Moto G4 Plus and 2nd gen Moto 360 get an Australian launch

Moto G4 Plus and 2nd gen Moto 360 get an Australian launch
Moto G4 Plus and 2nd gen Moto 360 get an Australian launch

Good news for Australian Motorola fans; the newly announced Moto G4 Plus is getting a surprisingly punctual local launch, and the second generation Moto 360 is getting a long overdue proper Australian debut.

The Moto G4 Plus is Motorola's latest midrange smartphone, this time offering a larger 5.5-inch display. Key specifications include a 1080p screen, Snapdragon 617 eight-core processor, a front-facing fingerprint reader, up to 3GB of RAM, up to 32GB of expandable storage, and a 16MP rear-facing camera.

As always, the Moto G4 Plus will run a completely unmodified version of Android Marshmallow, which should result in faster, more frequent software updates.

A 16GB Moto G4 Plus with 2GB of RAM will retail for AUD$399, while a 32GB Moto G4 Plus with 3GB of RAM will go for AUD$449.

The second generation Moto 360 is long overdue for a wide-local release, first announced in September 2015. While the new Android Wear devices have been available through Qantas' Frequent Flyer store, Australians will now be able to get their hands on them without burning through frequent flyer points.

The second generation Moto 360 boasts a more traditional look when compared to the original version of the Android Wear smartwatch. All new Moto 360 models have protruding lugs, making it easier for users to change the wrist band. Despite the slick new design, the 2015 Moto 360 still features the same "flat tire" display seen in the original.

Locally, customers will be able to get their hands on a choice of either a 46mm model with a cognac leather strap, or a 42mm model with a silver metal strap. Both will retail for AUD$479.

While offering two unique models gives customers more choice than they had with the 2014 Moto 360 (it only came in one size), the Qantas Store falls well short of the 300 possible design combinations available through the Motorola's Moto Maker offering internationally. When customers order a Moto 360, they're able to select the colour of its band, bezel and body.

The Moto G4 Plus will be available from Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, and Officeworks from July 9. The second-generation Moto 360 will be available from Harvey Norman from July 13.

From July 15, both the Moto G4 Plus and second-generation Moto 360 will be available directly through Motorola's new Australian online store.

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