Lenovo Moto G4 and G4 Plus Leak Roundup — What We Know, What to Expect

Lenovo Moto G4 and G4 Plus Leak Roundup — What We Know, What to Expect

The Moto G4 release is right around the corner, with the device scheduled to make an appearance on 17th May 2016 at an event in New Delhi, India. Not only will Lenovo-Motorola unveil the next successor to the constrained yet successful Moto G lineup, but they are also very likely to add in an extra one.

So, what do we know about the Moto G4 (or the Moto G 2016, or the new Moto G), and its Plus-brother so far?

Starting off, the duo are likely to sport several changes in design. The curved back panel is likely to be on its way out, with the leaked images so far pointing to a mostly flat back panel with rounded edges. The dimple, which seemed to be going away from Moto devices under Lenovo, does make an appearance in the renders of the device, albeit being a little less pronounced owing to the flatter back panel. The build materials of the device are likely to be plastic for the back. The frame, which usually is plastic in lower budget devices, appears to be metallic, although this could be a faux finish on plastic as well.

The front of the device has a few noticeable points. A lot of people are pointing out that the new Moto G4 which has been leaked does not bear a front stereo speaker setup. But, the Moto G 2015 aka the Moto G3 also did not have a front stereo speaker setup — the device appeared to have two front speakers, but the top “speaker” was the earpiece and the bottom speaker was a mono speaker for media. We do lose out on the front speakers in lieu of bottom firing speakers, which will share the bottom part of the frame with the charging port.

Another noticeable point on the front is the presence of an unidentified sensor below the 5.5″ display. The leaked renders are not clear on what it is, and the leaked images make it appear like more of a microphone hole rather than a sensor.

Perhaps the most interesting of all changes is the presence of the fingerprint sensor. Budget devices coming in from China have made fingerprint sensors commonplace in the Indian market, so the Moto G4 would have lost out entirely if it did not come with a fingerprint sensor. Lenovo did a good compromise and plans to release two variants of the Moto G4: the normal Moto G4 will not have a fingerprint scanner, while the Moto G4 Plus will. We’ve seen the squircle-shaped fingerprint scanner show up several times so far, so it is likely to be one of the major points of distinction between the two variants.

Evan Blass of the @evleaks fame has posted renders of both the normal variant as well as the Plus variant:

So, with the design out of the way, what about the insides? The Moto G4 and the G4 Plus will likely come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, flanked by 3GB of RAM. Onboard storage is still likely to start from 16GB, but this could be a workable number if there is a micro sd expansion slot. The Moto G4 will sport a 13MP rear camera, with the Moto G4 Plus bumping up this number to 16MP. As for OS, the Moto G4 duo will likely come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. These are still based on leaks, but they come from sources which have had accuracy in the past.

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus will be Amazon.in exclusives after their launch in India. This is certainly a noticeable change, as previous Moto G devices were Flipkart-exclusives on launch. This helps Amazon.in inch towards greater control of the Indian e-tail market as far as smartphones are concerned, as more and more reputed brands are opting for Amazon.in over Flipkart.

What we don’t know

With all of the above said, there are a few question marks that still remain unanswered by leaks.

For one, none of the leaks have spoken about the IP ratings of the new Moto devices. In fact, Moto India’s twitter handle, which has been engaging with users trying to build up hype of the phone, has been focusing a lot on the “security” aspect (fingerprint sensor) of the upcoming phone, along with its camera. And in some tweets, the battery too. Considering how big of a differentiating factor the IPX7 certification of the 3rd Gen Moto G was from its competitors, it is curiously missing from the marketing hype build up so far. The Moto G4 could very well continue with its water-resistance capabilities, but there are chances that it may not as well.

Next up, the battery. The Moto G4’s exact battery specifications have remained unknown so far into the leak cycle. Further, there is no indication if the Plus variant may sport a larger battery over the normal variant. The Moto G3 impressed everyone with its battery life despite its moderately-sized 2,470 mAh battery, so the benchmark is set high for the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus. Lenovo may have cut down on the thickness of the device to make the device more thin and “appealing”, but this is speculation on our end.

And last, but perhaps the most important of all, the price. No significant information has emerged for the price of the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. The previous gen Moto G3 launched for Rs. 11,999 ($180) for the 8GB model and Rs. 12,999 ($195) for the 16GB model. Prices were revised a few months back to be Rs. 9,999 ($150) and Rs. 10,999 ($165) respectively. The Moto G Turbo Edition was launched for Rs. 14,499 ($215) and then later on revised to Rs. 12,499 ($185).

With these prices in mind, the Moto G4 is likely to hover around the Rs. 13,500 ($200) mark, but the Plus variant may be the highest priced Moto G device so far, likely to be residing near Rs. 15,000 ($225). These are guesstimate prices from our end — based on the specs of the device, the features it is likely to bring, the past pricing history within the Moto G lineup as well as the current market competition. Even with these figures, the Moto G4 and G4 Plus will face stiff competition from the Chinese players like LeEco and Xiaomi. If the Moto G4 duo gets priced above these points, it should be packing some other features that we have not considered, otherwise it will lose out a lot of its charm to the average Indian consumer.

So far, the Lenovo Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are shaping up to be interesting devices. They may not be sporting the best mid-end processor, or be likely to bear the best value-price ratio in the market, or even bring anything new to the market. But the allure of the Moto G lineup lies in its strength of being a complete package, bringing in the promise of close-to-stock Android experience on a cheap budget.

Will the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus deliver? Will they be devices that leave their own mark in the Indian market? Stay tuned for our coverage post launch. You can also tune in to the livestream on YouTube, on May 17th 2016 at 3pm IST.

What are your thoughts on the Moto G4 so far? Are you hoping for a surprise from Lenovorola? Let us know in the comments below!

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]