Motorola’s new phones offer sub-$300 5G, connect Android and PC

Moto G53 5G launch

Motorola is stepping up its 2023 range of phones, announcing three new models due out across the next few weeks. Included among the new devices are the Moto G53 5G, Moto E13, and the enterprise-focused Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola.

Aimed at several different types of users, there’s something for people wanting affordable 5G, professionals needing seamless connectivity between phones and PCs, and an entry-level budget option.

In a positive move for inclusivity, the Moto G53 5G and Moto E13 will be the company’s first devices to come with te reo Māori language support. It comes as part of Motorola’s partnership with UNESCO aimed at digitising endangered Indigenous languages over the next 10 years.

Moto G53 5G: an affordable 5G phone

Billed as a premium mid-tier phone, the Moto G53 5G brandishes a generous 6.5-inch 120Hz display made for multimedia consumption and smooth internet browsing. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 480+ 5G processor alongside 4GB of RAM. Photographers can use its 50MP main camera, supported by a 2MP Macro sensor, rounded out by an 8MP selfie camera. As for battery life, its 5000mAh capacity should get you around two days of use between charges depending on your usage.

Moto G53 5G
Moto G53 5G

When looking at the specs, the Moto G53 5G is comparable to Samsung’s recently-announced A14 5G model. There are a lot of similarities between the two phones, although the Moto’s 120Hz display trumps the Samsung’s 90Hz, while the Samsung device has a larger camera array.

Available starting on 18 April, the Moto G53 5G will be stocked by various stores including JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Officeworks, Big W and at an RRP of $329. Alternatively, Telstra will stock the phone as a prepaid handset for $269. You can check out the G53’s full specs over on the product website.

ThinkPhone gets friendly with Windows

Although aimed at the enterprise market, the Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola seems to be a flexible device if you’re constantly working between multiple devices. As for its slightly convoluted naming convention, Motorola is a subsidiary of Lenovo, and the phone is marketed as being friendly with Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops. In reality, you can just as easily connect the ThinkPhone with any Windows 10 (or above) desktop or laptop PC to seamlessly swap files, access clipboard content and more between devices using the “Ready For” integration.

Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola

It’s also a reasonably specced-out phone, too. In our review of the ThinkPhone, we praised its power and capacity to handle multimedia content. The fact that it also integrates so well with modern Windows devices is the cherry on top. A 6.6-inch phone, it runs on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 platform, which isn’t the latest but is still a powerful processor nonetheless. It’s also highly durable, carrying an IP68 dust and water-resistant rating.

Out now, the ThinkPhone carries an RRP of $999 at JB Hi-Fi and Even though it’s labelled a business-y device that IT managers can easily integrate into a workplace, I also see the potential for creatives who need to quickly drop images and assets between phones and laptops. Think AirDop, but for Windows.

Moto E13 phones home

Last but not least is the entry-level Moto E13 handset. For $149, you get a phone with a 6.5-inch 60Hz display that’ll last for a while on its 5000mAh battery. While clearly not as powerful as its counterparts, there’s still value for anyone who doesn’t need raw performance as part of daily use.

Moto E13
Moto E13

The Moto E13’s full specs are available on the Motorola website ahead of its 26 April launch as an Optus prepaid device. Later, it will join Telstra’s prepaid lineup on 9 May.

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