A pair of Motorola devices have passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) believed to represent the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus.
The listings are for devices with model numbers XT1762 (E4) and XT1773 (E4 Plus), with the latter believed to house a 5,000 mAh battery — what would be the largest ever in a Motorola smartphone. Tipster Roland Quandt also indicates that the E4 Plus will feature a MediaTek SoC.
The suspected Moto E4 listing, meanwhile, appeared earlier this week, suggesting it will contain a 2,800 mAh battery and run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. According to PhoneArena, the E4 may also include 16 GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, and Dual SIM capabilities.
We don’t have any other details to go on so far, but it’s possible that the devices will have a similar ethos to the Moto E3 and E3 Power released last year. Those phones housed identical specs save for the internal storage, RAM and battery, which were all greater on the Power model.
I like the idea of a low-cost smartphone with a 5,000 mAh battery because it fills a niche in the market, but it’s going to have to be a pretty bulky handset to carry that cell in it.
As for when these handsets will be officially launched, that’s anybody’s guess. Last year’s models were released in September, however, this FCC certification indicates that they’re closer than three months away. We’ll let you know when we learn more.