199 price point.

As for the G4 Play, it ships with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and microSD support up to 128GB, and it's unlocked to work on all major US carriers.

That last tidbit -- wide-ranging carrier compatibility -- is a big deal for a phone at this price point. Typically, lower-end phones are only compatible with GSM networks such as T-Mobile and AT&T. Adding support for Verizon Wireless and Sprint to a $149 device increases the G4 Play's overall value.

You can preorder the G4 Play through Motorola, B&H Photo, and Amazon. Orders begin shipping on Sept. 15, and the same-day general availability will expand to include Best Buy.

Verizon Wireless will also add the G4 Play to its prepaid lineup "in the coming weeks", according to Motorola.

For those looking to shave even more off the price of the G4 Play, Amazon has announced the G4 Play as one of its Prime Exclusive Phones.

Amazon Prime members can preorder the G4 Play for $99 starting Sept. 6, with orders set to arrive Sept. 15.

In exchange for the $50 discount, Amazon will display ads on the phone's lock screen and come preloaded with Amazon's suite of Android apps. A video on the company's website detailing the program show an example Kindle bookstore ad on a phone's lock screen that can be swiped away or opened.

The G4 Play is the third phone Amazon has announced for its Prime Exclusive lineup, joining the $49 Blue R1 HD and $149 Moto G4 -- both of which are $50 off regular price.

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