Motorola continues its steady stream of affordable phones by releasing the Moto G Pure. In 2021, except for the Motorola Edge announced in August, all Motorola phones released in the US cost $500 or less. The new Pure is $160 and the lowest price of any new Motorola device. And that is before any discount.
Naturally you might wonder, what’s the catch? What do you get for $160 in a phone case? In the case of pure, quite a lot. You get a 6.5-inch display, a battery that Motorola claims will last you two days, Android 11 for water and dust resistance, and a close to IP52 rating of the stock version.
None of these features are going to give the Galaxy S21 or the upcoming Pixel 6 a run for their money. And not considered pure. You can buy four and a half Moto G Pure phones for the price of an iPhone 13.
But Motorola made several smart compromises and omissions to bring the Pure at such a low price. There is a dual-rear camera which is actually a 13-megapixel camera and there is a 2-megapixel depth camera for portrait mode photos. Unlike using a Snapdragon processor, the Pure has a MediaTek Helio G25 octa-core processor.
The Pure lacks 5G connectivity, NFC, wireless charging and high refresh rate display. I wouldn’t necessarily believe this to be a bad thing. It comes with 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot for expandable storage, 3GB of RAM, and a headphone jack.
You can order the unlocked Moto G Pure starting October 14 from Motorola and retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and B&H. The Verizon version will also be available for same day ordering. AT&T and T-Mobile will begin offering Pure later this year.